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Corporate Members 2022

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Beale & Co Bevan Brittan BLM Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott CMS CMNO DAC Beachcroft The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Freeths Fussell Wright GL Law Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Osborne Clarke Paragon Costs Solutions Queen Square Chambers Royds Withy King Simmons … more

BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more

BLS Annual Awards Dinner 3rd November 2022

Check out our digital Awards Brochure with a welcome from our C0-Presidents, full details of the award categories and links to our wonderful supporters who make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating the best of the local profession with you on 3rd November! BLS Awards 2022 Digital Brochure

Nine Feet Tall Host Legal IT Panel Discussion on Digital Transformation

On Wednesday 16th June, Nine Feet Tall hosted a Legal IT Event with panellists from leading firms: Allen & Overy, DAC Beachcroft and Osborne Clarke. The theme was “Digital Transformation and the Role of IT” and the event addressed IT adoption and key challenges, as well as emerging technology and the future of Legal IT.

The online event was attended by representatives from the top 50 UK law firms who submitted questions to the panellists throughout the online discussion. One of the topics centred around ensuring behaviours and rapid decision making, which accelerated during the pandemic, are continually embraced and firms do not fall back into more traditional ways of working.

The IT function within the legal sector has changed rapidly in the past few years, not just in terms of the technology available but also the growth in scope and limitation of boundaries. Andrew Brammer discussed some of the changes Allen & Overy have seen: “A while ago we might have struggled to get people on IT training courses, now they recognise the need to use technology to fulfil their role.” The panel agreed that the role of IT has become more consultative and working collaboratively with business teams is key.

Nathan Hayes (IT Director) from Osborne Clarke expanded on this point whilst addressing the role of IT in Digital Transformation versus the role of the rest of the business: “Playing a consulting role is key for us. We play an essential role in connecting our lawyers with the toolsets they need to deliver key outcomes including outstanding service delivery, reducing risk and improving profitability.”

David Aird from DAC Beachcroft led a discussion around whether firms are fully utilising their current technology stack. The panel discussed issues with adoption and misconceptions as to what can be achieved within legal services. This included how the successful rollout of applications such as MS Teams, over the last year, has proved that barriers to adoption can be overcome. Helping individuals to understand how technology fits into their role is critical for addressing adoption.

Nine Feet Tall Partner and Event Panellist Tiggy Robinson said “we were so pleased there was such an interest in this event and the discussions were animated and valuable. Law firms are starting to move beyond traditional ways of working and IT plays a huge role in enabling this. It has been interesting to hear different opinions and discuss pressing topics such as data compliance and security as well as the value of innovation. I hope our attendees have left with plenty of food for thought.”

A recording of the whole event will be hosted on for anyone wishing to watch the discussions. If you would be interested in attending our events in the future, please contact: