Linklaters champions LegalTech Summer School at Swansea School of Law

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University launched its LegalTech Summer School this August, providing a week of opportunity for law firms and in-house counsel to learn about technology as it applies to legal services. Linklaters contributed a practitioner’s perspective to the design of this course, which when combined with the academic rigour of Swansea University has resulted in the creation of a unique learning opportunity for those interested in the space.

Bruna Pellicci, chief technology officer at Linklaters and Greg Baker, lead innovation lawyer at Linklaters, were invited speakers to launch the course and helped set the scene for the week, talking about technology and future opportunities, plus the modern lawyer’s technology toolkit. James Phoenix and Sam Quicke, associates at Linklaters, were among the delegates taking part in the programme.

The programme reflected the growing appetite from law firms and corporates to be more aware of the potential of technology in shaping the legal sector. It gave delegates the skills to understand and embrace new tech, to innovate, and to put ‘LegalTech’ into practice, with hands-on sessions.
Exploring how current technologies impact legal services, delegates were able to participate in a varied range of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions on developing skills in areas such as legal design, automated legal processes, smart contracts, and machine learning.

Following the successful programme, Linklaters and Swansea School of Law plan to collaborate further to design a bespoke online learning curriculum for Linklaters lawyers focusing on LegalTech.

Summer School organiser, Dr Adam Wyner, associate professor in law and computer science at Swansea University, said: “Technology is having an ever increasing impact on legal careers and the dynamic transformation of the legal profession is opening many new opportunities for those working in the sector, so it was a great adventure to create our first LegalTech Summer School.”
“It was deeply satisfying to watch our tight-knit group of participants’ lively engagement with the topics, practical work, and one another. It was all about creating a meaningful and enjoyable learning experience for legal professionals, and I look forward to next year’s event and collaborating with Linklaters on incorporating learnings from the Summer School programme into our LLM course.”
James Phoenix, dispute resolution associate at Linklaters who attended the inaugural course last week, said: “The course was very well done and eye opening in terms of the application of legaltech to my transactional work. It was really inspiring for me to come and talk to people from different contexts, and to see the ground up view of what they do, because then you can take it back and think about it, and ruminate and look at what processes you can improve yourself.”
Patrick McCann, global head of learning at Linklaters, said: “It is clear that the need for our lawyers to appreciate, understand, be able and willing to work with emerging and innovative technology to provide legal services is growing exponentially.  Often, it is the lawyers in the early parts of their careers who are at the cutting-edge of this – actually applying tech to the legal processes we execute.  A course like Swansea University’s gives them a really sound, practical grounding to exploit these opportunities.”