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Andrew Paloni

Andrew Paloni

Managing Counsel, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Innovate or Stagnate: Cultivating creativity and unleashing innovative legal minds

Andrew and Karen will share what has worked for them (and what hasn’t!) in trying to build an innovation culture in their in-house corporate and government legal teams. They will delve into practical strategies and tools for igniting a spirit of creativity and forward-thinking within different sized legal departments. This includes embracing existing tech stacks, encouraging collaborative and cross-functional problem-solving, and redefining traditional frameworks.

The goal of this session is to equip you with easily adaptable tools and frameworks which you can take away and use straight away, and mindset necessary to transform your teams into dynamic, efficient and future-ready units. The aim is to to help you not only solve complex legal issues but also contribute strategically to the overall success of your organisations.

  • Empowering change agents: Innovation is a team sport – the importance of teamwork and cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Encouraging risk-taking and experimentation: How to foster a safe environment for testing and learning from failures (including sharing our real-life successes and failures!)
  • Streamlining processes: Frameworks for implementing new strategies for more efficiencies
  • Setting innovation goals: How to set meaningful innovation goals for your team to guide your transformation journey
  • Impact: Tools for measuring the impact on business outcomes
  • Now it’s your turn: Practical steps for how to get started and group commitment to take the plunge

3 Key Learnings

  1. Integrating innovation into everyday practice: You will learn practical strategies and frameworks to weave innovation into your daily operations
  2. Driving organisational change through legal innovation: You will gain insights into how legal teams can be pivotal in driving broader organisational change by adopting innovative practices
  3. How you can get started by starting small: You will learn about examples of small-scale pilot projects that are easily adaptable to different contexts and can help you test new ideas and empower you to be an agent of change

About Andrew

Andrew Paloni is Managing Counsel at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Australia’s tropical marine research agency. In his current role, Andrew leads AIMS’ award-winning legal team. Andrew was the winner of the award for Environmental, Social and Governance Excellence and was a finalist for Government Lawyer of the Year at ACC Australia’s Corporate Lawyer Awards in 2022. Andrew was also a finalist in the Government Lawyer of the Year category of the 2022 Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards and was named a 2022 In-House Leader by Australasian Lawyer.