SOLID London
November 7, 2019





SOLID London
November 7, 2019





SOLID London
November 7, 2019





SOLID London
November 7, 2019


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

Table Introductions

Session 1: The Big Picture – Macro Drivers of Change

Tepo Din – EMEA Head of Litigation, Enforcement and Investigations, BNY Mellon

The Art of becoming more Business Savvy- how the Law Depatment of Today leads Tomorrow :

Reducing outside counsel….. the way you do business is changing – mix of law firms and NexGen technology investment… The law firm department is quicker and more resilient mirroring the business in general a.k.a. more client facing and speed of response… Installing a document management system

David Griffin – Head of Legal & Governance Systems and Change, British Telecommunications

Take It For A Test Drive

British Telecommunications has gone from bits and bites of innovation, to a strategic plan a.k.a. maturity, with priorities and criteria for technology purchases that meets the ned of the department and business. In fact- David and BT Have created a “Take it for a Test Drive” model that separates the best and the brightest from the not quite ready for prime time players. Much of that on the cloud.

Emer Kelly – Legal Director, American Express

How to Reimagine and Reinvent the role of Lawyers in Global Legal Services.

The right data in the right place and right hands allowed humor Kelly to reimagine the global legal services of American Express and get the green light to run it from London not New York.

Table Discussions and Town Hall

Morning Break

Session Two: Innovation in Action – Corporate Use Cases 

“Leveraging Predictive Analytics”

Christopher Grant – Director – Head of Relationship Management / Head of Eagle Lab LawTech Innovation, Barclays

Constant Improvement is the New Norm

How does Barclays Bank consistently drive global law department innovation, cost savings and transformation. what is 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

Psychology, culture and reward. Almost all law departments are required to do more with the same today. And now more than ever it’s critical for executive leadership to be able to lift existing talent to another level. and align with the business and clients. But How? Johnson will share his experience and techniques on lifting his legal team to the next level

Jamie Fraser – Director of Legal Operations & Innovation, Smiths Group plc

4 Lessons on Transformation through the lens of 2 innovation projects (case studies) 

  • legal as a leader of business improvement
  • Continuous improvement methodology – lean methodology
  • Build vs Buy
  • Consitnuously self advocate, how things get stalled with change of leadership

Case Studies

Alternative service resource model that built within smiths

Lawyers on demand built an NDA app – review tool for business to use to streamline process of NDA.

“Innovation in Corporate Legal: What We Have Learned“

Table Discussions and Town Hall

12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch – Tables switch

Session Three: Innovation in Action – Process Driven

New Table Introductions

Neil Willson – Head of Legal Vendor Management, British Telecommunications

Howard Hill – Manager, Legal Operations, General Counsel’s Office, American Express

The impact of NextGEN Technology on Teh Business of Law.

Howard has 16 years of driving legall technology changes at AMEX. What’s Now and what’s next for legal team and the impact it will have on value creation and perception.

Karl Obayi – Group Lead – Forensic Technology & eDiscovery, Rio Tinto

How to Win in the Innovation Economy.

“The Changing Legal Landscape – The Big 4 Accounting Firms Influence in the Market “

“Change Agents – Navigating Through Increased Complexity”

“Teaching Attorneys to Fish: The Impact of Expert Systems”

“In-House Discovery for the Win”

“Legal Leads – Partnering with the Business to Support Innovation”

Table Discussions and Town Hall

Afternoon Break and Table Switch

Session Four: Innovation in Action – People Driven

New Table Introductions

David Cowen – President, The Cowen Group

The Top 10 NextGEN Legal Careers and how to find them.

We’re in the early stages of building a community of tech-savvy, ultra-resourceful attorneys. These are people trained in the law, but who also possess the critical thinking skills and tech knowledge to help create the future of the legal industry. What are the top 10 NextGen Legal careers and how do you get from Now To Next.

“The Rising Tide of Legal tech – Improving Legal Outcomes Through Technology ”

“Build Your Talent Pipeline Like A Major League Baseball Organization”

Tomorrow’s in-house Lawyer

Table Discussions, Town Hall and Final Thoughts

5:00pm – 6:00pm Cocktails

Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you at our next SOLID.

SOLID Hong Kong, June 4, 2019 SOLID Toronto, July17, 2019
SOLID East, September 11, 2019 SOLID London, November 7, 2019

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.

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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.”


Deb Tatar


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!”


Maria Maccarone


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.”


Jennifer Warner


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.”


Bryant Isbell


Managing Director, Global eDiscovery & Data Advisory at Baker & McKenzie, LLP