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WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

ISSUE IN BRIEF

As February marches along, I’m sure many in the Briefing audience will be feeling that 2022 has well and truly begun. Nonetheless, as this issue of Briefing proves, there’s still much to consider as the year unfolds, and change is very much in the air – that includes a change at Briefing, which this month sees a new editor in the shape of Josh Adcock.

Change may also comprise a return to offices, in-person events and other collaborative activities long dormant due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, unlikely as it may seem, Briefing has now successfully hosted two in-person content-rich gatherings since the pandemic made it feel very uncertain as to whether we’d ever ‘get back to the office’ again. One of those, Briefing Frontiers 2022, was held at Shoosmiths’ new London office – and you can read more about the journey of that particular location in this month’s edition.

While we’re talking about the topic of collaboration, we also have a number of articles that have either been collaboratively penned or focus on the value it brings. That includes Joanne Harris’s profile on the combined knowledge management and marketing and BD team at Charles Russell Speechlys, and our interview with Neil Araujo at iManage and Alan Gibson at Microsoft on why it’s better to build new ways of working together.

Of course, this month’s cover story shouldn’t be forgotten, covering the delicate issue of data-sharing between systems to produce more valuable information assets. Editor Josh Adcock hears from leaders at HFW, Clifford Chance, Forsters and DAC Beachcroft.

And there’s much more thanks to this month’s partners, who have provided insight across a range of opinion and industry analysis pieces, including: FileTrail, Litera, Iron Carrot, ScribeStar, Iridium, NetDocuments, Pinnacle and eSentio.

Plus, we have interviews with data-focused leaders at Wilson Allen and Catalyst IT, and case studies on Sonum International helping to steer a change to financial reporting at Hogan Lovells, and the implementation of Salesforce to take CRM to the next level at Stone King.

DATA INTEGRATION – KNOT A PROBLEM?

With a wealth of new demands and digital systems put in place since the pandemic, are law firms forming enough close-knit bonds between systems to enable adequate data-sharing? Briefing editor Josh Adcock discovers how firms are faring when it comes to weaving data from across solutions into new, valuable insights.

NEW OFFICE IN SIGHT

The future of working certainly isn’t designed to be wall-to-wall Zoom calls and remote working at ShoosmithsJoe Mazzucca, partner and head of the new London office, explains how the firm plans to capitalise on a refreshed vision of collaboration and social spaces at the heart of one of London’s more historic corners.

DOUBLE VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF LEGAL WORK

A new world of hybrid working needs a bold vision for how legal professionals work together, say Neil Araujo, CEO, iManage and Alan Gibson, director of legal and compliance innovation at Microsoft.

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