2018 Strategic Technology Forum Europe
 

Day one: Wednesday 20 June 2018

12.30       Welcome lunch

13.50       Co-Chair's opening remarks

Gavin Gray, North American Regional Operating Officer, Baker McKenzie
Derek Southall, Head of Innovation and Digital, Gowling WLG

14.00      Opening keynote: Transferring, enhancing and merging knowledge 

Organisations are easily seduced by technology, but what about the knowledge that goes behind the latest piece of innovation? When an organisation acquires a new company, merges, collaborates and adopts the latest software, how can it ensure it's getting all the knowledge and the best talent? What integration plan should be in place? Paul Corney will examine how talent can be utilised, identified and targeted, discussing the strategies companies should have to guarantee they are getting the best, and that all knowledge is transferred. Ultimately it is that knowledge and talent which is going to keep any company at the forefront of innovation and technology. 

Paul Corney, Managing Partner, Knowledge et al

SECURITY IS ALWAYS EXCESSIVE, UNTIL IT’S NOT ENOUGH” (Robbie Sinclair)

14.40       Notes on a scandal: A lesson in reacting to a public hacking

With the rate of cybercrime rising, firms are having to mitigate not just cyber-attacks but the heightened level of media coverage of these breaches. Attacks are now becoming an inevitability & it is crucial every firm has a disaster recovery plan ready for the aftermath of an attack. Hear a candid talk on what it is like to experience a cyber-attack, the strategy used, lessons learnt and steps taken in its aftermath. Key considerations will include how you should prepare for a cyber breach, what communication plan you should have in place, how to ensure there is awareness of a breach as quickly as possible & what strategy to have in place to deal with it. 

“COMPANIES THAT SOLELY FOCUS ON COMPETITION WILL DIE. THOSE THAT FOCUS ON VALUE CREATION WILL THRIVE.”  (Edward de Bono)

15:10       The changing ecosystem: how are law firms adapting?

The legal system is changing. Alternative providers are increasingly taking a place in the legal world and work historically done by law firms is being reallocated to these providers and in-house legal teams. What are law firms doing to optimise, leverage and integrate into this new system? Is it time for law firms to start collaborating and engaging with these providers? How can firms anticipate this changing market and understand its needs?  

Adam Shutkever, Non-Executive Director, Riverview Law
Dan Wright, Partner, Osborne Clark   

15.50       Networking break

16.10       The rise of in-house counsel: the biggest threat to law firms? A CLOC perspective

As the scope and influence of the in-house team opens up to corporate governance, regulatory expertise and technology management, is in-house the law firm’s biggest threat? Can firms meet in-house expectations & requirements? How can law firms start to think like a business that makes market driven decisions? Gain perspective on how in-house view third parties & understand what firms can do to keep ahead in service offering and billing against business-savvy in-house departments?

Hans Albers, Chief of Staff/Head of World Wide Legal Operations, Juniper Networks 
Áine Lyons, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, WW Legal Operations, VMware 

NO ONE CAN WHISTLE A SYMPHONY. IT TAKES A WHOLE ORCHESTRA TO PLAY IT” (H.E. Luccock)

16:50       The war for talent: attracting and retaining talent in a millennial world 

As the world becomes ever more fast-paced and innovative, the expectations and outlook of your employees is changing. In this competitive market how can law firms draw millennials who are increasingly looking at start-ups, google and other tech savvy employers? This session will examine how firms can achieve the right multi-disciplinary blend and create a motivating, engaging and rewarding career path to attract and retain the best. 

David Aird, IT Director, DAC Beachcroft
Dr Anna Donovan, Vice Dean (Innovation) Lecturer in Law, UCL 
Judy Mackenzie Stuart, Knowledge Strategy Director, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Joe May, Consultant, Janders Dean 

17.30       Close of day one

19.00       Opening night dinner

Day two: Thursday 21 June 2018

09.00       Co-Chair's opening remarks

Gavin Gray, North American Regional Operating Officer, Baker McKenzie
Derek Southall, Partner, Head of Innovation and Digital, Gowling WLG

09.10       Keynote: Chess, go and the art of strategy 

This unique keynote session will examine key strategic thinkers in history and how their examples can be applied to AI, augmented realities and human behaviour in business and consumer trends. With this thinking, can firms influence AI to be a programmable algorithm useful for business and strategic thinking - even becoming an important part of a legal team? Finally Eric will give real examples of how this innovative and disruptive technology can be applied to tangible problems, can be used to leverage and recognise talent, and become a key part of firms strategy. 

