In this post on data & legal engineering, our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Ben Gardner, continues on the theme of utilising new data structures to deliver legal engineering solutions within law firms and legal departments.
“The Wavelength/Law Soc suggestion was by far the most ambitious, taking the challenge beyond anything that I suspect the organisers envisaged. Their concept went from a diagnosis of a chest complaint in a doctor’s surgery through each stage of a possible claim against a landlord, using slick ‘pathfinder’ technology and voice interaction with CoLin …. It was imaginative and innovative and a deserved winner...” SCL
By Peter Lee
I am tremendously proud of our Wavelength.law hackathon team who WON the very first Online Courts Hackathon this weekend.
We teamed up with the Law Society and Errington Legal, and spent an intense 24 hours solving real life access to justice problems with some of the smartest, and most pleasant folk around.
The Hackathon was jointly staged by the Society for Computers and Law, Legal Geek, the Judiciary of England and Wales, and HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Half of UK’s top 20 law firms along with leading UK universities competed, with teams flying in from as far away as India and Australia. There were around 400 applicants for the event, with a closing address and presentation by the Lord Chief Justice. We made some great friends over the weekend.
Our Wavelength team designed and built "CoLin", a digital pathfinder made to help an ordinary person identify, understand and resolve typical legal issues. We designed CoLin to be as easy to use as talking to a knowledgeable friend, who cares. In 24 hours we created a technology framework which is capable of providing triage support ranging from DIY assisted action through to engaging a qualified professional. This is a great example of Wavelength.law's agile, design led Legal Engineering approach, and it was fun!
Here is a pic of the winning team...
From left to right Ben Gardner (Wavelength.law), Mark O Grady (Software Developer @ Errington Legal Recruitment), Beatriz Martinez-Gatell (UX Strategist), Felix Schulte-Strathaus (Wavelength.law), Peter Wright (Law Society & DigitalLawUK), Sophia Adams Bhatti (Law Society) and Drew Winlaw (Wavelength.law)
In the first of his posts on legal engineering, our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Ben Gardner, discusses the fourth industrial revolution and how new ways of structuring digital information are essential to legal engineering and innovation in the sector.
We are excited about our latest legal engineering breakthrough!
The solution: A new tool for “unlocking corporate memory”, it is called BackLight and is built by us (www.wavelength.law).
- Digests and reads volumes of contracts in nearly any format and stores them so that they are easy to find.
- Uses search technology, machine learning and variance analysis to extract key information from our contracts. It then displays the data so that we can analyse risk, spot issues and reuse important information.
Key benefits include:
- An easily accessible, searchable contract repository (for live and expired agreements).
- Analysis of contracts by legal concept – showing what has been agreed in the past, being great for: (i) playbook development, (ii) negotiations, (iii) sharing learning within legal teams, and (iv) risk and compliance control.
We have found that BackLight allows lawyers to focus on higher value project work, with the associated efficiency and morale benefits.
Get in touch to find out more.
We are really excited that Dr Ben Gardner is joining Wavelength as our Chief Scientific Officer.
We think this role is a world first for a law firm... it's all part of our plan to supercharge the development of Legal Engineering!
This article about Ben's hire recent recently appeared in the Legal IT Insider (source: here).
Ben Gardner leaves Links for Wavelength
Linklaters data and information architect Ben Gardner is leaving the magic circle firm to join legal engineering startup and alternative business structure Wavelength Law.
Gardner, a well-known figure on the legal IT circuit and regular panel speaker for ILTA, will be joining Wavelength at the start of May. His title will be chief scientific officer and his role will be to help Wavelength build new bespoke products and solutions.
Gardner’s arrival follows Wavelength’s hire in December of former Asda head of contracts, data protection and privacy, Alistair Maiden, who works for Wavelength as a part-time senior legal engineer, whose dual role includes advising clients in a legal capacity as well as helping Wavelength to develop some of the solutions it is offering to clients.
Wavelength is made up of data experts, technologists, knowledge engineers and lawyers and describes its service as ‘legal engineering for businesses.’ The heavyweight startup works with third party legal technology suppliers as well as building its own code and software to handle the interpretation and presentation of client data.
