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Should lawyers learn to code? Well, Sam Smolkin did, built an enterprise app – Office & Dragons – and a growing customer base of law firm clients.   From humble beginnings, paying his way through college, Sam ended up as a private equity M&A lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis before launching his own start-up.   But it was an early interest in, and experience of, engineering that made Sam see legal processes differently.   For Sam, legal…
What could a career in legaltech look like? What skills and activities are required and undertaken in legaltech, legal ops and legal innovation roles?  In this part 4 to our 6 part careers guide we will summarize a representative, but in-exhaustive, list of typical legaltech, legal ops and innovation skills and activities.  In part 5 we will explain specific roles that embody these skills and activities. By the end of this part 4 you should…
In this piece we chat to Sam Smolkin of Office & Dragons about Transaction Development, or how to design deals like software and thereby save a ton of time whilst creating a wealth of value for clients and lawyers alike. What is Transaction Development? Transaction Development is a way to deliver deals. At its core, it is a shift in mindset – rather than focusing on drafting and negotiating various documents like Share Purchase Agreements…
We are the stories we tell ourselves.  But what happens if one day that story changes unexpectedly? It causes trauma, but also change. Realising we have the power to shape our own narrative and not be defined by external notions of success is empowering.  This is the story of Olatunji “Tunji” Williams.   Tunji Williams’ career is a rich tapestry.  He’s run political campaigns, been a Big Law M&A lawyer, founded a legaltech start-up, led…
What do you get when you combine elite sports and a history of working in-house for various tech start-ups and scale-ups? Tom Dunlop.   Tom is a former Team GB badminton player, in-house counsel, and now CEO and founder of Summize; a platform that creates instant contract summaries and assists users throughout the contract lifecycle.   It’s no surprise that Tom brings a fresh and unique perspective on legal, tech, business and life. His guiding focus…
In this guide we provide a comprehensive overview of legaltech jobs, salaries, how to network within the legaltech community, how to build skills and experiences, and where and how to find legaltech jobs. This guide forms part 2 of our 6 part series on careers in legaltech, legal ops and innovation. We hope you can leverage this guide to find your dream role! Good luck! Get to know the legaltech community Networking We used to…
Legaltech remains a buzzy subject. For some, it may seem like a new invention. For others it’s old news, and to be frank, quite boring. The reality is that legaltech is something old, something borrowed and something new. Intrigued? Learn more below, including how legaltech became “cool”. 01. What is Legaltech? Legaltech simply means technology that: 1⃣ helps facilitate the practice of law for lawyers in order to deliver better products and services for their…
Kicking off our new series on interesting careers in legaltech, legal ops and innovation we sat down to interview Alex Smith, Global RAVN Product Lead at iManage.   Alex is a vocal proponent of service design and the necessity of good information architecture, i.e. the way data is created, updated, managed and applied.   Today Alex steers global product development of the iManage RAVN search and AI product range, ensuring these products unlock knowledge across…
How do I get a job in legaltech? What guidance can you provide regarding legaltech careers? These are questions we get asked a lot. The people asking are both legal and other professionals looking to enter this increasingly diverse sector.  To scale our advice we’ve created this guide to careers in legaltech, legal ops and innovation roles, whether in law firms, vendors or in-house legal teams. We aim to maintain this guide and update it…
Legaltech, lawtech, legal technology and Legat IT. But have you thought about techtech? What’s techtech I hear you say? Well, it’s all the other tech lawyers and their clients use. The tech that isn’t badged “legaltech”. Why mention this? If you focus exclusively on legaltech to solve your business problems, you may be missing out on a wealth of more mature, better supported and more functional or flexible solutions used outside of law, and often…