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LLD Conference Inspirations by Roman Kaczynski

LLD Conference Inspirations by Roman Kaczynski

LLD Conference Inspirations by Roman Kaczynski

While a many conferences this year have either been postponed, moved to an online version, or even cancelled, Legito Legal Disruptor (“LLD”) persevered, adapting to the new reality.

Thanks to this new edition of Legito Legal Disruptors, we are beginning to witness  Prague becoming one of the centers of legal innovation in the Central and Eastern European area.

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at this inspirational  event rich in content and fresh perspectives, and I would love to share some of my key takeaways with you.

While a many conferences this year have either been postponed, moved to an online version, or even cancelled, Legito Legal Disruptor (“LLD”) persevered, adapting to the new reality.

Thanks to this new edition of Legito Legal Disruptors, we are beginning to witness  Prague becoming one of the centers of legal innovation in the Central and Eastern European area.

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at this inspirational  event rich in content and fresh perspectives, and I would love to share some of my key takeaways with you.

Kudos for the organisers!

 
This event was the perfect platform for showcasing a new generation of conferences, powered by outstanding organization and the optimal use of new technology. Defying the odds, the organisers managed to successfully connect people from around the globe in real time, taking the sharing of opinions and experiences to the next level. The success of this conference formula will definitely help with the organisation of an increasing number of global events,  giving experts from across the world the opportunity to connect. This ease in  organising global conferences includes the added benefits of fewer travel related logistical obstacles, such as transportation, accomodation, visas, and country-by-country rules and regulations. The inclusive virtual nature of the conference was not limited to presenters as all of it was available via live feed for those guests unable to be there in person..

Kudos for the organisers!

This event was the perfect platform for showcasing a new generation of conferences, powered by outstanding organization and the optimal use of new technology. Defying the odds, the organisers managed to successfully connect people from around the globe in real time, taking the sharing of opinions and experiences to the next level. The success of this conference formula will definitely help with the organisation of an increasing number of global events,  giving experts from across the world the opportunity to connect. This ease in  organising global conferences includes the added benefits of fewer travel related logistical obstacles, such as transportation, accomodation, visas, and country-by-country rules and regulations. The inclusive virtual nature of the conference was not limited to presenters as all of it was available via live feed for those guests unable to be there in person..

The client (experience) in center focus

The Covid-19 pandemic’s triggering of mass digital transformation has had an additional effect of reminding companies in all industries, especially law, of the importance of providing a comfortable client experience.  If it wasn’t already, this is now quickly becoming the primary  focus of lawyers. In these times, we don’t have the opportunity to meet as often and as easily as we used to. Because of this, the nature of how advice is delivered has changed as well. In this context, lawyers have to find new ways to communicate and connect with clients. Whereas lunches andr a meetings were once seen as crucial to building trust and providing a client with  a feeling of security, we have found new and innovative ways to stay in touch. Let’s hope that these encouraging trends in the dynamics of implementing remote communication and collaboration tools remain in the legal world.

The client (experience) in center focus

The Covid-19 pandemic’s triggering of mass digital transformation has had an additional effect of reminding companies in all industries, especially law, of the importance of providing a comfortable client experience.  If it wasn’t already, this is now quickly becoming the primary  focus of lawyers. In these times, we don’t have the opportunity to meet as often and as easily as we used to. Because of this, the nature of how advice is delivered has changed as well. In this context, lawyers have to find new ways to communicate and connect with clients. Whereas lunches andr a meetings were once seen as crucial to building trust and providing a client with  a feeling of security, we have found new and innovative ways to stay in touch. Let’s hope that these encouraging trends in the dynamics of implementing remote communication and collaboration tools remain in the legal world.

Focus on the outcome

Especially now, in this time of urgency, and the need to be able to react quickly to constant developments, such as the current unprecedented crisis, the accuracy of a promised outcome is crucial for the client. Clients need to have partners that are swift to  adapt and can provide them with quick-win solutions, allowing them to be agile and dynamic. In general, clients need many things, and they want them quickly.