Gardner told Legal IT Insider: “A lot of my role will be translating between lawyers and technologists and identifying the right technology to help law firm clients and general counsel understand the value they get from technology to disrupt and drive efficiencies.”
Speaking to Legal IT Insider about Gardner’s role and Wavelength at large, CEO and co-founder Peter Lee said: “We see our role as filling the implementation gap between legal technology suppliers and legal teams and law firms. We’re using an approach called bricolage – a process of looking at legal process in a commercial law environment and trying to improve it with better people, better service, and/or the application of technology.
“Ben’s real skill is and where he is a world leader is applied information analysis – the application of information analysis and data use. We are unlocking the potential in the data that clients hold.”
Lee added: “We welcome Ben and we’ve got other plans in the pipeline to grow our quality resource. We can do that because we’re structured as an ABS and can get the right skillset round the table, not just lawyers.”
This article first appeared in the February Legal IT Insider, register for your free copy here: https://www.legaltechnology.com/latest-newsletter/
Drishti Bindra came to Wavelength for work experience over the Christmas period for six weeks. She is currently studying for an LLM at Cambridge University. Here are her impressions...
Hi Drishti, how did you find your time at Wavelength?
My work experience at Wavelength has been wonderful and unforgettable. The thing that stood out, and is my lasting impression, is the inclusivity, friendliness and motivation within the firm. It is only eight months old with a small and dedicated team where everyone pitches in to get things done. Good ideas are developed and implemented quickly.
What did your work experience involve?
I had the opportunity to shadow Peter Lee (Legal Services) and work independently on various tasks set by him. I had the privilege of encountering a variety of different cases such as drafting contracts for employment, NDA’s, software licensing and many more. I especially enjoyed the research work which made me familiar with different aspects of law which were earlier unknown to me such as Drones. He ensured that I firmly grasped the skills of drafting. Client dealings were fruitful and enlightening. He made sure that I was kept engaged and got to experience everything that the firm had to offer.
I also worked alongside Drew who is a Legal Engineer, I really enjoyed this area and the technology they use is really exciting. A solicitors life can be so boring and monotonous with reading 100 pages every time but with the new technology I learnt about and helped develop, it can read those pages in under 5 minutes and mark out the key points of interest and relevant clauses. I got to experience the benefit of this technology and use the technology to see what can be achieved. Under Drew’s guidance and support I saw a completely new way of getting results, that will transform the legal sector. The way Drew’s mind works to fit technologies together and create solutions is just amazing. I had the opportunity to work on a project delivering document automation and workflow service. The idea of interface between data, law and technology gave me a new vision.
What was the environment like?
The optimism and team spirit that is consistently pulsing through Wavelength emphasised the way that every member of team is a valuable part of it. Clare Harreld (Legal Operations Paralegal) is the lifeline of the firm. I have a got a great friend in her who was always supportive and helped me to understand things better and kept the environment light and friendly. The working environment was great, it was relaxed with no dress code and we enjoyed lunch outings and our Christmas party.
Its principal office is located at the Eagle Labs Incubator in Cambridge which is a hub for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Working in such environment helped me to interact with people from different walks of life with innovative minds, products and future thinking. And this is exactly what Wavelength.law is about. It was interesting and refreshing to work with such an enthusiastic team.
What would you say to anyone who wants to be part Wavelength in the future?
Everyone was happy to answer any questions I had. From the constant attention that has been paid to me during these 6 weeks of work experience, it is clear that even being a start-up, Wavelength invests heavily in their work experience programme and work hard to make the experience wholesome. I can’t thank everyone enough for being so encouraging, motivating and open. I am looking forward to hopefully returning and being part of such an amazing team again.
Wavelength is a Legal Engineering firm.
Occasionally we're asked what 'Legal Engineer' means and so here is our new dictionary definition...
Legal engineer(UK /ˈliː.ɡəl en.dʒɪˈnɪər; US /ˈliː.ɡəl en.dʒɪˈnɪr/)
noun - a person that sits at the interface of technology, law and data, and who is trained and skilled in the construction of designed legal solutions.
verb (used with object) - to navigate, connect and integrate point legal technical solutions with the real time practice of law.
