Agenda 2022

The ‘Egress’ Main Stage Led by Professor Richard Susskind OBE, will explore the current accelerating macro effects on the world of legal technology.

In addition, the stage will evaluate the current economic and risk landscape and what this means for businesses and management teams ahead.

The Main Stage speakers will evaluate the future of the professions and technological acceleration that has transpired over the past 18 months, whilst evaluating what a modern hybrid legal department looks like now. In addition, it will explore, how the metaverse world has infinite possibilities but what does this mean for professional services? The 2022 agenda led by Prof. Richard Susskind, will look at the technological landscape, automation to innovation and how the legal sector needs to truly understand their new culture, and how data and client services have transformed for a more collaborative future.

Time Schedule Speakers

Conference Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Professor Richard Susskind OBE – President, Society for Computers & Law (Conference Chairman)

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Where Law Meets Technology: A Managing Partner's View

Ray Berg – Managing Partner, Osborne Clarke

  • Is approach to technology on what your clients / people think they want or what they need?
  • How is your technology strategy aligned to and designed to deliver overall firm strategy?
  • Do what is right for your firm
  • Bridging the gap between the lawyers and the techies – business partnering.

Top Level View From the CIO

Andrew Powell – CIO, Macfarlanes

  • The Journey
  • Changes
  • Challenges
  • Impacts
  • The Future.

The Human Element: Fixing The Behaviors That Lead to Breaches

Tony Pepper – CEO & Co-Founder, Egress Software Technologies

  • Today’s email security landscape and the emerging threats you need to know about
  • The behaviors behind email data breaches
  • Why legacy approaches are no longer fit for purpose
  • How to use behavioral science and zero trust to take back control over data loss
  • How real-time teachable moments are more effective at changing human behavior than traditional security awareness training.

Interview with Prof. Richard Susskind

Professor Richard Susskind OBE – President, Society for Computers & Law
Joshua Rozenberg QC – British Solicitor, Legal Commentator & Journalist




Human Power - Reasoning in an Age of Technology and Turmoil

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger  – Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute

  • If AI can uncover hidden patterns in data and learn so much from it, what is left for humans?
  • With so many biases in human decision-making having been uncovered, should we just give up & trust the machine?
  • What is this cognitive superpower only humans possess - & how can I use it in my daily life?

Navigating the Dark Corners of Social Engineering Attacks

James Alliband – Director, Cyber Security Strategy, Tessian

  • Law firms face a disproportionate degree of cyber attacks due to the high degree of sensitive data they process
  • Attackers have successfully infiltrated law firms through advanced social engineering techniques that exploit human vulnerabilities. These attacks, primarily delivered via email, have led to devastating data breaches
  • Over the past few years there have been multiple high profile attacks on law firms, including one attack that netted the threat actors from China $4 million from trading data they stole from law firms including Cravath Swaine & Moore and Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • We will take you through some of the worst social engineering attacks found by Tessian’s Threat Intelligence Team and what you can do to stop them.

Step Inside the Metaverse

Dr Mark van Rijmenam – The Digital Speaker, Future Tech Strategist

  • The many interpretations of the Metaverse – what is ‘my’ understanding
  • The impact on the legal sector & their clients
  • What are the potential dangers of the Metaverse.

Disruptive Legal Innovation: The Metaverse

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.

Dr Mark van Rijmenam – The Digital Speaker, Future Tech Strategist
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger  – Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute
Jaeger Glucina – Managing Director, Luminance
Professor Richard Susskind OBE – President, Society for Computers & Law (Chair)


Conference Chairman's Closing Remarks

Professor Richard Susskind OBE – President, Society for Computers & Law (Conference Chairman)

  • A summary of the issues & opportunities presented during 'The British Legal Technology Forum 2022'.


The ‘Lexis+’ Lounge Stage – Chaired by Christina Blacklaws, will explore adapting to the changing legal landscape, resilience, the view from the CIO and CTOs, collaboration and In-House Tech Innovation.

The sessions will explore collaboration and the continued resilience that teams and firms need to manoeuvre the current undulating legal landscape. The stage will also explore In-House legal teams and the tech innovation that is upon them and how they can navigate uncertain waters in collaboration with their firms.

The ‘Lexis+’ Lounge stage will continue to dissect the challenges faced by legal management from increased technological acceleration including scalability and retention in climate where war for talent is at its precipice.