Focus on the outcome

Especially now, in this time of urgency, and the need to be able to react quickly to constant developments, such as the current unprecedented crisis, the accuracy of a promised outcome is crucial for the client. Clients need to have partners that are swift to  adapt and can provide them with quick-win solutions, allowing them to be agile and dynamic. In general, clients need many things, and they want them quickly.

Here comes technology

Technology will definitely be a game changer in order to face the two changes mentioned above. Thanks to new tools, powered by strongel technologies, and a new mindset that will arise from their (sometimes mandated) use, I expect lawyers to open their minds to these opportunities  to provide fast and high /quality advice in increasing volumes. We must tread carefully however! Creating a proprietary legaltech solution can often lead to a dead end for many law firms. I share the opinion of many LDD speakers that the integration of an existing proven solution, constantly updated by a team of specialists, is a much more viable, safe, and reliable (mind the SLA’s!) approach which allows for flexibility as well as cost efficiency. The user interface is crucial if encouraging  your team to use a newly purchased tool! Keep that in mind when comparing your options..

Here comes technology

Technology will definitely be a game changer in order to face the two changes mentioned above. Thanks to new tools, powered by strongel technologies, and a new mindset that will arise from their (sometimes mandated) use, I expect lawyers to open their minds to these opportunities  to provide fast and high /quality advice in increasing volumes. We must tread carefully however! Creating a proprietary legaltech solution can often lead to a dead end for many law firms. I share the opinion of many LDD speakers that the integration of an existing proven solution, constantly updated by a team of specialists, is a much more viable, safe, and reliable (mind the SLA’s!) approach which allows for flexibility as well as cost efficiency. The user interface is crucial if encouraging  your team to use a newly purchased tool! Keep that in mind when comparing your options..

Keep an eye on the long term

Innovation is a long range investment and requires a distant-looking perspective. The changes you start today probably will  not provide immediate impact, with financial outcomes and significant ROI coming within 2 to 5 years. Low hanging fruit exist in legal innovation, but are the exception, are not the rule. Keep in mind that your competitors may have started their journey. If you don’t move forward, somebody else will.

Finally – in summary l, as Mark A. Cohen, co-Founder and Executive Chairman of The Digital Legal Exchange  said during his intervention regarding the impact of COVID on the legal industry: It is all about finding the opportunity in every challenge!

Keep an eye on the long term

Innovation is a long range investment and requires a distant-looking perspective. The changes you start today probably will  not provide immediate impact, with financial outcomes and significant ROI coming within 2 to 5 years. Low hanging fruit exist in legal innovation, but are the exception, are not the rule. Keep in mind that your competitors may have started their journey. If you don’t move forward, somebody else will.

Finally – in summary l, as Mark A. Cohen, co-Founder and Executive Chairman of The Digital Legal Exchange  said during his intervention regarding the impact of COVID on the legal industry: It is all about finding the opportunity in every challenge!

 

Author:

   Roman Kaczynski, Legal engineer at Legito, contact: roman.kaczynski@legito.com 


Editor:

    Ray DeSouza, Director of Communications & Content at Legito, contact: ray@legito.com

 

Author:

   Roman Kaczynski, Legal engineer at Legito, contact: roman.kaczynski@legito.com 


Editor:

    Ray DeSouza, Director of Communications & Content at Legito, contact: ray@legito.com

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Impressions from Legito Conference 2020

Impressions from Legito Conference 2020

Impressions from Legito Conference 2020

Global Lockdowns and international travel restrictions. Quarantine. Social Distancing. Face Masks… The irony of this year’s Legito Legal Disruptors conference, which focuses primarily on how innovative technologies are harnessed to disrupt the legal status quo, is that it was disrupted by one of nature’s most primitive technologies, a virus. Despite the challenges, or in some instances, due to them, this year’s conference proved a success, with hard hitting content that was not only interesting and insightful but relevant.


