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The Bionic Lawyer
A bionic lawyer is the solution to a toolkit, and in order to assemble this approach, you need levers. These are individuals or groups who aid entry into a market. At this point, Rob opened this out to the audience and asked, ‘Does anybody have a toolkit they would want dealt with in this way’?
Rob then went on to tell us about some of the early conclusions of the Bionic Lawyer project: centrally, that, with critical competitive mass and input, you can create a highly effective team. Some of the other conclusions are laid out below.
Rob discussed the concept of an innovation system and explained that the system is similar to a brain, in that the level of intelligence is based on surface area rather than size. Traditionally in the scheme of production, a company will innovate just before the output of the product. This would be the partners in a law firm. A newer form of innovation has meant it occurs early in the line, usually by senior associates. This could then be improved by having an innovation team, usually tech-experts. These experts add expert outside of the line of production. This is demonstrated in the diagram below.
The central line shows the process, with the ‘P’ representing the end product. The tech experts would sit in the empty space either side. This surface area could then be filled by other experts who could provide a different innovative outlook. The aim is to fill the empty space within the triangle, thereby filling out the system and creating the most efficiently innovative process.
The smaller arrows pointing in both directions are what Rob called ‘boundary spanners’. These are individuals who l
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Claire is a paralegal is the LexisAsk and Commercial and Sectors teams at LexisNexis teams. She previously did a law conversion at BPP Law school and plans to study the LPC latterly. She is an English literature graduate and hopes to combine her studies by pursuing a career in the IP sector.
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