Speakers will also review the regulation of LegalTech needed to evolve against the rapid pace of change in LegalTech within the legal sector to drive competitiveness whilst challenging past and current status quos.

Time Schedule Speakers

Stage Chair’s Opening Remarks

Christina Blacklaws – Managing Director, Blacklaws Consulting

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Legal Tech: Happily Ever After or Twist in the Tale

Simon McArdle Partner, Shoosmiths

  • The development of legal technology over the decades
  • The state of the market at present & an analysis of legal tech & lawyers - a classic 'odd couple'
  • Predictions for the future for lawyers & the legal technology available to them.

Investing in Technology Fundamentals to Unlock a Connected World of Legal Tech Products

Christopher O’Connor – Director of Drafting Products, LexisNexis

  • Firms need to continue to invest in modern best practice technology foundations
  • This investment is necessary to realise the full potential of legal tech – cloud deployed products, interconnectivity & document analysis
  • The prize is worthwhile – a connected drafting ecosystem that goes with the grain of a lawyer’s workflow.

2030: Security Leadership in Professional Services

Christian Toon – CISO, Pinsent Masons 

  • Our history that has lead us here
  • Mental Health, our own & that of our teams
  • Technical Capability, knowing your AI from your LA
  • Management Abilities, the 3 P’s
  • Recognition & Remuneration, the war on talent.

The Industry Cloud for Legal Professionals

Richard Baskerville – Accounting & Consulting Strategy Director, Intapp

  • Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity & cash is reality – Is your firm measuring the right metric
  • Current pricing trends – Understand the different stages of the pricing innovation model
  • Pricing to drive profitability whilst withstanding client cost pressures
  • Aligning technology with your firm’s own BI for true commercial & pricing transparency.

FIRESIDE CHAT: Balancing Innovation With Client and User Demand

Andrew Powell – CIO, Macfarlanes
Karen Jacks – CTO, Bird & Bird
José Pérez García – Technology & Innovation Director – Uría Menéndez
Christina Blacklaws – Managing Director, Blacklaws Consulting (Chair)

  • Challenges
  • Hybrid
  • Supply Chain
  • Legacy.



PANEL: In-House Legal Tech - Don't be Fooled by The Sales Cycle

Louise Casey – Senior Legal Director, Corporate Services, Asda
Tori Corser-Sproson
– Legal Operations Executive, Bupa
Kerry Westland 
– Head of Innovation and Legal Tech, Addleshaw Goddard (Facilitator)

  • Challenges of bringing in new tech & implementing it successfully
  • Understanding time & resource constraints of in-house teams
  • Top tips on where to start from those who have done it.

Don’t be a Sitting Duck – Moving to The Cloud Protects You From Hacker Hawks

Marcin Święty – Senior Director, Global Security & IT, Relativity

  • Hackers circle on-premises data centres like hawks, hunting for weaknesses in security systems that are primed for a breach
  • Firms seek sanctuary in the cloud, guarded with the most advanced artificial intelligence designed to prevent a downpour of data disasters
  • Cloud migration has become a question of when, not if, companies decide to transition – let’s dig deeper into why now is the time to make your move
  • The principal benefits of moving your data to the cloud & the first steps you should take to convince your organisation & start the process on your own terms.

PANEL: Developments & Collaboration - Skills For The Future of Law

Elizabeth Williams – Director of Law and Technology Hub, University of Surrey
Prof. Claire McGourlayDirector of External Relations – Manchester Innocence Project
Miklos Orban – Chief Technology Officer, gunnercooke
Professor Richard Susskind OBE – President, Society for Computers & Law (Chair)

  • Innovation & change in the legal sector
  • How can design thinking build capacity for more successful technology adoption
  • New roles & different skills
  • Current developments from research in AI & law community
  • Collaborative work between researchers & legal practitioners.

PANEL: Legal Operations - No 'One Size Fits All'

Cathy Mattis – Head of Legal Operations, Client Solutions, Herbert Smith Freehills
Amy McConnell – Head of Legal Operations, Vodafone Business
Janice D’Costa – Legal Operations Manager, Meta
Christina Blacklaws – Managing Director, Blacklaws Consulting (Chair)

  • Using data to deliver new solutions & increase organisational revenue
  • Accelerating & cultivating the changing needs of businesses & clients
  • It’s not neuro science - Sensible process driven strategy work
  • Ongoing challenges that are coming into view.

