BLP launches collaborative online GC portal
International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today launched an online collaborative platform for General Counsel (GC) and senior corporate counsel. Named “GC Tech Talk”, this initiative will enable GCs to share experiences, opportunities and challenges in how they leverage legal technology and data analytics when performing their role.
The launch of this platform is in direct response to conversations with attendees at an ongoing series of legal technology roundtable discussions, hosted by BLP, specifically for in-house counsel to meet and share experiences in person. There has been a very high level of engagement from GCs in the roundtables with feedback received that GCs would benefit from a solution that enables collaboration on an ongoing basis.
The portal enables participants to share insights and ask questions of each other, sharing best practice, common issues and how to overcome pitfalls. It contains updates on interesting legal tech developments in the market and in the near future will include video demonstrations of key technologies to help implementation. The portal also provides access to material and summaries from the roundtable sessions, the last of which focused on an introduction to document automation, followed by a Q&A session which evolved into a much wider discussion about AI and the opportunities and challenges of implementing new processes and technologies.
Bruce Braude, Head of Strategic Client Technology at BLP commented: “We have seen very high levels of interest from corporate counsel in leveraging technology and data analytics to drive efficiencies and manage legal risk. We have listened to feedback from our roundtable attendees and have decided to bring this community together and through this portal enable active collaboration and sharing in this rapidly developing and highly relevant area to the delivery of smarter legal services.
“Use of this tool should enable GCs to further enhance their legal functions by drawing on the collective knowledge and experiences of the in-house legal community.”
Mohammed Ajaz, Group Head of Legal Operational Excellence, National Grid added: “GC Tech Talk will be a thought provoking and informative portal for GCs to share best practice and come together in an open and friendly environment. It has all the potential to be a hugely useful tool for GCs across all different sectors and industries.”
Natalie Salunke, European Counsel, Enterprise Holdings added: “It’s great to see such a forward-thinking law firm taking the initiative to bring senior legal thought-leaders together to share their experiences of the use of (or lack of) technology within their organisations. GC Tech Talk is a prime example of the power of technology in bringing people, ideas and documentation together and how technology can be best utilised to make GCs more effective.”
The site is accessible at www.gctechtalk.com in desktop and mobile friendly formats.