Agenda 2018

The 'Masergy' Main Stage

The ‘Masergy’ Main Stage – Led by Prof. Richard Susskind, will explore the current legal technological landscape and the impact that disruptive technology is starting to have on the sector. In addition, the stage will evaluate the risks and management challenges ahead for the profession in terms of current roles, risks that are coming around the corner due to the technological boom and how the profession will develop in the future.

The Main Stage will evaluate the individual’s relationship with technology, whilst evaluating the trials of managing firms that are pushing innovation boundaries. The 2017 agenda will look at the economic and technological landscape, and how management are engaging the work force; whilst continuing to deliver more effective processes and meeting the demands for the new era of the customer centric approach.

Time Schedule Speakers

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Professor Richard Susskind OBE


Where Law Meets Technology: A Managing Partner’s View
Kevin Gold –  Managing Partner, Mishcon de Reya

  • A leadership perspective on the big technology trends
  • Taking a strategic approach
  • The investment & implementation challenge
  • Lessons learned at Mishcon De Reya.

Next Generation.. Cyber Security Exposed
David Venable
– Vice President of Cyber Security, Masergy

  • Evaluating the threat landscape in 2018
  • Managing security in a constantly changing environment
  • Mitigating law firm risk when assessing information security
  • What does the 3rd computer age mean for you.

Keynote: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance
Ian Goldin – Professor, Oxford University

  • Growth of the past 30 years is due to unprecedented globalization & accelerating technological change
  • Connectivity has been associated with rising creativity & accelerating change
  • Identifying drivers of global growth, highlighting why emerging markets are likely to continue to grow
  • Globalization spreads not only opportunities but also creates a new form of emergent systemic risks
  • Identification of future trends, identifying opportunities whilst mitigating risks.



Keynote: How to talk about Technology
Prof Richard Susskind – President, Society for Computers and Law

  • Key drivers of change - the economic downturn & how this will impact on the legal marketplace
  • Predictions for the new legal landscape, including the changing role of law firms, & in-house lawyers
  • Predicting what new jobs & new employers there will be, & equipping prospective lawyers with penetrating questions to put to their current and future employers.

Barriers to user adoption with collaboration software
Steve Flavell – Co-CEO & Co-Founder, LoopUp

  • Plenty of software products have attempted to improve client collaboration
  • And yet most lawyers are still ‘dialling in’ with phone numbers and access codes
  • Why is this, and how will we ever move on from painful, insecure dial-in
  • LoopUp takes a look at understanding key user attitudes and behaviours that are affecting adoption.

Keynote: The Rise of the Humans
Dave Coplin – Author, Alchemist, Catalyst, Founder and CEO, The Envisioners

  • How data (& your strategic use of it) will become the fuel of your business
  • How machine learning & artificial intelligence are redefining what it means to be human
  • Why pitting humans vs machines is a fruitless, pointless battle
  • Why it is the humans not the technology that hold the key to our future success.

PANEL: Perspectives in Legaltech: Client, Law Firm CIO, Author, Academic

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.

Dave Coplin –  Author, Alchemist, Catalyst, Founder and CEO, The Envisioners
Maaike de Bie – General Counsel, Royal Mail Group
Chris WhiteCIO, Clyde & Co
Prof. Katie AtkinsonHead of Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool
Professor Richard Susskind OBE (Event Chair)

  • The division of legal work between humans and machines
  • Realistic expectations of AI in law
  • Law jobs for the future
  • The limits of technology.

Chairman’s Closing Remarks
Professor Richard Susskind OBE



The 'Aderant' Innovation Stage

The ‘Aderant’ Innovation Stage – Led by Peter WrightManaging Director, DigitalLawUK, will explore current systems, processes and solutions available for the profession, whilst looking at the new technology for the future lawyer.

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 in each systems can be exploited. In addition, the 2018 event will explore how technology, firm innovation and users need to work together systematically to drive the firms of the future.

Time Schedule Speakers

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


3 reasons for Using Office 365 to Automate Matter Management
Andrew McManus – IT Director, Eversheds Sutherland

  • Using a simplified set of tools to simplify the day to day matter management for lawyers whilst ensuring adherence to data management regulations
  • Encouraging smart collaboration using a consistent platform with legal teams and expanding into our clients’ teams
  • Providing more ways for clients to gain live insight whilst helping us collect more consistent data to allow our lawyers to make better decisions.

