HSF forms specialist tech team

Herbert Smith Freehills has formed a specialist technology team in response to “unprecedented change” in the way lawyers operate. The digital law group will consist of senior lawyers, in-house and external tech experts and a rotating cohort of solicitors, and will advise on the likes of blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics. The team will also focus on ‘smart contracts,’ which it says will comprise the majority of contracts in the future. CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills Mark Rigotti said: “Our clients are facing significant digital transformation, and so are we. Our people need new skills to be able to provide our clients with the advice they need in this new, evolving business environment.” Separately, Legal Cheek talks with Herbert Smith Freehills senior associate Kushal Bhimjiani about the firm’s pioneering efforts on digitalisation and legal technology. HSF recently unveiled “Innovation 10”, a scheme giving staff the opportunity to spend up to ten working days a year on lawtech projects, from apps to AI. This, Ms Bhimjiani says, is about “giving people the opportunity to live and breathe the culture of innovation that exists across the firm.” Ms Bhimjiani adds that she does not fear the rise of AI in law, stating that she prefers to think of the future as one of “Lawyer 2.0 – a better human lawyer enabled by technology.”

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