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Opportunities and Challenges for Managing Legal Services: Making Legal Tech Succeed for You.​

Legal practice is undoubtedly undergoing massive change as a result of ongoing technology and automation, with significant implications for the maximisation and management of resources. Blockchain, smart contracts, virtual assistant platforms and dashboards, online courts and document automation are just some of the innovations that raise both opportunities and challenges for the legal sector. One thing seems clear: customary ways of doing legal business will transform.

In this taster session at the Marylebone (Central London) building of the University of Westminster, experts from Westminster Law School and Westminster Business School will talk strategy and facilitate a space to learn about new ways of capitalising on these changes. The event, organised by the two Schools, brings together three specialists in the fields of artificial intelligence and law, business strategy and digital learning for a discussion around current developments, followed by an opportunity for group questions and networking. This event will build up to a larger session later.


Dr Steven Cranfield is based in the Department of Leadership and Professional Development in Westminster Business School. His career as a practitioner, researcher and leader has led him to specialise in working with a range of companies and organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors on issues such as building, delivering and evaluating strategy, analysing training need, workforce planning and development, and adopting new technologies. He is committed to working with business people, leaders and their teams to explore how the basic values of their work can form the core of innovative and transformative practices and ventures.

Dr Paresh Kathrani is based in Westminster Law School in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. He researches artificial intelligence, robotics and the law and has convened expert panel discussions between roboticists, ethicists and lawyers. He has been invited to talk to lawyers at professional events and has written on the changes that are likely to occur in the legal profession as a result of automation. He is also working with the Faculty of Science and Technology on virtual reality and the law, some of which has been publicised in the national press and Law Society Gazette. Prior to academia, he worked in a law firm environment.

Federica Oradini is based in Westminster Business School and is an experienced change agent promoting shifts in learning through digital technology. She is passionate about making new and existing digital technologies more accessible to busy professionals and devising ways to help them incorporate these technologies in everyday practices and systems. She works across the University, nationally and internationally on horizon scanning, researching and developing digital and mobile learning strategies, and evaluating their effectiveness in use.

Tickets are free but space is limited, please register via Eventbrite.