Reinventing Your Practice in The Cloud
Irmantas Levanas – Account Executive EMEA, Clio

  • The benefits of using cloud-based practice management software
  • How Clio can help lawyers solve their problems / Looking at a typical example
  • Cloud-based time-tracking, billing, document management & case management
  • How Clio can save lawyers up to 8 hours a week.

Increasing Billable Hours & Lawyer Efficiency with Knowledge Management
Glenn LaForce – Vice President of Knowledge Management, Aderant 

  • How firms use technology to increase potential billings.

Managing Risk Effectively in a Digitised & Industrialised Service Delivery Model
Ben Nicholson – Co-Founder & Innovation Director, sharedo by slicedbread

  • Moving away from 1 lawyer = 1 matter towards an industrialised, disaggregated Service Delivery Models increases risk if not managed correctly
  • How risk management techniques applied in other industries should be adopted by law firms
  • How law firms can optimise and automate processes without increasing the overall risk profile.

Are You Going to Eat that Elephant
Tim Long – Managing Director, Zylpha

  • Is marginal gains another buzzword, or is there something behind it
  • Can marginal gains be utilised in legal IT
  • How can it apply to your organisation
  • What can you do right now.

The Rebirth of The ‘Internal Service Provider’ & How the Office of The CIO Can Change the IT Landscape with Full Multi-Cloud Orchestration
Johnathan Bridges – Director of Cloud, Exponential-e 

  • How multi-cloud orchestration can be achieved through one control pane, on-premise, partner private, public cloud
  • How such models can allow you to deliver the most effective technical, service & commercial transformation
  • The future-proofing & contractual flexibility you can gain from a true orchestrated service model
  • The rise of the fourth transformation, AR, VR & MR overlay of data on the digital world; planning for the Minecraft generation.

The New Era of Cyber-Threats: The Shift to Self-Learning, Self-Defending Networks
James Martin – Senior Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace

  • The new age of silent, stealthy attacks that lie low in networks for weeks and months
  • Why legacy approaches, like rules & signatures, are proving inadequate on their own
  • How new ‘immune system’ technologies based on advanced mathematics & machine learning are being deployed today
  • Real-world examples of subtle, unknown threats that routinely bypass traditional controls.

British Legal Technology Forum 2018: Best Stand at Show Award
Darren Armstrong – Chief Executive, Netlaw Media
Frances Armstrong – Managing Director, Netlaw Media

  • Presentation of ‘The Best Stand at Show Award 2018’



Discoveries that Transform Your Firm
Barry Talbot – Managing Director, Informance

  • How to strengthen your financial control
  • How to reduce money tied up in WIP
  • How to increase profitable revenue & improve cash flow
  • How to improve performance measures with more control over KPIs.

Roadmap to The Cloud: How Farrer & Co LLP is Moving to Microsoft Azure
Neil Davison – IT Director, Farrer & Co
Nick Martin – Consultancy Director, iomart

  • How Farrer’s IT director got buy-in from the wider partnership for a move to the cloud
  • Why the decision was made to go with Azure
  • How the issues of security and compliance are being addressed.

Cost Savings through Intelligent Legal Technology
Robin Chesterman Head of Product, Justis

  • The process of conducting legal research can be time consuming, and therefore costly, especially with the number of legal cases continually growing
  • Intelligent legal technology can assist in that work, meaning less time is needed to get to the end result of locating the relevant cases for the matter at hand
  • In going beyond offering a simple search engine to access cases, companies such as Justis offer intelligent legal research tools that assist in identifying and analysing relevant cases. In seeking to make increasingly large case law databases far more accessible, these tools assist in reducing the time taken to conduct thorough legal research, and so result in cost savings.

GDPR, AI & Security all Require a Solid DMS Strategy: How Do You Get from Here to There
Howard Russell – President & CEO, RBRO Solutions

  • GDPR, AI, security & a host of other topics contribute to a market focus on the need for a solid DMS strategy. Whether you're moving to a DMS for the first time or considering a move from on-premise to the cloud, there are common challenges & considerations
  • The organisation imposed by a DMS can increase your ability to identify & secure content while facilitating the information required for AI & GDPR compliance
  • The migration process offers opportunities to properly identify information & information context. The migration process doesn't have to be disruptive; move content without significant downtime
  • There are effective tools & processes to make a transition to the cloud smoother & easier
  • Once you are in the DMS there are a number of things you can now accomplish much more effectively.

