Programme

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Sarah Katherine Bagshaw
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Day One Wednesday 13 February 2019

9:15 am

Registration and coffee

9:45 am

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks

Chairman

  • Helen Clerkin Chief Operating Officer, Legal, Investigations & Corporate Secretariat - Standard Chartered Bank
10:00 am

How we’ve made legal tech work in…financial services/the technology sector/a start-up

Three legal leaders will each present a short, fast-paced presentation looking at innovation and technology in their legal departments – particularly how they are taking their teams from analogue to digital and overcoming the challenges of getting lawyers and the business on board.

Followed by facilitated joint Q&A.

Speakers

  • Jon Doyle Chief of Staff – Legal - Barclays
  • Chris Fowler General Counsel BT Technology & Transformation - BT
  • Paul Peake Legal Director - StubHub International
10:40 am

Derek Southall’s whirlwind tour of legal tech innovation in the past 12 months

Lawyer and digital expert Derek Southall returns with an update of his popular session on what’s new in legal tech over the past year and what you in corporate legal should be doing about it.  Derek will tell you everything you need to know about the latest in legal innovation – and the developing sub-sectors of “dispute-tech”, “commercial contract-tech”, “proptech” and more - all compacted into less than an hour. So, buckle up for a warp-speed journey through the legal tech landscape.

Speaker

  • Derek SouthallDerek Southhall Founder and CEO, Hyperscale and Head of Innovation and Digital - Gowling WLG
11:30 am

Your right to reply: in-house teams have their say

Two in-house leaders will join Derek on stage to pose the questions that most heads of legal operations/legal tech will have for him. We’ll also take questions from the floor and via Sli.do.

Speakers

11:40 am

Networking break

12:10 pm

Stories from the front line of failure

Speaker

  • Fiona Robb Head of Operations Compliance, Legal and Governance - Schroders
12:40 pm

How legal tech products add value (session 1)

Now that legal teams have a better understanding of what the available technologies are, we’ll help you get a better understanding of what they actually deliver.  Back by popular demand, these informal and interactive sessions are designed to provide education, not sales pitches.  By featuring a wide selection of vendors, we aim to provide delegates with a genuinely objective overview of technology products that are specifically relevant to in-house legal.

Each vendor will present a short educational presentation demonstrating the value added by their product, covering:
- what it has achieved for their client/s, including quantifiable efficiencies or savings
- how corporate legal can make a business case for investment

There will be three presentations running simultaneously in each session.  Each delegate can choose one of the three presentations to attend in the first session and one of the three in the second session.  Each vendor presentation will be followed by a discussion group facilitated by a member of the Summit Advisory Board, giving you the chance to react to the vendor presentations and discuss them amongst your peers.

1:00 pm

Lunch and networking

2:00 pm

How legal tech products add value (session 2)

2:20 pm

Case Study Breakouts (A)

This series of facilitated round table discussions (A1 – A10) will focus on how other corporate legal departments deal with the challenges you face. These interactive and informal discussions follow Chatham House rules – giving you the freedom to speak your mind. Small groups allow everyone to participate and each group feeds back, giving all attendees access to the knowledge pool.  These brainstorming sessions will give insight into your peers’ challenges and provide solutions to your own.  Each session indicates the size of the facilitator’s legal team so that you can choose the discussions most relevant to your business.

There will be two 35-minute sessions.

A1        Building digital workflows – step by step
Mo Zain Ajaz, Global Head of Legal Operational Excellence, National Grid

A2       Finding, and working with, internal business partners to share tech investment
Amit Kotecha, Senior Legal Counsel, BMW Group UK

A3         Software implementation lessons: out of the box vs. customised
Hear from a large and small legal department on their software implementation experiences

A3        Building a business case for a legal tech project

A4        From legal tech to reg tech:  using tech to stay on top of the shifting regulatory landscape

A5        Getting better value from open source or commonplace tools

A6        E-billing system implementation – key lessons learned one year on

A7        E-signatures in legal:  how we made the business case and demonstrated ROI

A8        Blockchain – what problems do we have that blockchain can solve?  What exactly can it do for our business?

A9        Using technology to manage panel firms

A10      Using non-legal tech tools in the legal department – adapting legal to the tech we have in the company
Which enterprise tools are safe bets for legal? Can we use these and then build legal processes around them?

3:35 pm

Networking break including Off-line technology user meetings

During this break, we’ll set up dedicated areas for users, and potential users, of the technologies demonstrated earlier to gather and network.  If you’d like to talk to users of a technology, this is your chance to meet in an informal, “off-line” group.

