We’ve teamed up with Business Leader to go ‘Inside the Deal’ in a series of virtual events that you will not want to miss. We begin this series by looking at LegalTech, which is now a rapidly-growing sector globally and both law firms and investment houses are taking note.

Investment in the sector has been accelerating at speed. £175m in 2016 rose to £1.56bn globally in 2020, with the UK contributing £260m to LegalTech. Deals in this sector rose from 106 in 2016 to 186 deals in 2019. This push towards tech in the legal industry is being met by an increasing number of LawTech startups – of which there are now more than 250, up from 70 three years ago.

In this discussion, we’ll explore a range of topics including:

– What technology and innovation is driving change in the sector
– What are the stand-out trends in the sector
– The challenges of tech adoption
– The impact of change on talent
– A look at stand-out LegalTech deals
– A review of some of the businesses developing products and service in the space

Host – Oli Barrett MBE

Oli, described by Wired magazine as “the most connected man in Britain”, is a serial founder who enjoys making useful connections between people and ideas. He created numerous ventures such as Tenner, the UK’s largest schools enterprise challenge, TOTS (Turn on the Subtitles), and co-founded Volunteer It Yourself, Start-up Britain, The Rainmakers, and many more.

Cavendish Contributor – John Farrugia, Managing Partner and Head of Technology, Cavendish

John has 19 years of corporate finance experience and an outstanding deal completion track record within the technology and tech enabled business services sectors. He has been involved in advising clients across a variety of segments including internet and media, application software, SaaS, infrastructure software, online gaming, IT security, storage and tech-enabled services. John most recently advised on sale of Caselines to Thomson Reuters.

Guest Speakers – Callum Murray – Founder and CEO, Amiqus

Callum Murray is the CEO of Amiqus, an award-winning profit with purpose company making legal services more accessible. Amiqus was founded in 2015 after Callum experienced the civil court process first hand as a litigant and was motivated to improve access to legal support. Amiqus’ digital client and staff onboarding platform is now used by hundreds of businesses across legal, financial services and the public sector and recommended by The Law Society of Scotland.

Christopher Thurn – Founder of Alacrity Law

Prior to founding Alacrity Christopher was an investment banker. Most recently as the head of equity linked products at Stifel Financial, a $4bn NYSE listed investment bank. He came to Stifel following its acquisition of ISM Capital, a capital markets boutique he co-founded in 2008. Chris started my banking career at Jefferies and studied at the London School of Economics.

Jon McNerney – CEO at Caselines, part of Thomson Reuters

Jon is the Chief Executive Officer and brings over 30 years of international experience in revenue generation, marketing and business development. Before joining CaseLines Jon was the Senior Vice President at Forrester Research where he oversaw European sales. Previously Jon was Executive VP of EMEA Business Development at Kaseya, Chief Operating Officer at the Internet Society and General Manager of International Operations at Talisma.

Joanna Stone Herman – Partner, Oaklins Desilva + Phillips

Joanna is a partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York and co-leads Oaklins’ TMT and Legal Tech teams. She has worked in the broader media and technology industry for over 20 years, and has been involved in more than 30 transactions on both the sell-side and buy-side, most recently advising the acquisition of Netmaster Holdings Limited (CaseLines) by Thomson Reuters Corporation.

Lorraine Robinson – Head of Legal, Farewill

Richard Mabey – CEO and co-founder of Juro Juro is the all-in-one contract automation platform. Richard was previously a corporate and M&A lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In 2019, FT Intelligent Business named Richard one of the top ten legal technologists globally.