A legal data design jam.

A legal data design jam.
We make no apology for the use of buzzwords in this blog post – this was the world’s first legal data design jam and innovation often inspires criticism from the more conservative elements of the profession. Read on to go beyond the language and see how smart use of data coupled with a service design approach can help law firms and clients evolve.  Click here to go straight down to our infographics of the solutions.

The Janders Dean Horizons 2017 conference was characterised by innovation, bold thinking and the irreverence typical of Janders Dean. As the legal industry around the world knows, this isn’t a conference filled with stale talks with equally stale coffee. It was jammed with edgy speakers, bold predictions and even bolder drinks.

What happened?

To match the tone of the event we brought together 15 of the UK top 50 law firms for a design jam (you can find out more about our “jamming” process from last year here). This year, we set about using data to tackle law firm challenges surrounding the four themes of: clients, risk, capacity and diversity.

Who did this?

  • Two of the team from our friends at Janders Dean UK
  • 5 expert facilitators from LexisNexis product development team
  • 15 of the UK Top 50 law firms
  • 30 diverse volunteers from different firms, backgrounds and skills
  • 1 doughnut supplier (big thanks to Crosstown!)

Where do you even start…?

The starting point was the provocative statement that data is eating the world and law firms need to adapt. Many enterprising law firms are already starting to meet this data opportunity with commercial offshoots, joint ventures and partnerships with data analytic enterprises.

What were the challenges?

Each team was levelled a challenge – to use data to tackle a problem facing law firms. The problem questions faced by the five teams were:

Team 1: How can law firm data be used to improve the firm's

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About the author:
Mark is one of the Dispute Resolution blog’s technical editors. He qualified as a lawyer in Australia and worked in private practice before joining LexisNexis. In addition to contributing to the Dispute Resolution blog, he also writes for a number of LexisNexis blogs, including the Future of Law blog.