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Law and technology conference 2019

Date: 9th October 2019

Time: 09:00 - 16:35

Location:
The Studio
67 Hope Street
Glasgow
G2 6AE

CPD Hours: 5hours

Technology has fundamentally changed the legal profession in recent years - the next revolution promises to be even more transformative. Join our expert speakers at this free conference to find out more about it.

Hear from Lord Michael Briggs, Law and technology conference 2018
Sold out. Please email cpd@lawscot.org.uk to be added to the waiting list

5 hours verifiable CPD

Some call it the fourth industrial revolution: the process by which the rapid development of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, robotics and big data are expected to fundamentally reshape the economy – creating new jobs and changing old ones. This can bring benefits – we can expect it to contribute to economic growth and increased efficiency – but also challenges, particularly concerning data privacy and the difficulties of regulating sectors that don’t even exist yet.

This is a data-driven revolution, and the legal sector – as holders and processors of vast amounts of data – can expect to be at the forefront of it. There are tremendous opportunities for artificial intelligence to automate tedious, time-consuming workloads, for lawyers to learn and benefit from new skills and for greater access and portability of information to lead directly to better services for clients. However, there are also challenges: namely, the storage and use of so much data and the ever-present possibility of a cyber-attack means that the protection of personal data must be paramount.

However, these risks have always been with us – they just take a different form. An unlocked filing cabinet or a wrongly addressed letter posed just as much – if not more – of a risk as a weak password or a phishing attempt.

In any case, technology has already fundamentally changed the legal profession in recent years: nearly all of us communicate by email or store documents on the cloud. The next revolution promises to be even more transformative, and you are invited to this conference to find out more about it.

If you cancel within five working days of the event, or don't attend on the day, you will be invoiced for £79 +VAT.

By the end of this conference, attendees will know about:

  • The way technology is changing the legal profession in Scotland and beyond
  • Cybersecurity risks and how they can be minimised
  • The ways in which new technologies can be used to increase efficiency and provide better services to clients
  • The skills that the lawyer of the future will need
  • David Lee, Conference Chair
  • Isabel Parker, Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer 
  • David Rivett, COO, Nalytics
  • Callum Murray, CEO, Amiqus
  • Paul Mosson, Executive Director of Member Services, Law Society of Scotland
  • Kerry Trewen, Director, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, School of Law, University of Glasgow
  • Giuseppe Pia, Trainee Solicitor, Burness Paull LLP
  • Nick Francis, Growth Marketing, Clio
  • David Sutherland, R&D Manager, DWF Law   
  • Alan Stuart, Stuart & Co
  • Euan Duncan, Partner, MacRoberts
  • Dr Catriona Wolfenden, Partner, Weightmans LLP
  • Chloe Kennedy, Legal Technologist, Ashurst
Testimonials

"The conference offered an excellent snapshot of legal tech today. A number of clear, posed questions and measured knowledge pieces were presented. I left with good jump starts to inform technology change for the business, and new pathways to understand how the lawyer can be directly and positively engaged."

Christopher O'Brien, Gillespie Macandrew LLP, October 2018

"An incredibly diverse and dynamic panel and programme that made for incredibly insightful discussion on the relationship between law and technology and what we can expect to see over the coming years."

October 2018

"Technology is something that has ever-growing importance in the legal sector. The need to understand it and how it will shape the sector going forward is paramount so that lawyers can expand their skills, remain relevant, and continue to meet the ever-changing needs of their clients. The topics covered by the programme provide a useful insight into this and make it clear that technology isn’t something to be feared and that change should be embraced."

October 2018

"Really brilliant and full of useful information and contacts."

