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INTRODUCING OUR 2019 SPEAKERS

Warren Hero
Warren Hero
CIO, Webber Wentzel
Jorden Lam
Jorden Lam
General Counsel & GM Commercial Affairs, HESTA (AUS)
Jackie Nagtegaal
Jackie Nagtegaal
Managing Director, LAW FOR ALL
Kevin Oliver
Kevin Oliver
Head of Advanced Delivery (Technology), Allen & Overy LLP (UK)
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Innovation & Regulation: AI Battles in the Legal Arena

This presentation will offer a case study from Webber Wentzel covering how legal services could be reimagined by employing the ethical use of AI. An exploration of how to harness legal and technology innovation for organizational agility and sustainability.

This 20-minute session forms part of the TED-style talks exploring artificial intelligence in South Africa.

TED-Style Talks: Exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) in SA

Three 20-minute TED-style talks, followed by a 30-minute interactive audience Q&A session.

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM  Bowman's AI Case StudyCathy Truter, Of Counsel Lawyer and Head of Knowledge, M&A, Bowmans

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM  Lessons from a LawbotJackie Nagtegaal, Managing Director, LAW FOR ALL

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM  Innovation & Regulation: AI Battles in the Legal ArenaWarren Hero, CIO, Webber Wentzel

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  Interactive Audience Q&A

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What is the Value-Proposition of Lawyers in a World Rife with Disruption?

This session will aim to inspire the audience to rethink the role that a lawyer plays. It will outline the traditional legal profession and compare it to the business world today, and emphasise the challenge to the profession being ultimately that the fate of lawyers is determined by business leaders, not by other lawyers. The audience will walk away with a framework for re-defining their value and understanding what it means to be client-centric.

How One Legal Team is Taking on Business Transformation

This session will follow from the former and provide some practical examples of the Legal team at HESTA taking on roles beyond the traditional lawyer, and actively driving transformation in a business. The audience will gain simple and practical tips and ideas that they may be able to also implement.

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Lessons from a LawBot

With innovation at the heart of LAW FOR ALL, they were eager to create a LawBot to help them deal with 100 000 incoming cases every year.

After months of design, Cebisa was born.

Training her, taught them valuable lessons in AI and innovation.

Jackie shares the lessons they learned from this process and shines a light on Cebisa’s role in the organisation.

This 20-minute session forms part of the TED-style talks exploring artificial intelligence in South Africa.

TED-Style Talks: Exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) in SA

Three 20-minute TED-style talks, followed by a 30-minute interactive audience Q&A session.

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM  Bowman's AI Case StudyCathy Truter, Of Counsel Lawyer and Head of Knowledge, M&A, Bowmans

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM  Lessons from a LawbotJackie Nagtegaal, Managing Director, LAW FOR ALL

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM  Innovation & Regulation: AI Battles in the Legal ArenaWarren Hero, CIO, Webber Wentzel

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  Interactive Audience Q&A

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Artificial Intelligence vs. Human Intelligence: Where's the Balance of Power?

AI has the potential to permeate all aspects of the law, from its construction to its analysis, development and delivery across all jurisdictions. The key question is to what extent it can support or replace the lawyer's work, now and into the future.

Based on the extensive work done by Allen & Overy's dedicated Legal Technology Group and Fuse, its tech innovation space, this session will examine the current capability of AI technologies, how AI is likely to develop in the future, and how lawyer training will need to evolve alongside it.

Law and Technology: When Two Worlds Collide

The growing adoption of legal technology is having a profound impact on the way lawyers work. But law and technology are two worlds which have not traditionally worked closely together. So how do we ensure that collaboration prevails over collision?

This session will draw on Allen & Overy's 'Lawyer of the Future' and ‘University of Legaltech’ initiatives. It will also reflect on its early experience as a member of the University of Oxford-led collaborative research project, 'Unlocking the potential of AI for English law', which has a specific focus on the training and educational needs for lawyers' engagement with technology and programmers' engagement with law.

Soibi Ovia
Soibi Ovia
Partner, Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe (NIG)
Dr Rael Futerman
Dr Rael Futerman
Programme Manager, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, University of Cape Town
Rebecca Arthur
Rebecca Arthur
Compliance Manager and Innovation Coach ANZ, Bayer Australia Limited (AUS)
Marcel Henri
Marcel Henri
Global Chief Information Officer, Dentons (UK)
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Transforming the Business of Law Using Technology - The Nigerian Focus

A personal and practical perspective on how new and improved technology can and is already being adopted in the Nigerian Legal sphere by Law Firms to maximise profit and generate maximum income from technology based legal service delivery.

