03 July 2017

Students from a range of faculties and universities nationwide will come together from 4 to 6 August 2017 in search of the next best idea to advance legal practice in a novel way. 

An artificial intelligence chat-bot that facilitates legal advice, a web application that helps users keep track of critical dates in their contracts and an account management system designed to track pro bono hours and share information between law firms and community legal centres.

These are just a handful of ideas presented by university students at the 54-hour legal ‘hackathon’, Disrupting Law in August 2016. This year, Disrupting Law is back and bigger than ever. 

Twelve student teams will be partnered with 12 law firms. The latter will provide legal and non-legal staff to mentor the students over the course of the collaborative and high-octane 3-day competition that resulted in two teams turning their concepts into real-world businesses last year: Speak With Scout and Adventure Guard.    

On Sunday 6 August 2017, students will pitch their ideas to a ‘Shark Tank’ style panel of legal professionals, industry representatives and entrepreneurs in front of an audience of over 200 people to take home various exciting and possibly career changing prizes including paid work experience opportunities. 

To date, Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons, McCullough Robertson, Allens Linklaters, DLA Piper, Clayton Utz, Piper Alderman, Hall & Wilcox, Minter Ellison, Jones Day and Helix Legal have confirmed their involvement. 

In addition, six carefully selected industry partners have agreed to offer a series of workshops for Disrupting Law contestants and will be on hand during the weekend to provide advice and encouragement:

  • Janders Dean is the world's leading legal industry management consultancy.
  • Neota Logic is a leading producer of artificial intelligence software.

Speak With Scout, the winning team at Disrupting Law 2016, who went on to turn their concept into a startup that was recently featured in the Financial Review, praised the experience.

“Disrupting Law is a fantastic experience for anyone interested in the future of the legal industry. It demonstrated to us that students from a wide range of disciplines can collaborate towards a common goal.  It also gives students an insight into the substantial and supportive network of people in Brisbane and beyond that are eager to assist startups,” they said.

Imogen Kenny was also a 2016 contestant whose team came up with a mock cloud-based workflow management platform for Community Legal Centres in order to improve access to justice.

“Participating in Disrupting Law last year was an incredibly enriching experience for me. It's not often that you get thrown together to create a concept over a weekend with some brilliant law, business and technology students while being mentored by partners of a commercial law firm and people who are big in the tech space,” Imogen said.

Tegun Middleton, Queensland President of The Legal Forecast is proud of last year’s performances and has high hopes for this year’s event.

“The business models presented by the teams were outstanding. They were innovative, well thought through and all contributed toward improving access to justice or solving a very real problem within the legal industry,” Tegun said.

Disrupting Law is an initiative of The Legal Forecast and QUT Starters

The Legal Forecast is a not-for-profit run by early career legal professionals and law students who aim to advance legal practice through technology and innovation. 

QUT Starters is a student society building a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Queensland University of Technology.

For further information, contact Milan Gandhi, National Director of The Legal Forecast, via

Tickets to compete in Disrupting Law 2017, and tickets to attend the Sunday night presentations (which are open to the public) are now on sale here.

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