Jil Toovey,

Director, Innovative Knowledge Development, IKD

Jil has deep expertise in the area of professional development for lawyers. With a background  in education and a career in leadership development for senior executives spanning 30 years, she is well versed in emerging ideas and research relating to leadership development. Jil’s focus over the past sixteen years has been leadership development for lawyers. The work focuses on what it is that makes a lawyer exceptional and, beyond technical expertise. 

Jil designs and delivers programs to enhance the performance of lawyers and legal teams. She has worked with lawyers at the different stages of their careers but over the past 5 years has focused on lawyers in senior roles within private practice or in-house settings.  She is very interested in how lawyers might be better equipped to work in complex environments, become more adaptive and deepen their self awareness, all in order to become more effective leaders. Jil led IKD’s research into the role of the Inner Critic for Lawyers and has developed programs on this topic. She speaks at conferences on this topic and is passionate about the opportunities for lawyers to be more efficient, effective and confident as they deepen their awareness about this phenomenon, and make conscious choices about the way they take up their roles. Her client base includes Partners of law firms, General Counsel of global corporations, and Senior Managers in the Social Justice sector. She has designed and facilitated leadership programs for lawyers in private practice in at Herbert Smith Freehills, King Wood Mallesons, ABL, Maddocks, Hall & Wilcox, Allens, Lander & Rogers, Carroll O’Dea and Gadens. 

Jil has worked with in-house lawyers at National Australia Bank, BHP Billiton, ANZ, Caltex, The Migration and Refugee Review Tribunals, Macquarie Bank, CSIRO, REA and Telstra. Jil has been Program Directing the Legal Counsel Executive Development Program (LCEDP) for over 16 years. This program is a five-day program that develops leadership skills lawyers need to lead behavioral change in their teams and organisations. Jil has a strong interest in social justice and provides leadership development programs for the Federation of Community Legal Centres, Victoria Legal Aid, PILCH and the Human Rights Legal Resource Centre. Jil’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University), a Diploma of Education (Monash University) Graduate Diploma of Training & Development (Melbourne University) and s a Psychodramatist, accredited through the Psychodrama Institute of Melbourne (PIM) She has authored the chapter “Professional Development for In-house Counsel: What’s Next?” in Leadership and Management Challenges for In-house Legal Teams (Benny Tabalujan, Editor, LexisNexis, Australia, 2008). Jil is an Associate of the Melbourne Business School (MBS) and is sought after as a speaker at business and industry forums, addressing topical issues related to business and organisational leadership.