ILTA Podcast - International Legal Technology Association

Innovation with Impact in the Field of Drafting Automation



When it comes to complex legal matters and associated documentation, ‘innovation with impact’ starts with a leadership mindset, not restricted by legacy tech or perceptions. Success depends on the alignment of the right people, the right tech and the (clear and realistic) processes needed. The foundation of trust between tech provider and law firm underpins this approach. Make sure you are not trying to fix the wrong problems and be confident you will overcome any resistance to change, with a proven methodology.

Gowling WLG understand the importance of being in tune with their clients’ world which requires agility to enable alignment with opportunities in market. Clarilis is a market leader in the deep automation of complex legal drafting, with industry leading tech and a lawyer-led managed service. The Clarilis team works with leading law firms globally.

In this podcast Andrew Edginton, Chief Operating Officer for Gowling WLG and James Quinn, CEO of Clarilis share insight on how to achieve operational excellence when it comes to the automation of complex documentation, overcome resistance to change and harness innovation that has the most significant impact on both clients and lawyers. This impact can be measured in terms of increased productivity, efficiency, risk reduction, competitive advantage and lawyer wellbeing. Or simply enabling greater capacity within the team at a senior level to focus on higher value,
strategic work.

Andrew Edginton is COO and CFO at International Law Firm Gowling WLG. Before joining Gowling WLG Andrew held Finance Director roles at BT PLC, and was previously a Management Consultant with PWC. During his time at Gowling WLG Andrew has helped to launch Avail, an artificial intelligence business focussed on the Real Estate sector.

James is CEO and co-founder of Clarilis, an intelligent drafting solution. Before Clarilis, James was a corporate tax lawyer at Slaughter and May. He also founded one of the first Alternative Business Structure (ABS) law firms.