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


14 September 2018

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

*Links to the video coming soon*

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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14 September 2018 from 17:30

FLIP Innovation Awards Dinner

*Photo gallery link below*

This must-attend evening will celebrate innovation in the legal profession and recognise The Law Society’s hackathon finalists and winners. The winning entries will be presented, giving attendees an exclusive opportunity to experience the most creative solutions addressing challenges currently facing the profession.

From about 17:30 you will find me at the pre-dinner drinks and afterwards I will be attending the dinner. Please come and introduce yourself as I would love to meet you.

View the online photo gallery via the Law Society's Facebook page by clicking on this image

View the online photo gallery via the Law Society's Facebook page by clicking on this image

Previous talks

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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.