Caryn Sandler Partner & Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer Gilbert + Tobin (AUS)
Tessa Manuello Founder & CEO Legal Creatives (CAN)
Verity White Legal Counsel & Automation Coach Telstra (AUS)
Eitan Stern Founder and Director Legalese
Elizabeth de Stadler Legal Consultant Novation Consulting
Leah Molatseli Co-founder & CEO Lenoma Legal
Willie Pienaar Group CE Nuvalaw
Kyle Torrington Co-Founder Legal Legends and Hello Contract | Attorney & Serial Legal Tech Entrepreneur
Retha Beerman Director: Knowledge Management Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Alessandro Scalco Head of Legal Ashburton Investments
Eddie Malan Contracts and Legal Systems Manager Multichoice
Lucien Pierce Managing Director Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys
Chris Martinus Systems Development Manager Bowman Gilfillan
Kristi Erasmus Head of Futures Law Faculty & Dean of The Institute of Legal Practice Development and Research Futures Law Faculty
Terry Harrison eDiscovery Consultant Independent
Kerryn Arnott Head Legal CIB: Innovation and Client Journeys Standard Bank
Warren Hero Chief Innovation Officer Webber Wentzel
Tefo Modise Setlhare Head of Risk Management Debswana Diamond Company (BWA)
Naomi Thompson Vice President Legal Solutions Exigent
Matteo Pagani Chief Operating Officer Co-Operative Computing
Prof Avinash Govindjee Dean: Faculty of Law Nelson Mandela University | Consultant, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Carina Wessels Executive: Governance, Legal and Compliance Alexander Forbes Group Services
Mandy de Kock Senior Legal Counsel Multichoice
Alison Lee Chief Executive Officer Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa
Charlene Vorster Product Manager Information Services Sabinet
Mellony Ramalho Sales and Marketing Director LexisNexis
Rian Hancock Director Eclipse NewLaw
Joel Segal Chief Clients and Markets Officer Cognia Law
Athol Gordon Partner Clyde & Co.
Kevin van Tonder Senior Consultant Cognia Law
Videsha Proothveerajh Chief Executive Officer LexisNexis South Africa
Gavin McLachlan Partner & Director Randles Inc.
Nishal Maharaj Lead: Legal and Compliance Altron Rest of Africa
Andrew Church MD Rodel
Kgari Sekoma Chief Digital Technology Officer Juta & Company
Dr. Antonio Pooe Director Lextrado
Chuka Ajuluchukwu Regulatory Manager (AG) MTN Nigeria (NGA)
Nurie Jappie Legal Project Manager Webber Wentzel
Mpho Popps Comedian Independent
Justine Sacarello Head of Legal Change
Zulei Ehimeakhe Company Secretary Westfield Energy Resources Limited (NGA)
Neil du Toit Data Scientist University of Cape Town
Ridwaan Boda Head of Technology, Media, Telecommunications and Data Privacy Law ENS Africa
Caryn Sandler Partner & Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer Gilbert + Tobin (AUS)
Tessa Manuello Founder & CEO Legal Creatives (CAN)
Verity White Legal Counsel & Automation Coach Telstra (AUS)
Eitan Stern Founder and Director Legalese
Elizabeth de Stadler Legal Consultant Novation Consulting
Leah Molatseli Co-founder & CEO Lenoma Legal
Willie Pienaar Group CE Nuvalaw
Kyle Torrington Co-Founder Legal Legends and Hello Contract | Attorney & Serial Legal Tech Entrepreneur
Retha Beerman Director: Knowledge Management Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Alessandro Scalco Head of Legal Ashburton Investments
Eddie Malan Contracts and Legal Systems Manager Multichoice
Lucien Pierce Managing Director Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys
Chris Martinus Systems Development Manager Bowman Gilfillan
Kristi Erasmus Head of Futures Law Faculty & Dean of The Institute of Legal Practice Development and Research Futures Law Faculty
Terry Harrison eDiscovery Consultant Independent
Kerryn Arnott Head Legal CIB: Innovation and Client Journeys Standard Bank
Warren Hero Chief Innovation Officer Webber Wentzel
Tefo Modise Setlhare Head of Risk Management Debswana Diamond Company (BWA)
Naomi Thompson Vice President Legal Solutions Exigent
Matteo Pagani Chief Operating Officer Co-Operative Computing
Prof Avinash Govindjee Dean: Faculty of Law Nelson Mandela University | Consultant, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Carina Wessels Executive: Governance, Legal and Compliance Alexander Forbes Group Services
Mandy de Kock Senior Legal Counsel Multichoice
Alison Lee Chief Executive Officer Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa
Charlene Vorster Product Manager Information Services Sabinet
Mellony Ramalho Sales and Marketing Director LexisNexis
Rian Hancock Director Eclipse NewLaw
Joel Segal Chief Clients and Markets Officer Cognia Law
Athol Gordon Partner Clyde & Co.
Kevin van Tonder Senior Consultant Cognia Law
Videsha Proothveerajh Chief Executive Officer LexisNexis South Africa
Gavin McLachlan Partner & Director Randles Inc.
Nishal Maharaj Lead: Legal and Compliance Altron Rest of Africa
Andrew Church MD Rodel
Kgari Sekoma Chief Digital Technology Officer Juta & Company
Dr. Antonio Pooe Director Lextrado
Chuka Ajuluchukwu Regulatory Manager (AG) MTN Nigeria (NGA)
Nurie Jappie Legal Project Manager Webber Wentzel
Mpho Popps Comedian Independent
Justine Sacarello Head of Legal Change
Zulei Ehimeakhe Company Secretary Westfield Energy Resources Limited (NGA)
Neil du Toit Data Scientist University of Cape Town
Ridwaan Boda Head of Technology, Media, Telecommunications and Data Privacy Law ENS Africa