October 2018

  • 09:00 - 09:20

    Registration,exhibition and refreshments
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    Speaker
    David Lee

    David Lee is an event host, conference organiser, writer, editor and PR consultant. He worked for daily newspapers for 20 years, latterly as Senior Assistant Editor at The Scotsman before establishing his own business in 2009. As Director of David Lee Media & Events Ltd, he has organised 100-plus business and public policy conferences and seminars and hosted almost 200 events for a range of public and private sector clients across the UK. David has covered legal affairs as a writer and consultant for more than 15 years and has been a judge in the Scottish Legal Awards since 2004. He has hosted a  range of events for the Law Society of Scotland and for several different legal firms. Away from work, he is a father of four children (and two dogs), a passionate coastal rower and an enthusiastic and rather noisy footballer.

  • 09:30 - 10:10

    Opening keynote: How to drive innovation within the law firm

    • What are the key challenges and opportunities in legal innovation?
    • How can technological solutions be implemented?
    • What can we expect from legal technology in the near future?

    Speaker
    Isabel Parker

    Isabel is an experienced and dynamic leader of innovation and transformation in legal services. She trained as a finance lawyer at Freshfields, then moved from fee earning to set up Freshfields’ Legal Solutions Hub in Manchester. She is currently Freshfields’ Chief Legal Innovation Officer, leading the development of client facing digital products, and has recently also assumed responsibility for the firms’s Knowledge function. Isabel was listed as one of the top innovative lawyers in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for 2018, and has a strong track record of successfully implementing large scale global change programmes within the sector.

    10:10 - 10:30

    Using technology to address unstructured data for a legal business

    • The challenges of dealing with unstructured data, being able to find what you need accurately and in a timely manner
    • Solutions to address use cases:
      • GDPR
      • SARs
      • Contract review
      • Litigation
      • Disclosure

    Speaker
    David Rivett

    David Rivett is a founding Director of Nalytics and has spent over 30 years in the IT industry involved in delivering many high profile IT solutions in both private and public sectors. David has extensive experience of start-up businesses and developing new IT solutions having founded and developed PRL Scotland Limited and Hanon Solutions Limited before becoming CTO for the OLM Group. David originally trained with Digital Equipment Corporation where he was a Principal Engineer. David has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Paisley in Scotland and an MBA from the University of Liverpool.

    10:30 - 10:50

    Compliance technology as a competitive advantage

    • Why technology shouldn't replace human interaction, but enhance it
    • How using compliance technology in the right way can:
      • significantly reduce costs
      • add brand value
      • keep your clients happy
      • keep the data you hold secure
      • give you 4 extra days per month with your clients

    Speaker
    Callum Murray

    Callum Murray is the CEO of Amiqus Resolution, a company building purpose-driven software products. Amiqus was founded in 2015 after Callum experienced the civil court process first hand as a litigant and was motivated to help make legal information and expertise accessible online.

    Amiqus ID, the first tool launched by Amiqus, helps firms to collect, analyse and manage anti-money laundering and compliance information whilst making the process simple and repeatable for clients.

    It is now accredited and recommended by regulatory bodies throughout the UK and has been adopted across multiple sectors. The Amiqus team have picked up multiple awards for their work including Entrepreneurial Scotland's Rising Star of the Year 2017, Barclays' Regional Startup of the Year 2017, Deloitte's Most Disruptive Startup 2018 and Tech for Good Award at the Scottish Tech Startup Awards 2018.

  • 10:50 - 11:10

    Refreshments, exhibition and networking
  • 11:10 - 11:50

    Panel discussion: Accessing legal data

    • The current situation and its impacts
    • What can be done to make legal data accessible?
    • Lessons from other jurisdictions

    Speakers
    Paul Mosson

    Paul Mosson started working for the Law Society of Scotland in November 2017 as Executive Director of Member Services. Paul has a strong background in delivering member services within the legal sector having worked with the Bar Council of England and Wales for nine years, starting as its Head of Member Services and ultimately as its Director of Services, Policy and Representation. Most recently he set up as a consultant and has been working with Mills Rendall & Associates on strategy development for, among others, the Birmingham Law Society and on a leadership programme.