Stage Chair's Closing Remarks

Christina Blacklaws – Managing Director, Blacklaws Consulting

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


The ‘iManage’ FutureTech Stage – Chaired by David Fazakerley, Director of IT, Saffery Champness, will look at the future technologies, systems and processes, which are enhancing innovation and accelerating digital transformation across the full legal profession.

The sessions will explore the future of technology and the ramifications of supercomputing & connectivity. The speakers will also explore the evolving threat landscape, and advancements in cyber-attacks with malicious intent including the rise in widespread social engineering fraud in a high-level panel. In addition, the chair will dissect client-centric design and delivery with leading legal IT suppliers and clients alike.

Speakers will evaluate the increased customer demand and adoption of cloud-based offerings, and new tech infrastructures to support changed and new agile ways of working, whilst reflecting on the rapid journey to the cloud and shifts in digital transformation strategies.

Delving into the next generation of law and AI, forward-thinking sessions will highlight the advancements being made, and what is being achieved for the legal community of tomorrow. Speakers will share research and insights into responsibly designed service robots, whilst revisiting the future of the profession and how current research is influencing industry legislation.

Time Schedule Speakers

Stage Chair's Opening Remarks

David Fazakerley – IT Director, Saffery Champness

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2030: A Coming Decade in Connectivity: High Performance Computing, Quantum and the Future of Law

Eric Hunter – CTO, Bradford & Barthel

  • Supercomputing & connectivity ramifications over the coming decade
  • SpaceX, Starlink, 5G & the business ramifications within coming evolutions in connectivity
  • Systems & behavioural evolutions within the global legal practice & the business of law.

Why Cloud, Connectivity and Competence Are Key To The Successful Law Firm

Peter Creber – Product Manager, PracticeEvolve

  • Key results from “Digital Transformation Research” conducted by PracticeEvolve
  • What solutions can address the key challenges exposed within the research
  • What must providers do to help law firms overcome their challenges
  • How better connected products secure the future for law firms.

Data innovation and Efficiency - Harnessing New Ideas For Future Business Models

Peter Lee – Partner, Simmons & Simmons & CEO, Simmons Wavelength

  • Using data to delight clients and create new business models.

The New Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Collective Intelligence

Paul Walker – EMEA Technical Director, iManage
Derek Southall – Founder & CEO, Hyperscale Group
Steve Dalgleish
– Head of Technology, Shepherd and Wedderburn

  • The new & close relationship between iManage & Microsoft creates opportunities to unleash benefits within client data. These benefits will be explored from a customer, a consultant, & a vendor perspective
  • As workplaces continue to evolve, organisations seek clarity around what collaboration needs to flourish. Discover how to address “knowledge gaps”
  • Utilising legal technology resources to eliminate friction & save time.

Why You Are Misunderstanding The Threat Landscape and Your Response to it

Lisa Forte – Partner, Red Goat Cyber Security
Jake Moore – Global CyberSecurity Advisor, ESET
Sarah Armstrong Smith – Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft
David Fazakerley – IT Director, Saffery Champness (Chair)

  • The rise of the insider threat
  • Premonitions - what does the future look like, what is coming & how the threat landscape is increasing
  • Organised crime groups are becoming more sophisticated & their strategies are water tight - do not underestimate them.



PANEL: Vendor Collaboration – Delivering Transformative and Innovative Change for Teams and Clients

Alex Smith – Global Product Management Lead, iManage
Christopher O’Connor
– Director of Drafting Products, LexisNexis
David Howorth – Director, Avvoka
Varun Ghai
– Associate Vice President (P&S), UK & EU, Newgen Software Technologies
David Fazakerley
– IT Director, Saffery Champness (Chair)

  • Debate the current digital disruption in law & opportunities for growth
  • Consider how the legal sector can future proof
  • What market demands they are seeing & what challenges they are facing
  • What the future landscape looks like & how to work with vendors more collaboratively.

The Future of Work is Hybrid

Ryan Prins – Business Senior Sales Manager, Philips Dictation

  • Work from anywhere at anytime & anyplace - BYOD
  • Ensure highest levels of security for your business & customers
  • Spend less time on administration & more time with your clients
  • Intelligent document creation solutions to support your new way of working
  • Solutions to automate your document creation.

