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Podcast focusing on tech-enabled legal service delivery and the people and products that make it happen - hosted by Rob MacAdam.

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Podcast focusing on tech-enabled legal service delivery and the people and products that make it happen - hosted by Rob MacAdam.

    Creating a digital-first law firm, with Tara Waters of Ashurst Advance Digital

    Creating a digital-first law firm, with Tara Waters of Ashurst Advance Digital

    In this episode, I talk to Tara Waters, Partner and Head of Ashurst Advance Digital, who began her career as a web developer and then moved into the law. We discuss the current state of tech within law firms, how the focus has evolved from digital services to digital products, considerations for law firms looking to build their own software, differentiating with technology, what legal tech can learn from open banking and the need for what Tara calls the "law-to-law model" to drive greater collaboration and client value.
    Topics of discussion
    Going from web development to law
    The current shape of leal tech in law firms
    From digital services to digital products
    Roles within digital teams
    The importance of buy vs. build for law firms
    Structuring for digital legal service delivery
    Whether law firms are serious about digital transformation
    How law firms can differentiate with technology
    The need for more collaboration between firms
    Tips for getting into legal technology

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Adventures of a legal tech intrapreneur, with Owen Oliver of StructureFlow

    Adventures of a legal tech intrapreneur, with Owen Oliver of StructureFlow

    In this episode, I talk to Owen Oliver, Head of Product at StructureFlow and former co-founder of Workshare Transact. We discuss the challenges of building new tech products, how the legal tech landscape has changed in the last few years, why it made sense to take the Transact platform in-house at Workshare, his experiences as a legal tech intrapreneur and why he's excited to now be tackling visual modelling of corporate structures and transactions at StructureFlow.
    Topics of discussion
    The origins of Workshare Transact
    Finding a co-founder
    Why is made sense to take the product to Workshare
    Pros and cons of building a new product in an established vendor
    The key factors for the success of Workshare Transact
    Adoption challenges for new technology
    The impact of the sale of Workshare to Litera
    The future of Transaction Management
    Background to his recent move to StructureFlow
    Visual modelling or corporate structures and transactions
    Why 'going visual' is the future of legal tech

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Finding marginal gains to build better products, with Tom Dunlop of Summize

    Finding marginal gains to build better products, with Tom Dunlop of Summize

    In this episode, I talk to Tom Dunlop, Founder and CEO of Summize. We discuss his journey from representing Team GB in badminton and getting into sports agency, to working as an in-house lawyer for fast-growth tech companies and founding Summize. We explore how legal tech vendors can succeed by leveraging the 1% principle to focus on delivering simple, yet high-value solutions that can deliver significant benefits for their customers.
    Topics of discussion
    The importance and benefits of automated contract summaries
    From European No. 1 badminton player to legal tech founder
    Bringing a sports mentality into professional life
    Series A and the importance of securing finance
    Advice for lawyers wanting to get into legal tech
    Why being a creative lawyer can unlock career opportunities
    Using video walkthroughs to humanise contract negotiation
    Key factors currently impacting in-house legal teams
    Analysis paralysis caused by a crowded legal tech market
    How to remove friction when selling legal technology
    Key factors when onboarding new customers
    The future of legal tech post-pandemic
    The deconstruction of one-stop-shop platforms

    • 1 hr 8 min
    A journey in legal tech product management, with Andy Wishart of Agiloft

    A journey in legal tech product management, with Andy Wishart of Agiloft

    In this episode, I talk to Andy Wishart, Chief Product Officer at Agiloft. We discuss his journey from studying AI and Psychology at University, co-founding ContractExpress and becoming an accidental product manager, to cracking the US market, selling the business to Thomson Reuters and starting the next chapter of his career with Agiloft in January 2021.
    Topics of discussion
    AI in the late nineties
    The inception of ContractExpress / Business Integrity
    The importance of early development customers
    Cracking the US market and working in Silicon Valley
    The rise of legal operations
    Selling ContractExpress to Thomson Reuters in 2015
    Moving from a small company to a large corporate
    Hopes for the future of ContractExpress
    The accidental product leader
    Tips for budding product managers
    Why Agiloft is an exciting challenge
    The future of CLM with Agiloft

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Buying and deploying legal tech tools, with Daniel Porus of Legatics

    Buying and deploying legal tech tools, with Daniel Porus of Legatics

    In this episode, I talk to Daniel Porus, Chief Commercial Officer at Legatics. We discuss the key considerations for organisations looking to acquire a legal tech tool, how they can successfully navigate the procurement and onboarding process, and what needs to be in place to ensure they see value and return on investment.
    Topics of discussion
    Winning the hearts and minds of key stakeholders
    Pre-sales and solution consulting approaches
    Successfully navigating IT and InfoSec
    The key markers for successful vendor engagement
    Pilots and interactive proof of concepts
    What ROI looks like for transaction management tools
    What metrics you should measure to ensure success
    The importance of a well planned change programme
    How to ensure success and engagement post-sale
    What next for Legatics in the next 12 months and beyond

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Next generation document automation, with David Howorth and Giles Thompson of Avvoka

    Next generation document automation, with David Howorth and Giles Thompson of Avvoka

    In this episode, I talk to David Howorth (Co-Founder & Director) and Giles Thompson (Head of Growth) at Avvoka. We discuss the role of lawyers in tech, the current state of document automation, the impact of the global pandemic on tech adoption and what constitutes a next generation document automation tool.
    Topics of discussion
    The role of lawyers in legal tech
    The impact of Covid-19 on the demand for document automation
    How the pandemic will change the law firm status quo
    The inconsistent adoption of document automation tools
    Why document automation tools remain under-utilised
    How law firms can structure for legal tech success
    The rise of legal engineering
    Next generation document automation
    The need for full document lifecycle tools
    Rethinking the nature of contracts
    Automated document mark-ups
    What's next for Avvoka in the next 12 months and beyond

    • 1 hr 22 min

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