The Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption
Great Location • Audacious Mission
• In Association with Baker McKenzie
SOLID London November 7, 2019
8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00am Welcome Ceremony – Call to Action and Summit Overview
Session 1: The Big Picture – Macro Drivers of Change
Caroline (Grimshaw) Hill – Editor-in-Chief, Legal IT Insider (aka The Orange Rag)
Culture Eats Technology For Breakfast
Caroline will share her insight into transformation in the legal industry, including new service models for the delivery of legal services and what’s really critical to our ongoing success in the future of law.
Neil Willson – Head of Legal Vendor Management, British Telecommunications
Outsourcing the Legal Function – Do’s and Dont’s
Does outsourcing the legal function serve BT’s mission to improve focus on it’s core business? Neil will outline one law department’s journey through outsourcing, including a frank discussion of the effort that went into their decision, the maturity of the market, and lessons learned.
Emer Kelly – Director and Counsel – Legal Services Team, American Express
How to Reimagine and Reinvent the role of Lawyers in Global Legal Services
Emer will share her journey from practicing lawyer to legal operations leader, highlighting the growing importance of an operations mind-set in the legal profession. Emer will outline her experience building and maintaining scaled, industrialized processes and legal services for a global organization, including challenges and lessons learned.
Meribeth Banaschik – Partner, EY
Fireside Chat: Lessons from the Trenches
As a former litigator and now a Big 4 partner advising legal departments worldwide, Meribeth will share her views on the legal department’s role in the digital era. She will address several key questions facing many of her clients, including:
- What factors are combining to trigger new thinking about the legal department?
- How is the role of the legal department changing?
- What does change mean for skills going forward
Richard Parnham – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford
AI Investments and Impact, An Industry-Wide View
What type of law firms are investing in Machine Learning technology, and how are they delivering it? What real-world challenges does the technology pose to in-house counsel, and how can those challenges be overcome? What impact does the technology have on the pricing of legal services, and who should benefit from the efficiency improvements it offers? Based research funded by UK Research and Innovation, Richard will discuss his team’s findings on how artificial intelligence and machine learning are impacting legal practice business models.
Table Discussions and Town Hall
Session Two: Innovation in Action – Corporate Use Cases
Kiwi Camara – CEO, DISCO
Transformation Comes from People, Process and Technology – But Not Equally
Neil will discuss the data explosion and where we are on the adaptive life cycle of transformation in regards to legal solutions driven by people, process, or technology
Christopher Grant – Director – Head of Relationship Management / Head of Eagle Lab LawTech Innovation, Barclays
Constant Improvement is the New Norm
How does a global financial behemoth such as Barclays consistently drive global law department innovation and cost savings, while maintaining employee retention and engagement? Chris will review his thoughts on how to strike the right balance of new talent, training and outsourcing.
Jonathan Westwood – Head of Legal – Clients & Relationships, Experian
Shifting the Thinking and Value of your Lawyers
Almost all law departments are required to do more with the same today. Now more than ever, it is critical for executive leadership to be able to lift existing talent to another level, aligning with the business and its clients. But how? Jonathan will outline his techniques on lifting the legal team to the next level through psychology, culture and reward.
Christina Demetriades – Deputy General Counsel, Accenture
The Role of Legal in Implementing Client Facing Digital Solutions
As the head of legal support for Accenture’s client-facing business teams and a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council, Christina is responsible for 1,500 people in 48 countries, with personal knowledge of how “legal can lead” in a business focused on digital innovation strategy and client-centered design.
Table Discussions and Town Hall
12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch – Tables switch
Session Three: Innovation in Action – Process Driven
New Table Introductions
Yves Gautier – Directeur General/COO, Baker & McKenzie
Innovation is Not a Stand Alone Process
As the COO of Baker & McKenzie’s Paris, Luxembourg and Casa Blanca offices, Yves is integral in leading innovation efforts for the Region and the Firm globally. He will share his experience on how to embed innovation in legal and business processes, rather than innovation for its own sake, and give his perspective on the current state of legal transformation and what’s next for the future.
David Griffin – Head of Legal & Governance Systems and Change, British Telecommunications
Take It For A Test Drive
British Telecommunications as gone from a “bits and bytes” innovation process to a mature model, featuring a strategic plan that meets the needs of both the business and law department, as well as priorities and criteria for technology purchases. David will discuss the “take it for a test drive” model that he helped create, separating the best and brightest from those players who are not quite ready for prime time, and share what cloud-based support has to do with his success.
Michael Conner, Director of Global Business Development, NightOwl Discovery
Bea Miyamoto – Associate General Counsel, Panasonic
How to Improve and Measure Outside Counsel Management
How does an international law department with outside counsel across the globe go from a blank piece of paper, to Excel spreadsheet, and beyond. Bea will review Panasonics efforts to achieve the optimal combination of people, process, design tools, and technology.
