Senior Counsel / Law Firm Collaboration: their collaboration and innovation journey

Oliver Searle, Senior Counsel at Chevron & Rachel Barnes, Innovation Lead at Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills and Chevron have a longstanding relationship. This year, this relationship took on a new theme. The story we are sharing may not involve a unique approach, however it is something which is becoming viewed as a key part of a Law Firm’s value add by clients. Here is the path that Oliver Searle from Chevron and Rachel Barnes from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) took in exploring collaboration and innovation together.

How did you meet?

Olly: Our GC established our new tech and innovation network (the Digital Advisory Board, aka DAB) in January 2019 and I was asked to be a board member. Not knowing much about the legal innovation or tech market, I reached out to a few of our law firms to investigate. We work closely with HSF and our client relationship manager asked if I’d like to go to lunch to meet their new Head of Innovation. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that such a person existed and gladly accepted. I remember that we had a really interesting discussion over some very average Italian food!

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