Creating an Innovation Culture in Law Firms and In-House – From Implementation To Transformational Leadership

The creation of an environment in which innovation can flourish requires intentional action by law firm leaders. In this presentation, I will draw on my extensive experience to explore the challenges and opportunities that you might encounter when embarking on an innovation journey within legal, and useful frameworks through which new ideas and opportunities can be welcomed and tested. I will discuss the importance of developing new capabilities, enabling growth mindset and transformational leadership. I will provide practical tips to enable the successful delivery of your innovation initiatives, including leveraging insights from case studies:

  • Invigorate program implemented at G+T
  • Innovation initiatives - summer clerk and graduate programs etc.
  • Observations from our work with G+T Innovate clients - what it takes to implement true innovation within in-house teams, what has worked and what hasn’t

 

This presentation will explore:

  • The creation of an environment in which innovation can flourish, including what it means to be a transformational leader;
  • The challenges and opportunities which might be encountered in law firms and in-house when embarking on an innovation journey;
  • The establishment of frameworks through which ideas and opportunities are welcomed and tested;
  • Innovation insights through practical case studies;
  • Tips for the successful delivery of innovation initiatives.

 

Three take-away points include:

  • What it means to be a transformational leader - the importance of growth mindset, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and effective change management
  • Practical examples of success and failure (in-house and law firm)
  • How to get started and keep going on your journey

The New Revolution in Law: It’s Not About Tech, It’s About Creativity!

Do you ask yourself how you can reinvent your legal business model without breaking away entirely from the past? How about instigating an innovative culture in your organisation to retain the key people and take your organisation into the future while not making others fear they will be replaced by robots? In which ways can you invest in technology without leaving automation to lose your staff and steal your clients? You may wonder if this is even possible ... Resisting the technological revolution is not the answer. Instead, you should also learn how to embrace the creative revolution!

Creativity is the new law. Here’s why: Several reports establish Creativity as the most important skill for the future. In 2018, World Economic Forum reported Creativity to be the most desired skill in hiring future workforce. For the second year in a row, LinkedIn has listed creativity as the most in-demand trait in the job market. So, how do you embrace the creative revolution and apply it in the Legal World? In this highly engaging session, you will learn the fundamentals of creativity and understand how it interplays with design using innovation methodology. You will discover how to give your organisation a significant advantage by using creative tools and techniques derived from Design Thinking and have them implemented in your organisation.

The Legal Industry does not need more technology, instead, the Legal Industry requires leaders who can instigate and nurture a culture of creativity, adaptability and innovation. Join this session to discover your creative potential and apply it to your advantage. Learn how to reinvent your business model, retain your best staff and deliver more value to your clients.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Reinvent your business model;
  2. Retain your best staff and;
  3. Deliver more value to your clients.

Creativity, Innovation and Disruption in Law

Eureka! Creativity has a scientific formula! Tessa Manuello, Founder & CEO Legal Creatives and one of the world’s most respected authorities in Legal Design will expose you to the method and techniques to spark ideas and develop them into innovative legal products and services. In this highly interactive session, Tessa will break down the myths around creativity and disclose some of her best-kept secrets. Uncover what it really takes to develop an innovative legal practice and why today is the best time to be disruptive in law. Engage with (Speaker) in this highly creative keynote on the fundamentals of creativity, innovation and disruption. Understand how creativity inter-plays with legal design as an innovation methodology.

Legal Design Uncovered: Real-life Examples of Legal Design for Public Policy, Lawmaking and Education

Do you ask yourself how you can reinvent your legal business model without breaking away entirely from the past? How about instigating an innovative culture in your organisation to retain the key people and take your organisation into the future while not making others fear they will be replaced by robots? In which ways can you invest in technology without leaving automation lose your staff and steal your clients? You may wonder if this is even possible. Resisting the technological revolution is not the answer. Instead, you should also learn how to embrace the creative revolution! Creativity is the new law. Here’s why: Several reports establish Creativity as the most important skill for the future. In 2018, World Economic Forum reported Creativity to be the most desired skill in hiring future workforce. For the second year in a row, LinkedIn has listed creativity as the most in-demand trait in the job market. So, how do you embrace the creative revolution and apply it in the Legal World?

In this highly engaging session, you will learn the fundamentals of creativity and understand how it inter-plays with design using innovation methodology. You will discover how to give your organisation a significant advantage by using creative tools and techniques derived from Design Thinking and have them implemented in your organisation. The Legal Industry does not need more technology, instead, the Legal Industry requires leaders who can instigate and nurture a culture of creativity, adaptability and innovation. Join this session to discover your creative potential and apply it to your advantage. Learn how to reinvent your business model, retain your best staff and deliver more value to your clients.

Key Takeaways:
1. Reinvent your business model;
2. Retain your best staff and;
3. Deliver more value to your clients.

Contract Design Workshop: Drafting a Better Future

Simplicity is becoming a key way to differentiate products and services and delight customers with fantastic user experience.

