Peter Morton

SOAS, University of London, Asian Politics

Current rotation: Knowledge, Innovation and Legal Tech

What originally attracted you to the firm? How did you decide that a legal ops role was for you?

I’d been interested in moving into a legal ops role for a little while. But had found that there wasn’t really an entry level path in for someone from a non-law background. So I was really excited to see a firm as well respected as Slaughter and May launching a programme like this. I’m really interested in the intersection between law, business and technology, so the programme is a great opportunity to explore this and build a career in this area.

Which group are you in? What does the group do?

My first rotation has been in the Knowledge and Innovation team (as well as this I’ll also do rotations with Business Intelligence and Pricing; Legal Project Management and a Client Secondment). The group is responsible for the firm’s innovation strategy, as well as introducing and promoting new technology and ways of working in the firm.

What is your particular role?

Two of the main projects I’ve been working on at the moment have been on this year’s Collaborate programme, which is the firm’s legal tech programme, as well as the Client Innovation Network, a new network designed for our clients to meet and discuss new ways of working and approaches to technology, both amongst themselves and with us and some of the legal tech suppliers we’ve worked with. As well as this I’ve been working on a number of smaller projects, including some document automation work, as well as some work looking it how we record and manage legal knowledge around the firm.

What kind of work do you do?

It sounds cliché but every day is different. On some days I can be building a new automation for a procurement document, others could be working with some legal tech suppliers who we have a good relationship with to put on client demos, then others can be interviewing the founders of new products, to talk about whether they’d be a good fit for our Collaborate programme. There’s a real mixture of work in the team, and everyone is very happy to involve you and encourage you in pursuing what you’re most interested in.

What advice would you give to students looking to join us?

The main advice I’d give is just to apply, because the role is so varied, there’s such a range of skills that will make you a good fit. Whether you prefer the technical side of things, or want to be standing up and presenting new ideas. There’s no one skillset that is absolutely essential, instead it’s great that you have a range of different voices and backgrounds feeding in

Is there anything you wish you had known before you joined - about Slaughter and May or the role. Were your expectations met? 

I think the main thing I wish I’d known is not to believe what everyone says. I think because of its place in the market the firm has a reputation as being very traditional and a bit scary. Before I started I was slightly nervous about what the culture was going to be like, and whether it was going to be right choice of firm for an innovation focused role. However I’m really glad that I was proved wrong, there’s a really great culture for learning within the firm, where you’re really encouraged to ask questions, and to work on projects which will give you the opportunity to push yourself and expand your knowledge. As well as this the firm is very open to new ideas and to hearing new voices, I never feel like as someone more junior I can’t speak up or give my input.