The Future of Communication in The Work Place
Jon Tracey – VP OpenCloud, StarLeaf

  • Collaboration to save time & cost
  • Staff shouldn’t think about the technology they use
  • Staff shouldn’t be limited to using it because of business choices.

Cyber Criminal: Hostis Humani Generis
FC – CEO, Redacted Firm

  • Casus Belli (case of war) - This section will look at what threats & criminals are doing in the real world against law firms
  • Crimen Falso (crime of falsifying) - This section will involve explaining spear phishing along with live demonstrations
  • Ex Fida Bona (good business norms) - Discussion on what law firms can be doing about the threats facing them today & threats we feel are on the horizon.

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

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


The 'Microsoft' Lounge Stage

The ‘Microsoft’ Lounge Stage – Led by Andrew Haslam, eDisclosure Project Manager of Squire Patton Boggs (UK), will explore current information governance, data and firm security, including the impact that emerging technologies is having in the evolution of the legal risk landscape.

The sessions will explore how firms are currently driving firm innovation whilst managing legacy It and the challenges this presents in terms of agility. The Lounge Stage will dissect the security issues that firms are increasingly facing and explore how management within both private practice and In House teams are adapting to disruptive technologies and the leadership needed to drive a competitive advantage in the current market.

Time Schedule Speakers

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


Driving Law Firm Innovation
Abby Ewen – IT Director, Berrymans Lace Mawer

  • Innovation is at the top of the agenda for law departments, law firms & their clients - What does this mean for us
  • What are firms currently undertaking to innovate & how does 'Technovate' make a difference
  • Ensuring the use of internal skill sets to drive firms forward to gain a competitive edge.

Legal Productivity & The Digital Workplace
Patricia ‘Tish’ Christias – Head of Legal (UK), Microsoft

  • Legal services transformation pressure (setting the scene)
  • Digital Transformation of Microsoft’s in-house legal team (top three examples)
  • Power of data to improve legal services provision.

The Changing Face of Legal Technology: The Response of The CTO
Richard Hodkinson – Chief Technology Officer, DWF

  • Why technology is becoming critical to the success of law firms
  • How should CTO’s respond when there is a heightened level of change on the way
  • What does the future legal CTO & I.T team look like.

Uncover Your Operational Blindspot
James Kippenberger – Managing Director, Product Strategy & Innovation, BigHand

  • How operational change will give you a competitive advantage
  • Why creating transparency in support services is a vital first step
  • How to deliver a quality service, at the right cost
  • How law firms are already seeing material benefits from this approach.

Developments in Research on Artificial Intelligence & Law
Prof. Katie Atkinson Head of Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool

  • Current developments from research in the AI & Law community
  • Collaborative work between researchers & legal practitioners
  • Overcoming the barriers for successful deployment of AI.



Two Speed IT: Managing Legacy vs Agility
Steve Sumner – IT Director, Taylor Vinters

  • Two speed IT – What is it
  • Operational IT & Innovation IT
  • What is not to like
  • The future.

Challenges & Opportunities for General Counsel in an Age of Disruption
Rosemary Martin Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone Group Services

  • The changing nature of the legal profession
  • The role of the GC as mini-CEO
  • How to build great teams.

How Technology is Shaping the Law Firm of Tomorrow
Barry Vickery – General Manager of Corporate Services, InfoTrack

  • How the legal market is changing as technology becomes more central to success
  • Looking into comparable markets / An insight into how technology has impacted professional services & how they now think about applying value to their businesses
  • How law firms can start thinking differently whilst taking full advantage of the future.

LegalTech: Disrupt or Be Disrupted!
Jeremy Barton – General Counsel, KPMG

  • Are you ready to survive in an ecosystem in flux?
  • Is the sector willing to leverage disruptive technologies?
  • Are today’s leaders able to position themselves for tomorrow?

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

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


The 'Luminance' Future-Tech Stage

The ‘Luminance’ Future-Tech Stage – Led by Larry Bridgesmith J.D. – Adjunct Professor & Coordinator – Program on Law & Innovation, Vanderbilt Law School, will look at future technologies and systems, which are advancing legal services.