Except when it comes to contracts... Contracts are long, hard to read, and difficult to implement. And there are lots of them! The volume of different contracts written, negotiated, and implemented within even a small corporation is difficult to track and manage. Time pressures, competing priorities, and increasing scrutiny on corporate conduct can overwhelm lawyers, leaving little time to think about delivering legal services differently, just when innovative, user-focused services are needed most.

If you have looked at a contract and thought "There must be an easier way!!" then this session is for you.

Key takeaways

  1. Learn the key aspects of contract design
  2. Develop effective skills and mindsets needed to plan and execute a contract design project
  3. Create a basic Contract Design Canvas for real-world projects

Building a Legal Innovation Business Case Around Metrics That Matter

Verity will share how to use metrics mindfully to prioritise between competing ideas and conduct basic user testing to engage and influence key stakeholders. Hear how to build your business case so your problem-solving ideas get traction and you can deliver tangible returns on investment. Hear how automation and other innovation tools have been embedded with current data security requirement to deliver tangible and measurable ROI.

Key Takeaways:

1. Proven templates to use for prioritising ideas, assessing metrics, and building a Board table ready Business Case to prove the return on project investment
2. Step by step framework for navigating the maze of legal tech and innovation options and propel innovation ideas into tangible results.
3. Tools and methods to start taking action on those tricky tech & innovation issues so you can inspire and motivate change within a legal team or law firm

Making an Impact in Legal Operations that Will Optimise your Legal Department, Create Value, and Yield Results

There is a growing expectation of legal functions to optimise how they operate, integrate, and add value to their broader organisations. Whether you want to optimise the legal function’s operating model, building a legal operation function, considering right sourcing/matching service with internal/external providers, or wanting to leverage technology to drive efficiency, knowing how to approach this and where the wins are is a critical success factor.

In this session, our clients will share real-life examples of where their focus is, where the wins are and aren’t, practical applications that can be used to make an impact in your own department and systematising change management and automation projects.

The New Legal Normal: How NewLaw Entrepreneurs are Changing the Legal Services Landscape and What Does it Mean for BigLaw

Legal Tech has, for many years, been considered both a threat and enhancement to the legal profession. However, the emergence of alternative law firms and legal entrepreneurs using digital technology to streamline the business of law has given rise to another area that will impact Big law. Access to Justice is often seen as something that exists outside the traditional legal firm or legal department, as it is associated with law tech and the general public. Thanks to the efforts of lawyers who have used start-up mentality to create a new wave of legal entrepreneurship, access to justice has been elevated to a level of influence in the realm of NewLaw. Internationally, BigLaw has been forced to change their operations and implement the agility of NewLaw as the modern client now demands quicker, cheaper and more efficient services.

The lessons learned from the mavericks of the legal world can be taken on board by law firms and legal departments to aid them in preparing for the future of the legal profession. The panel discussion will present remarkable and award-winning panelists who will discuss how their background in traditional law combined with a NewLaw approach to create solutions that both challenges and provides BigLaw with the opportunity to create a new legal normal.

Lawyer Rehab: Reconnect With Your Creativity (And Your Love For The Job)

We all laugh at the lawyer jokes), but they hurt too - lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to be depressed as people in other jobs. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! In this session, Elizabeth de Stadler will talk about what it means to be a rehabilitated lawyer and how to reconnect with your creativity (and your love for the job). It is an inter-active session, so you will be solving five problems using your creativity and lessons from design thinking, behavioural economics, biomimicry and UX design.

#legaltech Startups: Challenging Traditional Law Firm Business Models

Challenging how you we do law by integrating technology and innovation in the practice of law. Leveraging enabling technologies to improve access to justice.

This session looks into sustainable alternatives to current business law firm models and how integrating innovative thinking and technological solutions can help law firms create more efficient and effective systems and client-centric service offerings.

Key Takeaways:
1. What #legaltech startups are doing right in shifting legal solution narratives.
2. How to go guide for lawyers to leverage technology and innovation NOW.
3. Urgent need to adapt: reskill, rethink adapt or die.

The New Legal Normal: How NewLaw Entrepreneurs are Changing the Legal Services Landscape and What Does it Mean for BigLaw

Legal Tech has, for many years, been considered both a threat and enhancement to the legal profession. However, the emergence of alternative law firms and legal entrepreneurs using digital technology to streamline the business of law has given rise to another area that will impact Big law. Access to Justice is often seen as something that exists outside the traditional legal firm or legal department, as it is associated with law tech and the general public. Thanks to the efforts of lawyers who have used start-up mentality to create a new wave of legal entrepreneurship, access to justice has been elevated to a level of influence in the realm of NewLaw. Internationally, BigLaw has been forced to change their operations and implement the agility of NewLaw as the modern client now demands quicker, cheaper and more efficient services.

The lessons learned from the mavericks of the legal world can be taken on board by law firms and legal departments to aid them in preparing for the future of the legal profession. The panel discussion will present remarkable and award-winning panelists who will discuss how their background in traditional law combined with a NewLaw approach to create solutions that both challenges and provides BigLaw with the opportunity to create a new legal normal.

The New Legal Normal: How NewLaw Entrepreneurs are Changing the Legal Services Landscape and What Does it Mean for BigLaw

Legal Tech has, for many years, been considered both a threat and enhancement to the legal profession. However, the emergence of alternative law firms and legal entrepreneurs using digital technology to streamline the business of law has given rise to another area that will impact Big law. Access to Justice is often seen as something that exists outside the traditional legal firm or legal department, as it is associated with law tech and the general public. Thanks to the efforts of lawyers who have used start-up mentality to create a new wave of legal entrepreneurship, access to justice has been elevated to a level of influence in the realm of NewLaw. Internationally, BigLaw has been forced to change their operations and implement the agility of NewLaw as the modern client now demands quicker, cheaper and more efficient services.

