Leeds is ideally positioned to be a leader in legal tech and innovation in this era of transformation in the legal industry according to an in-depth report published this week.
Tom Matusiak, a legal director at Stewarts, contributed to driving the Leeds City Region collaboration in his role as a director of Leeds Law Society. Tom says:
“Leeds is the UK centre of excellence for legal services outside of London, with law firms and other providers giving City-quality service to regional, national and international individuals and corporates.
“Exponential changes with technology, communications, data, and algorithms mean we are now experiencing a revolutionary change in the legal industry, and the Leeds legal offering is evolving and is leading the change in many areas. The quality, size, and entrepreneurial spirit of the legal and digital communities in Leeds provide an ideal platform to promote collaboration and seize the opportunities that technologies present.
“It was a privilege to be one of the speakers at the Leeds Digital Festival launch of this exciting report and to contribute to the interesting panel discussion with leaders in legal services, technology, education, and economic development. Themes included the edge given to leading law firms though locating in Leeds and the benefits of enhanced collaboration between the legal and digital sectors.
“As an innovative firm providing top-quality legal advice, Stewarts finds that Leeds is the perfect city outside London in which to have a location. Law in Leeds has a magnificent past, present and future.”
Stewarts is quoted in a number of areas in the report, including in relation to the evolving skills required in high-value complex litigation. The report also highlights:
- Stewarts’ collaboration with Solomonic, a leading litigation analytics start-up dedicated to bringing a data-led approach to litigation intelligence and decision-making; and
- Leeds-based SPARQ facilitating the first UK virtual Commercial Court case in collaboration with Stewarts in March this year.
The project involved 130 stakeholders, and the report, compiled by Whitecap Consulting, is the result of a six-month project analysing the legal sector in the region. The report was supported and co-funded by a number of organisations, including Leeds City Council, Leeds Law Society, University of Law Leeds and leading law firms including Stewarts.
The report can be downloaded here.
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