This week is the inaugural Legal Geek conference in London. It's billed as the ‘First LawTech Startup Conference and Awards’.
The Wavelength team will be there and we're especially excited to feature on Legal Geek and Thomson Reuters’ Legal Startup Map under a new category of ‘Legal Engineers’ (the other legal engineering business listed happens to be our strategic partner, BamLegal).
With the slogan ‘every journey matters’, the designers of the map infer that legal engineers are akin to TfL– except that rather than ‘Transport for London’, we are a form of ‘Transport for Legal’.
We rather like this metaphor!
The number of excellent technologies displayed on the map suggests that the legal technology space is now at a level of sophistication that can be genuinely useful to legal practitioners. We believe that legal engineering is new type of profession that sits comfortably at the interface of the tech, law & data, and which is going to revolutionise the practice of law and other professional services. Legal engineers are necessary to navigate, connect and integrate the myriad of point technical solutions with the real time practice of law.
Wavelength is a legal engineering business, we're a regulated law firm but set up as an ABS so that we can get the smartest brains owning and focused on legal problems (irrespective of whether they studied law or not). Our team is a mix of experienced lawyers, data and tech experts. We've spent time getting to know the technologies displayed on the map (and others), as well as building our expertise and solutions. And so, to extend the TfL theme, we use our platform to design services and products for passengers (i.e. lawyers: both in-house and law firms), to help them navigate their commercial law journeys more safely and efficiently.
We hope to see you at the conference or you can stay up to date on Twitter with #LGStatus
by Drew Winlaw
I recently hopped across the pond to Toronto, Canada, which was beautiful in the late summer (it reminded me of Sydney). We were in town to attend the Thomson Reuters and MaRS LegalX Emerging Legal Technology Forum. It was a fun event; I met with many like-minded folk and enjoyed some thought provoking presentations.
One of the big impressions was left by Prof Daniel Katz from Illinois Tech - Chicago Kent College of Law. I’ve been a fan of Professor Katz for some time – at Wavelength we like one of his general precepts that goes something like, it’s not about lawyers versus the machines, but what lawyers and machines together can achieve.
Katz helpfully publishes most of his presentations and the slides from his Toronto keynote can be found here. Thanks also to the Canadian Lawyer and the National, the magazine of the Canadian Bar Association for capturing some of the quotes below that we didn’t write down because we were too busy listening.
So, what nuggets did we glean:
- Katz believes that “data driven law practice is gaining steam,” and is linked to good practice, he said “great lawyers design systems that balance risk and improve transparency, helping clients price risk internally.”
- The value proposition for lawyers is in putting a price on risk. “A mediocre lawyer finds risk; a great lawyer helps you price risk,” says Katz. That ability to price risk will be valued all the more in the coming years as we see the more sophisticated elements of the legal industry “financialize” risk. I like this word, as it’s more pronounceable than “actuarialize” that I have been using since my discussion about these same concepts with Jack Diggle of Elevate Services about a year ago. This is all about “financially rigorous measurement of the value proposition associated with various legal services” and is described in more detail in Katz’ slides
- Managing enterprise legal risk is all about data. “We care about data because we want to be able to predict things” said Katz. At Wavelength we know that unstructured data in particular needs work to make it really useful – understanding the provenance of data is key, as is the process of contract abstraction, cleaning, de-duplication, deciding about boundary conditions, and having workable systems in place to enhance the reliability of subsequent data additions.
Two key themes emerging from the conference go right to the heart of Wavelength’s ‘Legal Engineering’ philosophy:
(i) a quote from Katz: “Embrace legal analytics to help you do your job better”; and
(ii) a general conference theme: get the best brains focused on legal problem – whether they happen to be lawyers, data scientists or other professionals!
by Drew Winlaw
A few weeks ago the very excellent Stuart Barr posted an article entitled “the rise of the legal engineer”. It struck a chord with us here at Wavelength HQ.