Nicholas Hawtin was Nicholas Hawtin… kicking off the conference with his signature seemingly contrariness that actually drove straight to the point. At a conference about innovation, Nicholas questioned innovation, and explored why perhaps we should not innovate, or more accurately – over innovate, when focusing on one’s core strengths could be a more appropriate correct path.

Legito’s CEO Ondrej Materna and its new CSO, Gary Eunson discussed the future of document automation, exploring the road Legito has travelled so far, and touching on personal experiences of what clients want, and sometimes more importantly – don’t want, when it comes to tech innovations.

Teodora Bobcheva of Scalefocus provided an in-depth analysis and clear description of how Legito’s implementation at her company used Legito to not only help save time and money every single day but also to help other companies improve their own efficiency.

Christoph Vaagt braved intrusive testing to come from Germany, and delighted guests with a talk that crept back to his early encounters with automation in the 80’s, as he gave his views on change management, and why it is important to learn how to adapt to change without sacrificing one’s core.

After the first break, guests, both online and in the audience hurried back to hear Luigi Cominelli of UniQLegal talk of the importance of Knowledge Management, the unique structure of this brand new joint venture, and how its timely creation made it perfectly suited to disrupt among this already disruptive times. 

Next, Legito’s Ray DeSouza offered some tips on best practices for onboarding employees to use newly implementing technologies, drawing heavily upon his past experience, including Legito’s KnowledgeBase and Learning Center.

Although Lukas Zapletal of Coca Cola’s presentation was undoubtedly the cutest partly because of the graphic inspirations of his young daughter, the content was most definitely relevant to every lawyer and legal professional in the room. Lukas passionately explained how the in-house legal function has graduated from a simple necessary cost center to a value-adding business partner and a necessary frontline leader for any successful business.

Lucie Tvaruzkova of Single-Case described how its case management platform helps people get equal access to the law, and how, by the nature of its business, Single-Case has been able to capture snapshots of trends emerging from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, including the increasing view that law firms should play the role of digital service and knowledge providers. 

Michal Jašek interviewed April Brousseau of Clifford Chance discussing the concept of information as a commodity, the benefits and pitfalls of constant innovation, and how transformation can occur naturally through a purposeful focus on innovation and knowledge management. 

Next, the audience was introduced to a panel discussion that included one person in Prague (Nicola Bátrlová of Kiwi.com), one in Lithuania (Kamile Valatkaitė of Telia Company) and Legito’s own Andrea Laserna (speaking on behalf of Dafiti), hailing from Argentina, and Roman Kaczynski (also in Prague, hosting). The panelists spoke enthusiastically on why technology is a necessary ingredient for staying ahead of the competition even (or especially) when it comes to document management and presented hard data of how Legito helps businesses achieve success.

After a morning filled with amazing speakers, a much-needed lunch break was appreciated by all. Virtual guests caught up on email and grabbed a quick bite, while attendees in Prague engaged in some safe social distanced networking.

Upon our return, Jodie Hill of Thrive Law spoke to the importance of monitoring mental health in the legal profession, and how, after overcoming her own challenges due to the stresses of the job, opened up a firm aimed at taking a proactive approach to combatting this all ever-present danger.

Syke’s Alistair Maiden, also coming to us virtually from the UK, delved into his vast experience to place current trends in perspective, and drove home the point of why it is so important to understand the context prior to any implementation. 

David Lat, founder of Above the Law, and a Managing Director of Lateral Link (and a minor celebrity) spoke intimately about the personal impact of Covid,-19 on his own life, in addition to how technology has been shaping the legal job market for some time now, although the current pandemic has definitely increased how these tools are leveraged, including mental health, interviewing, and onboarding. 

Jan Spacil and Laura Bygrave of Deloitte connected virtually to discuss the inspiration behind Deloitte Legal, and Deloitte’s overall approach to innovation and providing the best legal information to its clients through building partnerships. 

