Philippe Doyle Gray | Barrister

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The clear and accurate expression of well-considered thought is a formidable weapon in legal warfare.
— Judge Jacob Marks, speaking in 1923 at the New York City Bar Association
You can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.
— Mark Twain, American writer

Upcoming talks and events

17 April 2020

District & County Court Judges Australia & New Zealand Conference “Beyond 2020—Innovation and the Law”

I am a keynote speaker at this judges’ conference which provides a unique opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities brought about by innovation in crime, commercial dealings, law enforcement and the delivery of justice in the courtroom.

Previous talks

25 July 2019

Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference

Following last year's success, the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference and Innovation Dinner returns in 2019 to host more than 50 Australian and international leaders in law, innovation and technology.

Lawyers no longer compete for business against the person down the hall, up the stairs, or across the road, instead competing against people from around the whole world. But, lawyers have access to tremendous resources, unimaginable 20 years ago, which they may access quickly, cheaply, and sometimes for free, enabling them to compete against the whole world—successfully.

Starting 9:35, I will be speaking in The Great Debate: The impending uberisation of the legal profession with Elizabeth Espinosa, President of the Law Society of New South Wales, Sam Flynn, Chief Information Officer of Josef, and Tahlia Gordon, Co-Founder and Co-Director Creative Consequences and Lecturer, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, University of Sydney.

Starting 15:30, I will be speaking about password management: a good password is essential but how do you manage dozens of good passwords and ensure everyone you work with uses them all the time? Learn tools and techniques which satisfy the regulator, the machines, and the people.

Starting 17:30, I will be attending the Innovation Dinner and Networking Reception.

Please come up and introduce yourself.

11–12 July 2019

Australian Bar Association Convergence 2019, Singapore

I will be in Singapore at the Australian Bar Association’s 2019 biennial international conference for litigators—Convergence 2019—coordinating the Meet the Silks program. If you are a junior barrister in your first 7 years of practice, then look forward to a warm welcome throughout the conference, and a dedicated session for you to hear some senior counsel wisdom about practice at the bar to make you a better, happier barrister.

Convergence 2019 will include prominent legal and business professionals from Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The program explores diverse commercial law and litigation topics with sessions delivered by inspiring senior members of the legal profession and business sector, such as the Chief Justices of Australia and Singapore.

It would be a delight to meet you there.


14 September 2018

Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference

As a follow up to the FLIP Report 2017, the Law Society of NSW is launching the inaugural Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Conference and Innovation Awards Dinner. The FLIP Conference is a key event in the legal calendar that will equip the profession with the knowledge and tools needed to survive and thrive in an ever-changing landscape.

“Our members are hungry for information about innovation and technology that will shape the legal industry of the future” Doug Humphreys, President of the Law Society of NSW

Starting 14:20, I will be presenting a panel session in the Legal Innovation & Technology Forum pathway titled "The Paperless Practitioner: Virtual Legal Service Delivery"

"Sole practitioners, small firms, and under-resourced in-house counsel embracing a paperless practice confront unique problems with litigation over comparatively modest amounts of money. Learn the difference between practice management software, software to conduct litigation using less paper, and how to use them together. Leave this session armed with advice about how it can be done from those who have done it before at little or no cost: a judge, a barrister, and a solicitor."

Also on the panel will be:

The Honourable Justice Tim Moore, Land and Environment CourtJessica Der Matossian, Registrar, Digital Practice Principal Registry, Federal Court of AustraliaBrendan Smart, Chief Executive Officer of LEAP Legal Software, AustraliaRoxanne Hart, Director, oLegal

Please come up and say hello after the presentation.

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The Hon. Justice Tim Moore (standing, left) addressing the room while Roxanne Hart and Brendan Smart (right, seated) look on
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1 December 2017

Developing a reasonable estimate of fees.

A discussion between in-house counsel and lawyers in private practice in Australia and the United States of America.


26 July 2016

FLIP Inquiry: Why bother working new ways with technology?



17 April 2015

Why attend TECHSHOW?

Clubs, groups, and associations

New South Wales Bar Association

The New South Wales Bar Association is the professional membership organisation for over 3,000 barristers.

The Bar Council is the board of directors of the Association. It is responsible for the Association carrying out all its official, statutory, commercial, educational, charitable and member-based activities.

In 2014–15, I served as Honorary Secretary. I was part of the 6-person executive team (5 office-bearer directors and the CEO) who were responsible for day-to-day direction and management of all the Association's activities, 32 staff, and its finances. In addition to my duties as an ordinary director, I also liaised with and directed the Executive Director (CEO) and department heads, acted as trustee for the charitable Barristers' Benevolent Fund and assessed requests for financial assistance, approved major operating expenses or referred them for approval by the entire council, gave instructions to the Association's lawyers who were conducting disciplinary prosecutions or conducting general litigation, and assessed whether issues and materials should be referred to the entire council. The position of Honorary Secretary was unpaid but required daily attention. As a member of council, my duties comprised acting as a non-executive director for an organisation of 3,058 members and annual revenue of $8.9 million.

Since 2005, I have been a (founding) member of the Costs and Fees Committee. It's role is to educate members about, and assist members in, their legal and ethical obligations when charging clients fees for legal services, and to advise the Bar Council on the operation of the regulatory framework created by the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW) and the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW & VIC). I designed and conducted continuing professional development seminars about costs and fees, wrote model precedent documents about costs and fees, and wrote policy position papers about current and proposed legislation. The committee produces various resources for barristers.

I designed, conducted, and moderated several continuing professional development seminars about technology.

My many other voluntary activities are detailed in my LinkedIn profile.

American Bar Association

Despite being a barrister based in Sydney, Australia, I have been involved for many years with The American Bar Association, most recently as a governing councillor of the Law Practice Division and a member of the Legal Project Management Interest Group.

The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organisations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.  It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world. Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more. Membership is open to lawyers, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession.

The Law Practice Division focuses on the four areas of marketing, management, finance, and technology. Its annual conference, the premier legal technology conference by lawyers for lawyers, is ABA Techshow.

For my book and other work in technology, see Technology.

For my papers presented at ABA Techshow, see Evernote.

The mission of the Legal Project Management Interest Group is to evaluate the evolving area of legal project management and provide ABA membership with guidance on the following areas:

  • the use of legal project management to improve attorney-client relationships and the delivery of services, including a closer adherence to ethical standards,
  • the implementation of process improvement techniques to streamline and improve the efficiency of matters,
  • the use of project management information systems to capture, manage, report and evaluate case management activities,
  • the evaluation of the "legal project manager" in law firms, law departments and legal vendors,
  • the integration of legal process outsourcing into legal service offerings, and
  • and development of best practices, training and a repeat sessions of the ABA LPM Bootcamp which was conducted in January of 2015.

Best practices would include guidance for: (i) collaborating with a client to develop a detailed scope of the engagement and customizing a project plan and budget which adheres to that scope, (ii) using the plan and budget to improve client communication throughout the engagement, to monitor and control legal spend and to manage unknowns and changes in scope, and (iii) using case closure to identify lessons learned and innovative methods to improve upon the delivery of legal services and create knowledge management resources.

The Legal Project Management Interest Group provides a continuing series of webinars.

For my qualifications in Legal Project Management, see Legal costs.

For a webinar on developing a reasonable estimate of fees, see above.