Key take away points:
• Leveraging tech in a law firm
• Enabler technology, support-process solutions; substantive law solutions
• Acceptance of Legal process automation
• Block chain technology and smart contracts - learning curve for lawyers
• Ditching the traditional for the modern (a case for remote workspaces)
• The move from the Generalist approach to the Specialist approach;
• Expanding portfolio
• Rethinking the business model

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Legal Design Workshop: Leveraging Client Needs in Driving Legal Innovation

This presentation and Introductory Design Thinking workshop presents basic tools, techniques and mindsets required for integrating stakeholder needs, emerging technologies and business processes in driving client-centric strategy.

In the team-based, collaborative workshop, participants will engage hands-on with the Design Thinking process, applying an introductory toolset to emerging legal challenges. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of Design Thinking and introductory tools to assist them in immediately taking their learnings back into their organisations.

What is Legal Design Thinking?

This brief presentation will introduce you to the concept and methodology of Legal Design Thinking.

Participants will leave with a basic understanding of Legal Design Thinking and the benefit of applying this methodology to their business challenges.

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Legalpreneurs: Fostering an Innovative Mindset in the Legal Space

Hear from Bayer’s Compliance Manager and Innovation Coach, Rebecca Arthur, about what innovation is and why it’s so important for in-house teams and law firms to continually innovate. Rebecca will also look at the typical legal mindset versus the ‘legalpreneur’ mindset and give examples of how you can foster an innovative mindset within your teams.

Rebecca will demonstrate how her team use innovative tools to deliver change.
Rebecca will also give an overview of Bayer’s global approach to Innovation through their Innovation Coach initiative.

Innovation in Compliance Training

Hear from Bayer’s Compliance Manager and Innovation Coach, Rebecca Arthur, about the Law, Patents & Compliance team’s initiatives where they used creativity to deliver their key messages to employees in a digestible way that results in better engagement and encourages compliance. These initiatives saw the team win the Bayer global Inaugural Compliance Innovation Award in 2016 and listed as top 3 in 2018. The team also won the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association In-house Legal Team of the year (small) award in 2014.

Rebecca will also give an overview of Bayer’s global approach to Innovation through their Innovation Coach initiative.

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Making Sustainable Technology Investments

This presentation will be about how to make sustainable technology investments.

Topics to be addressed:
• Client expectations are constantly evolving (procurement efficiencies, organisational sophistication)
• Technology is an enabler and a differentiator
• Competition landscape
• Cloud technology – more than just a trend. What to consider: data privacy, budgeting (Opex vs. Capex), SLA’s?
• Vendor landscape
• Defining a new operating model and processes
• The training imperative
• Practical example of a Dentons project
• The African advantage

Cyber-Security Do’s and Don’ts: How Much is Too Much?

This session will be about defining an information security management framework; messaging and online collaboration; endpoint and network protection; incident management; reputational risk; education and awareness; and DNA of a client audit.

Labo Nkuku
Labo Nkuku
GBI Projects Portfolio Manager, Aspen
Duard Kilian
Duard Kilian
Head: Nedbank R&BB Infrastructure and Innovation, Nedbank Ltd
Delia Human
Delia Human
Chief Legal Executive, LAW FOR ALL
Nerushka Bowen
Nerushka Bowen
Emerging Technology Law Specialist, LegalTech Innovator, Speaker
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Agile Processes for Inhouse Legal Teams that Can Move Teams to Become Business Enablers and Strategic Partners

Organisations that adapt to the changing environment quickly, are able to gain a competitive advantage over their peers. The question is, “How can the in-house legal team enable their organisation to quickly adapt to the changing environment?”

The answer lies in the creation and successful implementation of agile in-house legal processes that empower the in-house legal team to:
• Have foresight into the oncoming business changes well before the changes occur
• Handle business requirements with quality and speed
• Be seen as a valuable asset and not just a cost centre
• Embed the in-house legal function within the strategic management cycles of the organisation;
• Contribute to the successful delivery of strategic and operational projects;
• Become the centre of excellence
• Contribute to organisational learning

This 15-minute session forms part of the fishbowl talks exploring insights into inhouse legal teams. 

