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370 legal professionals came together to celebrate the people, technology and innovations that are literally transforming the way law firms and in-house legal teams operate.

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Why You Shouldn’t Make Important Decisions After Lunch

decision making_ Legal Innovation and Tech Fest When we talk about innovation we need to talk about decision making, because ultimately, throughout the innovation process you’re making important decisions. Certainly, when you’re thinking about which ideas to progress or which to leave behind, you want your decision making abilities to be at their most effective.

Ever wondered why, when on diet and faced with the decision of an apple or Tim Tam, it’s always harder to resist the biscuit in the afternoon than in the morning?  Well, it’s because of a little thing called decision fatigue – which is actually a massive area of research in cognitive science. And the problem is that it affects your more important decisions too.

At the Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017, Dr Amantha Imber, Founder of Inventium and co-creator of the Australian Financial Review Most Innovative Companies List, told us more about the concept of decision fatigue and gave us some helpful tools to consciously ensure better decision making processes.

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On-Demand Recording: Innovation Survivor: How to Outwit, Outthink and Outlast

Innovation

It is our ability to generate breakthrough solutions to business challenges that enables us to outthink, outsmart and outlast our competitors.

At Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2016, Dr Amantha Imber, Founder of Inventium and co-creator of the Australian Financial Review Most Innovative Companies List, took the audience through the latest scientific findings in relation to what really drives highly inventive and intelligent thinking.

Her presentation was packed full of interesting anecdotes and practical tools to drive breakthrough thinking within organisations.

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5 Things Every Legal Professional Should Know About AI

Artificial Intelligence_Legal Innovation & Tech FestI have this ongoing, love-hate relationship with the portrayal of artificial intelligence for the law in the media. Almost without exception the articles are accompanied by a futuristic image, like a robot carrying a briefcase saying “Is this going to be the lawyer of the future?”. This leaves people either with a dystopian, scared vision of the future, or an overexcited sense of where the world is going. And it completely falls short of the reality.

The reality of AI in the legal industry is not going to be some sort of sci-fi looking robot. It’s going to be happening as part of the work our teams are doing each day and embedded in the software and hardware we use to do that work. Here’s a summary of some early observations about AI that I presented during Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017 that are based on the experiences we have had in experimenting with and implementing elements of AI at Gilbert + Tobin.

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How Telstra’s Legal Team Saved 40,000 Hours

Telstra Legal Innovation WorkshopsIn 2016 Telstra Legal partnered with Herbert Smith Freehills to run a series of design thinking workshops and innovation sprints to tackle a set of productivity opportunities. This collaboration resulted in a saving of a staggering 40,000 lawyer hours and recognition by Financial Times of Telstra Legal as Asia Pac’s most innovative legal department for 2016.  In 2017 Telstra built further on this body of work and was recognised as an ACC Value Champion.  Telstra has also been shortlisted in two innovation categories in the up-coming International Legal Technology Association awards.

Mick Sheehy is General Counsel – Finance, Technology, Innovation & Strategy at Telstra. He revealed how they ran the forums and how they achieved this phenomenal time saving during Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017. Here’s a summary.

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On Demand Recording: Turning Innovative Ideas into Results – Why Collaboration is Critical to Success

Telstra Legal Innovation_Legal Innovation & Tech FestIn 2016 Telstra Legal were awarded the title of Most Innovative In-House Legal Department in Asia Pac by the Financial Times. In his presentation at Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017 Mick Sheehy, General Counsel – Finance, Technology, Innovation & Strategy, shared the story of Telstra’s journey to innovative greatness.

It’s a story of willingness to change, to collaborate, to take action and to measure results.

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On-Demand Recording: Open Innovation – Creating a Strategy that Benefits Clients, the Firm and the Industry

CorrsChambersWestgarthPurchasing and adopting products from vendors who have not understood the exact business requirements can often frustrate successful implementation and uptake. Over the last decade Corrs Chambers Westgarth, faced with this issue, have transformed their business from that of a passive consumer of technology into a developer and vendor – through its Open Innovation approach.

Download this On-Demand session from Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017 to hear Graeme Grovum, a leader at Corrs, explain how combining internal legal expertise with complementary external knowledge to create new products, have benefited clients, lawyers, as well as the broader legal community. Hear how Corrs’ solutions have reconciled the legal industry’s ‘requirement for certainty’ with the unavoidably fluid development process and added additional revenue streams for the firm.

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33 Powerful Insights from Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017

legal insightsLegal Innovation & Tech Fest has celebrated it’s 2nd year with over 370 legal professionals turning out to explore how people, technology and innovations are transforming the way law firms and in-house legal teams operate.

Read the recap of the event here.

With over 960 minutes of enlightening content presented by our speakers, there were insights galore. In case you missed it, here are 33 takeaways from the event as tweeted by the attendees.

 

 

 

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4 Things I Learnt at the 2017 Legal Innovation & Tech Fest

Legal Innovation & Tech Fest Q&A

1 – Innovation is an opportunity

“We can’t afford not to be looking towards the next step”, said Rein Graat, General Counsel, Asia Pacific, ING Bank early on day one. This was the common theme of the conference, but Rein set the tone for how to interpret and visualise the vast amounts of information we would be handed over the next two days. He highlighted the enormous complications associated with bringing the legal industry into the technological era, demonstrating how it is not only physical change, but most importantly a cultural change. We need to be pushing the people within our businesses to own a ‘digital first’ mentality, to explore how innovation can empower us and improve the quality (and quantity) of our work. Innovation is a constant opportunity, and understanding that constant change is the key to seizing that opportunity is fundamental.

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Key Themes From 2nd Annual Legal Innovation & Tech Fest

Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017Over 370 Legal Professionals, thought-leaders, and sponsors came together for another highly successful Legal Innovation & Tech Fest (see who attended here). This is the 2nd year this thriving community has come together to explore the leadership, technology, ideas and innovations that are transforming the way law firms and in-house legal teams operate, and this year proved to be bigger and better than the last.

There were three broad areas of focus at this year’s Legal Innovation & Tech Fest:

1. Innovation Culture

Creativity, innovation and inclusion were three words that stood out in many of the sessions presented this year. Our community were keen to hear about creating an innovation culture, how to inspire people to go on a journey and create an environment where employees expect and demand change, rather than fear it. To answer this, we heard from the likes of Michelle Mahoney, Executive Director, Innovation, King & Wood Mallesons on how they are working to create a mindset of innovation for their lawyers, including some real examples and challenges from the front-line. As one attendee remarked “Having those real-life examples was incredibly useful for people like me who are trying to drive innovation at their organisations”.

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Electronic Trials: Why Haven’t We All Made the Switch?

electronic trials legal innovationWith the advanced technology available to us to digitise legal processes, the old days of doing discovery with a poor articled clerk locked in a room rifling through hard copy documents should be a thing of the past.

So why haven’t we all made the switch to a smarter way of working?

In this video, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Gemma Thomas gives a preview of her upcoming session at Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017 “Electronic Hearings and Litigating in the Digital Age – Working Smarter Not Harder

Gemma gives her perspective on electronic trials and explains why she thinks more people haven’t adopted this technology.

 

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