Legal Innovators: Let’s Hear It for the Law Firms!

Day One of the Legal Innovators conference on Thursday, November 10th is all about the service providers, and in particular law firms, with a focus on the great innovative work they are doing.

An example of what we’ll be exploring is highlighted here by the following two panels: Building Tools For Clients, and Leading Innovation, An Evolving Role.

Both go to the heart of the changes currently taking place inside law firms. The first one considers how legal tech tools can be created by law firms not just for their own use, but to meet the specific needs of their clients. One could call this part of the ‘More Than Law’ trend, which has also seen firms diversify into legal ops consulting and much more besides.

And as explored by a recent Artificial Lawyer article (‘Building Legal Tech Solutions for Your Clients: The How + The Why?’), there are many ways to provide tools for your clients, whether you build them from scratch or customise what is already in the market, and whether you monetize this provision, or make it free to use. There is much here to discuss and consider.

The second panel highlighted here, is all about how innovation roles have evolved inside law firms. It wasn’t that long ago when you’d have only seen a handful of people across the whole market with the word ‘Innovation’ in their job title. Today, this field is a rapidly growing pillar of all major law firms and teams are growing in size and complexity.

In this panel we explore what is happening now, how we got here, and where we are now heading. One key aspect is how does the innovation team interconnect with the rest of the firm, from its core IT team, to product development, to working perhaps with an internal Legal Managed Services or legal ops consulting group, and of course how it works hand-in-hand with the lawyers to drive positive change inside the business and for the clients? Again, so much to explore and discuss here.

Here are the panellists:

1:55 PM – 2:40 PM DIY – Building Tools For Clients – The increasing trend for law firms to build their own tools for client use. Examples and what benefits do they bring? 

The Digital Legal Exchange,
 Isabel Parker, Executive Director
Mayer Brown, Adam Curphey, Senior Manager of Innovation
Pinsent Masons LLPLucy Shurwood, Partner
Mills & Reeve LLPEmma Jackson, Client Innovation Manager
KennedysRichard West, Global Head of Client Innovation, Global Head of Liability Defence
Betty BlocksPaddy O’Shaughnessy, Innovator 

3:55 PM – 4:55 PM Leading Innovation, An Evolving Role – Over the last five years the idea that law firms should have specific teams focused on innovation has become the norm, but where are things in 2022? What does a legal innovation team do today? How has its role evolved?

Linklaters, Greg Baker, Global Head of Practice Innovation
Slaughter and MayEmma Walton-Moore, Senior Knowledge & Innovation Manager
RelativityRyan Hynes, Software Architect
Dentons, Joe Cohen, Head of Innovation
AshurstHelga Butcher, Head of Client Solutions, EMEA
Addleshaw Goddard, Kerry Westland, Partner

I am really looking forward to both of these – and this is just part of what will be taking place on Day One of the two-day Legal Innovators conference in London, Etc Venues, St Paul’s, Nov 10 and 11.

Across the rest of the day and on Friday, which is focused on Inhouse and Legal Ops, there will be plenty of keynotes, product demonstrations, plus other panels on a range of key topics, and of course there will be an exhibitor hall for you to meet some of the equally innovative legal tech companies and service providers in our sector.

Plus, each day there will be coffee breaks and lunch for networking, which will then be rounded off with a drinks reception. So much to see, so much to engage with, and also so many great speakers to put your questions to as well.

I hope that has whetted your appetite! We look forward to seeing you there!

For tickets and more information please see here.

Conference Chair – Richard Tromans, Founder, Artificial Lawyer.