2018 Strategic Technology Forum Europe
 

Day one: Wednesday 20 June 2018

12.30       Welcome lunch

14.00       Co-Chair's opening remarks

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

14.10      Opening keynote: How bridging the diversity gap will benefit the legal industry 

As the world of technology continues to develop and innovate, so too does the employee, the client and the market. With the increased conversation on diversity in the media, legal corporations can no longer ignore the glaring gap in firms where pools of talent are being overlooked. This session will discuss how bridging the diversity gap & creating an environment of inclusion will foster innovation within your firm and employees, create value in client relationships, and help manage the competitive legal landscape. How can firms incorporate diversity into their strategy? What does it mean to have a diverse organisation? 

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)

15:20       
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?    

16.00       Networking break

16.20       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)

16:55       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. 

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

09.05       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 big data        

As data expands and drives business, data analysts are now becoming integral to firms gaining insight from this data in order to understand 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 can CIOs can pave the way for data analysts to have more influence within the firm? 

10.25          Coffee break

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 

10.45          1.0 AI and ethical considerations: The moral algorithm 

10:55          2.0 AI & Litigation prediction: What is happening?

11.05          3.0 Building and implementing AI: A case study 

10:15          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) 

11.25          Cloud Pitfalls: What are providers not telling you when you sign the contract?  

Choosing the right cloud provider is integral and there are clear advantages to moving to the cloud – but how does a firm choose the right provider? How can you make sure you have all the information? This session will examine how to avoid clear pitfalls including providing insight on how to manage the cloud from a financial perspective and ensure an understanding of the true costs, as well as the role of financial analysts. It will also evaluate methods of extraction for when a law firm wishes to switch to a different provider.

12:05          Investing in Intelligence 

James Mayer, research director, ALM-Legal Week 

12.15          Lunch and networking

13:30          Interactive focus groups: New Technology 

A: 
The rise and rise of RegTech: will it be bigger than Fintech? 

B: FinTech: a game changer?  Educating the geeks on what lawyers need to consider

C: Legal start-ups and its role in the law firm: when is it worth investing? 

14.40          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 PAST CANNOT CHANGE. THE FUTURE IS YET IN YOUR POWER” (Unknown)

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. 

10.40          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. 

11.15          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

For speaking opportunites
For information on speaking opportunities at the Legal Week Strategic Technology Forum 2018 email Emma McGarthy at emcgarthy@alm.com

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