Legal Tech Committee Report

Jas Bassi

Co Chair

Nicola Jones

Co Chair

The committee is working hard to realise our President’s commitment to the role of legal technology in the future of the legal sector. Our thanks to Denise Harnett & Natasha Keen for their support, and to Rav Hothi for his help. We partner with Hilary Smyth-Allen from SuperTech and are grateful for her support.

Formally established in January 2021, we meet monthly, have weekly officers’ meetings and an events team.

To-date

  • Co-Chairs attended a Managing Partners meeting and gathered views on priorities
  • DEI principles
  • Talked to Andrew McWhir Tech & Law Committee, at the national Law Society
  • Talked to Chris Bull, Co-Chair of Bristol & Bath LegalTech Committee
  • Met with Karen Bailey & look forward meeting otherChairs
  • Partnering with “The Ahead Partnership”, a not forprofit organisation which facilitates professionals sharing information and learning about their work with State school children. Mills & Reeve and Herbert Smith Freehills will be supporting an initiative on ProfTech through two of our committee members, Emma Jackson and Bilal Syed.
  • Attended various events including Legal Tech Innovation Institute webinar leading to an offer to members re qualification and events focussing on EDI.

Events

On 22/4/21 Jas Basi, Co-Chair of the Committee hosted a Wine and Learn – Security demands for a different future evening sponsored by NetMotion and an excellent panel of experts.

Planned

  • Establishing regular Legal Tech Meet Ups, first one 16th June 1-2 pm on hybrid working. Speakers from Oosha.
  • In-person conference, 10th Sept 2021 12.30 – 4.30 pm, venue tbc, Covid restrictions permitting. “The Art of the Possible; what can be achieved using legal technology”. Numbers are likely to be limited. Mills & Reeve will be one of the four expected sponsors of the event.
  • Virtual conference 24th Sept 2021

Ongoing work

  • Through Eileen Schofield, stronger links with sole practitioner committee & planned meeting with In- House committee.
  • Eileen Schofield & Inez Brown forging links on behalf of committee with Goldman Sachs
  • Vin Chauhun is leading development of a legal tech landscape for West Mids.
  • Autumn ’21 SuperTech will run workshops on AI in legal practice for member firms
  • Plan to meet Western Union re event sponsorship of future events
  • Connecting to Birmingham Tech Week organisers