Advisory Board

Stephen Allen

Global Head of Legal Operations, Innovation Lead

Hogan Lovells

Ben Allgrove

Global Research & Development Partner

Baker McKenzie

Ray Berg

Managing Partner

Osborne Clarke

Karl Chapman

Strategic Advisor

EY Riverview Law

Sally Davies

Senior Partner

Mayer Brown

Christina Demetriades

Deputy General Counsel (Legal Ops)

Accenture

Stéphanie Hamon

Head of Legal Operations Consulting

Norton Rose Fulbright

Axel Koelsch

COO

Addleshaw Goddard

Andrew McManus

IT Director

Eversheds Sutherland

Andrew Moir

Head of the Global Cyber Security Practice

HSF

Isabel Parker

Chief Legal Innovation Officer

Freshfields

Mike Polson

Managing Partner & Head of Ahurst Advance

Ashurst

Mark Rigotti

CEO

Herbert Smith Freehills

Kate Tomlinson

Innovation Director

Norton Rose Fulbright

Maurice Tunney

Chief Technology Officer

Keystone

Anthony Vigneron

Director, Legal Technology Solutions

Clifford Chance

Nick West

Chief Strategy Officer

Mishcon de Reya

Ben Williams

Managing Director, (Peerpoint)

Allen & Overy

Why we're taking in back to basics...

  • There has never been more competition in the legal industry than there is now. Between firms, between new providers, between a legal technology company, even between consultants. Over the past few years, we have seen compound inflation in the hyperbole around 'innovation', 'artificial intelligence' and 'data' – and now we are seeing a backlash, hashtags such as #BringBackBoring or #LegalTechTruths regularly appear in response to ill-researched or highly exaggerated commentary. It's time we got 'back to basics'. Let's work together to solve the real challenges in a pragmatic and collaborative way.

    Stephen Allen
    Global Head of Legal Operations, Innovations Lead
    Hogan Lovells
  • "The much heralded, and very real, disruption of the legal industry has also been accompanied by uncritical hype. The maturity cycle is now at a point where people are rightly asking what adds value now; hopefully without losing sight of what the future might bring. "

    Ben Allgrove
    Global Research & Development Partner
    Baker McKenzie
  • Leadership within law firms needs to be ambidextrous given the environment. Change is all around us – and the future is ambiguous. On the one hand, we have to attend to today – getting the basics right so that our clients are served, our people are paid and our business operates smoothly. On the other hand, we have to look to the future and around corners and take action to be prepared for the future. Balancing the dilemma is part and parcel of the everyday work of leadership within law firms.

    Mark Rigotti
    CEO
    Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Transformation happens in the core, not the periphery. Readying our organisations for a radically different future is not about launching a new app, it requires a rebuild and upgrade of the basics of our organisation – people, operating model and governance. Where to start?

    Alex Koelsch
    Chief Operating Officer
    Addleshaw Goddard
  • Just as you shouldn’t build a house without foundations, so you cannot innovate successfully without getting the basics right. You can, of course, ride the hype cycle, and glitter and fairy dust will buy you some time (and get you some PR coverage), but the truth is that successful innovation is really hard work...It requires a wholesale strategic rethink with digital transformation at its core. Successful law firms of the future will be those that invest in the basic building blocks now, enabling them to build their skyscrapers in the future.

    Isabel Parker
    Chief Legal Innovation Officer
    Freshfields
  • As a leader of a law firm, it is easy to get distracted with the shiny new ideas that get thrust upon you by suppliers on a daily basis. Cutting through the noise can be difficult which is why it is vital to remember why our firms exist. Remembering our purpose is key to managing our businesses and in this respect focusing on the basics really helps to make a difference. If our purpose is about protecting our clients’ interests and helping add value in the deal environment then the basics are about.

    Sally Davies
    Senior Partner
    Mayer Brown
  • Although “Innovation” and “AI” continue to grab many headlines, it is clear that in very many instances, clients are seeking an improved experience from their legal service providers. Many of the issues and themes to be explored within the “back to basics” agenda directly contribute to that improved client experience and we all need to ensure we deliver the changes our clients are asking for.

    Mike Polson
    Partner
    Ashurst
  • Clients are increasingly looking for technology-enabled efficiencies from law firms in order to manage costs and risks. This, in turn, has increased the need for technologically savvy lawyers who can spot the opportunities for using technology, and help bridge the gap between the legal and business requirements and the technology that can be used to deliver them. An important part of this is knowing what technology can and can't do well and managing the expectations of the business – as well as clients – in relation to that. This conference will be a great forum to compare approaches with other law firms to see how they are grappling with these opportunities and challenges.

    Andrew Moir
    Head of the Global Cyber Security practice
    HSF

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