I started my working life Down Under using technology, data, ‘lean’ process methods and teamwork to help troubleshoot problems and increase efficiency in the manufacturing sector. By a circuitous route I landed in the UK and trained and then practised as a commercial technology lawyer. But I hadn’t lost my allergy to over-engineered, inefficient processes. Unsurprisingly, the processes I found inside law firms and legal teams horrified me, but the big opportunity for me was that I was armed with a basket of skills to fix many of them.
Identifying myself as a legal engineer was something of an epiphany. I recognised many of the new law firm roles predicted by Richard Susskind in his book The End of Lawyers?. In time I gravitated away from practising as a lawyer towards troubleshooting and fixing processes for legal teams and the teams that support them. That transition started with basics like teaching someone how to extract data from a legal practice management system in the right format to reduce their downstream administrative effort. That was the tip of the iceberg, and after that a lot of my work started with the question “Why can’t we do that?”.
I am now using technology, data, ‘lean’ process methods and teamwork to troubleshoot problems in the commercial contracting process. A lot of my work involves designing and implementing systems that reduce duplication and use sensible automation in the right part of the process. Systems need to interact with humans in a ‘polite’ manner and help them achieve something more quickly or accurately with the system than without. Understanding data reliability, data cleansing and visualisations that mean something are all really important factors in great system design.
But that’s just me. I’ve been thinking more broadly about what makes a legal engineer and there are certainly different variants within the breed. For instance, some legal engineers have a deep focus on a particular technology or are especially adept at, say, low code platforms. Nevertheless, there are common threads. I reckon that if you have some combination of the following, then you may well be a legal engineer (and, until now you may not have even known it!):
- Legal training of some sort is a necessity but that doesn’t mean you need to be a qualified lawyer.
- Empathy is very important. Legal engineers straddle two different worlds, we need to talk to technologists and lawyers to help each understand the other and work together positively.
- Impatience is useful. You probably have a dissatisfaction with the status quo and find yourself asking “can we do this legal process faster, smarter, and who needs to be involved?”
- Bravery to start a pilot and experiment, together with energy to bring along others with that experiment.
- Imagination to evaluate a legal technology and project where it could be most useful, including how associated technologies may fit around it.
- Pragmatism. Legal engineers don’t always chase the newest tech. Sometimes it’s a matter of re-implementing existing tools, cleaning data sets and perhaps making clean data in old systems available to newer systems with enhanced capabilities.
- Inspired about how data can be transformed, curated and presented to help people digest information and/or make decisions quickly and with more confidence.
Fundamentally, a legal engineer probably has a constant nagging feeling that there must be a better way…
Does any of this sound like you? Here at Wavelength, we’ve decided that we want to be a honeypot for Legal Engineers. So, if you’ve had your Legal Engineering epiphany – please get in touch (but be warned, it might lead to an enthusiastic chat over coffee/lunch/beer with me!)
BamLegal, the leading legal document automation and workflow specialist, has entered into a strategic partnership with new commercial law firm and legal tech business, Wavelength.law.
Wavelength delivers technology and data led contract management solutions alongside its commercial legal services, and BamLegal is an expert document automation and workflow optimisation specialist.
The deal allows both businesses to offer an unprecedented range of skills and technology solutions in the field of business contracts.
The new collaboration will use legal technology, data analytics, contract automation, “living” playbooks, machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions in order to provide responsive services to law firms, in-house legal teams and other business departments.
Director and founder of BamLegal, Catherine Bamford, has also recently been appointed a non-executive director of Wavelength along with angel investor, Mark Astbury, and FTSE100 legal director, Anne-Marie Garner.
Wavelength CEO and co-founder Peter Lee said “we are very excited about our partnership with BamLegal. This deal will allow us to grow our team of document automators. Automation and workflow management are important tools for organisations that process high volumes of documents. We are delighted to combine our services with such an impressive partner; Bamlegal has a fabulous client base and a world class offering.”