Fishbowl Talks: Insights into Inhouse Legal Teams

Four 15-minute case studies, followed by a 30-minute interactive audience Q&A session.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM  FirstRand Case Study: Centralising a Procurement Legal Function in a Federated Environment, Athena Pavlakis, Head: FirstRand Procurement Legal, FirstRand Bank Limited

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM  Agile Processes for Inhouse Legal Teams That Can Move Teams to Become Business Enablers and Strategic Partners, Labo Nkuku, GBI Projects Portfolio Manager, Aspen

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Embracing Technology in the Legal Department at Barloworld, Munya Gwanzura, Head: Dispute Resolution, Barloworld (Pty) Ltd

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM ELM Solutions to Solve Legal Departments' Needs with Reusable Components from the Rest of the Business, Nkululeko Khumalo, Chief Operating Officer, Legal, Absa Group Limited

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Interactive Audience Q&A

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Nedbank’s Humanoid Case Study: The Future of Robots in the Business Sector

Duard will speak about the journey Nedbank has been on with the first Humanoid robot in South Africa.

Pepper, Nedbank’s first Humanoid, will join him on stage and showcase how she performs and interacts in the real world.

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Rebooting Lawyers

The law is changing. As a new generation of lawyers moves into our fraternity, how do we rethink our system and map the future of legal management?

The people side of this legal revolution is what’s going to make the difference.

How do we build new teams, processes and skills to be future ready?

This 20-minute session forms part of the deep dive exploring skills development.

Deep Dive Into Skills Development: Two Case Studies

Two deep dive 20-minute case studies, followed by a 20-minute interactive audience Q&A.

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM   Rebooting Lawyers, Delia Human, Chief Legal Executive, LAW FOR ALL

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM   The Convergence of Traditional Law, Technology and People, Tammy Beira, Talent Partner, Bowmans

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM   Interactive Audience Q&A

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Blockchain & Smart Contracts Panel Discussion

What are smart contracts? Do lawyers need to code? Is there even a need for lawyers?

This session will provide a platform to discuss what blockchain and smart contracts are, how smart contracts work and what the law says about them. Smart contracts have various benefits, but also present various risks, and using them to replace natural language contracts will effectively mitigate some risks but will also increase clients’ risks if not implemented properly. It is crucial that lawyers get to grips with the concept to meet clients’ expectations and to provide the best advice to clients.

Key topics to be discussed:
• The nature of smart contracts and their impact on traditional contracts
• Smart contract structuring
• Blockchain applications and the legal implications of borderless technology
• Regulating permissionless technology - cryptocurrency regulations and the various approaches taken by regulators across the world
• Immutable, permanent records in the age of GDPR

Natalie Scott
Natalie Scott
Director, Werkmans
Munya Gwanzura
Munya Gwanzura
Head: Dispute Resolution, Barloworld (Pty) Ltd
Upkaar Royheath Mungar
Upkaar Royheath Mungar
Legal Support Manager, Legal Aid South Africa
Kathy Colman
Kathy Colman
Head of Knowledge & Learning, Webber Wentzel
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Blockchain & Smart Contracts Panel Discussion

What are smart contracts? Do lawyers need to code? Is there even a need for lawyers?

This session will provide a platform to discuss what blockchain and smart contracts are, how smart contracts work and what the law says about them. Smart contracts have various benefits, but also present various risks, and using them to replace natural language contracts will effectively mitigate some risks but will also increase clients’ risks if not implemented properly. It is crucial that lawyers get to grips with the concept to meet clients’ expectations and to provide the best advice to clients.

Key topics to be discussed:
• The nature of smart contracts and their impact on traditional contracts
• Smart contract structuring
• Blockchain applications and the legal implications of borderless technology
• Regulating permissionless technology - cryptocurrency regulations and the various approaches taken by regulators across the world
• Immutable, permanent records in the age of GDPR

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Embracing Technology in the Legal Department at Barloworld

In large corporates like ours, it is often the case that there are no established systems in place, and even if there are, they are hardly ever formalised so everyone does what they think is right. The tech era has disrupted our traditional ways of doing business mostly from an internal operations perspective. It forced us to critically introspect and look at our existing systems and to rethink how the legal department services the business. Our systems were put under the microscope to find better and more effective ways for the legal department to deliver greater value to the business.

