On October 8 2020 we hosted the first ever Nordic Legal Tech Day in a completely online format. The Alliance of Law and Technology in the Nordics (ALTNordic), joined forces in creating a half-day event with innovative insights from panel discussions, and industry thought leaders sharing their take on how the future of legal tech will transpire.
Embracing the current situation in society, a common denominator throughout the whole event was of course the covid-19 situation, and how the legal industry is handling it. The first keynote speaker of the day, Unilever GC Ritva Sotamaa, gave an insightful presentation on how to manage global legal teams in pandemic times. Inclusive leadership, a set technology strategy and a balance between taking risks and being conservative were some of the key takeaways from her legal leadership strategy.
According to the 2020 Nordic General Counsel Report, presented by Henrik Duedahl Høyer, the digital transformation of the legal industry is still happening, slowly but steadily. 54% of legal departments are now using tech tools, which is a small increase – but nonetheless an increase – from previous years that we’ve conducted this report.
Lawyers are experts in managing uncertainties, which shows in the trend barometer in the report. The use of e-signing in legal departments is at an all-time high, with 72% of legal departments having it implemented in their daily work in 2020. We also see a rising trend of lawyers using both online meeting platforms as well as intranet/portals for joint work, both of which can be connected to the increased amount of legal departments working from home.
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The pandemic has forced most industries to accelerate their digital workflows, and the legal industry is no exception. This showed in the panel discussions throughout the day, where everything from emoji triggered workflows, to AI change management and best practices on how to future-proof the legal game.
Thank you all panelists, keynote speakers and attendees for making this event a success. And an especially warm thank you to our sponsors Karnov Group and EY Law. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year – hopefully in a physical format.
The team behind Nordic Legal Tech Day – ALTNordic – consists of LegalWorks in Stockholm, Laissa Oy in Helsinki, IBF Legal in Oslo and Experticon in Copenhagen. This was the first event in a series of five Nordic Legal Tech Days. During the rest of 2020 and 2021, four physical events are planned to happen in all the Nordic capitals. Read more about each of them on Upcoming Events.
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