WELCOME TO OUR 2022 SPEAKERS

This carefully-selected group of innovative global and South African Legal specialists will zone in on the technology and ideas that are transforming the way law firms and in-house legal teams operate.

Terri Mottershead Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific) The College of Law (AUS)
Celia Pienaar Legal Service Improvement Manager Bowmans
Nathan-Ross Adams Data and Tech Lawyer Michalsons
Serena Horn Senior Legal Advisor Digital and Innovation The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
Terri Mottershead Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific) The College of Law (AUS)
Celia Pienaar Legal Service Improvement Manager Bowmans
Nathan-Ross Adams Data and Tech Lawyer Michalsons
Serena Horn Senior Legal Advisor Digital and Innovation The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

NewLaw Careerists – The Next Legalpreneurs?

Legal practice today is not for the faint-hearted. It’s also not just for lawyers. Delivering legal services/products in a VUCA world requires a multitude of capabilities delivered by a multidisciplinary team. So, who does what in this new multidisciplinary legal team? Should/can lawyers work as technologists, project managers, consultants, data analysts or operations professionals? Should a law degree be a pre-requisite for a NewLaw career? What do career paths look like for all these professionals? And, what’s the business case for all of this?

In this session, Terri Mottershead will answer these questions and discuss:

  • The evolution of NewLaw careers (who they are and what they do)
  • How NewLaw professionals are transforming legal practice
  • The challenges and opportunities for NewLaw professionals

Quoting Charles Dickens: "It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times." - It Depends On How You Look At It…

Gartner describes digital dexterity as “the ability and desire to exploit existing and emerging technologies for better business outcomes”. In trying to find an efficient and effective way to improve the digital dexterity across our firm (legal and business services staff across 6 African countries), we ended up creating a bespoke Digital Dexterity course, compiled and facilitated by a combination of our partners, knowledge management, legal service improvement and developer (innovations) teams. Modules include data analytics, blockchain, document automation, BowBots (our popular, fun introduction to coding course) and AI (machine learning). The course (completed for the second time this year) and associated initiatives such as the Bowmans Tech Fest, Tech Talks and Tech Tips all worked together to continuously improve and encourage cross-functional and inter-office collaboration, ideation and solution implementation. Examples include matter management oversight and workflow automation, productised offerings, and enriching client conversations and workshops – all aimed at making optimal use of available solutions using a combination of diverse skills.

  • Learn more about our Digital Dexterity course and how to create something similar;
  • Examples of cross-functional collaboration;
  • Examples of productised offerings

How To Be a Lawyer That Helps Businesses Make Money

The world is changing rapidly. In response, businesses across the globe are continuously looking for ways to reinvent themselves and make data-driven decisions. They want to stay relevant and competitive.
Yet, despite what is happening within the business context, most lawyers are not updating their skill sets to adjust to the changing needs of businesses.
The risk is that you are becoming vulnerable to being replaced by your colleagues who are more aligned with the needs of the business. The question you should be asking is “How do I future-proof myself to be indisputably valuable to my organisation?”.

This session will provide you with practical actions you can take to:

  • Position yourself as distinct from the competition,
  • Add significant and evidence-based value to your organisation,
  • Enjoy your job while doing so.

Failure to Launch: Ideation to Implementation

Scenario 1: Have you ever opened your inbox to an e-mail inviting you to a demo and training session for a new product that you may or may not have heard about? Your organisation has this “amazing” new digital tool and wants everyone to use it, but you’re busy and don’t have the time for whatever it is. The rest of your team maybe feels the same. As a result user adoption within the organisation has been slow or non-existent. If it’s happened to you, then it’s probably also happened with the users of your new innovation or digital solution.

Scenario 2: You have an idea that could make clients’ and colleagues' lives easier. After a lot of time and money has been spent, this project must succeed and that is usually when the change management journey begins. There’s marketing and demo sessions meaning more time and money investment. User adoption is sometimes only considered or thought about once a product is live and ready to use. We solve for low uptake not a quick adoption. I’m going to suggest it begins at ideation.

In this presentation we will share stories of some the successes and lessons learned in rolling out new products and services. We will look at scenarios where we have introduced new products for colleagues and new products for clients. In each story I will also share the role of the legal advisor in that process, from ideation to implementation.

  • Legal strategy in a digital project from ideation to implementation;
  • Tips and tricks on getting user adoption by your colleagues;
  • tips and tricks for user adoption when rolling out new products to clients