This 15-minute session forms part of the fishbowl talks exploring insights into inhouse legal teams. 

Fishbowl Talks: Insights into Inhouse Legal Teams

Four 15-minute case studies, followed by a 30-minute interactive audience Q&A session.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM  FirstRand Case Study: Centralising a Procurement Legal Function in a Federated Environment, Athena Pavlakis, Head: FirstRand Procurement Legal, FirstRand Bank Limited

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM  Agile Processes for Inhouse Legal Teams That Can Move Teams to Become Business Enablers and Strategic Partners, Labo Nkuku, GBI Projects Portfolio Manager, Aspen

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Embracing Technology in the Legal Department at Barloworld, Munya Gwanzura, Head: Dispute Resolution, Barloworld (Pty) Ltd

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM ELM Solutions to Solve Legal Departments' Needs with Reusable Components from the Rest of the Business, Nkululeko Khumalo, Chief Operating Officer, Legal, Absa Group Limited

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Interactive Audience Q&A

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Kicking and Screaming into the Future - Legal Aid South Africa’s Journey to Embracing Automated Documents

The journey to automated documents has been somewhat tumultuous – Legal Aid South Africa struggled from the conception of the project, during roll-out to staff, and faces support and infrastructure challenges. Locating a product to suit our needs and attempting to convince service providers to mould their products for our specific use took significant effort. We then faced hostility when asking for buy-in from our users, which continues even today as staff worry about their relevance. Maintaining this innovation has also presented unanticipated hurdles for our IT team. And yet, automated documents have been a success – albeit an arduous one.

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Shifting Priorities in Knowledge Management

A brief presentation based on industry research into Knowledge Management trends, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience to obtain a range of views on the South African and international Knowledge Management priorities of law firms, in-house legal functions and alternative legal service providers.

The session will address:
• Current focus areas (noting the shift from traditional KM to use of data analytics, AI, automation and e.g. focus on LPM and LPI; driving innovation)
• Technology worth considering
• Quick wins that can make a difference
• How to make knowledge work for you without a large budget
• Demonstrating value

John Giles
John Giles
Managing Attorney, Michalsons
Carel de Jager
Carel de Jager
Consultant, Blockchain Academy (Pty) Ltd
Nkululeko Khumalo
Nkululeko Khumalo
Chief Operating Officer - Legal, Absa Group Limited
Claire Janisch
Claire Janisch
Director BiomimicrySA, Co-Founder of The Biomimicry for Africa Foundation, Syntropy Pty Ltd.
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Robot Law: Evolution or Revolution

First, we had natural persons (or humans), then we had legal persons (like companies or trusts). Now we have a new kind of person – the robot (or robot person). We have laws that apply to people and laws (like the Companies Act) that recognise that companies are separate legal entities that can act on their own. We need that same legal framework for robots (maybe called the Robots Act). Can existing laws evolve to deal with this new era or do we need a legal revolution of sorts in which a new legal framework is created?

The outcomes of the presentation are to:
• Explore the legal status of robots and whether they have rights by looking at case law
• Know how robots can lawfully make decisions by working through a decision tree
• Consider who will be liable for the damages robots may cause by looking at the liability regime
• Protect the intellectual property robots create by knowing the applicable law
• Manage the contracts robots conclude by understanding the legal framework

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Blockchain & Smart Contracts Panel Discussion

What are smart contracts? Do lawyers need to code? Is there even a need for lawyers?

This session will provide a platform to discuss what blockchain and smart contracts are, how smart contracts work and what the law says about them. Smart contracts have various benefits, but also present various risks, and using them to replace natural language contracts will effectively mitigate some risks but will also increase clients’ risks if not implemented properly. It is crucial that lawyers get to grips with the concept to meet clients’ expectations and to provide the best advice to clients.

Key topics to be discussed:
• The nature of smart contracts and their impact on traditional contracts
• Smart contract structuring
• Blockchain applications and the legal implications of borderless technology
• Regulating permissionless technology - cryptocurrency regulations and the various approaches taken by regulators across the world
• Immutable, permanent records in the age of GDPR

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ELM Solutions to Solve Legal Departments’ Needs with Reusable Components from the Rest of the Business.

