In 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.