Legal Disrupters

The latest news, ideas, analysis, and conversations in the world of legal, business and technology.

Series 2

Episode 1 - Summize in Conversation with... Larry Lueck and Susan Roberts

Larry Lueck and Susan Roberts are part of the in-house legal team at Nsight, a leading telecommunications provider based in North-East America. Larry joined the team as In-House Counsel in 2001, before Susan joined the team in 2016.

The pair have extensive experience working with several CLM providers before becoming Summize customers in 2023. In this episode, we talk about how they chose the right CLM solution for them, what has gone wrong in the past and the benefits they have seen using Summize.

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Episode 2 - Summize in Conversation with… Brandon Tatum

In this episode of Summize’s ‘In Conversation With...’ series, we are joined by Brandon Tatum, music/entertainment executive and international legal counsel. Brandon has had a successful career working within large law firm practice groups, within in-house legal departments, and as private outside counsel for several high-profile traditional and Web3 music and entertainment companies across the globe.

Brandon has also experienced first-hand the challenges surrounding contracts and the benefits implementing a CLM solution can bring to an organisation. In this episode, Brandon will share how to cut above the noise and choose the right CLM solution for you and his top tips to ensure a successful CLM implementation.

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Episode 3 - Summize in Conversation with... Phil Simon

Collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams and Slack have become part of the day-to-day operations of many businesses. With the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerating the adoption of collaboration tools, more and more companies now look to adopt other technology to integrate with these systems to avoid learning entirely new software.

In this episode, we chat with Phil Simon, future of work guru and author of multiple books, including ‘Reimagining Collaboration’, on the importance of embracing collaboration tools within the workplace, how best to use them and how other technology that integrates with tools such as Teams and Slack can further benefit businesses.

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Episode 4 - Summize in Conversation with... Sarah Schoenen

From supporting the digital transformation of customers to in-house legal ops, there’s no one who understands the digital transformation gap between legal and other departments within the business as Sarah does. Sarah started out working in the GTM team at PTC, before transitioning into the first ever legal ops role at PTC.

In this episode, Sarah will discuss the difference in attitude towards automation within legal teams compared to other departments, what it's like building a business case for technology at a global company like PTC, and what the team hope to achieve through partnering with Summize.

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Episode 5 - Summize in Conversation with... Jonathan Keen

In today's episode we are chatting with Jonathan Keen, Director of Legal at Figma. Having started his career in a law firm before making the move in-house for several US-based tech companies, Jonathan was the first non-US legal professional in several organisations. From there, he has helped enable companies’ rapid growth into Europe and beyond, growing a team around him.

In this episode, we discuss what its like to grow and international in-house legal team within a fast-growth tech company, the challenges that come with it and how working with a CLM solution has helped automate lower-value tasks to make room to focus on more strategic work.

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Episode 6 - Summize in Conversation with... Marie Widmer

Implementation can be one of the biggest challenges of any legal tech adoption and is often why many people are put off buying a legal tech solution. Marie Widmer is an experienced Legal Ops professional and through her experience, she has developed a passion for implementation and ensuring this is done correctly and efficiently to maximise the benefits.

In this episode, we talk with Marie about her experience as a legal ops professional, how to ensure a successful implementation of any legal technology and get buy-in from the wider business when purchasing.

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Series 1

Episode 1 - The Human Side of AI

In this episode, we cover the latest developments in legal technology, including the findings of a report on AI in the legal sector from The University of Oxford. We also chat to Sam Walkley (Lawyer at XVO Legal) and Tom Dunlop (CEO and Founder at Summize) about the human side of AI and the impact of the Ukrainian war on technology.

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Episode 2 - The Legal Industry in the Metaverse

In this episode, we explore the latest from the world of legal and technology, including the findings of a report on home working in the legal sector of the UK and US. We also chat to Electra Japonas (CEO and Founder at TLB) and Tom Dunlop (CEO and Founder at Summize) to hear about the impact of the metaverse on legal.

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Episode 3 - Trends in IP and Patent Law

In this episode, we talk to Rosie Burbidge (Specialist IP Layer and Partner at Gunnercooke) and Richard Somerfield (CTO at Summize) about the trends in IP and patent law, as well as how they feel about the hybrid working styles of the future.

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Episode 4 - Buying Legal Tech

In this episode, we take a look at the latest UK legal technology event from Summize - Tech Play Day. We also chat to Ben Audley (CRO at Summize) and Magnus Lindberg (Country Lead at JOHOC and Advisor at Legal Connection) about the procurement of legal tech and how to roll out complex tech to your organisation.

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Episode 5 - Taking Diversity in Legal Seriously

In this episode, we explore how people and organisations are being disruptive in the legal tech industry. We also chat to Katie Passley (Senior Solicitor at EY) and Steven John (Head of Customer Success at Summize) about their experiences around race, sexuality and gender in their industries.

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Episode 6 - Battle-Tested Strategies from a General Counsel

In this episode, we speak to Bjarne Tellmann (Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Member of the Executive of Haleon) and Tom Dunlop (CEO and Founder at Summize) about his strategies to be an effective General Counsel and his new book: Building an Outstanding Legal Team.

Bonus Episode - Expert Discussion with Artificial Lawyer

In this special bonus episode, Tom Dunlop (CEO and Founder at Summize), Vanessa Challess (Founder at Tiger Law), Electra Japonas (CEO and Founder at TLB) and Richard Tromans (Founder at Artificial Lawyer) provide crucial tips for implementing innovation and digital contracting, and talk about how they approach legal differently.

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