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Data-driven Legal Practice  (on-demand)

Peter Leonard, Principal of Data Synergies, guides you through managing and protecting client information, obtaining data as evidence and managing the threat of exfiltration.

About this course

This course addresses ways in which lawyers’ interface with data, specifically:

  • First challenge - how we run legal businesses
  • Second challenge - where and how lawyers collect evidence
  • The regulatory context, ‘legal ethical obligations’ and legal sector specific regulation
  • Preservation of evidence
  • Inadvertent disclosure
  • Illegally obtained evidence
  • Is illegally obtained evidence able to be admitted in legal proceedings?
  • Cyber threats to law firms and where they come from
  • Disclosure by lawyers of confidential information and exposure of third parties
  • How bad can it get for a law firm? The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers
  • How to avoid being a statistic.


1 CPD unit (one unit per hour)

Course structure

This course consists of a one-hour video recording of a lecture by Peter Leonard, Principal of Data Synergies, together with reference resources.

Learning outcomes

This seminar will assist participants to:

  • Understand the challenges facing lawyers in relation to data use
  • Identify cyber threats to law firms
  • Assess strategies for managing data in legal practice.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you are eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘A bit about you’).

When signing up for the session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This program is particularly useful for:

  • General practitioners

  • Corporate lawyers and in house counsel

  • Practice managers

  • Sole traders

  • Legal information/data managers.




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Meet the Expert

Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard
Principal, Data Synergies Pty Limited; Professor of Practice, University of NSW Business School

Based in Sydney, Australia, Peter Leonard is a data, content and technology business consultant and lawyer, advising data-driven businesses and government agencies. Peter is principal of Data Synergies and a Professor of Practice at UNSW Business School (Information Systems and Business and Taxation Law). 

Peter chairs the IoTAA’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales’ Privacy and Data Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s AI Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards, including of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin, now a large Australian law firm. Following his retirement as a partner in 2017, he continues to assist Gilbert + Tobin as a consultant.

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Expert: Peter Leonard
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  • 1 session, 1 hour total
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