With law firms racing to offer ground-breaking tech-based solutions and clients becoming increasingly more tech-savvy, the legal market as we know it is rapidly changing. But as law firms look to technology for more innovative and efficient client service delivery, what does this mean for the lawyer of the future?
On the evening of Tuesday 5 February, Legal Cheek is partnering with The University of Law (ULaw) for a lawtech special edition of its popular Secrets to Success student careers event series.
Taking place at ULaw’s City of London campus in Moorgate, students will get the chance to put their questions to a panel of lawtech experts: Nick Pryor, director of innovation solutions at Bryan Cave Leigton Paisner; Claire McKellar, senior associate in Pinsent Masons’ banking and restructuring team; David Chamberlin, a senior manager of NewLaw Services at PwC; Nicola Cain, a media and data disputes partner at RPC; Gowling WLG's Daniel Down, a trainee who has worked across varies different lawtech applications during his training contract; plus Simon George, an associate professor at ULaw and head of ULTRA (University of Law Technology Research Academy).
The session will also focus on providing careers advice, with speakers sharing the secrets to their own success in a Question Time-style panel discussion chaired by Legal Cheek journalist Adam Mawardi. After the discussion, there will be drinks and networking with the speakers and a collection of the firms’ trainees and members of their graduate recruitment teams.
Nick Pryor is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s director of innovation solutions, and often finds himself travelling across the globe, working with the firm’s international offices to build tech-based solutions. Nick’s latest project, Clear/Cut, is a dispute evaluation service that uses machine learning to assess whether a client should or should not go ahead with a claim.
Daniel is a third seat trainee solicitor at Gowling WLG working in the corporate team. In his first seat, he was seconded to Selfridges Group where he worked on corporate, finance, tax and general commercial matters. He then moved to the intellectual property team for his second seat.
The Durham and ULaw alumnus’ previous experience has covered the full range of dispute resolution including arbitration, banking and finance, commercial and employment. However, he has focused primarily on intellectual property litigation within the life sciences and aerospace sectors.
Claire McKellar is a senior associate in Pinsent Masons’ banking and finance team. She has extensive experience using lawtech and innovative solutions to improve service delivery for clients. Pinsent Masons advises a diverse range of clients from Fortune 500 technology giants through to start-ups across both the public and private sectors.
David Chamberlin is a senior manager in PwC‘s NewLaw services. NewLaw is a recent addition to PwC’s growing legal arm and covers a broad range of technology driven services, including giving advice on in-house legal function efficiency; contract digitisation and the integration of better processes; and the use of legal tech in large contract review projects. David is a US qualified lawyer with over ten years’ post-qualification experience. He specialises in implementing lawtech solutions for corporate law departments and has held senior positions in some of the world’s leading Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) providers.
Nicola Cain is a partner at RPC, specialising in media and information rights compliance, regulation, enforcement and disputes. Nicola is also an expert in data privacy issues in the media and technology sectors.
Simon George is an associate professor at ULaw and head of ULTRA (University of Law Technology Research Academy), which focuses on incorporating legal technology into the syllabus. Currently ULTRA is working on a course designed to educate students and junior lawyers on tech within the legal profession.
Apply to attend below. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel.