Tech specialists to discuss technology and law

In September, a line-up of tech specialists will gather for The Lawyer’s Business Leadership Summit 2018, a one-day event focused on the future of law firms in a tech-driven world.

Among the panels hosted during the day, a discussion called “Buy vs build: the technology strategy debate” will ask whether law firms should invest in tech development or buy bespoke tools from external providers. The panel will feature Adam Ryan, chief legal innovation officer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Jelle van Veenen, legal service designer at Kennedy Van der Laan.

With no doubt that lawyers are increasingly required to innovate van Veenen says the discussion initially started at law firms but it is now shifting towards corporate legal departments.

“It’s now the clients who take the lead on the discussion on legal innovation, demanding more efficient, transparent and sensible services,” he says.

“After underwhelming delivery for most of its history, AI’s latest developments show a more mundane application, but it is still in need of improvements. The attention is now on efficiency and data measurement. There will be more space for AI once there is a more standardised way of storing information and streamlining processes. No science fiction in sight.”

The Business Leadership Summit will take place on 25 September at etc venues County Hall, London.