The lessons learned from the mavericks of the legal world can be taken on board by law firms and legal departments to aid them in preparing for the future of the legal profession. The panel discussion will present remarkable and award-winning panelists who will discuss how their background in traditional law combined with a NewLaw approach to create solutions that both challenges and provides BigLaw with the opportunity to create a new legal normal.

Sign on the Dotted Line: The Modern Smart Contract

New technology in the form of smart contracts is changing how legal matters are drafted. Whether regulatory compliance, contractual enforceability, cross-border financial transactions, material provenance, document management or other applications, smart contracts lend unprecedented functionality and the automation of contract terms. In this panel discussion, you will hear different innovative takes on smart contracts from automation to blockchain. Our panellists will share their insights on the ideas and technology underpinning modern and future legal contracts and how they are approaching the topic of Smart Contracts.

The Future of the Legal Profession & The Next Generation Lawyer

With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, the impact the legal profession and the next generation of lawyers cannot be ignored. It's impossible to predict with certainty how radically the legal profession will transform in years to come, but what we do know is that change is certain. While institutions such as the American Bar Association require members to use technology to the benefit of clients, it must be understood that no technology is infallible. Robust debate and consideration is required in order to determine which legal functions should be aided by technology, in order to protect clients’ interests. Universities can play an important role in understanding and refining the moral and ethical obligations created by the use of technology.

In this Fishbowl session, you will hear representatives from both industry and academia discuss the Future of Law and the Next Gen Lawyer. Our speakers will discuss how young law students and lawyers can leverage technology to deliver an improved and more efficient legal service and how this will change the future of practice. Speakers will reflect on an ongoing collaboration between a law firm and a university on a project to use legal technologies and private sector resources in university law clinics in order to advance access to justice for vulnerable communities, and to efficiently meet the law firm's social and legislative obligations as part of the legal profession.

Has the Digital Revolution Killed the Billable Hour?

Law firms and attorneys cannot ignore the need to use technology to do more and be more efficient for less. This means that law firms/attorneys need to be able to justify why billable hours are still appropriate, whether they are still relevant and, importantly, how attorneys stay relevant for their clients. The purpose of this discussion is not to "throw the baby out with the bath water" as skilled and experienced attorneys are still and will still be required and as such so might billable hours, it is more to talk to the considerations facing in-house counsel when briefing law firms/attorney (i.e. costs) and the need for law firms to consider the ways in which they train young attorneys to be of value to their clients.

Those attending this session will hopefully walk away with a sense of the concerns in-house counsel have with appointing big law firms but more importantly that law firms who want to be successful will need to stay relevant. There are a number of low-cost alternative legal service providers which are challenging the traditional law firms and they can do this because they have fewer overheads but can still deliver the same quality of service. This is not to say law firms are going anywhere nor is the billable hour, but pricing models of law firms will need to evolve to match the type of work and the law firms will need to carefully consider how they develop the young attorneys in their organization to ensure company's see the benefit in having an associate on a matter rather than just a system that generates the document and partner.

Key Takeaways:
1. Cost-cutting, and tighter margin are making corporate reevaluate what is being paid for when using a law firm, as such law firms need to utilize technology to reduce their costs and do more for less.
2. Billable hours may become a thing of the past in the near future but for now they are here to stay, and law firms need to be able to justify the rates through adding value beyond the four corners of a legal agreement.
3. The role of attorneys is changing, and so must the way law firms attract, think and nurture talent.

Technology - Friend or Foe and How to Use it To Become the Future of In-House Legal

A webpage full of quotes on how to achieve different results with the same action only proves that in order to get different results, lasting results, that which will set you apart of the rest, requires you to do things differently.

Come on a journey of enlightenment with us while we take you through the essential elements of optimizing our legal team and collaboration with Co-Operative Computing and rise to be the Future of Inhouse Legal.

Key Takeaways:
1. Technology is not always the enemy.
2. Lawyers can be business partners.
3. Technology and Lawyers can be partners - be challenged and innovate

Cybersecurity Considerations for Legal Practitioners: Preparing for When, Not If, It Happens!

The consequences of cybersecurity breaches are serious. They include:

  • Downtime…the firm’s professionals unable to work
  • Loss of IP…your entire precedent base gone or confidential client IP stolen
  • Reputational…would your clients still have confidence in you
  • Operations…imagine all your accounting records being deleted
  • Legal Practice Council…disciplinary hearings before the LPC
  • POPIA Information Regulator…fines of R10 million or imprisonment

Considering what the top 100 US law firms would probably have been spending on cybersecurity, what hope do small and medium-sized law firms and in-house legal departments have of protecting themselves? The reality is that by taking simple consistent processes and procedures, the chances of an incident happening are reduced manyfold.

The presentation will take delegates through five basic steps that firms and in-house legal departments can take to minimise the risks of a breach. Practical real-life case studies, including actual but thwarted attempts at my firm, will be used to drive home the lessons that need to be learned.

Key Takeaways:

  • Practical cybersecurity measures are crucial and must be implemented in all law firms and in-house legal departments.
  • Cybersecurity measures need not be prohibitively expensive, with appropriate measures being applied for different organisations.
  • Having good cybersecurity measures gives your organisation a competitive advantage. Clients are more likely to use an organisation that can demonstrate that it can protect their and its own information.