4:00 pm

Case Study Breakouts (B)

This series of hosted round table discussions (B1 – B10) will focus on how other corporate legal departments deal with the challenges you face.  These interactive and informal discussions follow Chatham House rules – giving you the freedom to speak your mind.  Small groups allow everyone to participate and each group feeds back, giving all attendees access to the knowledge pool.  These brainstorming sessions will give insight into your peers’ challenges and provide solutions to your own.  Each session indicates the size of the facilitator’s legal team so that you can choose the discussions most relevant to your business.

There will be two 35-minute sessions.

B1        Practical use of AI in corporate legal
What problems do we have that AI can solve? What exactly can it do for our business?

B2        Working with the IT department to enhance collaboration and to influence IT strategy

B3        Managing Data Subject Access Requests (DSARs) – can the process be made less painful?

B4        Getting triage/self-service right
Mike Naughton, Senior Manager, Legal Services Global Center of Excellence, Cisco Systems

B5        Using tech to calculate/manage risk

B6        Applying data science in corporate legal

B7        Making chatbots work in corporate legal

B8        Self-service, automation and templates in practice

B9        Using metrics to demonstrate the value of the legal team

B10      Collaborating with panel firms to tracking workflow and legal spending

5:15 pm

Networking break

Take a quick breather and grab a drink before joining us for the final engaging session of the day.

5:30 pm

The Samoan Circle – an Alternative panel discussion: Why is (legal) technology implementation so often unsuccessful?

We’ll re-convene for an informal and interactive session using the “Samoan Circle” format.  Set up in the round, delegates will gather around a central circle to eavesdrop on a frank, facilitated, conversation which will initially be between four in-house leaders.  Audience members can join in the discussion by entering the “inner discussion circle” and sitting down.

We’ll start by asking why it’s so hard to implement legal technology projects.  Why are we failing to manage the change process? To understand the psychology of change and what will motivate our teams to change?

Other topics for discussion:

  • How can legal help/encourage the business to automate so legal services really add value?How can we convince the business to self-serve in the face of stiff resistance? Do our internal clients want a digital “front door” to legal services? Is it possible to change the model of how legal supports the business? And, can we meet the educational challenge?
  • How can corporate legal departments cut out inefficiency and overspending in the purchase of legal services? How can we improve our financial data management?

The working principles of the Samoan Circle are:

  1. Only those in the inner circle may speak, until prompted to retire
  2. You can enter the inner circle at any time if you want to join the discussion
  3. You must finish your point and leave the inner circle when prompted by the facilitator

The bar is open, Sli.do awaits your questions / comments and we hope you’ll join in the conversation.

Speakers

6:15 pm

Chair’s closing remarks and end of day one

7:30 pm

Drinks reception

8:00 pm

Dinner and entertainment followed by overnight stay

Day Two Thursday 14 February 2019

9:15 am

Registration and coffee

10:00 am

Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks

10:05 am

Keynote plenary panel: First identify the problem, THEN seek the solution

Two pairs of in-house counsel and a commercial head from their business will talk about legal problems they have faced and how they solved them, together, with technology.

Chairman

10:50 am

In-house, up close: My favourite piece of legal tech

We bring you three leaders representing different sizes of legal team, each to tell us about their favourite piece of legal technology, what they’ve done with it and what the outcome has been.

  • A multi-jurisdictional compliance tool built with standard (non-legal) tech
    Chris Fox, Chief Legal Officer, Kambi
    team size 1-10

Followed by joint Q&A

Speaker

11:35 am

Networking break

12:00 pm

The rise of the in-house legal technology and operations team (1)

From those who are doing it - corporate legal departments with a dedicated legal tech and ops team will explain why they’ve chosen this path and how they’ve made it work.

12:30 pm

The rise of the in-house legal technology and operations team (2)

Is the legal ops role a fad, or here to stay?  What kind of skills are needed?  Have lawyers who move into ops been co-opted into a role or made a conscious decision to leave legal work behind?  Is it realistic for lawyers to return to purely legal work and how can lawyers stay marketable?  What is the perspective of non-lawyers moving into legal operations?  Do legal ops roles have a long-term place in one organisation after the immediate book of change has been delivered?

1:00 pm

Closing keynote – Creating a collaborative workspace (or, can you run a legal department without email?)

There must be a better way than email to chivvy legal projects along, identify bottlenecks and make people accountable. A senior legal director in the company that invented Outlook will demonstrate how Microsoft’s legal team are collaborating without email and what that means for people, projects and outcomes.

1:35 pm

Networking lunch

 

We hope to see you at the event in February.

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