BamLegal Director and founder Catherine Bamford commented “Clients often ask BamLegal to help them take their legal document automation to the next level, for example to save and report on the data, automate the negotiation process and for the system to start to learn from each transaction. By partnering with Wavelength, we can now offer these full intelligent solutions to our clients. I am so excited to get started on projects where we combine automation with other smart technologies. The guys at Wavelength share my passion for improving legal services using process and technology, and together I know we are going to build some seriously impressive solutions. Watch this space!”
Wavelength.law is focused on dramatically improving the delivery of commercial law using data and smart technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing. Wavelength is also a law firm providing an external general counsel service and advice on commercial and technology law.
BamLegal is a specialist in document automation and workflow, helping law firms and in-house legal teams improve their service delivery using market leading legal technology.
This is the first of our coffee break law + tech blog posts. In this blog we focus on e-signatures & the new eIDAS Regulation.
Did you know that the law around electronic signatures and seals is changing?
Take 5 minutes, grab a coffee and read this blog… by the time you’ve finished you’ll understand the new laws around electronic signatures & seals, as well as the technology that makes them possible.
What are electronic signatures and seals?
An electronic signature means data in electronic form that is attached to, or logically associated with, other data in electronic form and that is used to sign a document.
An electronic seal is a type of electronic signature for a corporate entity that enables the electronic seal to bind the entity using it.
There are three types of electronic signature and seal:
- Simple electronic signatures and seals: these include scanned signatures applied to documents using cut & paste, and tick box declarations.
- Advanced electronic signatures and seals: these allow unique identification and authentication of the signer of a document and enables verification of the integrity of the signed document. Advanced electronic signatures and seals are capable of detecting any post-signature tampering and if data changes after signature then the signature is marked as invalid. The principal technology used is a digital certificate issued by a “Certificate Authority”.
- Qualified electronic signatures and seals: these are the only types of electronic signature that are considered the legal equivalent of a handwritten signature and the only type of electronic signature (or seal) that guarantee a mutual recognition of validity across all EU Member States. The key difference between a qualified electronic signature and other forms of electronic signature is that the qualified electronic signature’s digital certificate is issued by a special type of Certificate Authority – one that meets a more stringent accreditation and supervision mechanism. Electronic seals also rely on “qualified certificates” that are issued by “trust service providers” and must be able to establish the identity of the natural person representing the legal person to whom the qualified certificate for the electronic seal is provided.
Electronic signature software, such as DocuSign, Adobe Sign and RightSignature can be deployed across organisations or business units and allow people to sign documents online without using paper. Some services also allow you to track progress of signing.
Data from e-mail addresses, IP address, time-stamped audit logs, digital signature and biometric signature data are used to create legally binding documents. Digital signatures and biometric signature data are the principle techniques used in advanced e-signatures.
As a general rule of thumb, e-signatures are legally binding under English law and in many other countries around the World. There are a very limited number of categories where they are not often permitted, such as for the transfer of land.
Why do we need a change of law? The development of frameworks and standards for electronic signatures and online authentication are important for encouraging online transactions and improving business efficiencies. The previous arrangements for electronic signatures and online authentication were problematic because various EU member states had implemented the earlier eSignature Directive (1999/93/EC) inconsistently, making it difficult for companies to confidently rely on electronic signatures. eIDAS is designed to change this.
What is eIDAS: The Electronic Identification Regulation (EU) 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market or “eIDAS” comes into force in the UK on 1 July 2016.
What does eIDAS do? It establishes a new legal framework for electronic identification, signatures and seals that includes mutual recognition across all Member States. It also provides greater legal certainty for transactions executed using digital certificates that have been issued by a Certification Authority that has been accredited and is subject to supervision by a special body in each Member State.
What about Brexit? eIDAS is an EU Regulation, which means it has direct effect in the UK and therefore the UK parliament does not need to implement any specific legislation to bring it into force. The UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016 but the process of extraction from the EU is likely to be protracted over many months. It remains to be seen how EU and UK legislation will be unpicked, however if the UK government chooses to retain efficient trading mechanisms with the EU then we would expect much of eIDAS to survive.
Tech + Law: Let’s look at the tech alongside the law…
The two main underlying techniques used in advanced electronic signatures are digital signatures and biometric measurements.
