New in-house developed tech to deliver greater value to clients

Sydney, 16 January 2019: An automated subpoena management system will improve efficiencies and productivity to deliver greater value to clients as a result of some clever design thinking by three lawyers at McCabe Curwood.


iClerk – the application designed by Sophie Cooper, Ryan Dorahy and Annaliese Williams, is an automated subpoena management system created during McCabe Curwood’s first ‘shark tank’ event, held in conjunction with their new technology partner Checkbox as a part of the #MCDisruptsLegal series.

"iClerk is an effective solution to combat the inefficiencies associated with a subpoena management process. Knowing the limitations of existing systems, we believe that iClerk will be embraced by our colleagues as a time saving tool in their daily practice," said Sophie Cooper, Lawyer at McCabe Curwood and co-designer of iClerk.

The #MCDisruptsLegal event was open to all staff, who in the lead up attended training sessions on what was a viable idea and how it could be built. The sessions and the event were coordinated by the firm’s Knowledge Manager, Natalie Rubinstein.

Held at the new Chatswood office, with the assistance of Checkbox representatives, participants formed in their respective practice groups, to solve a business problem unique to their area of practice to address client pain-points or internal business efficiencies.

Participants were given time on the day to build the framework of an idea, and then pitch to an external judging panel. ‘The sharks’, who included Richard Joffe, CEO of Stella AI and Colin Mitty, Chief Legal Officer at Dimension Data, were tasked with deciding the winners on the night, ideas that are to be built and put into practice during 2019.

The winning idea on the night was a cost estimate and communication application designed by the firm's dominant Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. iClerk was awarded second place and third went to the Property group, with an automated contract for sale process, designed to seamlessly bridge the gap between lawyers and real estate agents.

Co-designer of iClerk Annaliese Williams, Lawyer in McCabe Curwood’s government group, found the experience of dedicated problem solving rewarding, and it has given her a new perspective on innovation and creativity in the legal industry.

"Building iClerk was an eye-opening and rewarding experience as it allowed us to develop our technological skills and translate our ideas into a reality.

"Our firm is focused on delivering an excellent service to clients. Checkbox gave us the opportunity to design a product that enhances the level of service we can provide. There is a perception that the legal industry is paper-heavy and rigid, but in reality, innovation and creativity are central to our business," said Annaliese.

The first version of the automated subpoena process will be rolled out early in 2019, with the full version planned to be installed into practice by the end of the year.

"We estimate that iClerk will reduce the time spent managing the subpoena process by up to 70%. Given the benefits of this product and its user-friendly interface, we believe the success of iClerk is not only limited to McCabe Curwood but has the power to transform the subpoena management process across all firms," said Sophie.


McCabe Curwood is a leading Australian Law firm. As a new firm with a long history, we believe in and partner with our clients to ensure our advice is timely, innovative and forward thinking. We want our clients to benefit from opportunities and business challenges that come with being successful.

With a genuine intent of client partnership and delivering outstanding client experience, our depth gives us the strength to deliver quality, legal solutions.

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