Leveraging Data for Risk

The New Business Intake process in a law firm needs to be data-centric. Comprehensive information regarding a new matter, the related parties and regulatory information needs to be systematically captured and indexed in a structured way. It should be the aspiration of any law firm to fully index their data for instantaneous searching to quickly return information based on keywords Google. That is not to say that risk and conflicts searching function can be completely data-driven, however, any firm would be remiss not to use the massive data asset they currently possess to mitigate potential risks of new business.

Data is increasingly becoming a massive asset for law firms and there is much-untapped value from their existing data. Machine learning principles state that the more data you have, the more accurate your models and reporting become. It is thus vital for a law firm to develop this data discipline and technology to make better use of the terabytes of data at their disposal. This goes far beyond the realms of risk and business development.

Key Takeaways:
1. Maximizing the use of data by creating the availability and quick recall of complete and accurate information regarding clients, matters and entities is hugely useful in mitigating risk and conflicts of interest.
2. A data-centric approach to risk should be implemented in the form of structured data and processes.
3. Tech and systems are just the start, the change management and user adoption is 90% of the battle

Sign on the Dotted Line: The Modern Smart Contract

New technology in the form of smart contracts is changing how legal matters are drafted. Whether regulatory compliance, contractual enforceability, cross-border financial transactions, material provenance, document management or other applications, smart contracts lend unprecedented functionality and the automation of contract terms. In this panel discussion, you will hear different innovative takes on smart contracts from automation to blockchain. Our panellists will share their insights on the ideas and technology underpinning modern and future legal contracts and how they are approaching the topic of Smart Contracts.

The Future of the Legal Profession & The Next Generation Lawyer

With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, the impact the legal profession and the next generation of lawyers cannot be ignored. It's impossible to predict with certainty how radically the legal profession will transform in years to come, but what we do know is that change is certain. While institutions such as the American Bar Association require members to use technology to the benefit of clients, it must be understood that no technology is infallible. Robust debate and consideration is required in order to determine which legal functions should be aided by technology, in order to protect clients’ interests. Universities can play an important role in understanding and refining the moral and ethical obligations created by the use of technology.

In this Fishbowl session, you will hear representatives from both industry and academia discuss the Future of Law and the Next Gen Lawyer. Our speakers will discuss how young law students and lawyers can leverage technology to deliver an improved and more efficient legal service and how this will change the future of practice. Speakers will reflect on an ongoing collaboration between a law firm and a university on a project to use legal technologies and private sector resources in university law clinics in order to advance access to justice for vulnerable communities, and to efficiently meet the law firm's social and legislative obligations as part of the legal profession.

Why is eDiscovery so Important for South Africa?

An introduction to eDiscovery including what it is and why we need it. We will look at the significance of the EDRM which is the global mantra of eDiscovery and take some time explaining the jargon including the all-important metadata. Evidential reliability of electronic documents. A high-level view of some of the features of eDiscovery technology, in particular, predictive coding or technology-assisted review which is now widespread in other jurisdictions. A comparison of Civil Procedure Rules in other countries and the current position in South Africa. We will also touch upon Data Protection and Privacy especially in the light of POPIA, along with data security including cloud hosting. Finally, there will be an important discussion about Social Media communications. Throughout there will be real-life examples and case studies.

Key Takeaways:
1. Early case assessment including choosing appropriate partners
2. Dangers of printing emails
3. "Adapt or die"!

Insights Into a Digital Legal Journey In Banking

The conversation: “So…about this digital world…the way you give legal advice and deliver services, it no longer works…oh, and the way your function operates, that no longer works either…”
The brief: Convert this old plane into a jet
The catch: You need to fix it in the air, you have to use the crew you’ve got, some of your crew need to become mechanics and the airport you need to accommodate the jet isn’t available….can you make a plan?

In this session, I will be talking about some experiences, challenges and successes on our journey as a legal function (and the road ahead) as we implement a digital legal strategy. The requirement to change is absolute for us if we are to survive as a function as the world evolves around us. Standing still will render us too expensive and ultimately irrelevant. Our journey is complicated by the size of our organisation and the multitude of countries in which we operate. Add a resource-strapped environment and resistance to change into the mix, and you have an interesting journey on your hands.

We are addressing the way we engage with our partners in the bank in respect of digital initiatives and the way we operate as a function- utilising technology for changing our operating model (both internally and in terms of the way we interact with our clients and external law firms) and align with the Bank’s broader strategy. Because of the nature of our business, there is no time to stand still, so we have to reinvent ourselves whilst continuing with day-to-day service delivery. This results in some interesting challenges and tough conversations as you merge business models, but also creates enormous opportunity.

Key Takeaways:

1.The challenges you may encounter when you shift direction with technical and process innovation
2.Experiences with the creation of new ways of working and agile teams
3.The balancing act of changing the way you give legal advice

Change Management: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Scaling change to enable the transformation at the enterprise level contributes significantly to the value derived from digital initiatives - How should the value be encapsulated. There is a misconception of what digital optimization and digital transformation are and thus inappropriate methods are applied to ensure the success of product/service delivery. The understanding of the importance of business models and how viability and feasibility tests play out are becoming crucial to make informed technology investments to produce platforms that can leverage ecosystems.

