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Meet your Legal Technology and Innovation Special Interest Group members! 

Our team is committed to provide you with the resources you need to prepare for legal technology’s disruption in the in-house legal industry!

Schellie-Jayne Price

Schellie-Jayne Price

What is your top tip for in-house innovation?

Focus on the in-house problem or opportunity first, then explore solutions with curiosity, creativity and collaboration 

Karen Lee

Karen Lee

What is your top tip for in-house innovation?

Rather than finding new and shiny tools, look at existing tools available within the organisation and see what can be utilised better by the in-house teams. I think most of the time we’re not aware of all of the functions we can harness within the tools we already have. 

My other tip would be to start in small chunks – rather than looking to make a huge change.

Irene Kuo

Irene Kuo

What is your top tip for in-house innovation?

Be curious about the ways in which people work, and allow your curiosity to help you and your team find more efficient ways to work with one another.

Zoee Bradley

Zoee Bradley

What is your favourite tech tool?

My favourite ‘tech’ tools are my tri-coloured pen, an A3 piece of paper, and my phone. I use my phone to call my clients and talk through processes (and not just the legal components, but the whole process). I then use my pen and paper to quickly (and colourfully) complete a process map. I come back to my phone to take a PDF scan of the process map.

Scott Smalley

Scott Smalley

What is your top tip for in-house innovation?

Just get started, and learn on the job.  It's all too easy to get caught in the headlights and end up doing nothing.  Pick a simple project and use it to learn something (whether that's about process, or how to use tech tools).  Once you get some momentum, spend more time being discriminating about which projects to invest your time in - be clear about measuring how big a problem you're really solving.

Asha McDermott

Asha McDermott

Why should in-house lawyers innovate?

Business is changing and progressing at a  rapid pace and there is increasing pressure on in-house legal departments with larger workloads and shorter turnaround times but no increase in resources.  Lawyers can use technology and innovation to drive efficiency through increased automation and use of tools  and other methods  to  increase their value to the business. As well as investing in legal technology, teams can start by looking at what tools and technology they already have and can utilise better.

Tara Sutherland

Tara Sutherland 

What is your top tip for in-house innovation?

Constantly challenge the in-house status quo and how you can improve processes. Changes can be big (such as implementing legal process automation software) or small (ie, setting up a simple form in Word), but will free up precious time enabling you to better support the broader business.

Mason McManus

Mason McManus

What is your top tip for in-house innovation?

Creating new processes or innovating existing processes may not always result in a perfect solution. The key lies in ensuring any form of change management involves specific monitoring and continuous improvement.

Frances Hoskins

Frances Hoskins 

What is your top tip for in-house innovation?

Just give it a crack. When you’re trying something different, it can be really valuable to ‘design by doing’, so that you keep trying things, see what feedback you get and adjust, instead trying to plan out the perfect solution before getting started.

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