We hold quarterly delegate meetings in London, typically at Hill Dickinson LLP’s London office,  5 minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station (for location click here). For dates of future meetings please click here.

The following sets out recent content from our meetings:

15th June 2019

Richard Tromans - AI Update - Richard started with an update on the latest AI happenings in the legal world, and gave members the latest insights into developments within artificial intelligence.

Richard Watson, Imperial College London - Disruptive Technologies: What’s on the horizon? - Richard presented on disruptive technologies and provided a fascinating insight into what may happen in the future in this area.

Steve Smith, Managing Director of Combined Knowledge Ltd - Microsoft 365 - Steve followed up on the Microsoft Wheel and explored Office 365 Apps in depth. He explained what they are designed to do and how they can work with other apps.

28th March 2019

Steve Smith, Managing Director of Combined Knowledge Ltd - Microsoft 365 – What is really means to us - Steve gave a CIO level view of the growing and evolving Microsoft 265 platform. Steve demystified Microsoft 365 and explained where it is now, where it is going and what you need to be doing to leverage it and prepare for what is ahead. Steve also talked about what Microsoft calls the “modern workplace today” and the shift from technical training to user and business-focused training,

Professor Ileana Stigliani, Associate Professor at Imperial College - Design Thinking - A different way to approach problems - Ileana presented on design thinking and how we can use this approach to better structure our projects and engagements. Ileana discussed how design centred firms are outperforming others, the effect on perception amongst staff, resulting in more engagement and satisfied clients. The key take away was that design thinking is a different way of looking at problems to get solution's.

Cloud Adoption in Legal - Andrew Powell presented on cloud adoption, joined by Neil Davison and Jo Owen. They discussed the impact of cloud adoption and pitfalls to watch out for. With a review of a survey conducted with 65 law firms regarding cloud adoption, Andrew analysed the results and highlighted the main barriers and other factors involved in cloud adoption.

6th December 2018

Professor Anu Wadhwa, Professor at Imperial College – Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurial behaviour – Anu talked to LITIG about processes, people and structure which are the same things that product centric firms struggle with. There are lots of parallels between professional services firms and product-centred businesses.

Caroline Hill, Legal Technology - Legal Innovation – A Reporter and Publisher’s Viewpoint - Caroline Hill of Legal Technology Insider presented her views of what is happening in the legal market and where it may go and then hosted a round table discussion on the subject. Caroline discussed how progressive firms are sorting out data and talking less about innovation. Also placing importance on getting on top of processes and looking to automate.

Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society in England and Wales - Innovation in legal - Christina talked about the ethical, moral and legal usage of AI and machine learning in our industry, saying that AI is a great tool but it presents challenges. In relation to algorithms Christina discussed the ethical framework around the development of algorithms and the need to build a shared approach to adopt them in to the design of algorithms to optimise the opportunities that they are built for the good of society.

Richard Tromans - AI in Legal - Richard presented on the recent trends in Legal AI and what law firms are actually doing with AI that are delivering productivity and financial returns. Richard also discussed the challenges of implementation, business model barriers, resources and talent and more. Richard concluded that Legal AI has made great inroads although we are still early in the journey.

6th September 2018

Professor Maria Farkas, Professor at Imperial College – Diversity: The Science behind the subject – Maria presented on the underlying science on diversity. Covering the benefits of a diverse workforce and the role of biases. Summarising that diverse teams and organisations are more creative, innovative and productive than homogenous teams.

Rose St Louis, Strategic Partnerships at Zurich – Diversity: The Personal impact and business approaches – Rose covered the impact of diversity within enterprise and Zurich’s approach to the topic which involved initiatives within Recruitment, Retention and Benchmarking which were all based on behavioural science.

Andy Dawson, Curium – Change Management Andy discussed change management and the best tools, processes, models and frameworks which can help make change happen. Effective change management needs delivery and performance learning combined with strong leadership, direction, culture and involvement from the team. A high performing team does what they say they are going to do.


28th June 2018

Professor Nelson Philips, Imperial College - Leadership in technology driven world Nelson Philips enlightened members on what digital transformation really is and what new opportunities and challenges it provides for leaders

Richard Tromans, Founder of Tromans Consulting - AI Update  - presented on what has happened in the last quarter on AI. What is new, what is hot, what is developing and were legal is going at the moment; particularly the 8 branches of AI, Investment and volume.

