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FREE public seminar - Are legal tech startups legal?

  • 16 Oct 2018
  • 18:00
  • Tank Stream Labs, Level 3, 17-19 Bridge Street, Sydney


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Are legal tech startups legal?

Free public seminar: what you need to know!  Presented by Rod Henderson, Founder and Chief Tax Counsel, AcuTax


With the advent of new technologies and disaggregated business models, the traditional boundaries of the practice of law are becoming uncertain.  Legal tech startups are making incursions into areas where qualified lawyers generally practice, both within a law practice (internal disruption) and by competing with the services provided to clients by a law practice (external disruption).  The root cause of this disruption is the client; their needs and their demand for value. 

This seminar will comprise a short presentation followed by a panel discussion with representatives from legal tech startups, the legal profession and recipients of legal advice to debate the legality of the services of legal tech startups and the legal profession regulatory and ethical boundary lines.


Our Speaker

After many years in a large firm advising clients on business and tax laws, Rod Henderson has ‘jumped the fence’ to join the world of startups focusing on providing ethical and reliable tax and legal advice, available to all, online.  Rod has imbedded himself in the Tank Stream Labs innovation hub in Sydney, focusing on simplifying the complex.  He has founded his own startup, AcuTax, Australia’s first automated online tax and legal advisory app, utilising artificial intelligence.

Rod has been working with the University of Sydney Business School to contribute to the development of a new course for students majoring in business law, bringing his extensive professional experience and ideas around tax and legal acumen. 


Rod actively participates in the policy debate around the impact of technology on the professions.  He presented a paper ‘Startups and Legal Services in the Age of Digital Disruption’, at the Business School’s annual business law conference in November 2017 and recently spoke at the Law Society of New South Wales’ Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) conference.


Rod holds a Bachelor of Economics (Sydney) and Master of Laws (Hons) (Sydney), is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute and a registered Tax Agent with the Tax Practitioners Board.


Please join us on Tuesday 16 October 2018, starting at 6pm, for a great free seminar and refreshments! 


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