Innovation is about doing things differently – unleashing the imagination of our people to challenge the present and shape the future.

Innovation lies at the core of our purpose of delivering legal certainty in a changing world. It runs through everything we do at Linklaters – our legal advice, the way we deliver our services to clients and the way we run our business. We believe the best responses to the challenges brought about by change, whether commercial, geo-political or cultural, require creative, innovative and collaborative thinking.

We channel our ideas and resources through three streams to develop products, processes and initiatives in an agile yet robust way:

Technology & Process

We continually leverage market-leading technology on our transactions, and where none exists, we can develop our own proprietary products. We design processes that enable us to maximize operational efficiency on transactions as well as in the way we run our business.

We trial and run proofs of concept regularly to ensure our lawyers have the best solutions available to them. This provides us with a comprehensive workbench of both internal and external facing tools to ensure our lawyers are working as efficiently as possible for our clients.

Re:link

Re:link is our major new platform for contract lawyers, providing our clients access to an extensive community of high quality resource to deliver work on a fixed term basis. The platform is wholly aligned with Linklaters and reflects our ongoing commitment to matching the needs of clients and lawyers.

LegalTech Solutions

We invest significantly in innovative legal technology (including AI) to solve complex problems for our clients and our business. Our dedicated matter delivery experts are always looking for ways to provide value to our clients without comprising on quality. Through Nakhoda, our flagship AI technology platform, we deploy the smartest solutions and ideas in the market, from machines learning, to automate legal logic, to deliver products that make a real difference to our clients.

We have an active LegalTech working group that includes our Heads of Innovation, LegalTech and Technology. The groups works with our Practice Innovation and Efficiency Teams to ensure that we identify, trial and test new and emerging technologies in an agile and delivery-focused way.

Process Improvement

We continually review our processes to enhance efficiencies in everything we do. 

Our team of Six Sigma trained experts collaborate with users to analyse ways of working, identify improvement opportunities and make the changes needed to embed best practice. Using innovative resourcing models, tools and templates, we ensure we all our client and business processes are optimised.

Partnerships & Collaboration

Innovative Lawyer's Forum

We have a collection of forums across the globe designed to bring together senior lawyers responsible for driving forward the innovation agenda within their respective organisation. The forum provides a ‘safe’ environment for individuals to share their challenges, issues and brainstorm ideas and solutions based on experiences. If you are interested in attending a forum, please contact linklatersclientevents@linklaters.com.

"Clients who have attended our Innovative Lawyers Forums commented on how they hadn’t appreciated the breadth of support we can provide." - Michael Voisin, Partner

Crowdcube & TechLinks

We have an exclusive legal partnership with Crowdcube to provide innovative start-ups access to cutting edge legal advice while giving us exposure to exciting new tech and fintech companies that have the potential to disrupt their industries. This partnership is central to Crowdcube’s strategy of establishing longer term relationships with clients through the ongoing service delivery beyond initial funding.

TechLinks is our innovative platform, aimed at helping tech entrepreneurs turn their small business into a company with the potential to grow.

Nivaura

We have a strategic investment in, and collaboration with fintech company Nivaura. Founded three years ago, Nivaura’s focus is on the deployment of digital investment banking platforms for banks, exchanges and other financial institutions. These platforms connect and automate fragmented and manual processes involved in the issuance and administration of instruments such as debt, equity and structured notes. This has the potential to significantly reduce time to market and costs.

The LawTech Delivery Panel

We are assisting UK Jurisdiction Taskforce in clarifying legal status of cryptoassets and smart contracts.

The UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT), one of the six taskforces of the LawTech Delivery Panel, an industry-led group that is tasked with supporting the digital transformation of the UK legal services sector, has published a legal statement on the status of cryptoassets and smart contracts under English and Welsh law.

We played a key role in the project, leading the drafting of the consultation paper published in May 2019 and running a public event in June 2019 which sought input from market participants on the principal issues of perceived legal uncertainty relating to these new technologies, as well as providing input on the legal statement itself.

Richard Hay was a key part of the Linklaters team assisting the taskforce, together with Michael Voisin and Sam Quicke, Associate.

Click here to read more including the legal statement.

Microsoft Digital Transformation Project

We worked with Microsoft to create a cross-industry report highlighting how lawyers can be the enablers of digital transformation in an organisation. The year-long project included a survey of over 900 in-house counsel across APAC and a consultation road-show of the survey results via discussion forums involving 150 leading in-house counsel in Jakarta, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. Click here to view the report.

People & Culture

Our people are alive to the changes and challenges around them and are a key part of the solutions.

We strive to empower them to make change and provide them the tools, skills and environment to effect that change.

We have a suite of resources to help our people deliver innovative ideas.

Practice Innovation & Efficiency (PIE) teams

Our engine of change, these teams of lawyers are empowered to make change in their respective practice groups and offices. They have access to a central innovation fund along with resources such as developers and solutions architects to help bring their ideas to life.

Ideas Pathway

Recognising that no one person or team has a monopoly on good ideas, we launched a global platform to collectively capture and share ideas from all parts of the firm, enabling us to foster creative thinking at scale. Most recently, our Singapore office ran an ideas campaign to increase agile working in transactional practices – the campaign lasted 5 days and 54% of the office actively participated, 43 ideas were submitted with over 250 comments.

Global Coding Club

Coding has become an increasingly relevant skill in our industry. We launched the Global Coding Club so that our people better understand underpinning legal technologies and can work with developers to design and build tech-enabled solutions.

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Practice Innovation & Efficiency (PIE) teams

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