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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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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 benefitted 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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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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