DQ explores future of law firms in tech-driven world

The one-day event, which focused on the future of law firms in a tech-driven world, heard from tech specialists and speakers in over 30 sessions which ranged from quick-fire TED-style talks to focused streams, roundtables, panel discussions and interviews.

Commenting on the event, Mark said: ‘This was an extremely beneficial event to attend with a strong focus on strategy and leadership challenges.

‘It not only provided the opportunity to benchmark with our peers but also allowed us to further evaluate our successful firm-client relationships.

‘It is invaluable to network, share experiences and best practice with other senior law firm leaders and be inspired by peers inside and outside of the legal industry.’

DQ was the only Island law firm represented at the summit whose speakers included Simon Adcock, head of professional services UK corporate banking at HSBC, Professor Heidi Gardner from Harvard University and digital revolution lawyer Catherine Hammon.

Mark and Sinead attended various discussions including “Resourcing for the future and getting the best for your workforce” and “Sharing your strategy and growing business in today’s digital landscape” which explored the abilities advocates need to thrive in a fast-changing business.

They also attended the client-firm stage which focused on the dos and don’ts of growing existing client relationships and saw first-hand what new tech is on the market at a Tech Exhibition Area and Product Demo Zone.

Sinead added: ‘There is no doubt there are a number of big challenges facing law firms today. ‘The legal market is changing, is increasingly tech driven and the need to build a future strategy is crucial with both clients’ needs and clients’ behaviours changing all the time.

‘The clients are setting the agenda and the focus is firmly on client success from the first time you meet right through to the final outcome. There is an entire range of new skills to master but nothing essential is lost. Effective communication is key and the know-how of relating to a client and the ability of building a relationship is still paramount.’