Jan then switched to in-person guests: Taylor Wessing’s Erwin Hanslik and Robert Neruda of Havel & Partners, to discuss law firm innovation and how firms can position themselves to adapt easily to daily changes, competition’s ability to drive innovation, and how to anticipate client need.

Jana Blount of DLA Piper pushed the virtual envelope of the conference by connecting via mobile phone to discuss change, and how this pandemic is forcing law firms and legal service providers to adapt. Jana explored how changing one’s mindset and building an environment in which thinking about change is second nature will create a company culture that is geared to easily adapt to whatever may come.

Jacek Stanislawski and Marcin Tomczak of Tomzack teamed up to speak of the importance of legal marketing, the importance of a first impression, and how legal tech is in itself a great marketing tool.  As in some earlier talks, there was an emphasis on not only innovating for the sake of innovation but also focusing and maximizing existing tools, like LinkedIn. 

What do Law Firms and Real Estate companies have in common? Well, with the right document automation tool: success.

Filip Čabart of Havel & Partners, Andrea Daňhelová of Fincentrum Reality, and Jiří Absolon of Delta Legal sat down with Legito’s Chief Product Officer, Eduard Roch to discuss the ease in which they were able to implement Legito, the kind of success they saw after their respective implementations, and why no time is better than now to take a look at current processes and determine if automation is right for you.

Mark A. Cohen, CEO of Legal Mosaic, and Executive Chairman of the Digital Legal Exchange touched on a wide range of issues as he spoke with the audience about the opportunity to be found in any challenge, especially in today’s climate.  Touching upon themes relating to the concerning trends of the mental health of legal professionals, and the future of courts, Mark also dug into why it is important to consider the “how” of implementing legal tech when providing improved and cheaper legal services.

To close, Tomáš Fiala of PriceWaterhouse Cooper sat down with Ondrej Materna for a cozy ‘fireside chat’ to discuss how the evolution of PWC as an increasingly technology focused firm, and how this shift first encouraged it to look to Legito to provide its document and process automation solution, and why the two will continue to grow in partnership.

So, that was Legito Legal Disruptor’s 2020. Quite a day, filled with truly inspirational speakers and important content. After the original postponement in May, we beat the odds to hold a wonderful hybrid experience that helped individuals across the LegalTech world gather safely to discuss the future of legal tech innovation. 

Thank you to all, and we hope to see you next year.

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First impressions from Legito Conference 2019

First impressions from Legito Conference 2019

It’s been two weeks since the phenomenal Innovative Legal Services Forum (ILSF) supported by Legito.

We heard many inspiring innovation of innovation from corporate counsels, attorneys, and legal engineers.

Legito stand at ILSF

I was thinking how ILSF 2019 differed from ILSF 2018 and what, if any unifying element could  be found in all speeches.

Well, I finally found one: A majority of lawyers have started to see technology as a friend, not an enemy.

Photo Lukas Biba

Automation became the standard for legal departments in the financial sector and large corporations, as well as law firms with more than 200 lawyers,. The question is no longer “Do you use document automation?” but “Which document automation tool do you use?”.

Lawyers from small and mid-size law firms and companies have joined the discussion and started actively seeking, testing, and using legal technologies.

Ondrej Materna of Legito giving a talk at ILSF

Photo Radek Vebr

In the previous years, we discussed whether legal tech would replace legal services jobs. This year, there were no such discussions, and the opinion of the most of the lawyers, as well as legal engineers, was that although legal tech will significantly change the way lawyers work, it would not replace lawyers.

ILSF 2019 Audience at Forum Karlin

Photo Lukas Biba

Another encouraging fact I realized, was how many young lawyers (under 30) are tech-savvy and excited about legal tech. I would estimate that number at nearly 50%, which may not seem impressive compared to other sectors, but it’s still much more than previous generations. This is a positive trend.

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