Allens Hub

Digital and technological innovation has been rapid and transformative, revolutionising the way we engage with other people, access information and do our jobs.

The pace at which we have embraced the digital world has been remarkable. So, too, the unprecedented reach of technology.

The holistic picture that the Allens Hub will provide of how the law deals with disruption and the rapid pace of technological change will give Allens' clients access to an unrivalled combination of academic thought leadership and business acumen through this game changing partnership.

Richard Spurio, Managing Partner

This change offers advantages in driving greater productivity, supporting better policy and planning and delivering new sources of growth. But it also presents unique challenges, including to the law and the legal systems.

In collaboration with UNSW, we have launched the Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation.

The Hub will be an important contributor to the debate about how we can make the most of the opportunities and respond to risks posed by digital disruption, and how we can support individuals and organisations to continue to operate with confidence and certainty.

Our long-term economic future depends on us getting these considerations right.

Through the Allens Hub, we are working closely with academics from UNSW across research streams to explore the big issues, such as reliance on data-driven decision-making and new kinds of biological, artificial and legal 'persons'. 

We are already seeing major impacts on the regulatory landscape, the challenges faced by our clients and the way lawyers do their work.

The response of the law and lawyers to innovation will play a huge role in defining the benefits businesses derive from new technologies and ways of working. It is essential that the law strikes the right balance between helping and hindering.

I think in terms of the use of data and public trust and consumer trust, irrespective of where the law's at, a company's board should always say 'is this fundamentally what our customers would think they're giving license to us to do with their data, even if our privacy statement is very broad?'

Rachael Falk, CEO, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre

Partner Valeska Bloch caught up with Rachael at the Sydney event for the World Legal Summit, one of many global events discussing approaches to technology governance.

The out-turn of these events will be a report due end of October exploring existing legal frameworks and law reform to deal with emerging technologies such as AI and autonomous machines around the world.