In today’s digital era, legal professionals find themselves at the forefront of an ever-evolving landscape where human expertise and technology intersect. Join us for an engaging discussion as we explore:

  • The critical role of lawyers in the digital age
  • Digital horror stories of data breaches and legal mishaps
  • The intricate web of security and safety measures organisations need to protect sensitive information
  • How can organisations welcome technology as a powerful tool while being aware of the risks?

But the question remains: what more can lawyers do to stay ahead of the constantly changing tech landscape? Don’t miss this insightful conversation that can help you harness technology as a strategic tool to streamline processes, enhance client experiences, and improve efficiency.

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James Maccgregor

James MacGregor (Moderator), Managing Director, Ethical eDiscovery

James has worked in global leadership roles at some of the largest eDiscovery professional services firms in the world overseeing projects in the US, UK and European markets. In those roles James led teams of professionals in the collection, processing and review strategy of huge multi-lingual datasets drawn from thousands of custodians across the globe.

In his role as a founder and builder of UK operations for boutique cross-border litigation support companies, James has focused on adapting international approaches to eDiscovery to cater to the nuances of the UK market and the specific disclosure requirements under the courts of England and Wales.

Building on his many years of experience in the eDiscovery industry serving both regional clients and large multinational ones, James is adept at developing bespoke solutions for his corporate and law firm clients through the recognition that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every project has different timelines, deadlines, budgets, data challenges and legal requirements. Therefore, they all require a tailor-made solution to satisfy each project’s unique needs.

Johnathan Armstrong

Jonathan Armstrong, Partner, Cordery 

Jonathan is an experienced lawyer based at Cordery in London with a concentration on compliance & technology. His practice includes advising multinational companies on risk and compliance across Europe. Jonathan has handled legal matters in more than 60 countries covering a wide range of compliance issues. Jonathan currently serves on the New York State Bar Association’s AI Task Force looking at the impact of AI on law and regulation. Jonathan is a co-author of LexisNexis’ definitive work on technology law, “Managing Risk: Technology & Communications”. He is a frequent broadcaster for the BBC and a regular contributor to the Everything Compliance & Life with GDPR podcasts.

Jess Wu

Jess Wu, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Everlaw

Jess has worked with a range of companies and industries in the UK and US focussing on adopting and driving innovation across their business. Jess began her career in financial services doing product development and technical sales, consulting with customers on using enterprise software to manage their ever-increasing financial dataset. For the last few years, Jess shifted to customer success and process improvement for a range of Fortune 500 companies – helping customers adopt cutting edge tech for lasting business transformation. At Everlaw, Jess works with partners across the eDiscovery and investigations space to create best in class solutions for law firms and corporations to transform their practices and results.

Jo Joyce, Senior Counsel and Co-Head of Cyber Security, Taylor Wessing

Jo is Senior Counsel and an information rights specialist in Taylor Wessing’s Technology, IP and Information team. Jo co-leads Taylor Wessing’s UK and Ireland cyber security practice and she splits her time between London and Dublin. Jo has over a decade of experience advising on contentious and non-contentious data, IP and emerging technology matters. Jo works with clients of all sorts to develop data privacy and cyber security strategies. Jo has extensive experience of managing cybersecurity breaches and data and confidential information-focused litigation.

Much of Jo’s work involves explaining complex legal issues to groups of all ability levels; increasingly Jo’s work focuses on new technology, helping clients to embrace the opportunities and challenges of AI and other emerging technologies within a robust legal and ethical framework.

Stephanie Barrett, Associate Director, Legal Technology UK, US and EMEA, Herbert Smith Freehills

Stephanie is responsible for the strategic direction of eDiscovery services and application of legal technology across UK, US and EMEA and pivotal to creating a continuous relationship with high profile multinational clients. She is a certified Agile PM Practitioner and has worked across a broad spectrum of legal sectors, facilitating their adoption of digital thinking and processes, while building knowledge and know-how for partners and fee earners to develop alongside digital change.