    Chloe is a Legal Technologist within Ashurst’s “NewLaw” legal operations division, Ashurst Advance. In this role, Chloe provides and delivers legal technology solutions to drive efficiency and cost savings across various legal matters and work-streams.

    Chloe holds an LL.B (Honours) in Scots Law and a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from The University of Edinburgh. She has possessed an interest in technology from a young age and this developed into Legal Technology during her studies and her enthusiasm has grown since joining Ashurst in 2018.

    By combining her passion for technology with her legal background, Chloe takes pride in knowing she is playing a key role in innovating the delivery of legal services and supporting the implementation of legal technology firm-wide to enhance global efficiency and reduce unrecoverable hours."

    Basil is a digital forensics consultant, owner of Strathclyde Forensics and the Manager of The Cyber Academy at Edinburgh Napier University.
    He has diverse business experience in the UK and Greece, and has worked with organisations like IBM, Abbey National, Glasgow University, HM Government and Edinburgh Napier University.
    Since 2009 he has been running his own business, Strathclyde Forensics, providing Expert Witness and Digital Forensics services, businesses and individuals, but mainly to the legal profession. He has been involved in several high-profile cases and has been providing customised CPD training to solicitors and other legal professionals in Digital Evidence, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity.
    Through his position at The Cyber Academy he has provided training to the Chinese Government, including the Ministry of Industry and IT, and the South-to-North Water Diversion Project, as well as most branches of the Scottish Government on Incident Response and Cyber Resilience.
     Basil is a regular speaker to universities (Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh Napier, UWS, Robert Gordon, SAN, American College of Greece) and conferences in the UK and abroad (Poland, Romania, Greece, Germany) and he has organised this year’s Big Data in Cyber Security Conference, at Napier University which attracted an audience of 250 and speakers from around the world, including the ITU and the FBI.
    In the last year he has participated in several events of The Law Society of Scotland, has been working (and presenting) with INTERPOL’s Digital Forensics Expert’s Group, and has had over 20 awareness engagements that also include SYLA (Scottish Young Lawyer’s Association) and SPA (Scottish Paralegal Association).

    11:50 - 12:30

    How technology is changing legal practice

    Speaker
    Mark Potkewitz

    Mark Potkewitz is Co-Director of the Legal Innovation Centre at Ulster University. He is a licensed attorney and previously served as the Director of Policy for the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship at Brooklyn Law School, the Legal Technology Fellow at Brooklyn Law School and was a Google Policy Fellow and Adjunct Fellow at the policy think tank, TechFreedom.

    In Washington. D.C., he worked as a policy advocate focusing on U.S. federal legislative issues relating to privacy, technology, national security, intelligence, and defence. As a paralegal, he worked on civil and criminal litigation in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Eighth, and District of Columbia Circuits.

    His research interests are computational law, natural language processing and machine learning, data privacy, linguistics, cryptography and encryption, legal services delivery, and intellectual property.

    12:30 - 12:50

    How to think about automation and the benefits for your firm

    • Where does the average lawyer spend their time in a typical 8 hour day?
    • How can you assess your firm's efficiency?
    • What type of automation can your firm benefit from?

    Speaker
    Nick Francis

    Nick leads growth marketing for Clio in the United Kingdom. Clio empowers law firms to be client centred and firm focused, the only cloud-case management software to be endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales and approved by the Law Society of Scotland. A four-year veteran of the technology industry, Nick is passionate about educating lawyers on using tech to improve their lives, practices and ultimately the clients they serve.

  • 12:50 - 13:50

    Lunch, exhibition and networking
  • 13:50 - 14:30

    How can lawyers get involved in legal technology?

     

    Speaker
    David Sutherland

    David is Research & Development Manager for DWF Ventures, the research and development company for DWF. David uses design thinking and a toolkit of techniques to help lawyers and clients understand their needs and develop effective solutions.
     
