Agenda 2019

The 'Masergy' Main Stage

The ‘Masergy’ Main Stage – Led by Prof. Richard Susskind, will explore the current legal technological landscape and the impact that technological innovation is having on the sector. In addition, the stage will evaluate the risks and management challenges ahead for the profession in terms of security risks that are coming around the corner due to the technological boom and how the profession will need to manage these challenges in line with client expectations.

The Main Stage will evaluate the re-invention of the business of law and the individual’s relationship with technology, whilst evaluating the trials of managing firms that are pushing IT & digital boundaries. The 2019 agenda will look at technological landscape, and how the legal sector needs to truly understand the true value of security where business data is now gold.

Time Schedule Speakers

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Professor Richard Susskind OBE


The Re-invention of the Business of Law
Lisa Sewell –  MD UK & ME, Dentons

  • Leadership perspective on efficient integration of multi offices & shared services
  • Advancement of the professional partnership structure
  • Embracing distribution
  • Increasing productivity to meet client demands
  • Client Nirvana – faster, quicker & increased value services.

Stage Sponsor Showcase
Craig D’Abreo 
– Vice President of Security Operations, Masergy


Addressing Change – Law Firm Transformation
Razvan Cretu – Head of IT, CMS

  • Mastering transformation – Change / adaption & innovation at the core
  • Supporting a three-way merger – key drivers
  • Sustaining growth & digital innovation
  • CIO or business leader – The new face of the tech leaders.



Cyber Security Innovation
Raj Samani – McAfee Fellow, Chief Scientist, McAfee

  • Understanding the true value of security
  • Cyber advancements – what this means to you.

Keynote: Digital Innovation – Augmented Reality
Pranav Mistry – Head of AR, Innovation Management & Think Tank Team, Samsung

  • The future of technology could be tomorrow
  • The digital space is now less about what we can do but what we can do in the future
  • Augmented Reality, what this means for you
  • The meeting of AI & Digital Tech.


Prof. Richard Susskind OBE, interviews the panel on the information, issues & opportunities raised during the keynote. During this discussion, audience members are offered an opportunity to submit questions to the panel.

Pranav Mistry –  Head of AR, Innovation Management & Think Tank Team, Samsung
Bjarne Tellmann – General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Pearson
Dr. Jessica Barker – Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Socio-Technical Lead, Cygenta
Professor Richard Susskind OBE (Event Chair)


Chairman’s Closing Remarks
Professor Richard Susskind OBE



The ‘Pcysys’ Innovation Stage

The ‘Pcysys’ Innovation Stage – chaired by Peter Wright – Managing Director, DigitalLawUk will explore current systems, processes and solutions available for the profession, whilst looking at the new technology for the future lawyer and the future of UK innovation.

The sessions will investigate new applications including new smart apps, which are paving the way for client innovation and streamlined service, whilst also highlighting the ease of how systems can be exploited. In addition, the sessions will explore the human nature of cyber security, the psychology and behavior of hackers and what firms need to do in order to protect themselves in a heightened risk landscape.

Time Schedule Speakers

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
Peter Wright – Managing Director, DigitalLawUK


Future for UK Innovation
Jacqueline de Rojas – President, techUK


Sponsor Showcase


Stage Sponsor Showcase
Amitai Ratzon – CEO, Pcysys


Sponsor Showcase


Sponsor Showcase


International Data Transfer – The Likely Brexit Implications
Norton Rose Fulbright


Sponsor Showcase




The Human Nature of Cybersecurity
Dr. Jessica BarkerCo-CEO & Co-Founder & Socio-Technical Lead, Cygenta

  • How human bias influences a great deal of behaviour when it comes to technology & cybersecurity
  • Drawing on sociology, psychology & behavioural economics to explore the human nature of cybersecurity
  • Why cybersecurity is about people as much as it is about technology & what we can do to raise awareness and improve behaviour online.

Sponsor Showcase


Sponsor Showcase
sharedo by slicedbread


Keeping Information Flowing in an Insecure World
Henry Harrison – Co-Founder & CTO, Garrison

  • Lawyers are knowledge workers: delivering value to clients depends on access to the right information at the right time.
  • Some of that information comes from trusted sources, but much of it comes from the World Wide Web.
  • As parts of the web are increasingly subverted by sophisticated online criminals and hostile nation states, security concerns create pressure to restrict access.
  • How can law firms keep the information flowing while protecting themselves from online threats?

Sponsor Showcase


PANEL: Legal Tech Disrupt or be Disrupted – View from The Vendors
Peter Owen – Director and Founder, Lights-On Consulting (Chair)


Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Peter Wright – Managing Director, DigitalLawUK

  • A summary of the issues & opportunities presented on the ‘Pcysys’ Innovation Stage.


The Lounge Stage

The Lounge Stage – Chaired by Larry Bridgesmith, Adjunct Professor & Coordinator – Program on Law & Innovation, Vanderbilt Law School, will explore people, processes, current information governance, legal operations and the impact of Brexit.

The sessions will explore how firms are currently driving firm innovation whilst managing legacy roles and the challenges this presents in terms of agility and planning for the future. The Lounge Stage will dissect the challenges of integrating people and processes and how integration must be carefully planned. The stage will also evaluate the new legal operations role that has evolved to mirror clients and hear from leading In House Counsel teams on what excellence looks like in a modern legal department, including implementing transformational strategies and having the leadership needed to drive a competitive advantage in the current market.

Time Schedule Speakers

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
Larry Bridgesmith, Adjunct Professor & Coordinator – Program on Law & Innovation, Vanderbilt Law School


Integrating People & Processes
Andrew McManus – IT Director, Eversheds Sutherland

Due to numerous technological innovations available to the legal sector, law firms are now vulnerable to seizing onto the latest fad in a bid to improve efficiency and lower costs to clients.

