Lawyers and Law Firms The Next Generation

On 21st July 2020 LegalTech Talks delivered a live session featuring Baroness Nicky Morgan… 

The post-covid reality for legal practitioners has changed for current law firms and their staff and also the next generation of lawyers. How we engage with clients, how we engage and work with one another and the places and methods of our work are all now altered and refocussed.

This session delved into the new social-economic forces at work, the changing public priorities for both work and home life, the technical changes afoot within law firms right now and how the future of the legal profession has changed for the next generation of lawyers coming through, looking at both the challenges and risks of those changes and the opportunities they reveal.

To provide food for thought, insight, opinion and personal experiences, we put together a triumvirate of speakers to provide different perspectives covering these topics; a Peer of the Realm and former multiple Secretary of State, an Editor of the Student Lawyer magazine and a Legal CIO who  facilitated the session, and of course, most importantly the contribution, debate, and opinions of our listeners!


Speakers

David Fazakerley (Chair)

David has been in Legal IT for the last 14 years, previously as Head of IT Service Delivery and then IT Strategy at Eversheds LLP and most recently as CIO of MW Solicitors, responsible for ICT, Innovation and Legal Support Operations.

In 2009 he co-founded a cloud based managed service company providing PaaS, IaaS and SaaS to law firms first as COO and then CEO. Before legal, he had 7 years’ working for Trinity Mirror newspapers fulfilling many roles but ended his time there as Group IT Services Manager.


Baroness Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Cotes read law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and worked as a corporate lawyer at Theodore Goddard and Allen & Overy specialising in mergers and acquisitions before becoming a professional support lawyer (rather like in-house counsel) at Travers Smith advising on corporate law matters.
Nicky was a Conservative MP between 2010 and 2019, she was elected as the MP for Loughborough and was re-elected in 2015 and 2017. Nicky stood down at the 2019 election and was elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer.

Nicky has held many high offices of State and Ministerial positions over the last decade, including:

• Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
• Secretary of State for Education
• Minister for Women and Equalities
• Economic Secretary to the Treasury
• Financial Secretary to the Treasury
• Chair of the Treasury Select Committee
Nicky is delighted to take part in this NetLaw Media talk with Camilla Uppal, Chief Editor & Content Manager of The Student Lawyer and David Fazakerley.
Given Nicky’s legal and political experience, especially in the education, technology, and equalities briefs, we are delighted she is able to join us and contribute to making this a worthwhile online talk and interactive discussion.


Camilla Uppal
Editor-in-Chief and Content Manager for The Student Lawyer

Camilla is an LLB Law graduate from the University of Kent and is currently pursuing a career as a solicitor.

Camilla serves as the Editor-in-Chief and Content Manager for The Student Lawyer, an online publication run by students aiming to make legal news and articles accessible to aspiring solicitors and barristers.

Camilla also co-founded The Student Lawyer Podcast and interviews guests from the legal industry about hot topics in law, also providing career advice and inspiration to listeners.


Watch the full discussion… 

Diversity & Ethics in Legal Technology And Security