A structured approach to change: me, we and organization. An arithmetic formula to encapsulate growth and that is elegant in its simplicity to clarify trade-offs. A way to think of the disrupted context - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA). The medicine: Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility based on a human-centred design thinking approach. Defining the difference between optimization and transformation as well as how this looks in a simplified business model. As well as how to transition from the business model to the operating model for aligned execution. Demonstrating the value of doing viability and feasibility tests on how a principle-based approach accelerates the transparency around platform investments and the timing of these investments. How to employ the resultant platforms and the network effect to pursue ascendancy in your selected ecosystem/s.

Building new capabilities lead to new results. (Mindsets + Practices) x Technology = Capabilities. To win in disruption entities must master: Alignment (e.g. disciplined investment) Anticipation (e.g. Technology as a differentiator) and Adaptability (navigating change). Also, see the top-30 meaningful brand index where customers and prospects show 2x the repurchase rates.

Key Takeaways:
1. What is a capability? How does it link to business model and operating model?
2. How can I hack my culture to accelerate organisational change?
3. How could applying a principled based approach - incorporating viability and feasibility enable better investment choices?

Retrieving Data: Wait a Few Seconds and Try to Cut or Copy Again

In order to survive, thrive and become more resilient in a VUCA world, Debswana realised the need to challenge legacy thinking and status quo when it comes to how it mitigates enterprise risk. This made it necessary for certain functions that are considered the second line of defence e.g. legal, risk management, etc to reinvent and reposition themselves from traditional thinking in order to create more value.

This is about how a business can disrupt itself by changing internal thinking and processes that have been in place understanding and the great role that transformational game-changing leadership, technology and innovation play, supported by robust change management and awareness campaigns. Importantly, how being willing to fail fast and forward was a necessary mindset but being aware at all times that minimal disruption (through a pilot phase) should be maintained in order to gain trust and confidence in the success of the transformation.

The risk management philosophy in the organisation has transitioned from being reactive to now being proactive. Instead of reporting on lagging indicators, the process now is to derive insights by analyzing big data, through the use of technology and to use these to drive data-driven decision making. This adds value by removing the human bias and reducing uncertainty from decision making and sets a great foundation to now in future influence decision making through predictive and prescriptive analysis, using algorithms and AI.

Key Takeaways:
1. The future of work
2. The process of challenging legacy thinking and the status quo
3. The ROI of technology and innovation

Making an Impact in Legal Operations that Will Optimise your Legal Department, Create Value, and Yield Results

There is a growing expectation of legal functions to optimise how they operate, integrate, and add value to their broader organisations. Whether you want to optimise the legal function’s operating model, building a legal operation function, considering right sourcing/matching service with internal/external providers, or wanting to leverage technology to drive efficiency, knowing how to approach this and where the wins are is a critical success factor.

In this session, our clients will share real-life examples of where their focus is, where the wins are and aren’t, practical applications that can be used to make an impact in your own department and systematising change management and automation projects.

Co-Flo Enterprise Legal-Flo: The Transformation of Corporate Legal

A live demonstration of one of the most innovative solutions to hit legal tech this year. Co-Flo Enterprise’s Legal-Flo will highlight how to make your legal team more effective through the use of, Legal Request Management, Intelligent Document Assembly, Legal Matter Management and Legal Contract Management.

Key Takeaways:
1. Corporate Legal Teams drive innovation
2. Moving CLD’s from support to business-critical
3. A change in mindset from being a cost center to being a cost saver

The Future of the Legal Profession & The Next Generation Lawyer

With the fourth industrial revolution upon us, the impact the legal profession and the next generation of lawyers cannot be ignored. It's impossible to predict with certainty how radically the legal profession will transform in years to come, but what we do know is that change is certain. While institutions such as the American Bar Association require members to use technology to the benefit of clients, it must be understood that no technology is infallible. Robust debate and consideration is required in order to determine which legal functions should be aided by technology, in order to protect clients’ interests. Universities can play an important role in understanding and refining the moral and ethical obligations created by the use of technology.

In this Fishbowl session, you will hear representatives from both industry and academia discuss the Future of Law and the Next Gen Lawyer. Our speakers will discuss how young law students and lawyers can leverage technology to deliver an improved and more efficient legal service and how this will change the future of practice. Speakers will reflect on an ongoing collaboration between a law firm and a university on a project to use legal technologies and private sector resources in university law clinics in order to advance access to justice for vulnerable communities, and to efficiently meet the law firm's social and legislative obligations as part of the legal profession.

Making an Impact in Legal Operations that Will Optimise your Legal Department, Create Value, and Yield Results

There is a growing expectation of legal functions to optimise how they operate, integrate, and add value to their broader organisations. Whether you want to optimise the legal function’s operating model, building a legal operation function, considering right sourcing/matching service with internal/external providers, or wanting to leverage technology to drive efficiency, knowing how to approach this and where the wins are is a critical success factor.

In this session, our clients will share real-life examples of where their focus is, where the wins are and aren’t, practical applications that can be used to make an impact in your own department and systematising change management and automation projects.

Technology - Friend or Foe and How to Use it To Become the Future of In-House Legal

A webpage full of quotes on how to achieve different results with the same action only proves that in order to get different results, lasting results, that which will set you apart of the rest, requires you to do things differently.

Come on a journey of enlightenment with us while we take you through the essential elements of optimizing our legal team and collaboration with Co-Operative Computing and rise to be the Future of Inhouse Legal.