The digital signature entails key generation, signing and verification algorithms.
This technique is in the format of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which basically generates a pair of keys: a private key that is only in possession of the signer, and a public key, which is openly available and used by those who need to validate the e-signature. In addition, the keys are checked by the Certificate Authority (CA) and other policies.
On top of the digital signature, the documents contain a biometric measurement in the form of a cryptographic hash code, i.e. an invertible fixed size bit string that is created using a mathematical algorithm.
Together, these methods create encrypted data that is the digital signature. The signature also includes a time stamp and so changing the document after signing makes the digital signature invalid.
The new Electronic Identification Regulation (EU) 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (referred to as “eIDAS”) is directly applicable in Member States and so has direct effect in the UK. The majority of its provisions come into force on 1 July 2016.
Article 25 of eIDAS maintains the fundamental rule that electronic signatures and verification services shall not be denied legal effect and admissibility as evidence in legal proceedings based solely on the fact that they are in electronic form. This rule applies to electronic signatures, seals, time stamps, registered delivery services and certificates for website authentication.
eIDAS defines Trust Services as those service companies that provide electronic signatures, seals and time stamps. It differentiates between non-qualified and qualified Trust Services, the latter having supervision mechanisms, the purpose of which is to increase confidence in digital transactions.
Take home thought: The efficiency savings and cost benefits of using electronic signatures can be huge. Getting a document signed is a key milestone within the lifecycle of a contract. In many organisations there are a large number of manual processes that can be eliminated by implementing electronic signatures. It is hoped that the new law will improve legal consistency across the EU, as well as bolstering confidence in and the uptake of electronic signatures. If your organisation has had concerns about operating a single electronic signature solution across different countries and as a result has not rolled out e-sign technology or implemented an electronic signature policy, then eIDAS could help to change this.
About us: At Wavelength we are focused on dramatically improving the delivery of commercial law using the powerful combination of technologists and lawyers.
- Regulation (EU) N°910/2014 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.257.01.0073.01.ENG)
- The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) guidance on electronic signatures:(https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/356786/bis-14-1072-electronic-signatures-guide.pdf)
- Short film about public key infrastructure (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-rtxrEz_E8)
- Wiki digital signature (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_signature)
- Wiki hash code (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptographic_hash_function)
- EU guidance(https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/trust-services-and-eid)
- The eSignature services hub (https://ec.europa.eu/cefdigital/wiki/display/CEFDIGITAL/eSignature+Services)
As the dust settles today on the EU referendum results, what does Brexit mean for your business contracts?
The majority of English law contracts are founded on the relative bargaining power of the parties and it may be that many B2B agreements will not be materially affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
Nevertheless, the uncertainty of the situation means it would be sensible from a risk, compliance and governance perspective ask the question “do we know what is lurking in our contracts?".
We are encouraging businesses to conduct audits of their agreements; particularly those with a counterparty based in the EU, pan-European framework agreements, as well as their precedent template documents.
Key issues to identify in existing contracts and precedent documents include:
- References and exposure to EU legislation such as ARD employee protections and data protection (including GDPR, Privacy Shield and legacy Safe Harbor provisions for EU-US data transfers).
- Agency arrangements.
- Jurisdiction and compliance with law matters (including Rome I and Rome II matters).
- Currency fluctuation mechanisms.
- Territorial scope for services, use of products and software.
The two-year notice period required by the Treaty of Lisbon means that any Brexit date is very unlikely to be before Summer 2018 – some are even predicting a longer period of up to 10 years. It remains to be seen how the negotiations will play out and legislation will be unpicked over the coming months. Smart businesses will take the chance now to assess the risk and opportunities they face across their commercial contract portfolios.
Contact us if you would like to discuss how our contract auditing services could help your business
A post from our Chair, Anne-Marie Garner:
Some people always loved the smell of the law library. I was not one of them. The law in its purest form of jurisprudence is a little Pinot Grigio for my taste.
The application of commercial law, however, fascinates me. The care taken over each word. The fewer the words, the more care that has to be taken. Until it’s perfected through its simplicity.