However, there is always a potential risk that the new technology is not fully embraced by the firm’s lawyers.

This session will discuss, how integration must be carefully planned, tested and implemented if a firm is going to have any chance of successfully improving its efficiency.


Legal Operations – Client Alignment
Ian Gilbert – Director of Legal Operations,  Herbert Smith Freehills

The drive to innovate in the legal marketplace has forced its way to the top of the agenda for both law departments and law firms. Law firms now need to mirror client operations to improve services.

This session will discuss what firms are currently undertaking to innovate and more importantly how they are meeting client requirements whilst ensuring they utilize internal skill sets to drive firms forward to gain a competitive.


Sponsor Showcase


Excellence in a Modern Legal Department
Bjarne Tellmann General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Pearson

  • Legal organisational design & creativity.

Sponsor Showcase
James Quinn – Co-Founder & CEO, Clarilis




Collaborating to Create the Legal Skills of the Future
Jonathan Patterson  MD, DWF Ventures
Prof. Claire McGourlay – Professor in Legal Education, The University of Manchester

  • Innovation & change in the legal sector
  • New roles & different skills
  • Introducing the Manchester Law & Technology Initiative
  • The story so far.

Sponsor Showcase
Ryan Cox – General Manager of Major Accounts, InfoTrack


EU Data Protection Adequacy Post-Brexit
Jennifer Baker EU Policy Correspondent – Reporting tech policy and digital rights

The status of UK-EU data flows post Brexit has been the subject of speculation since the vote nearly two-and-a-half years ago. The prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU without an orderly withdrawal agreement is growing ever-more realistic.

With a focus on EU policy and the impact of this on the tech sector, Jennifer will discuss the views from EU and the UK and open up discussion on whether the UK will achieve adequacy as the 12th member state as well as GDPR challenges post Brexit.

  • Current third country framework for data flows
  • Will the GDPR save the UK?
  • The European Commission position
  • Implications of the Safe Harbour ruling
  • Privacy Shield 2.0?

Venture – Delivery of New Cloud Based PMS
Speaker TBA


Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Larry Bridgesmith, Adjunct Professor & Coordinator – Program on Law & Innovation, Vanderbilt Law School

  • A summary of the issues & opportunities presented on the Lounge Stage.


The 'Luminance' Future-Tech Stage

The ‘Luminance’ Future-Tech Stage – Chaired by Andrew Haslam – eDisclosure Project Manager, Squire Patton Boggs will look at future technologies and systems, which are advancing legal services.

The sessions will explore the future of intelligent systems, whilst looking at the new technology and innovation hubs that are transforming legal practices. The FutureTech Stage will shed light on the next generation of law and AI and highlight what is being achieved for the legal community of tomorrow.

Time Schedule Speakers

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
Andrew Haslam – UK eDisclosure Project Manager, Squire Patton Boggs


Use of Machine Learning in Contract Review
Nick Pryor – Director of Innovation Solutions, (EMEA), Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner


Sponsor Showcase


Unlock Business Value with Artificial Intelligence
Matt Armstrong-Barnes – Chief Technologist – Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Entering into the digital revolution means understanding that change is now constant & that expectations are at an all-time high
  • Data is the new currency & gaining fresh insight from this explosion of information is the only way to gain rapid competitive advantage
  • Developing the rules that can identify patterns across diverse sources of information is daunting but not impossible
  • Implementing Artificial Intelligence using three simple steps can accelerate the journey to maximising the value of the information
  • Explore. Experiment. Evolve.

Adopting AI: How Firms and In-House Teams Can Stay Ahead
Kimberley Davies – Head of Discovery, Luminance

  • How the latest generation of AI technology is transforming the legal industry, providing lawyers with greater insight into a wide range of use cases.
  • First-hand accounts of how firms & organisations are approaching & implementing AI across the world, and what this means for the future work of lawyers.
  • How transparency, clarity & control are crucial to the future of legal technology within the profession.

PANEL: Tech Incubators (The Accelerators)
Pranav Mistry –  Head of AR, Innovation Management & Think Tank Team, Samsung
Shruti Ajitsaria
 – Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy
Nick West – Chief Technology Officer, Mishcon de Reya
Prof. Richard Susskind OBE (Chair)




Consumer Threats in Connected Devices
Gro Mette Moen – Political Advisor (Senior Advisor), Forbrukerrådet (Norwegian Consumer Council)

  • The NCC’s research on connected toys and smartwatches for children demonstrate that many connected devices fail to respect privacy rights and have serious cybersecurity flaws
  • Outline of the challenges that authorities face when handling these issues, as cyber security is not currently included in product safety regulation.

Sponsor Showcase


Tomorrow’s Lawyers
Prof. Richard Susskind OBE (Chair)


Sponsor Showcase
Ben Taylor CEO, Rainbird


Legal AI Tools – The Real Deal
Kate Tomlinson – Head of Legal Process & Development, Norton Rose Fulbright
Isabel Parker – Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Charles Kerrigan
 – Partner, Banking & International Finance, CMS
Richard Tromans
– Founder, Artificial Lawyer (Chair)

  • A no-holds barred look at the real deal of legal AI technology, showing the good and the bad
  • Exploring the reality of using this technology
  • The problems it solves & how useful it is
  • The challenges involved.

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks
Andrew Haslam – UK eDisclosure Project Manager, Squire Patton Boggs

  • A summary of the issues & opportunities presented on the ‘Luminance’ Future-Tech Stage.



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