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WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Axel Koelsh
Rob Lankester
Document automation manager, BLP

Up front:
Lex pop
p9

Axel Koelsh
Natalie Sandpearl
Business document automation manager,
Irwin Mitchell

Up front:
Lex pop
p9

Partha Mudgil
Partha Mudgil
Tactical opportunities and artificial intelligence,
Linklaters

Up front:
Lex pop
p9

Axel Koelsh
Catherine Cadman
Global head of knowledge,
Mourant Ozannes

Up front:
Whats on your whiteboard?
p11

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Stuart Dodds
Director of global pricing and legal project management,
Baker McKenzie

Opinion:
Pricing finds its sparkle
p15

Tony Williams
Tony Williams
Principal,
Jomati Consultants

Opinion:
Verein talking
p16

Axel Koelsh
Sharon White
CEO,
Stephenson Harwood

Features:
Femme firms?
p18

Axel Koelsh
Lesley O'Leary
Business development director,
Travers Smith

Features:
Femme firms?
p18

Axel Koelsh
Claire Rowe
CEO,
Shoosmiths

Features:
Femme firms?
p18

Axel Koelsh
Elliott Portnoy
Global CEO,
Dentons

Features:
Cultural evolution
p24

Axel Koelsh
Neil Araujo
CEO,
iManage

Industry views:
Learning to leverage
p32

Mark Ford
Mark Ford
Global chief knowledge officer,
Baker McKenzie

Rear view:
Knowing the score
p38

Axel Koelsh
Geraint Evans
Head of new business,
CMS

Up front:
Reading list
p10

Axel Koelsh
Michael Wells
IT trainer,
Fladgate

Brain training:
Training tracks
p28

Axel Koelsh
James Hammond
Product manager,
LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions

Industry views:
Human touchpoints
p34

Axel Koelsh
Andrea Delay
Head of professional services,
Barclays

Industry views:
Merger mania returns?
p36

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ISSUE IN BRIEF

Our first outing for a brand new series of Briefing events – Frontiers – at the end of February felt spectacularly well-timed. How could we not kick things off with AI and its impact on the business of law? Just a week before Frontiers, MEPs had voted that the EU Commission should propose safeguards to rein in this rapidly
accelerating field. Before the robots get too carried away, the resolution called for urgent clarification of some liability issues (especially for self-driving cars, of course) – and in the long run, a specific legal status so we know who to blame if (or when) they run amok.

Let’s just hope that AIs don’t steal all the jobs in legal before women get to have their fair share. Equality might be improving below management level, but boardrooms are still painfully male. In our cover feature, we ask female leaders how they’re changing that in their firms – useful lessons for all. Also, we hear from CMS, Mourant Ozannes, Baker McKenzie, Jomati, Dentons, Fladgate, iManage, LexisNexis and Barclays.

FEMME FIRMS?

Despite an equal number of women and men in entry-level business roles, the world has yet to see a proportionate level of women in positions of power – and they’re even less visible in legal. We ask women at the top of legal businesses – what are the challenges of improving diversity?

CULTURAL EVOLUTION

Elliot Portnoy, global CEO of Dentons, says polycentric expansion means acceptance of different business cultures – which wins points with both people and clients.

LEARNING TO LEVERAGE

Neil Araujo, CEO at iManage, says machine-learning algorithms are creating both more secure legal workflows and better business collaboration across the board

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