Key Takeaways:
1. Technology is not always the enemy.
2. Lawyers can be business partners.
3. Technology and Lawyers can be partners - be challenged and innovate

Navigating the Maze of Legal Disruption

In this session Alison will cover why analysing legal disruption and why is relevant today. The presentation will be looking at in house counsel and the impact that legal disruption will have on the various functions which make up the in-house counsel environment and analysing the current legal technology products and related services which are available to in house counsel. Delegates will also gain an understanding the needs of in-house counsel versus the needs of the business in relation to legal technology products and related service offerings while looking at the advantages of legal technology and the solutions they provide. Finally, there will be how one goes about analysing one's need for and presenting a case for the procurement of legal technology and how to avoid common purchase pitfalls and buyer remorse

Key takeaways:

  • Navigating the murky waters of legal disruptors and how one goes about getting the right fit and solution
  • Procuring the right disruptor for one's legal environment

Hypermiling – Drivers that Integrate Legal Content, Technology and Service

How the legal profession should embrace technology to bring about increased productivity and cost-efficiency in their practice.

The legal profession moves at breakneck speed and legal professionals are under constant pressure to keep up and ensure the information they have at their disposal is current and accurate. Furthermore, in order to be sure the dynamic needs of legal service consumers are met, lawyers need to be sure the legal technology they access works effectively and delivers real solutions to real problems.

Fortunately, technology advances just as fast and these advances and innovations continuously improve the accessibility to and quality of legal resources available. In addition, this brings about increased productivity and cost-efficiency. Agility breeds success - efficiency is an increasingly popular notion. Drivers need to know what a difference their driving habits can make, and few take the challenge as seriously as hypermilers. The presentation will focus on enhancing your legal performance every time you’re behind the wheel.

 

The Legal Eco-System of Today

A panel discussion with leading legal minds weighing in on ‘The Legal Eco-System of Today’ and offering insights to empower attendees with the latest practical information around the application and benefits of legal technology in their practice of law.

A Strategy for the Future of Legal Services Delivery

With this constant VUCA environment faced by lawyers today, the future of legal service delivery is uncertain. What people do we need, what processes will enable efficiencies and cost savings and what technology can we use to leverage the value that our function can deliver? Both law firms and in-house functions face this similar crossroad, making planning for the future of your function fraught with risk. This talk aims at assisting the attendee with the development of a multifaceted capabilities map which can be applied to their function, helping to illuminate opportunities that can be harnessed, delivering better value to their clients.

The attendee will be exposed to scenario planning and strategic thinking tools such as a the Eclipse NewLaw Future Capabilities Matrix and as well as trend identification and risk rating, volume and complexity mapping and scenario development.

These tools and models have been used to frame two distinct Eclipse NewLaw Future Capabilities matrices, one orientated towards the in-house function and one for the law firm. The talk will demonstrate how the tools are applied, from which the attendee will be in a position to customize the framework to their organisation's needs. Attendees will be empowered to apply these tools and identify the key capabilities that will allow their legal function to deal with any of the uncertain future scenario's which may arise. This in turn assists strategic planning initiatives for the attendees' legal function to leverage any future situation to deliver value to their end client.

Key Takeaways:
1. Identifying current strengths, risks and opportunities
2. Identifying areas for development across the people, process and technology spectrum
3. Application to your own organisation's requirements

Unveiling the Myth of the Machine Savvy Law Professional of the Future

The topic will explore within the context of the future world of Law the impact of the rapid disruption of traditional Law practices the critical human needs required to work hand in glove with the emergence of advanced Legal machine capability (AI, advanced Contract management, Event based workflow etc). Specifically focus on what the critical human capabilities need to be to thrive alongside the machine as well as how we as a legal industry develop these and evolve traditional talent models?

The panel discussion will combine inhouse, law company and academic specialist thinking to debate in an insightful and critical manner what is myth and what is the more likely reality.

Improving IT Engagement With Lawyers

Legend has it that it’s hard to make a horse drink water. Achieving adequate user adoption of new processes and IT application is equally hard? Why is that?

In this session, Athol will seek to address how processes and IT applications which legal firms use come into existence. The session will also consider how IT specialists conceive of what they think users need and then design it? To continue the analogy; Maybe if the horse had a hand in pouring the water he would drink it more readily?

Developers of software for legal firms should have a user experience before designing applications. They should immerse themselves in a practitioner’s office to understand which buttons are pressed and which buttons do not exist. They should see what the user needs and then offer suggested solutions. Designers and users must design a list of attributes which their desired application must have and must not have. There must be a complete collaboration designed to achieve a solution which is fit for purpose.

How do we do this?

Unveiling the Myth of the Machine Savvy Law Professional of the Future

The topic will explore within the context of the future world of Law the impact of the rapid disruption of traditional Law practices the critical human needs required to work hand in glove with the emergence of advanced Legal machine capability (AI, advanced Contract management, Event based workflow etc). Specifically focus on what the critical human capabilities need to be to thrive alongside the machine as well as how we as a legal industry develop these and evolve traditional talent models?

The panel discussion will combine inhouse, law company and academic specialist thinking to debate in an insightful and critical manner what is myth and what is the more likely reality.

The 4th Industrial Revolution and How it's Flexing the New Norm

Leading legal tech provider LexisNexis South Africa will dissect how today’s lawyers can best prepare themselves for the Future of Law. Exploring the topic, Legal Technology Innovation: Disrupt or Die, LexisNexis SA CEO, Videsha Proothveerajh, will share insights around some of the bold, futuristic innovations that are impacting the legal industry. From remote lawyering to bots, what can you do today to ensure future success and sustainability?