With the separation from Barclays PLC, Absa Legal was forced to find alternative technology options to standardise and localise its application landscape and to find the best options considering the existing environment and costs implications.

This 15-minute session forms part of the fishbowl talks exploring insights into inhouse legal teams. 

Fishbowl Talks: Insights into Inhouse Legal Teams

Four 15-minute case studies, followed by a 30-minute interactive audience Q&A session.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM  FirstRand Case Study: Centralising a Procurement Legal Function in a Federated Environment, Athena Pavlakis, Head: FirstRand Procurement Legal, FirstRand Bank Limited

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM  Agile Processes for Inhouse Legal Teams That Can Move Teams to Become Business Enablers and Strategic Partners, Labo Nkuku, GBI Projects Portfolio Manager, Aspen

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Embracing Technology in the Legal Department at Barloworld, Munya Gwanzura, Head: Dispute Resolution, Barloworld (Pty) Ltd

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM ELM Solutions to Solve Legal Departments' Needs with Reusable Components from the Rest of the Business, Nkululeko Khumalo, Chief Operating Officer, Legal, Absa Group Limited

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Interactive Audience Q&A

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Think Outside: Innovation Inspired by Nature

An entertaining and yet powerfully meaningful presentation exploring a range of lessons from nature for the future of technology, business and our world. Nature's forms inspire efficiencies beyond what we thought was possible. Nature's processes are way ahead of the cutting edge of our technologies. Nature's systems encompass the wisdom and genius of billions of years of experience. This presentation explores how we are learning from and emulating nature's forms, processes & systems for innovative responses to human challenges. There are literally as many ideas as there are organisms. Expect the good, the bad and the ugly!

Athena Pavlakis
Athena Pavlakis
Head: FirstRand Procurement Legal, FirstRand Bank Limited
Cathy Truter
Cathy Truter
Of Counsel Lawyer and Head of Knowledge, M&A, Bowmans
Guy Stern
Guy Stern
Co-Founder, Baobab.law
SG Laubscher
SG Laubscher
Director (Private Equity, Venture Capital and M&A), Dommisse Attorneys Inc.
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FirstRand Case Study: Centralising a Procurement Legal Function in a Federated Environment

The presentation will describe the need for a change in the operating model for procurement within FirstRand Bank Limited. We will look at was has worked, and the way forward. In implementing the operating model (which has had some iterations over the years) we also implemented a contract management tool and are now looking to move to a Cloud-based solution.

The case study will cover:
• Wins
• Lessons learnt
• The way forward

This 15-minute session forms part of the fishbowl talks exploring insights into inhouse legal teams. 

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Bowman’s AI Case Study

A practical example of end-to-end IT adoption, roll-out and change management – focusing on lessons learned having used AI tech on over 30 transactions, with over 180 trained users across 6 offices and 4 countries.

Topics to be covered:
• Process mapping to identify pain points and justify acquisitions
• Personal experience in navigating the technology landscape and choosing a tool (digital strategies, measurable, POC, etc)
• AI in the law (what it actually is and does a year and a half in)
• Roll out across various offices in Africa
• Change management – people and processes
• New skills for lawyers
• Lessons learned
• Mapping success

This 20-minute session forms part of the TED-style talks exploring artificial intelligence in South Africa.

TED-Style Talks: Exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) in SA

Three 20-minute TED-style talks, followed by a 30-minute interactive audience Q&A session.

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM  Bowman's AI Case StudyCathy Truter, Of Counsel Lawyer and Head of Knowledge, M&A, Bowmans

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM  Lessons from a LawbotJackie Nagtegaal, Managing Director, LAW FOR ALL

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM  Innovation & Regulation: AI Battles in the Legal ArenaWarren Hero, CIO, Webber Wentzel

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM  Interactive Audience Q&A

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Creating a Working LegalTech Product on a Shoestring Budget and Getting Funded!

Baobab started as a crazy idea at a LegalTech Hackathon in February 2018. We landed up placing 2nd and then entered the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge which we won in October 2018. Now we’re a funded scale-up start-up getting attention from all around the world. This is the story of how we took an idea and built a scale LegalTech product with zero budget and just our vision for access to justice. If we can do it, you can too! Join our session and find out how to make your vision a reality.

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Reinventing the Deal: The Transactional World is Renewing its Ways. Are You?