Many of you reading this by this time have a wry smile, it’s not your experience of lawyers; possibly the last breed of professions charging by the 6 minute.
Coming out of a conversation with Wavelength is like emerging from a brisk swim in icy water, you feel reinvigorated and refreshed. They even hand you a warm fluffy towel - you’re talking to someone you can trust. This is the future of legal services.
When the combination of Drew’s sharp, clean, lean thinking and Peter’s experience and innovative drive around boutique provision of legal services (there’s no Winlaw&Lee here) meets cutting edge technology you know it’s a wave you want to swim hard to catch and ride. I’m extremely excited to have joined Wavelength.law as Chair last week – it already feels like it’s going be the ride of my life.
This article appeared in Legal IT Insider (here)
NewLaw: Wavelength.law hires Johnson Matthey legal director as chair
Added on the 17th Jun 2016 at 6:58 am
Added on the 17th Jun 2016 at 6:58 am
Newly-launched alternative business structure (ABS) Wavelength.law, which provides tech-led legal services to the corporate sector, has hired Johnson Matthey legal director Anne-Marie Garner as its chair and non-executive director, having just brought in a computational data scientist as its first full-time hire.
Garner (pictured on the home page), a former Speechly Bircham lawyer who joined FTSE 100-listed sustainable technologies company Johnson Matthey 13 years ago, will help Wavelength.law with its strategy and development of products and service lines. She joins fellow non-execs Catherine Bamford, CEO and founder of BamLegal, who works with law firms such as DWF in delivering their automation projects; and Mark Astbury, a member of Cambridge Capital Group, which specializes in high-tech startups.
CEO and co-founder of Wavelength.law, Peter Lee, said: “Anne-Marie is a vastly experienced senior lawyer and business executive. She has a refreshing vision for the future of legal services and the understanding of corporate risk, which fits neatly with Wavelength’s strategy. This appointment is fundamental to developing and scaling our business.” Lee, who is a commercial lawyer, left Taylor Vinters this year alongside co-founder Drew Winlaw, formerly director of operational development at Taylor Vinters.
Wavelength.law, which received Solicitors Regulation Authority approval to formally launch in June, is based in Cambridge and is focused on improving the delivery of commercial law using data and smart technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing.
It will focus on unlocking the corporate memory by analysing commercial contracts; looking for trends and risks.
The ABS has just hired Cambridge PhD graduate Jantine Broek as a computational data scientist. Broek will drive forward the firm’s intelligent use of data and use her skills to analyse data and trends using AI techniques such as machine learning, pattern recognition and network analysis.
Wavelength is currently in talks to partner with data companies that operate both within and outside of the legal sector.
Lee told Legal IT Insider: “Currently corporate legal teams are fighting the closest croc to the canoe but our service will allow them to see risk across the portfolio and use that data to create rule books and play books so that they can service the contract in a more efficient way.
“Search tools can be fantastic and the technology is mind blowing but you’re going to get a lot of unstructured data and we act as interface – we make the information properly useful to the customer by leveraging our deep understanding of legal services and knowledge of how to use data.”
16 June 2016, Cambridge, UK: New legal services company, Wavelength.law, has announced Anne-Marie Garner as its Chair and non-executive director.
Anne-Marie is a Legal Director at a FTSE 100 technology company. She has over 20 years’ experience of building and running world class commercial legal teams, having previously worked in the ecommerce sector and trained in information technology and intellectual property procurement in the City of London. Anne-Marie is also a diversity & inclusion thought leader and sits as a trustee of the Gravity Light Foundation.
CEO and co-founder of Wavelength.law, Peter Lee said “this is an exciting announcement for us, Anne-Marie is a vastly experienced senior lawyer and business executive. She has a refreshing vision for the future of legal services and the understanding of corporate risk, which fits neatly with Wavelength’s strategy. This appointment is fundamental to developing and scaling our business.”
Wavelength.law is based in Cambridge, UK and is focused on dramatically improving the delivery of commercial law using data and smart technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing. As well as its core technology and data led solutions, Wavelength.law also provides an external general counsel service and advice on commercial and technology law.