Daniel Pollick, CIO of DLA Piper -  presented a fascinating discussion on lessons from digital security experiences and the importance of protection in a highly digitised world.

15th March 2018

Richard Tromans - Founder of Tromans Consulting and Editor of Artificial Lawyer AI UpdateWe started off the morning with an "AI Update" from Litig's "Resident AI Advisor" Richard Tromans, who presented on what's new, hot and developing in the AI world at the moment.

 Dorigen Sykes - Director of iTrain Why does no one like IT? Back by request of Litig members, Dorigen Sykes delivered a session on training – “why does no-one like IT?” – to share ways of inspiring staff to embrace technology

Simon Crumplin - SecrutinySecurity improvement Simon reported back on the key elements produced by the Litig security team and hosted a discussion on how to maximise the usage of our resources.

14th December 2017

Rob Shapland - Principal Cyber Security Consultant at First Base Technologies LLP Ethical Hacking - Presented an insightful view into the world of ethical hacking, both people as well as systems. 

Steven Carver - Project Manager, The shuttle disaster - The shuttle disasterBack by popular demand, the ever entertaining and thought provoking project management guru presented on lessons we can learn from the shuttle space programme. 

Kalyan Talluri, Professor of Operations Management at Imperial College LondonNew and Exciting world of Data analytics - Kalyan presented on what is new and exciting about big data analytics. Kalyan covered what organisations need to do to take advantage of these developments and gave a high level overview of data, analytics and service automation and how it is making service firms more responsive and efficient.

28th September 2017

JR Storment, Co-Founder and General Manager Europe of CloudabilityMigrating to the Cloud – Presented on where the cloud market is going, the issues of migrating to the cloud and mistakes companies are making.

Dr Jonathan Pinto, Associate Professor, Imperial CollegeInfluencing the Board – An interactive session, based around feedback collected from a member survey.

22nd June 2017

Dr Elena Dalpiaz, Assistant Professor of Strategy at Imperial College - Leadership - Dr. Elena Dalpiaz - presented on leadership and how the culture of a firm and its corporate reputation can impact on leadership effectiveness.

Chris Rowe, Founder of Re:Humanise -  Change management in Law firms  - Chris presented on technology change management.

Richard Tromans, Founder of Tromans Consulting and Editor of Artficial Lawyer - Beginners Guide to Legal AI - presented on AI in legal and then hosted an interactive discussion on the subject.

Tim Hyman of 2twenty4 Consulting - How to manage GDPR with Suppliers - presented on GDPR and service providers. What your firm needs to do, the new obligations service providers face and how to ensure compliance through the supply chain.

16th March 2017

Abby EwenDigital Natives or Superficial Surfers?  - presented on the effects of technology on the human being, what it means to us and what the impact is.

Richard Watson, Futurist in Residence at Imperial College -  Mini MBA” – ‘What If? Trends in Technology’ - presented and hosted discussion on ‘What If? Trends in Technology’ covering the strategic use of technology by suggesting how technological innovation may influence future business strategy.

Dr Rajiv Mathur (CTO) and Oliver N Oram (CEO of Chainvine Ltd) Blockchain – From Janet and John Description to Practical Use - explained exactly what Blockchain and bitcoin are so that members can finally (and really) understand it!

Natalie Duncan-Brown (Productivity Solutions Specialist), Andy Taylor (Enterprise Mobility Suite Technical Specialist) and Mickael Gartner (Legal Account Executive) present on O365 in Legal The Future of Microsoft Office 365 and Legal - The presentation included Microsoft’s vision of reinventing productivity and the modern workplace including what O365 is now, what is new and what is around the corner.

1st December 2016

Cliff Fluet, MD Eleven Advisory & Partner at Lewis Silkin and Oliver N Oram, CEO of Chainvine Ltd - Blockchain – Just what is it really and how is it going to affect us? - explained about this decentralised technology, removed the myths and talked about the impact it could have on our firms.

Andy Lake, Editor of Flexibility.co.uk and advisor to the Cabinet Office on Smart Working Smart working – current and future work environments - presented on the trends in our working environments and the future of smart and flexible working.

Simon Crumplin, CEO SectrutinyCyber Crime and Continuous Breach Detection Project - Following the success of the presentation by Simon Crumplin, CEO Secrutiny, on this topic back in June, the Litig Board appointed Secrutiny to produce some tangible guides for Litig members on what can be done in this area.

