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The legal industry has reached a tipping point. It is more complex and competitive today than ever before and is only set to become more so with the continued evolution of business models, pricing structures and rapidly evolving client expectations. Very soon there will be a clear distinction between firms that are prepared for the future and those that will be left behind.
To stay competitive, firms need to optimise existing processes to make them much more efficient and create new legal products and services that make full use of the latest technology and drive innovative solutions specific to the needs of clients.
Our speakers will consider the technology that is becoming vital to both law firms and corporate legal departments.
- What are innovative firms currently doing in the market?
- Where should law firms look to understand more about automation and what can be automated?
- How are firms leveraging their services as products and how can “commoditisation” work in practice?
- How can you go about exploring new possible use-cases for your technology?
- What are “design-thinking principles” and how can I leverage this way of working to explore new technology?
- What skills and resources do we need in order to make a success of new technology?
- What behaviours would you like to see continuing post COVID-19 and what should stop?
Director Large Law Strategy
After seven years as a dispute resolution lawyer in private practice, Sam joined the world of legal information provision. This world has now become one of legal information, and software, provision, with Westlaw UK, Practical Law, Lawtel, Contract Express and HighQ all part of the Thomson Reuter’s suite of law firm solutions.
Sam’s roles at Thomson Reuters have included product development and product strategy for both online and software solutions. Sam is currently responsible for devising and implementing the strategy for Thomson Reuters’ large and medium law firm customers.
Chief Product and Strategy Officer
HighQ, part of Thomson Reuters
Stuart leads product strategy and innovation at HighQ. Stuart has considerable experience in business strategy and extensive technical, design, project management and product marketing experience. Stuart has a diverse background in collaboration, social computing, process improvement and digital transformation in the professional services industry, having previously worked at leading organisations including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hays plc and Headshift, an innovative social computing agency. Stuart has a Bsc in business administration from Cardiff Business School, is an international speaker, author and thought leader with a passion for transforming the way people work.
Global Lead, Clifford Chance Create and Innovate, Clifford Chance
April is an experienced lawyer who has spent the last decade working on transforming global law firms through roles in innovation and business change, information technology, risk and compliance and knowledge. April’s keen interest in technology, business change and client experience has been instrumental in delivering a range of practical solutions to improve legal processes, drive best practice and deliver client driven products.
Legal Technology Engagement Senior Manager
Allen & Overy LLP
Saran has seven years’ experience managing and delivering LegalTech projects in global law firms. Her experience extends to designing and configuring both law firm and client contract automation and transaction management solutions across a range of legal services and sectors. She has delivered projects while on secondments in Dubai, Hong Kong and New York. Saran is a trusted advisor within Allen & Overy’s innovation hub, advising lawyers and clients globally on the benefits of adopting LegalTech as well as training graduates entering the field. Saran has a legal background, is accredited in change management and agile project management. She’s an advocate for diversity in LegalTech and a contributor to mentoring schemes and groups such as SheBreaksTheLaw and LegalGeek – Women in LawTech.
Head of Outsourcing, Technology and IP, Legal, Governance and Regulatory Affairs, The Royal Bank of Scotland
Kenny heads the outsourcing, technology and IP legal team at the Royal Bank of Scotland. He joined the bank is 2006 as a legal counsel and has progressed to lead the full team, sitting on the department’s Senior Leadership Group. Prior to joining the bank, Kenny worked in private practice and as sole in-house counsel at a technology company. He has led on some of the largest technology outsourcing projects in the UK and is now additionally responsible for the bank’s role out and adoption of legal technology. He provides extensive support to the bank’s technology, innovation, payments and Fintech initiatives and works closely with the bank’s innovation hub at the RBS headquarters in Edinburgh. He continues to support and promote the bank’s engagement with SMEs and the start-up community through his involvement the RBS entrepreneurial programme.