Simplicity and innovation: creating a legal contracts app—an interview with Ingrid Cope

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  • Simplicity and innovation: creating a legal contracts app—an interview with Ingrid Cope
  • Tell us a bit about your background and career to date…
  • What is the role of your team?
  • You identified a challenge with contract management—what made you decide to develop an app?
  • How does the app work?
  • How has the app benefited the legal team and the business?
  • Do you have any tips on how to get buy-in from the business for a project like this?

Simplicity and innovation: creating a legal contracts app—an interview with Ingrid Cope

Not all legal document management problems require complex solutions, but they do need the buy-in of the business. We talk to Ingrid Cope, Senior Legal Advisor at Pernod Ricard UK and The Lawyer’s 2016 In-House Lawyer of the Year, about how developing a simple yet innovative contracts app benefited the whole business and highlighted the importance of cross-functional collaboration.

Tell us a bit about your background and career to date…

I have been an in-house lawyer for about ten years. My background is in fast-moving consumer goods. In my first in-house role I was responsible for competition law and litigation across Europe and also for a number of significant UK businesses. Prior to that I was in private practice as a contentious competition lawyer. I have been fortunate enough to work across a range of different roles: private practice, regulatory, and now in-house.

I had always planned to go into private practice initially. You get very good training and high quality work. I really enjoyed my time working at law firms, but there does come a point when you have to decide what your career path is going to be. I became a competition lawyer because I am very interested in the world of business and markets, so going in-house was a natural transition for me.

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