    Coming from a legal engineering background, David has experience of improving legal processes using technology solutions such as document automation, workflow creation and app development. David now works to help to break down, understand and frame problems that lawyers and clients face in order to successfully test solutions to these problems. Through the testing of ideas and solutions, David is able to help DWF and clients understand if solutions deliver the necessary benefits and how these could be implemented and operationalised.

    14:30 - 15:10

    Panel discussion: Training the lawyer of the future

    • What skills will be needed to be a successful lawyer in the future?
    • What opportunities are available to develop these skills?

    Speakers

    Kerry Trewern joined the University of Glasgow as Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in December 2016, having been Deputy Director at the University of Edinburgh since April 2014.  
    Prior to this, Kerry worked in private practice, specialising in civil litigation.  She worked as a trainee and solicitor at Balfour + Manson Solicitors and subsequently joined Morton Fraser LLP.  At Morton Fraser, Kerry’s role involved training colleagues and clients, as well as fee-earning.  
    Kerry has also worked at the Scottish Law Commission and has undertaken secondments to both the Scottish Government and Standard Life.
    Last year, Kerry oversaw the introduction of a new course on the Glasgow Diploma: Legal Innovation and Technology.  

    Giuseppe Pia

    Giuseppe a second year trainee at Burness Paull, currently out on secondment at EDF Renewables. His previous seat was spent split between Burness Paull’s Tech & Commercial team and working with the Innovation Manager – the first person to undertake this dual role at the firm. Before commencing his traineeship, Giuseppe undertook a four month internship in the legal team at STV, which influenced his interest in the fusion of law and technology.

    Mark Potkewitz

    Mark Potkewitz is Co-Director of the Legal Innovation Centre at Ulster University. He is a licensed attorney and previously served as the Director of Policy for the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship at Brooklyn Law School, the Legal Technology Fellow at Brooklyn Law School and was a Google Policy Fellow and Adjunct Fellow at the policy think tank, TechFreedom.

    In Washington. D.C., he worked as a policy advocate focusing on U.S. federal legislative issues relating to privacy, technology, national security, intelligence, and defence. As a paralegal, he worked on civil and criminal litigation in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Eighth, and District of Columbia Circuits.

    His research interests are computational law, natural language processing and machine learning, data privacy, linguistics, cryptography and encryption, legal services delivery, and intellectual property.

  • 15:10 - 15:30

    Refreshments, exhibition and networking
  • 15:30 - 16:10

    Panel discussion: Using legal technology to provide better services for clients

    • How can firms make use of legal technology?
    • What implementation challenges are there?
    • What solutions are available?

    Speakers

    Alan Stuart is a projects lawyer based in Edinburgh with over 25 years' experience in assistng clients to achieve their goals. After qualifying, alan worked in two of Scotland's largest legal practices, he then spent 17 years in a large and well respected Scottish law firm based in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and was a partner in the Commericla department for 12 years. Alan set up his own specialist practice in 2014 with leading London Corporate Lawyer Mark Lawson. Alan specialises in IT, Space Science, Life Sciences and International Contracts. He also acts for a large number of software companies ranging from start ups to PLCs. A;an acts as a consultant for other law firms and lectures on IT Contracts and International Contracts.

    Euan Duncan, Partner, MacRoberts
    Dr Catriona Wolfenden

    Catriona is a Partner and the Innovation Manager at Weightmans LLP. In this role, Catriona is responsible for the development, delivery and management of the firm’s innovation and technology projects, as well as the broader innovation programme. She works closely with the Innovation Group, clients, suppliers, academia and legal teams to ensure that Weightmans continues to evolve and offers real market-leading solutions. Catriona is a solicitor and has plenty of first-hand experience of civil litigation and market strategy that she uses to assist with innovative service delivery.

    16:10 - 16:35

    Technology and the future of the legal profession

  • 16:35 - 16:40

    Closing remarks

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