Howard Hill – Manager, Legal Operations, General Counsel’s Office, American Express
Sustainable Innovation – Playing the Legal Tech Long Game
Howard will explore what needs to be done to produce meaningful, sustainable innovation through technology in a legal team, and demonstrate the critical nature of thinking first like a politician, economist, map maker and only THEN as a technologist.
Table Discussions and Town Hall
Afternoon Break and Table Switch
Session Four: Innovation in Action – People Driven
Kieran McPate – Senior Corporate Account Executive, Relativity
Transformation: Consumers the Source of Innovation
Innovation is driven by the need of the consumer. As the challenges that consumers face continue to evolve, so must the user experience and the technology behind it. Today, companies increasingly need to take charge of their data—to exercise more control over where it sits and implement thoughtful design around how their people interact with technology to derive value from data. Join Kieran McPate from Relativity, as he discusses this evolution and what Relativity is doing to continually innovate to anticipate customer needs, including simplifying user experience and increasing support for everchanging data sources.
Leah Cooper – CEO, Leah Cooper Consulting
Hannah Hullah – Director of Legal, John Lewis Partnership
How to Train Your Legal Team and Match Them With the Right Business Units – Fireside Chat
How do you resource the law department of tomorrow? What new tools are in your toolbox as the General Counsel? Now, more than ever, lawyers need to be business strategists and collaborators, working hand-in-hand with the client. What does that journey look like and how do you get started? Hint…not everyone on the current team makes it.
Dr. Adam Saunders – Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Lawyering When the Law Becomes Machine Learnt: Insights into Legal Counsel’s Engagement with the Data Economy
Dr. Saunders will share data from an international research project on what law firms and lawyers are doing in key global legal services markets, and discuss whether data sharing is the way forward.
Table Discussions, Town Hall and Final Thoughts
4:00pm – 5:30pm Cocktails
Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you at our next SOLID.
SOLID West San Fransisco, February 27, 2020 SOLID Chicago, April 30, 2020
SOLID Singapore, June 04, 2020 SOLID East, October 1, 2020
What is SOLID?
SOLID is a TED-STYLE Talk summit focused on innovation and the business of law. Did you ever listen to a great SOLID Talk or panel and wish you had time to engage and brainstorm in real time on how to apply those ideas to your business? 14 speakers will give TED-STYLE talks around the intersection of innovation, advanced technology and the business of law. They share what they are doing, how they are doing it, and the business impact it has.
Our talks are followed by facilitated table talks, sprint panels, and town hall discussions, whereby participants discuss what they know now that they did not know before the session started and how to apply these lessons to their own organizations. SOLID provides participants with maximum interaction with peers and colleagues in a round table, workshop environment to assess current challenges and design concrete solutions.
Corporate Legal Executives & General Counsels
Law Firm Executives & Counsels
Technology Companies & Allied Professionals
Past Events Snaps
Reasons to Attend SOLID
Our day will be broken into four themed segments focused on innovation and disruption. We will focus on challenges and barriers, identify opportunities for meaningful change, and develop solutions for all market segments.
100 legal professionals and subject matter experts from law departments, law firms, alternative legal service providers, and academics.
Purposefully moderated tables with curated participants from all market segments.
Participants will switch their tables 2 times throughout the day.
“Solid is unique in size, format and quality of participants and presenters. I met so many talented professionals, given the intimate setting I was able to collaborate with others who shared similar challenges, was inspired by the innovative ways others approach them and gained strategic insight into emerging capabilities that I could bring back and apply. It’s a great forum to expand your insights into innovative approaches that are driving real improvements for how corporations deliver legal services. It’s not your ordinary conference if you want to engage in a thought provoking learning experience while expanding your network. I would highly recommend it.”
VP Corporate Systems at MetLife
“If you can attend this, I highly recommend it! Compliance Discovery Solutions was at SOLID East last month in NYC. The format allows for an exchange of ideas with a variety of legal professionals. In one day, I felt like I learned as much or more as I’ve learned from multi-day conferences!”
Vice President, Client Solutions at Compliance Discovery Solutions
“Before SOLID I would say I was a bit of an accidental innovator. I was naturally interested in looking for new and better ways to structure and manage my legal department and spend, but I was not aware of the incredible depth of knowledge out there about how to do that most effectively. SOLID brought all of the pieces together for me and allowed me to make lasting connections with others who are innovating within their teams and across the legal industry. I now have a much deeper understanding of how to draw upon a wide array of resources and technology to reshape what we are doing in a way that drives more value for less total spend. It’s also just a really fun and interesting group of people and the whole experience has expanded my circle of go-to colleagues.”
VP Legal at Columbia Sportswear Company
“I think the most valuable thing for me has been the chance to collaborate with, but also to listen to clients. Getting to hear first hand from GC’s and the C-Suite about their pain points and expectations is truly valuable. It really helps us to “sense check” and to ensure we are not only listening, but hearing and acting on what our clients expect and need from their outside counsel.”