The sessions will explore the future of intelligent systems, analyse the advancements of predictive coding and review the benefits of ‘unstructured’ data analytics. The FutureTech Stage will shed light on the next generation of law and AI Chabot’s and highlight what is being achieved for the legal community of tomorrow.

Time Schedule Speakers

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


AI: An Intelligent Approach to Working with Blockchains
Larry Bridgesmith J.D. – Adjunct Professor & Coordinator – Program on Law & Innovation, Vanderbilt Law School

  • The three (or four) “whys” for combining AI + blockchains
  • How AI + blockchains differentiate legal services providers
  • How AI + blockchains deliver new data model possibilities
  • Why waiting to deliver AI + blockchains is a bad strategy.

An interview with Ian Lim, winner of the NY Blockchain Hackathon with working prototype BlocVac
Ian Lim –  Ideator of BlocVac



Artificial Intelligence: Evolution or Revolution
Emily Foges – CEO, Luminance

  • Technological changes brought about by AI are seismic (cite examples)
  • AI has evolved but we’re at an exciting point of technological revolution as well
  • Why Luminance is at the forefront of the changes to the legal industry / A brief overview of Luminance.

PANEL: The Rise of the AI Chatbots

Joshua Browder – Founder, DoNotPay
Gary Gallen – CEO, rradar
Tom Martin – CEO & Founder, LawDroid
Prof. Richard Susskind OBE (Chair)

  • What chatbots are doing to today in law
  • Future applications of chatbots
  • Chatbots & machine learning
  • Chatbots vs chatting humans.

Managed Detection & Response: A More Cost Effective Approach to Information Security
Joe Nelson – Principal Solutions Architect, EMEA, eSentire

  • Evaluating all providers: Understanding the key differences between MSSPs & Managed Detection & Response (MDR) services
  • Why attempting to use single point solutions to solve cybersecurity can prove to be high risk & not the most cost effective approach in many scenarios / Why MDR is so effective when dealing with an ever-evolving cyber threat landscape & never before seen threats
  • Appropriately addressing dwell time in your environment
  • Real-world cybersecurity attacks & how MDR stopped them in their tracks.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Data Exploitation
Dr Ben Gardner  Chief Scientific Officer,

  • The tools of the digital revolution provide the capacity to unlock information trapped within documents, spreadsheets, databases & the web
  • Cognitive computing & big data techniques can be used to create context around data enabling us to exploit our data to gain insight & drive decision making
  • How these technologies are transforming e-discovery & knowledge management / How these could be applied to problems like GDPR.



Microsoft SharePoint based Document Management: Going from Reactive to Proactive
Staffan Hugemark – Managing Director, Formpipe

  • Evolution of the legal professional – moving from being a reactive “inbox manager” to a proactive “matter centric” mind-set
  • Why law firms are making the move to Microsoft SharePoint, & how Contentworker provides a modern matter centric DMS that lets organisations store, secure, find, share & collaborate on matter related content from any device
  • Delivered both as on premise, or as a cloud solution, Contentworker is ideally positioned to fit the legal market & our customers evolving IT strategies.

PANEL: Forging the Path to Compliance

Sayid Hussein – Head of IT, Dentons
Mo CashmanDirector, Enterprise Architects, Principle Engineer, McAfee (Intel Security)
David Robinson – Head of Information Security, Herbert Smith
Larry Bridgesmith J.D. – Adjunct Professor & Coordinator – Program on Law & Innovation, Vanderbilt Law School (Chair)

  • With changes to GDPR coming in from May 2018, what is needed for firms to be prepared
  • What are firms currently undertaking in light of the changes
  • The current management engagement within security initiatives
  • What steps do firms need to take to ensure compliance and information security.

The Convergence of AI, Blockchain & the Law
Shawnna Hoffman Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, IBM

  • Introduction to AI, blockchain & its convergence with the Law
  • Evaluating legal use cases
  • Examining 10 real life examples.

Co-Collaboration for Innovation
Ann Hemming – Engagements Manager, LexisNexis

  • LexisNexis & invited guests share experiences of co-collaboration
  • Testing & validating new ideas
  • Focusing on solutions that work
  • Engaging with clients.

The Future of Cloud Computing
Gary Tierney – ‎Head of Technology, Services & Industry, Google Cloud UK & Ireland

  • What is the next generation of cloud computing
  • What changes to business will this bring
  • How can this be leveraged today.

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

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



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