Open Standards - The Next Era

Graeme Johnston Founder, noslegal

  • Good quality, internationally-relevant open standards for describing legal work & its artifacts (e.g. contracts) would be of great benefit to law firms & clients alike
  • noslegal is an open source, not-for-profit initiative to do just that, started in late 2020
  • It's made great strides since then, with the involvement of a number of leading law firms & tech companies
  • This session will explain its scope, use cases & roadmap, how it fits in with other standards initiatives (e.g. SALI) & how to become involved.

Unleashing The Magic of the ’Client 360’

Sally Craxton – VP, Law and Professional Services, Salesforce
Katherine Neylan – Business Development and Marketing Director, Stone King

  • The importance of having a 360 degree view of your clients
  • Enabling increased internal collaboration & efficiency for increased client engagement
  • Reduce operational costs & increase productivity to grow your firm’s business.

AI Ethics and The Future

Kriti Sharma – Chief Product Officer, LegalTech, Thomson Reuters

  • AI & its impact on society
  • Creating experiences that ‘connect humans’ by working smarter
  • The future of work “balancing people, purpose and profitability”.

Stage Chair's Closing Remarks

David Fazakerley – IT Director, Saffery Champness

  • A summary of the issues & opportunities presented on the ‘iManage’ FutureTech Stage.


The ‘Moxo’ Innovation Stage – Chaired by Peter Wright – Managing Director, DigitalLawUK, will explore current systems, processes, and solutions available for the future of UK innovation in the legal market, the debate hype, and elevated expectations, whilst exploring the rise of collaborative transformation strategies between clients and suppliers.

In addition, the sessions will reflect on the continued reinvention across legal services, the true nature of threats and vulnerabilities to support positive innovations, AI-Driven data processes and business change opportunities.

Speakers will deliberate the balancing of risk-taking with risk aversion; the tightening of security strategies vs the need to be open to taking risks for market differentiation.

Time Schedule Speakers

Stage Chair's Opening Remarks

Peter Wright – Managing Director, Digital Law

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Future for UK Innovation

Sue Daley Director of Tech and Innovation, techUK

  • Overview of the technologies & innovations that are key to the UK right now (cloud / edge, cyber, data analytics, AI, automation/robotics, Metaverse, HPC, Quantum)
  • What does the UK as a science and tech superpower look like – what does that mean for businesses, professional services and us all in our everyday lives
  • Where are we now and where are we heading, increased regulation / policy developments
  • How do we get this right – inclusivity, skills, talent, ethics, climate / sustainability
  • Future vision – how does the next 5, 10, 20, 50 years look like – things to watch out for.

Connected, Collaborative and in the Cloud: How Innovation in eDiscovery Creates Clarity - Losing its Lustre or Only Just Getting Started

Jess Wu – Strategic Partnerships Manager, Business Development, Everlaw

  • So how can AI and innovative tools realistically help an organisation work better, not just in solving complex cases or investigations?
  • AI can be useful even if you are not looking at the most complex data sets regularly, or millions of documents, and create every day efficiencies across the business
  • How Everlaw’s advanced tools can be quickly deployed for different projects and their results

Modernizing Client Lifecycle Management for Legal Institutions

Shimona Pinto – Senior Corporate Solutions, Moxo

  • Modernize your legal client interaction management with a secure, onestop interaction workflow platform
  • Building a onestop hub to manage your complete legal client life cycle across account onboarding, account servicing, and exception handling
  • Rethinking today’s costly, inefficient, and fragmented client engagement model, which requires significant manual intervention
  • Streamline client business processes across your legal firm and orchestrate each step of your workflows to fast-track client business.

Transforming the Way Legal Teams Work

Keith Lipman – Head of Innovation, Litera

  • Technology in the legal industry has traditionally focused on solving a single process
  • However, delivery of legal services are really a set of interconnected processes
  • What happens when you interconnect them and collect all the data? You get something new

Quantifying ROI on Security Awareness and the Human Factor

Tim Ward – CEO & Co-Founder, Think Cyber Security

  • What isn’t working about traditional approaches to awareness
  • Approaches that support people too soon, too late & at just the right time
  • What the behavioural science tells us we should do
  • Actionable insights to deliver measurable secure behaviours & gain that ROI.



Why Formulate a Cybersecurity Action Plan?

Andy Lalaguna – Senior Solutions Architect, eSentire

  • Who is eSentire - Authority in MDR + how / why do we do MD
  • Why do cybersecurity at all - Ransomware & data breaches
  • Example incident
  • How you will stand your ground together with eSentire.

