Jonathan Maskew is the Business Development Director at Clerksroom, which pioneered ‘BillyBot’, the World's First AI Chatbot Robot Junior Clerk. He has over 30 years' experience supporting the legal sector, starting off as Practice Director and Senior Clerk for a Chambers in Birmingham. Since then, he has developed his career within the legal community advising many chambers and law firms with strategy and business development. More recently, and particularly through BillyBot, his work has focussed on the provision of legal services through AI, LawTech and Chatbots and BillyBot has won many accolades and awards.
Jonathan is very keen on promoting advancements and innovation in law and technology and has substantial experience as a Professional Services Adviser to, among others, many chambers and barristers. He is also a prominent speaker on AI, LawTech and the use of Chatbots in law having made many high profile appearances, including on TV and the Law Society. His interests include the added value services that are needed to drive service excellence in the rapidly changing legal landscape and particularly the role of AI, Chatbots and innovative legaltech and robot lawyers.
Inspired by Professor John Flood many years ago with "Straight There No Detours", he has been promoting the route of Direct Access via the expert barrister ensuring clients are given a choice of legal adviser. First to market with many innovative routes and platforms for the last 10 years, including training over 300 clerks, practice directors, barristers across England & Wales, Jonathan has in depth knowledge of the vision that online courts require and the outcomes anticipated following LJ Briggs review, and substantial awareness of the provision for digital legal assistance where AI Chatbots, frameworks and portals do not exclude those who are not digital connected or able.
Joanna Goodman is a journalist and author. Her book 'Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services', published in November 2016, is essential reading for anyone looking to get up to speed on AI in legal services.
Joanna covers business and technology for national publications, including the Law Society Gazette, where she is IT columnist. She writes features for The Guardian and The Times business supplements exploring the impact of cutting-edge technology on businesses, brands and media. Her main areas of interest are artificial intelligence, robots and chatbots, virtual assistants, connected devices, driverless cars, and virtual and augmented reality.
Joanna has written several short films and an independent feature film. She has an MBA in strategic management from Kingston University.
John Flood is Professor of Law and Society at Griffith University, Brisbane. He is also Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Westminster and Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
His research interests include the legal profession and law firms, legal education, globalisation of law, and law and technology, including emerging blockchain technologies.
He sits on the boards of a number of legal tech and blockchain startups and is currently doing research on Initial Coin Offerings. He is on Twitter @johnaflood.
Chrissie Lightfoot is one of the World’s Top Female Futurists. She is a prominent international legal figure, an entrepreneur, legal futurist, legaltech investor, writer, international keynote speaker, legal and business commentator (quoted periodically in The Times, FT, Forbes and CNN), solicitor (non-practising), Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Westminster School of Law, and author of best-seller The Naked Lawyer and Tomorrow's Naked Lawyer: NewTech, NewHuman, NewLaw – How to be successful 2015 to 2045.
She is CEO and founder of EntrepreneurLawyer Ltd and as the visionary and creator of Robot Lawyer LISA – the world’s first impartial AI lawyer – is CEO and co-founder of AI Tech Support Ltd (trading as Robot Lawyer LISA). In 2013 she was honoured as 'Legal Professional of the Year 2013' and a 'Top 100 International Executive'.
Since 2015, Chrissie has been asked regularly to attend many thought-leadership roundtables (which include government advisors) at the Royal Society, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Legal Services Board and Ministry Of Defence with regard to new law, regulation, policy and strategies to be considered in light of the rise of AI and machine learning in society and law.
In 2017 EntrepreneurLawyer was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 50 Entrepreneur Blogs on the web, Chrissie became an advisor to the board of The Telegraph’s Digital Enterprise Network, was listed as one of the Top 10 Lawyers turned Entrepreneurs in Entrepreneur magazine and made the shortlist as a finalist in the UK Enterprise Awards.
Tan Ikram, a Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate), was born and schooled in Slough. After graduating in law from Wolverhampton Polytechnic, he was Called to the Bar (I) in 1990 and then admitted as a solicitor in 1993. He was President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association in 2008 and is now a Bencher of Inner Temple.
Tan was first appointed a Deputy District Judge (MC) in 2003 and, then, District Judge (MC) in 2009 and is ‘ticketed’ to hear extradition cases and terrorism cases. In 2015, he was appointed an Associate Judge on the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus. Additionally, he is the Deputy Lead Diversity and Community Relations Judge.
He is a contributing editor of Archbold Magistrates Court Criminal Practice 2018 and the holder of two honorary doctorates in law (LLD). He is visiting professor in law at the University of West London.
He has an LLB Hons (Polytechnic, Wolverhampton) and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Nottingham Trent University). He is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and the Law Society of England and Wales, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI).
Michael Butterworth is a technology lawyer at Fieldfisher LLP with expertise in technology contracts and licensing, data, e-commerce and privacy. He advises clients on the IT issues affecting their business and has experience developing and implementing machine learning software to deliver a large scale GDPR compliance project.
Michael is focusing on legal, ethical and social issues arising from artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies and sits on the Tech Law Futures committee of the Society for Computers and Law. He is a regular contributor to the SCL magazine and occasional speaker at SCL and University of Westminster events.
He co-authored the 2017 version of the e-commerce chapter in Sweet and Maxwell’s Encyclopedia of Information Technology Law and his research has been published in the leading technology law journal Computer Law and Security Review.
Past Visiting Scholars
From April until July 2014, Dr Linda Haller, of Melbourne Law School, Australia will be a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Legal Profession. Dr Haller is a leading international scholar on the regulation of lawyers. During her stay Dr Haller will investigate what impact, if any, the abolition of advocates’ immunity by the House of Lords in 2000 has had on the practice of law in England. This is of particular interest to scholars in Australia, which has chosen to retain the immunity.
More information about Dr Haller and her research.
From July 2014 to October 2014 Dr Francesca Bartlett will be a Visiting Fellow at the Centre. She is a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland. She teaches in lawyers' ethics and professional responsibility, contract law, and civil procedure. Her research is also in these areas, as well as a particular focus on feminist jurisprudence and gender and judging. She is currently working with colleagues on the Australian Feminist Judgments Project which is funded by the Australian Research Council. Before joining academia, Francesca practiced for a number of years as a commercial solicitor at a national law firm in Australia.