Lander & Rogers has appointed a respected academic to its fold as it launched a new working smarter program.
Dr Philippa Ryan has been appointed to the firm’s board, as it prepares to “embark on the next phase” of its “innovation agenda,” the independent firm said. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of long-term board member Greg McCann.
The appointment came as Lander & Rogers launched a new smarter working platform under the innovation agenda. The platform has been nationally rolled out across the firm, modernising new business intake, reducing commercial risk, and driving effective process and design execution, it said.
Ryan is a lecturer in law at the University of Technology Sydney, where she teaches disruptive technologies and the law, commercial equity, and the master of data science and technology courses.
Her students develop apps for social justice and learn how to use writing analysis software powered by artificial intelligence. Her PhD formulated a new classification for the liability of third parties to a breach of trust, the firm said.
Ryan is currently researching smart contracts and trust protocols enabled by blockchain technology and the regulation and status of cryptocurrencies.
Genevieve Collins, chair of the board and leader of Lander & Rogers’ “Working Smarter Committee,” said that the new board member is an “impressive and engaging person.”
“I have no doubt that our firm, our clients, and our people will benefit greatly from Dr Ryan’s expertise and tutorship as we continue adapting to a new normal and new ways of doing things,” she said.
Other members of the board are chief executive partner Andrew Willder, joint head of the family and relationship law group Mark Parker, and head of the commercial disputes group Greg McKenzie.
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