This presentation will cover case studies of some of the most exciting projects that we worked on in the last few years.

These will include:
• The first ICO in the country: discussion on what an ICO is and how it can change the way that companies get funded
• The first equity crowdfunding platform in the country: how we helped Uprise Africa set up their platform
• How a solar exchange built a blockchain based platform through which solar panels are funded: a practical case study for the use of smart contracts
• Other case studies in alternative funding methods such as SAFE and KISS instruments

Blockchain & Smart Contracts Panel Discussion

What are smart contracts? Do lawyers need to code? Is there even a need for lawyers?

This session will provide a platform to discuss what blockchain and smart contracts are, how smart contracts work and what the law says about them. Smart contracts have various benefits, but also present various risks, and using them to replace natural language contracts will effectively mitigate some risks but will also increase clients’ risks if not implemented properly. It is crucial that lawyers get to grips with the concept to meet clients’ expectations and to provide the best advice to clients.

Key topics to be discussed:
• The nature of smart contracts and their impact on traditional contracts
• Smart contract structuring
• Blockchain applications and the legal implications of borderless technology
• Regulating permissionless technology - cryptocurrency regulations and the various approaches taken by regulators across the world
• Immutable, permanent records in the age of GDPR

Tammy Beira
Tammy Beira
Talent Partner, Bowmans
Justin Cornish
Justin Cornish
CEO, Lighthouse Law
Kate Beretta
Kate Beretta
Senior Associate: Technology Media and Telecommunications, Bowmans
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The Convergence of Traditional Law, Technology and People

An engaging and interactive discussion session with questions posed to the audience and not merely a presentation.

Key take away points:
• Variety of skills required to facilitate all the change expected
• Balancing the availability of skills with new ways of working
• The ever-expanding role of the support lawyer
• Skills framework then vs now vs tomorrow
• How law firms are doing vs how far along this journey clients are
• Common frustrations and potential solutions (from an employee engagement/ skills/ change management perspective)

This 20-minute session forms part of the deep dive exploring skills development.

Deep Dive Into Skills Development: Two Case Studies

Two deep dive 20-minute case studies, followed by a 20-minute interactive audience Q&A.

2:00 PM - 2:20 PM   Rebooting Lawyers, Delia Human, Chief Legal Executive, LAW FOR ALL

2:20 PM - 2:40 PM   The Convergence of Traditional Law, Technology and People, Tammy Beira, Talent Partner, Bowmans

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM   Interactive Audience Q&A

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The Counter-Movement: Centaurs and Lower Casing the A in AI

The legal services sector is embarking on a journey of unprecedented disruption as a result of technology, process re-engineering and change to the traditional role of the lawyer. The endless LinkedIn commentary hasn’t quite converted into reality yet, but then again lawyers were never going to be early adopters of change. Particularly when they are being told that they are going to lose their jobs to robots. I’d like to propose a small counter-movement. Not threatened by technology but enabled by it. Placing the human lawyer back at the heart of legal services, but supported by truly valuable technology, process, managed legal services and access to knowledge and data. A solution which frees the inhouse lawyer from the daily mayhem of fire-fighting unreasonable demands for instant answers and endless contract volumes. All the while being told that there is no money for additional resource in the face of increasing workloads. Elevating them above all of that to be truly capable of providing the tactical and strategic value they can provide to their businesses, while at the same time knowing that the full workload is still being taken care of – enabling the business to accelerate at the pace it craves but not driving unacceptable risk. An empowering combination of the lawyer, process, support services, technology and data.

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Blockchain & Smart Contracts Panel Discussion

What are smart contracts? Do lawyers need to code? Is there even a need for lawyers?

This session will provide a platform to discuss what blockchain and smart contracts are, how smart contracts work and what the law says about them. Smart contracts have various benefits, but also present various risks, and using them to replace natural language contracts will effectively mitigate some risks but will also increase clients’ risks if not implemented properly. It is crucial that lawyers get to grips with the concept to meet clients’ expectations and to provide the best advice to clients.

Key topics to be discussed:
• The nature of smart contracts and their impact on traditional contracts
• Smart contract structuring
• Blockchain applications and the legal implications of borderless technology
• Regulating permissionless technology - cryptocurrency regulations and the various approaches taken by regulators across the world
• Immutable, permanent records in the age of GDPR