The new normal is changing the way law firms do business, especially now that the business of law has moved away from lawyers being the sole revenue generators. Since the legal business has changed, is it about time we change the way we recruit and retain our business professionals too?


About the speakers:

Christopher Tart-Roberts

Christopher Tart-Roberts, Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer, Macfarlanes

Chris is Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer at Macfarlanes. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, with responsibility for enhancing client service and delivery using innovative solutions and approaches and helping the firm to achieve excellence in all aspects of legal practice.

Yasmina KoneYasmina Kone, Interim Graduate Recruitment Manager, Clifford Chance

Yasmina Kone is the interim graduate recruitment manager at Clifford Chance. She manages the multi-award-winning graduate recruitment team and works on innovation projects. She has designed, implemented and managed a number of pioneering initiatives, including IGNITE, the legal industry’s first tech-focused training contract, the award-winning LIFT programme, and the multi-award-winning SPARK programme. Yasmina is responsible for the team’s initiatives to attract, assess and retain individuals from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as sitting on the firm’s REACH (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) steering committee where she focuses on career development.


Alistair Wye

Alistair Wye, Lead Innovation and Technology Solutions Attorney, Latham & Watkins

Alistair is the Lead Innovation & Technology Solutions Attorney for Latham & Watkins’ European operations. Alistair works cross-functionally with a global team of lawyers and technologists to identify, develop and validate strategic innovation opportunities across the firm. Prior to re-joining Latham, Alistair created and led iManage RAVN’s presales operations advising on product strategy, working with top global law firms and FTSE 100 in-house legal teams to design and implement AI-powered data extraction tools for due diligence and contract reporting.

Matt Byrne

Matt Byrne, Deputy Editor, The Lawyer 

Matt joined The Lawyer in 2003 as features editor and has written on a wide range of topics related to the business of law. He became deputy editor in 2015. Matt set up and ran The Lawyer’s New York office from September 2007 to April 2009.  He manages the UK 200 editorial and several other of The Lawyer’s market reports including the US Top 50, the Global Litigation 50 and the Technology report.