Integrating with iManage and Microsoft: How Tracker Enhances Visibility Into and Coordination Across Knowledge Work

Paul Walker – EMEA Technical Director, iManage

  • Tasks with context: Project / Matter-centric task management where you work the most, iManage Work
  • Fully customisable Client / Matter task lists allowing you to quickly link iManage content, delegate actions & oversee team progress
  • Provide enhanced customer experience: Cut down time taken to complete engagements with efficient working practices & pre-defined Tracker project templates.

Modern Conveyancing: Using “Tech” to Reduce Transaction Times

Michael Connelly – Commercial Director,  Access Group

  • Conveyancing dates back almost 1,000 years to the Norman conquest and collapse of feudalism. Since then it’s come a long way, but you could say that some firms are still stuck in the dark ages
  • Modern technology means that the conveyancing process can now move quicker, at greater convenience for conveyancers and clients, and whilst also driving monetary and time saving efficiencies for all parties involved
  • In this session, Mike Connelly will explore the evolution of conveyancing and the “On Demand” culture we now live in, along with how you can future proof your law firm through the use of technology.

AI-Powered Legal Process Automation: Maintaining Compliance, Driving Profitability and Gaining a Competitive Advantage

Jaeger Glucina Managing Director, Luminance

  • Find out how Luminance’s AI is helping over 450 law firms & global organisations to enhance & expedite the full spectrum of legal document processing, from taking a first pass review of any incoming contract to understanding key features & compliance within executed agreements through to investigations & litigation
  • Discussion on the benefits of automating legal processes & how it allows legal professionals to focus their attention on high-value work & analysis
  • Explore how AI can be adopted by legal teams to best effect, with advanced technology helping to maintain compliance, drive profitability & gain a competitive advantage throughout negotiations.

PANEL: The New Generation of Cyber-threats

Toks Oladuti – GD CISO, Dentons
Karl Knowles – Global Head of Cyber and Service Delivery, HFW

Valerie Jenkins – CISO, Clyde & Co
Tash Norris -Head of Cyber Security, Moonpig
Peter Wright – Managing Director, Digital Law (Chair)

  • New approaches to cyber defence & threats on the horizon
  • Ensuring business continuity & a proactive stance against emerging threats
  • Balancing of risk-taking with risk aversion
  • Continuous emerging threats
  • Resilient supply chain; what’s the reality?

Stage Chair's Closing Remarks

Peter Wright – Managing Director, Digital Law

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


The ‘Thomson Reuters’ Insights Stage – In addition to Thomson Reuters’ leaders sharing trends, insights and our future vision, we’ll have clients discussing their tech adoption strategy and showcasing successful projects.

Time Schedule Speakers

Thomson Reuters LegalTech Vision

Kriti Sharma Chief Product Officer, LegalTech, Thomson Reuters

  • Join Kriti to hear first-hand about the industry trends that have guided her product vision & strategy.
  • She’ll share her ideas for a connected legal ecosystem; one that is centred around a simplified client experience, machine learning & AI that will help you drive actionable insights.
  • Learn how her team are building a more open platform that will fully integrate with a broader range of legal technology.
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Why HighQ? – A Project Showcase With Bird & Bird

Ben Firth – HighQ Client Management Lead, Thomson Reuters
Kathryn Pearson – Head of Knowledge and Client Service Solutions, Bird & Bird
Eric Sham – Legal Tech Solutions Manager, Bird & Bird

  • Join Ben Firth, from Thomson Reuters for this enlightening talk with Bird & Bird’s Kathryn Pearson & Eric Sham about their HighQ journey.
  • During this informal chat, Kathryn & Eric will explain why they use HighQ, share their adoption tips & showcase examples of a few of Bird & Bird’s most successful projects.



Cloud First Strategies Are The New Norm – But do They Work?

Christel Aguila Head of IT, Partner Winckworth Sherwood
Duncan Eadie – Head of IS Strategy, Thomson Snell & Passmore
Stuart Whittle – Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Weightmans
Duncan Hannigan – Sales & Client Management Lead, Software Solutions, Thomson Reuters

  • Join our diverse customer panel to hear them discuss the pros & cons of a Cloud first strategy
  • How has this affected their buying decisions and what impact has this had on their business's operational effectiveness.

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