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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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Have We Reached Peak Innovation in Legal?

Innovation Legal Tech FestOf late, a number of signs have surfaced which indicate to me that we just might have…

Let’s take a closer look at three of these:

1. Saturation

We’ve been saturated recently by the (seemingly) sudden explosion of technology subsets, each with its own set of futurists, hack(athon)tivists and idealists. Where we previously had Tech, we now have LegalTech, FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech, MedTech, EdTech, Etc(Tech).

Do these subsets actually indicate newly specific problems to be solved, or are they just newly specific markets being targeted?

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Innovation for In-House Counsel: L’oréal’s Perspective

Loreal Beauty InnovationLegal is a relatively new function to some organisations, and many are only starting to come to terms with what innovation might mean. With the rise of the “capital L lawyer”, the in-house lawyer that is required to act beyond the role within a complex and constantly evolving business landscape, it is essential to continually assess how you can do things differently, remain open minded and be progressive.

As the world’s largest cosmetics company, L’Oréal is leading the digital revolution of the beauty industry.

Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017 speaker Anna Lozynski explains how their in-house legal team are key players in this revolution, and what opportunities exist for in-house legal teams to drive innovation within their organisations.
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4 Impending Disruptions Legal Professionals Can’t Afford to Ignore

Legal DisruptionWe are living in an age of unprecedented disruption. Once-lucrative revenue models, like billable hours, are under siege. Market structures and distribution channels that have been stable for decades are crumbling before our eyes. The demise of brands such as Kodak, Borders and Blockbuster leaves us with little doubt – shift is happening and no business is immune.

So is the legal industry at risk?

Here are 4 major shifts that are happening right now that may be threatening the legal sector as we know it.

 

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How to Stop Talking About Innovation and Start Doing It

concept-1868728_1920Innovation has become the catch cry of the C-Suite – the all-encompassing answer to moving our business forward and gaining headway from our competitors.

But what are we really doing about it?

Perhaps we need a little less innovation talk, and a little more innovation action. Sam Nickless, COO at Gilbert + Tobin calls it “getting off the flip chart”. He says there is a portfolio of actions that legal professionals need to take in order to really start driving innovation instead of just talking about it.

Watch the clip below of Sam presenting at Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2016 to hear the three elements of this action plan to drive innovation.Continue reading

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5 Leaders Who Are Shaking Up Legal Innovation in 2017

legal-innovators-2017Innovation is a powerful point of differentiation for astute, ambitious and esteemed legal practitioners.  According to experts in the field, ignoring such opportunities will likely bring obsolescence.

So who’s at the forefront of innovation in the legal world? Who should we be looking to for inspiration and guidance on moving our businesses forward? Here are five leaders who are shaking up legal innovation in 2017.Continue reading

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How Technology is Penetrating Into the Legal Market

With the rapid changes in technology and the competitive landscape occurring in the legal market, a law firm needs to be future-ready – where the pace and end-game remain uncertain. Part of that is understanding where technology fits into legal practices and where the opportunities are to innovate. During his presentation at Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2016, Sam Nickless (Chief Operating Officer, Gilbert & Tobin) touched on this concept. Here is an excerpt from his full presentation “The Future-Ready Law Firm – Agility, Innovation and (Self) Disruption”.

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On-Demand Recording: The Future Ready Law Firm

sam-nicklessWith the rapid changes in technology and the competitive landscape occurring in the legal market, a law firm needs to be future-ready – where the pace and end game remain uncertain. Gilbert + Tobin have decided that they need to remain agile – to innovate and prototype rapidly and to be willing to take options on a range of future outcomes.

In this On-Demand session from Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2016, Gilbert + Tobin COO, Sam Nickelss, explores the approach G+T is taking to ensure the firm remains competitive and continues to win new business, not simply retain existing business. He also discusses the concept of ‘self-disruption’ and how G+T seeks to leverage best of breed platforms with open standards, to move quickly and ultimately deliver a superior, connected, customer experience.Continue reading

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Exploring the Path to Innovation for Legal Professionals

footsteps-1697220_1920As a Program Director, I often get asked how I decide on what goes into the Legal Innovation & Tech Fest program each year. While finding the people and organisations with the best stories is an important part of putting the event together, what many people don’t realise is that the research process starts long before the event planning even begins – usually 6 months out from the conference – when we get the community together in a series of roundtable discussion groups (or RTDs).

It’s in these RTDs that we uncover and unpack the most pressing issues that are facing legal professionals. The challenges that keep them up at night and often prevent them from moving their teams and businesses forward.Continue reading

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Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2017 Research Report

legal-rr-coverAs members of the legal community we find ourselves increasingly wanting to challenge the status quo, trying to introduce ways to innovate and offer increased efficiency in delivering quality legal services.

So what are the areas of priority? How do we make strategic innovation projects the value proposition that we know they need to be? How can we ensure our innovation is delivering true business value and enabling us to modernise and engage our ever-changing workforce?

In a recent series of roundtable discussion groups, senior professionals revealed what is happening with regard to the challenges of achieving success in legal innovation using technology as an enabler, both within their organisations and the wider community. This report presents the results and explores some of the challenges facing the legal profession and the enablers which will lead the path towards change.Continue reading

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