Philippe Doyle Gray | Barrister


The role of humans as the most important factor of production is bound to diminish in the same way that the role of the horses in agricultural production was first diminished and then eliminated by the introduction of tractors.
— Wassily Leontief, Nobel Prize winner and Russian-American economist, 1995
The greatest task before civilisation at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
— Havelock Ellis, British physician, writer, and social reformer, 1922

The pillars of digital security

Since 2013, I have run a paperless office and paperless courtroom. I conduct trials from an iPad.

I wondered about professional ethics and discovered, to my surprise, nobody around the world had written a comprehensive and systematic guide on how to ethically use technology in legal practice.

So, I wrote the book:— The pillars of digital security. How to ethically use technology in legal practice.

Drawing on international sources in common law countries, it's been used by lawyers and judges across the USA and Canada, in the United Kingdom, throughout New Zealand, and around Australia.

Download the report

Download the report

The Future of Law
and Innovation in the Profession

The Law Society of New South Wales established the Future Committee in 2016 and, in turn, the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (flip) Commission of Inquiry to better understand the changes taking place in and around the legal profession and to provide the profession with recommendations that will enable lawyers to better accommodate new concepts and ideas, and adapt to changes that are taking place and will inevitably continue to do so.

I was the only barrister invited by the President of the Law Society to testify before the inquiry.

Click on the video to see my testimony, and click the links below to access resources. 

Hear me speak and come up and say hello at the FLIP Conference and Innovation Awards Dinner
14 September 2018



Evernote is a digital extension of your biological memory.

For years I have used Evernote in my personal and professional life, and have lectured about its use many times.

In 2014, when I was invited to the teaching faculty of ABA Techshow 2014 I presented a multimedia presentation titled "How to optimize your use of Evernote."

In 2015, I returned and presented a joint paper with my American colleague and criminal defense lawyer Robert "Bob" Sisson about how we each used Evernote in our criminal and civil practices, delivering another multimedia presentation titled "How to Never Forget Anything—Incorporating Evernote into your practice."

Click on the links below to access resources.


ABA Techshow

The American Bar Association has several sections and divisions. The Law Practice Division holds an annual conference called ABA Techshow.

ABA Techshow is the largest legal technology conference in the world, run by lawyers for lawyers. Once a year in Chicago, Illinois over a thousand lawyers descend over 3 days for more than 50 CLE seminars, 20 dinners, 2 football fields of vendors, and an opportunity to network with legal and computer experts you would never meet anywhere else.

I am the first—and only—Australian invited by the American Bar Association to teach at Techshow.

In 2014 and again in 2015 lectured about Evernote.

Click on the link below to the official website and watch the videos to see me and my American colleagues explain more.

Why go to TECHSHOW?