Slaughter and May hosts Demo Day for first Collaborate cohort

27 Jun 2019

Slaughter and May is hosting a Demo Day, to present its first Collaborate cohort to a wider audience. The legal tech programme’s closing event will see the six businesses showcase their learnings, and compete for a further co-development opportunity with the firm.

In front of an audience of client in-house teams, tech suppliers and the firm’s own lawyers, each of the six businesses will present its 'elevator pitch'. The audience will then decide on the three most impressive pitches with those businesses progressing to the second round of the competition.

The second round will see a panel of judges test the knowledge of each business on relevant topics pertaining to innovation and the legal tech sector. On the basis of the ‘elevator pitch’ and the responses to the second round questions, the judging panel will decide which business will win a 4-6 month co-development opportunity with the firm on live client matters.

The judging panel comprises Nilufer von Bismarck, one of the Collaborate lead partners at Slaughter and May; Alex Woods, Director of Knowledge and Information at Slaughter and May; Andrew Yorston, Head of Legal and Compliance at Vodafone; and Catherine Bamford, a legal engineer, document automation and workflow design specialist.

Nilufer von Bismarck said: “The idea of Collaborate has been to enhance the firm’s engagement with the best new legal tech developers and to help shape the development of legal tech and the evening provides a perfect platform to do just that.”

Jane Stewart said: “All six businesses are hugely exciting and it will be interesting to see which one is able to impress the judges and the audience the most to come away with the prize.”

NOTES TO EDITOR

About Collaborate:

Collaborate, is the firm’s new legal tech programme currently comprising six businesses, selected by the Collaborate team alongside the programme’s client and expert panels. The businesses are:

  • Tabled – a platform which helps lawyers manage tasks and projects by automating workflows and assigning tasks to team members, providing a full picture of the team’s legal work.
  • StructureFlow – a platform which helps lawyers and their clients quickly and easily visualise complex legal structures and transactions.
  • Clarilis – a document automation tool which can be used for even the most complex of legal documents without the need to amend existing precedents or templates first.
  • JUST: Access – an easy-to-use transcription and dictation solution using AI and natural language processing to produce transcripts and related analysis.
  • Logiak - a tool which allows users with no coding experience to create complex logic/rule-based systems, for example to create an app to assist in working out if a particular law or regulation applies in a certain situation.
  • LitiGate – an AI-powered litigation platform which uncovers hidden insights, provides a bird's eye view of each case and automates day-to-day tasks.

Each business has access to the firm’s lawyers and client and expert panels for product testing and feedback, its information security team, a sandbox environment, dummy data, collaboration spaces and other value add services.

Each member also has two dedicated Slaughter and May mentors - a member of the firm’s Knowledge or Innovation teams and a lawyer from a practice area that is relevant to that cohort member’s business.


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