Tim Hyman of 2Twenty4 ConsultingGDPR – 18 months to go. Are you ready?  - presented on the practical implications of the General Data Protection Regulation and how it will impact systems and processes in your firm.

8th September 2016

Jacqui de Gernier, Regional VP, DocuSign Digital Signatures – The law and the Tech - presented on electronic signatures for which there has been huge demand in corp and commercial markets over the last year.

Sam Steer, Director of Strategy for Large Law Firms and Patrick Hurley, VP and Customer Advocacy, Thomson ReutersInnovation in Legal – Thomson Reuters’ View - LN are seeing client dynamism driving market transformation in particular in house teams are dealing with more of the work that traditionally a law firm would do on an hourly rate and of the work that the in house team don’t value especially highly is going out to transactional firms for a fixed fee.

30 June 2016

Joanne Humber of Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition - LTC4 - Reducing risk and increasing productivity with tech savvy lawyers - presented and discussed how LTC4 can help your firm increase user efficiency, address security risks and gain competitive advantage and discussed the momentum this initiative has and the impact it may have on the members’ firms.

John Brunning, Field FisherLegal Masterclass on Cloud Services - presented on the contractual and legal elements of using cloud services. John has worked in house for a cloud supplier before working for FF as a technology lawyer.

Simon Crumplin, CEO SectrutinyCyber Attack – Protect and Control or Find and Respond - Simon claimed the traditional (and current) approach doesn’t work.

18th February 2016

Alan McMillen, CEO and Sheila Gormley, Exec Director of RepstorCloud DMS - Speed Date Number 1 - Repstor Affinity - Look at who has been making investments – in the main it is Microsoft.

Mike Sanders, Senior Solutions ExpertCloud DMS - Speed Date Number 2 - NetDocuments - On premise is dying and more companies are moving to the cloud. Cloud is more accepted now and is viewed as innovative.

Daniel Dickinson, Head of Business Productivity, ClearPeopleCloud DMS - Speed Date Number 3 – Microsoft Matter Center - The system could not be demonstrated due to late arrival and technical difficulty.

Geoff Hornsby, General Manager EMEA for iManage, Neil Araujo, Frank White, Paul Walker - Cloud DMS - Speed Date Number 4 – iManage - This latest version is not a reinvention of iManage, but claimed to be a real deep understanding of how lawyers work.

Table Discussion (all vendor presentations and pre-meeting vendor information will be posted on the HighQ site) - It was agreed that there had been a very different approach from each vendor. Every firm has its own virtual instance. What is really a cloud solution? Is it really a cloud solution where software companies have migrated traditional software into a hosted environment? If they then sell the software on a licensed consumption model, does it really matter?

3rd December 2015

Adam Shutkever, CEO, Riverview Law The "nons" strike back! – hosted an interactive session that presented a view and approach to the future of the legal market and how the "nons" play an essential part (non-lawyers, non-partners, non-fee earners).

James McCullagh, BA InsightDevelopments in the Enterprise Search Space - Perspective 1 – presented on BA Insight's view of the enterprise search market space and related technologies.

Simon Price, MD of Recommind Developments in the Enterprise Search Space - Perspective 2 – presented a discussion and debate on the evolution of enterprise search and the innovation of search based applications.

Peter Wallqvist, MD of RAVN SystemsDevelopments in the Enterprise Search Space - Perspective 3 – presented RAVN's view of the current state of enterprise search within the legal space.

2nd July 2015

Matt and Paul from XenubisThe Dark Web – presented a slightly terrifying presentation on the Dark Web (or dark net) and intelligence operations.  Xenubis are ex MI6, MI5, GCHQ special services type people.

7th May 2015

Tony Williams, Jomati - Civilisation 2030 – presented on a report published in the last year on the three trends that will affect law firms over the next 15 years.

Ollie Whitehouse and James Pierce, NCC GroupNCC Group's view on cyber resilience and response in the legal industry

George Quigley, KPMG - KPMG's view on cyber-crime and why law firms should worry - Start thinking about what I can actually do about this stuff rather than worrying about what we can't do.

5th February 2015

Dr Monica Seeley of Mesmo ConsultancyEmail Efficiency – presented on both personal and corporate email efficiency.

Mike Fieldhouse, Managing Director, RealityhouseSocial Media in Law Firms – A Marketing Professional's View – presented his views on social media.