Legal Geek Conference 13th and 14th October

Legal Geek

8 October 2020

The 2020 flagship Legal Geek Conference will be an all-digital celebration of legal innovation.

It will be a live online event taking place over two days (13th and 14th October 2020). You can expect speakers from every continent, speed networking, live workshops, live talks, social events and more!

A series of live and fully interactive 20-minute workshops where you will learn practical new skills

Networking to help you make real-life connections digitally. Including speed networking and breakout discussions

Ask the expert
Ask industry experts the questions you’ve always wanted in our live Q&As

Live Demos
Watch 20 product pitches and rate the talks live. The winning pitch will become the ‘Legal Geek Business of the Year’

Social Events
Live yoga, mental health workshops and a personal development academy to help you improve your wellbeing

Speakers List

Laïla von Alvensleben, Head of Culture and Collaboration, MURAL
When Remote and On-Site Coworkers Collide – What happens when both remote colleagues AND an office-based workforce become a thing of the present? Eventually you’ll have to figure out how to merge your different work styles to collaborate better. As the impact of COVID-19 continues to ripple across companies globally, this reality is inevitable and more hybrid companies like MURAL are transforming to new ways of working and sharing what they’ve learned.

Helen Loots, Legal Operations, Technology & Strategic Program Manager & Wei Ling Lim, General Counsel, Unilever
How do you make legal tech work in a large global organisation like Unilever? – A chance to hear Unilever’s legal innovation story in 10 punchy minutes (including open Q&A) Spoiler alert – Unilever did it by creating a digital bridge between global legal teams and operational business partners. Unilever is now reaping the commercial rewards through demonstrable ROI and efficiencies

Susan Bright, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells & Stephen Allen, Vice President, Get Sh*t Done, Elevate
The New Norm: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly? – 2020 has caused the most fundamental shift in working environments since the industrial revolution. Within weeks those who had hitherto day in and day out -‘suited up’ were asked to work remotely, virtually, from home. Susan and Stephen will discuss the upsides and downsides that have emanated from this change and explore what the ‘next norm’ may have to be to best leverage the benefits whilst mitigating the challenges.

Catherine Bamford, Founder, BAM Legal
The elephant in the room – how often and why legal tech projects fail – Over the past ten years Catherine has worked on legal tech projects with some of the biggest law firms in the world. Based on this experience, she has previously focused presentations on tips for success and ideas as to where to take your legal tech projects next. This year, however, Catherine will answer a live Q&A all around why most legal tech projects fail, giving real examples as to where things have gone wrong in the past and how to learn from others’ mistakes.

Susan Hackett, CEO, Legal Executive Leadership
So you think you’re (in)dispensable? – So which is it? Have you figured out how to make yourself (or your team) the one your corporate client simply can’t do without? Or are you worried that with the coming of the next normal you’ll find that what you’re known for is spiraling toward fungible and you’ve lost your comfortable place in the market? Whether you’re an in-house lawyer, a corporate or law firm legal ops leader, or providing services to corporate law departments, you’ll find value in this Q&A as the conversation explores how you can re-discover or re-invent your practice mojo!

Helen Lowe, Head of Operations (GCO), Easyjet
Back to basics – transforming the way your team works using things you already have – Looking at how we can maximise the tools we have at our fingertips as well as going back to basics on process design, this Q&A will be focussed on maximising value without spending any money.

Srin Madipalli, Product Manager, Airbnb
From big law to web developer to Airbnb exit! – Srin is a former solicitor who practiced at Herbert Smith Freehills, who then left the law to do an MBA and retrain as a web developer. He later founded a company that he sold to Airbnb in 2017. In this Q&A, Srin shares his learnings from law to tech and advice to others looking to do the same.

Argyri Panezi, Professor, IE University
Digital access to courts and court documents: where are we in the EU? – The COVID-19 pandemic is fast-tracking developments in E-justice. This Q&A session focuses on the current state of digitization in EU courts and particularly on digital access to court documents.

Johanna McDavitt, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
What a Client Wants – Clients should be at the heart of any law firm’s client-facing technology strategy. We’re starting a conversation with a range of in-house lawyers, asking the question: how do clients want to work with their external law firms? Do they wish there was more transparency on fees? That all law firms were on Slack? Explore how law firms communicate with and seek feedback from clients, what kinds of updates clients want to receive as a matter progresses, and the best and the worst of billing.

Wayne Spillett, Head of Legal, Commercial Operations, Vodafone Group
How to create a digitally savvy legal team that is ready to advise an agile business – At Vodafone, our business is working in new, agile ways to maintain its competitive edge in the market. This has given rise to a culture of fast-paced execution, experimentation and investments in new products and services. Join this Q&A if you would like to explore how to ensure that your legal team is digitally ready, adaptable to change and strategically switched on.

Jakob Skafte-Pedersen, Partner, Plesner & Torben Waage, Partner, Kromann Reumert, Torsten Torpe, Head of Legal Tech, Bech-Bruun & Nina Lykke Kjeldsen, Director of Legal Tech, Confederation of Danish Industry
Ask the experts about document automation – Your chance to ask questions about document automation to three of the four largest Danish commercial law firms and the Director of Legal Tech from the Confederation of Danish Industry, who are all using document automation extensively across their business. The session will be chaired by a leading subject-matter expert.

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