Future Firm Forum 2019

Waiheke Island, Auckland, nz

18/19 October 2019

A must-not-miss event in the legal calendar


An Annual Event

The Forum

Each year,  the Future Firm Forum attracts law firm leaders, - Managing Partners, Partners, Heads of Departments, Team Leaders, Senior Associates, CEOs and Practice Managers, wanting to learn from world-class speakers and like-minded professionals about the latest developments and opportunities affecting the legal services industry. Apart from the day sessions, there is much networking and fun to be had in the evenings at the social events - all included in your registration fee.


Your Host

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Simon Tupman

Your host is Simon Tupman, the founder of the Future Firm Forum. Simon is a business researcher, educator and mentor to lawyers and law firms. He helps them make the most of their talents and those of the people they lead by changing mindsets to create breakthrough firms.

Simon speaks at industry events, facilitates high-impact workshops and retreats, and mentors lawyers and other professionals who are looking to energise their workplaces and put their firms ahead of the curve. One of Australasia’s most experienced speakers, he has been called on by clients in 13 countries over a 25-year career. He has helped thousands of lawyers leave their mark on the world.

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The Speakers

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Helen Rice

The Silent Language of Leaders

Helen Rice is the Managing Partner at Rice Speir, a premier New Zealand Dispute Resolution law firm with national reach specialising in local government and insurance litigation.

At the Forum, Helen will look at how your body language shapes who you are and how it can determine your success as a leader.



Matt Farrington

Lawyer Tech

Matt Farrington is a lawyer by training and a technologist by inclination. He works for Juno Legal, an innovative NewLaw Firm.

At the Forum, Matt will be sharing his views on the technologies, systems and tools coming to law firms near you very soon. 



Dr Lisa Marriott

The Future of Trust

Lisa Marriott is Professor of Taxation and Associate Dean (Research) at Victoria University of Wellington’s Business School.

At the Forum, Lisa will highlight and expand on some of the key themes from her recent publication with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand called The Future of Trust. 



Caroline Ferguson

Building an Innovation Culture

Caroline Ferguson is the Business Transformation and Innovation Director at Simpson Grierson.

Previously a finance lawyer, Caroline transitioned into innovation and technology roles while at global law firm Allen & Overy in London.


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Cam Calkoen

Dream Big, Achieve More

Cam Calkoen is a unique and inspirational example of how some simple, lasting, human truths can make a powerful impact on the daily lives of people and how they tackle perceived problems.

Be prepared to be challenged, wowed, wooed, and ultimately inspired to dream big and achieve more.






Special offerRegister for the early bird rate by 31 July 2019 and go into the draw for a $200 gift voucher from Poderi Crisci

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Early Bird

$1,795 plus GST.
1 June to 31 July



$1,995 plus GST.
After 31 July



$1,595 plus GST


$395 plus GST

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Waiheke Island Resort


The venue for this year's Future Firm Forum is the magnificent Waiheke Island Resort – Waiheke’s foremost accommodation and conference venue. A unique experience for all, featuring spectacular sea views of beautiful Palm Beach, Mawhitipana Bay & the wider Hauraki Gulf. Guest facilities include a panoramic swimming pool, spa and fully licensed bar and restaurant.

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Every year we raise money for a nominated charity. In previous years we have raised over $1,000 each year for charities including the Fred Hollows Foundation, Starship Foundation, Orphans Aid International, and Operation Restore Hope. This year, the Forum is proud to support YES Disability Resource Centre – a non-profit organisation providing information, support and innovation for people living with disability and their families in the Waitemata region.


This is hands down the best opportunity to take time out of the day-to-day grind and spend dedicated time on the strategic direction of your practice. If you take the future of your firm seriously then you won’t miss this forum.
— Mason Lockhart, Lockhart Legal, Auckland

Thank you to our


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and a special mention to

Stimulating sessions from all speakers, generating lots of innovative ideas, as well as enjoyable company, nice food and sensational NZ wine, all taking place in a very tranquil post card setting. I’d give it a 10/10 again this year and I’ll definitely be aiming to come back next year.
— David Sharrock, Sharrock Pitman, Melbourne