Michael Taylor, Associate at Hogan Lovells & Rachel Barnes, Head of Collaborations at Ashurst

In 2019 six law firms came together to collaborate on a challenge increasingly put forward by the arbitration bodies.  That of identifying and using a platform to enhance security around international arbitrations.  This was not a problem that a single firm could solve on their own, it was a market wide challenge and required a team approach.  A multi-disciplinary team.

Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst, Hogan Lovells, CMS, DLA Piper and Latham & Watkins came together to form the Working Group on LegalTech Adoption in International Arbitration. On 1 July, the Working Group launched a public consultation for its Protocol for Online Case Management which looks to allow for a consistent approach to the adoption and use of online case management tools in arbitration.

We spoke to two members of the group, Michael Taylor from Hogan Lovells and Rachel Barnes from Ashurst, about their experience of collaborating together as part of the Working Group on this initiative.

How did you get involved?

Michael: Hebert Smith Freehills approached Hogan Lovells in Spring 2019 about being involved in the Working Group and collaborating on the Protocol. When the firm told me about the idea of the Working Group and its goals, I thought it had great potential to have a significant impact on the arbitration landscape and was keen to be involved.

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