A Lawyer’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Industrial Revolution

In this emerging digital landscape of major technological advancements such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of things and blockchain, what is the Fourth Industrial Revolution and what are its implications for the legal profession? Are lawyers equipped to handle this ever-changing landscape?

In this UTS Law Future of the Legal Profession keynote address, Tom Daemen, Director and Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft’s Corporate, External & Legal Affairs in Australia and New Zealand, will examine the journey of the Fourth Industrial Revolution currently underway and explore its impact on our global society. Specifically, Tom will contend that although disruption presents challenges, the legal profession has far too often ignored the upside of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Through examples and anecdotes from around the world, Tom will highlight how agility, an innovator's mindset and rapid adaptability present the legal profession with tremendous opportunities in this new era

Be sure not to miss this informative and engaging dialogue with a dynamic speaker, followed by a robust discussion during the Q&A session. The event will finish with a networking reception for all with a keen interest in the future of the legal profession, technology and innovation.

Tom Daemen is a Director and Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs group. He currently leads the legal and government affairs teams in Australia and New Zealand, and previously held numerous other positions with Microsoft around the world. For example, he worked in Brussels and helped the company navigate the European Union’s legal and political maze, and also led the global legal team responsible for Skype and Office. With legal degrees from Europe and the United States, Mr. Daemen is both an English Solicitor and a U.S. qualified lawyer.

This event is the third in the widely successful Future of the Legal Profession series. Initiated by the Dean, Professor Lesley Hitchens, the series is at the forefront of thought leadership on the changing landscape of the legal profession.

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