The Legal Eco-System of Today

A panel discussion with leading legal minds weighing in on ‘The Legal Eco-System of Today’ and offering insights to empower attendees with the latest practical information around the application and benefits of legal technology in their practice of law.

The Legal Eco-System of Today

A panel discussion with leading legal minds weighing in on ‘The Legal Eco-System of Today’ and offering insights to empower attendees with the latest practical information around the application and benefits of legal technology in their practice of law.

The Legal Eco-System of Today

A panel discussion with leading legal minds weighing in on ‘The Legal Eco-System of Today’ and offering insights to empower attendees with the latest practical information around the application and benefits of legal technology in their practice of law.

The New Legal Normal: How NewLaw Entrepreneurs are Changing the Legal Services Landscape and What Does it Mean for BigLaw

Legal Tech has, for many years, been considered both a threat and enhancement to the legal profession. However, the emergence of alternative law firms and legal entrepreneurs using digital technology to streamline the business of law has given rise to another area that will impact Big law. Access to Justice is often seen as something that exists outside the traditional legal firm or legal department, as it is associated with law tech and the general public. Thanks to the efforts of lawyers who have used start-up mentality to create a new wave of legal entrepreneurship, access to justice has been elevated to a level of influence in the realm of NewLaw. Internationally, BigLaw has been forced to change their operations and implement the agility of NewLaw as the modern client now demands quicker, cheaper and more efficient services.

The lessons learned from the mavericks of the legal world can be taken on board by law firms and legal departments to aid them in preparing for the future of the legal profession. The panel discussion will present remarkable and award-winning panelists who will discuss how their background in traditional law combined with a NewLaw approach to create solutions that both challenges and provides BigLaw with the opportunity to create a new legal normal.

Office365 and Social Media, A Discovery Match Made in the Cloud

Discover ways you can harness the power of In-Place eDiscovery in Microsoft Exchange Server and Exchange Online, perform discovery searches for relevant content within mailboxes and enjoy federated search capabilities in the cloud. I’ll wrap up with an update on the latest in social media trends and how these impact your eDiscovery process.

The Future of Law, Legal Talent and Rethinking Operating Models

Join this session where Chuka from MTN Nigeria will be discussing the impact of geopolitical changes, increasing digitalisation and operational changes on business strategy, operations and the overall future of the business model of law, legal counsel and legal departments. He will also dive into how the industry has driven productivity and evolution while facing pressures to improve inefficiencies.

The Legal Eco-System of Today

A panel discussion with leading legal minds weighing in on ‘The Legal Eco-System of Today’ and offering insights to empower attendees with the latest practical information around the application and benefits of legal technology in their practice of law.

Happy Hour brought to you by JUTA

Our Premier Partner, JUTA, brings you Mpho Popps. Mpho is a remarkable South African comedian who is best known to TV viewers for being one of the superstars to compete in the sixth edition of the SABC3 reality dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing, in 2013. Now Mpho Popps has become huge in South Africa as a major TV and film star. Out of the clatter and the publicity one humble and physically slender young comic seemed to arise, a fully formed talent.

Unveiling the Myth of the Machine Savvy Law Professional of the Future

The topic will explore within the context of the future world of Law the impact of the rapid disruption of traditional Law practices the critical human needs required to work hand in glove with the emergence of advanced Legal machine capability (AI, advanced Contract management, Event based workflow etc). Specifically focus on what the critical human capabilities need to be to thrive alongside the machine as well as how we as a legal industry develop these and evolve traditional talent models?

The panel discussion will combine inhouse, law company and academic specialist thinking to debate in an insightful and critical manner what is myth and what is the more likely reality.

The Future of Law – Moving Away From Traditional Structures and Embracing Modern Technologies

The Legal Profession has long been immune and insulated against disruptive changes in the market due to its conservatism and traditionalism. The law has been the most conservative discipline, in both culture and practice. However, as computing power expands exponentially and legal services are unbundled, the practice of law is becoming increasingly susceptible to automation. For example – online legal software such as LexisNexis, Practical Law and LawPavillion have made legal drafting and research relatively easy. This has enabled lawyers make sense of vast volumes of data to effectively practice day to day.

This presentation will highlight the traditional methods of practicing law and emphasize the need to embrace the disruptive trends in the legal industry. More so, modern clients are now much less tolerant of old-style lawyers who resist or refuse to use technology that enables expedited and efficient work production. In addition, law firms whose working cultures do not evolve efficiently to service current market needs are likely an endangered specie.

Sign on the Dotted Line: The Modern Smart Contract

New technology in the form of smart contracts is changing how legal matters are drafted. Whether regulatory compliance, contractual enforceability, cross-border financial transactions, material provenance, document management or other applications, smart contracts lend unprecedented functionality and the automation of contract terms. In this panel discussion, you will hear different innovative takes on smart contracts from automation to blockchain. Our panellists will share their insights on the ideas and technology underpinning modern and future legal contracts and how they are approaching the topic of Smart Contracts.

Disrupt or Die - Why Law Firms Will Be the Next Breed of Technology Company

As technology evolves, law firms across the world are increasingly embracing technology as part of their legal solutions to clients. The law firm of the future (and indeed today) can no longer divorce legal solutions from technology. Whilst this sounds obvious, the level of law firms embracing technology as part of legal solutions remains minimal. This presentation focuses on case studies from various jurisdictions where law firms have now taken the next step in evolving solutions offered to clients, not only embracing new technologies, but transforming the traditional law firm into fully fledged technology companies.