Eric Hunter, director of knowledge, technology and innovation, Bradford & Barthel

“IT IS A CAPITAL MISTAKE TO THEORIZE BEFORE ONE HAS DATA” (Sherlock Holmes)

09.50          Enter the geeks: Locating & extracting the intelligence from data        

As data expands and drives business, data analysts are now becoming integral to firms gaining insight into client’s needs and behavioural patterns. Hear first-hand from the geeks how to extract intelligence from big data and gain insight into what is being found. Discuss patterns, trends & associations of predictive analytics and how that can improve your firm’s decision making. This session will conclude with a discussion on how CIO's can pave the way for data analysts to have more influence within the firm. 

Aaron Crews, Chief Data Analytics Officer, Littler Mendelson P.C. 
Anthony Vigneron, Director, Legal Technology Solutions, Clifford Chance 

10.30          Coffee break

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 

10.50          1.0 AI and ethical considerations: The moral algorithm 

11:00          2.0 AI & Litigation prediction: What is happening?

11.10          3.0 Building and implementing AI: A case study 

11:20          4.0 The AI bot of the future 

“ONCE A NEW TECHNOLOGY ROLLS OVER YOU, IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF THE STEAMROLLER, YOU’RE PART OF THE ROAD.” (Stewart Brand) 

11.30         The Cloud Journey: integration and strategy 

This session will examine the law firm’s journey into the cloud, including how successful firms have been in choosing the right provider & adopting it into their strategy. The esteemed panelists will look at best practices of integration and overcoming compatibility issues when adopting cloud services, as well as how a firm can maintain its sovereignty and realise value from investment. This is especially difficult when considering the increasing restrictions of data privacy. 

Marc French, SVP, Chief Trust Officer, Mimecast 
Scott Saundry, Global Chief Digital Officer, Dentons  
Jennifer McCarron, Head of Legal Technology, Spotify 
       
12:10          Lunch and networking

13:10          Interactive focus groups: New Technology 

A: Innovating legal: Disrupt or be disrupted
 

B: Can you predict the inevitable? Protecting yourself against a Cyber-Attack 

C: Fintech: A game changer for the legal profession? 

14.10          Close of day two

19.00          Networking reception

19.45          Gala dinner

Day three: Friday 22 June 2018


10.00 
         Co-Chair's opening remarks

Gavin Gray, North American Regional Operating Officer, Baker McKenzie
Derek Southall, Partner, Head of Innovation and Digital, Gowling WLG

“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT THE FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT” (Abraham Lincoln)

10.05          Delivering value to the client: redefining the law firm-client relationship 

The client/firm relationship is ever changing, with clients’ needs and expectations constantly shifting. Data and technology can be used to predict and dissect patterns of behaviour: but what does the client really want? How can firms continue to deliver value in the future and form strategic relationships with clients? Hear from the clients themselves and gain true insight into what firms need to do to bring the best value and service. 

Katie DeBord, Chief Innovation Officer, Bryan Cave
Janet McCarthy, Chief Legal Officer & Company Secretary, Santa Fe

11.00          Closing session: building the law firm of the future, it’s in your hands

Imagine you could create a new law firm in 2018. What would be the key elements you would implement? Who would you want to hire and make the cornerstone of the business? Which roles are redundant and which are essential? What technology would you use and what structure would you build the firm on? This session will give delegates the opportunity to consider these questions, applying them to what the law firm could and should look like in 2025. 

Roger Parker, Senior Counsel, Reed Smith 
Chris Carroll, Senior International Counsel, Travers Smith  

11.45          Chairman's closing remarks

Gavin Gray, North American Regional Operating Officer, Baker McKenzie
Derek Southall, Partner, Head of Innovation and Digital, Gowling WLG

12:00          Conference close

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