Legal ‘hackathons’: paradigm of the new way of working for lawyers

“It has been an ideal expertise and extremely really helpful. Utilizing agile methodology in an open innovation atmosphere exhibits us that there are other ways to method issues while you work with multidisciplinary and geographically dispersed groups ”(Sonia).

“Collaborating within the hackathon has exceeded all my expectations. Addressing new authorized challenges from an revolutionary perspective, having the ability to work carefully with colleagues from different workplaces and from such disparate areas due to new applied sciences, has been most enriching »(Julia).

The quoted sentences summarize the final opinion of the twelve members of the Garrigues staff who’ve participated within the final Global Legal Hackaton, co-organized by FT Progressive Attorneys and the consulting agency RSG Consulting, which sought to boost the expertise and creativity of the authorized business with the purpose of innovating within the seek for options to essentially the most urgent authorized challenges posed by the worldwide COVID-19 disaster. The three earlier international authorized hackathons had been face-to-face and this was the primary to be finished totally on-line.

The response to the invitation has been overwhelming: greater than 2,500 members from 220 legislation companies and different organizations situated in 70 nations, have raised nearly 300 challenges in the course of the 4 weeks that the occasion lasted, which ended on Might 22. The initiatives lastly admitted may be consulted at this link. The authorized sector is commonly accused of being not very revolutionary, however the concepts offered present that issues are altering.

MyGform is the undertaking offered by the Garrigues staff, made up of legal professionals, engineers, economists, journalists and specialists in advertising and marketing and design. The concept from which we began was that, in a post-COVID world, we’re going to be required to supply private {and professional} info in a number of conditions: medical or symptom info, quantity and dates of coronavirus assessments, threat actions -contagion, actions in current months … We should present these information when, for instance, we go to a consumer of their workplace, to handle our relationship with suppliers, for the availability of companies, in collaboration initiatives with third events, within the hiring employees and even in different issues extra private than skilled, comparable to staying in a lodge, going to a restaurant, becoming a member of a health club or shopping for a home.

The target we set ourselves was to design an ordinary with all authorized ensures, during which the proprietor of the knowledge is the person and it’s she or he who decides what kind of information and the way they need to share it. With this, you achieve safety, agility and traceability as a result of the answer permits you to know to whom and when you will have offered the knowledge. On this presentation and explanatory video you could find all the small print of MyGform.

Because the highlights article in which Financial Times echoes the undertaking, going from an idea to one thing tangible in such a short while is sophisticated. The transition from the preliminary concept to its full improvement in a presentation that features its primary traits is a tough course of for legal professionals as a result of it entails agreeing on a number of choices on points that aren’t our specialty: design of the app, evaluation and evaluation of comparable options, enterprise mannequin, identify and slogan of the product, usability points, prototyping, messages to incorporate within the explanatory video and a protracted etcetera. We’ve devoted far more time to those duties than to the authorized points …

And that has been exactly essentially the most enriching a part of the problem: working as a staff (with the added issue of doing it remotely), utilizing the instruments that finest suited us for every activity and, above all, enriching each with the information of the others. . The Garrigues Intangibles Division has performed a basic function in visualizing the progress that we’ve got been consolidating. Our CIO has additionally been concerned to information us within the technical points.

Briefly, the undertaking has allowed us to develop an concept in a managed atmosphere (a sandbox, now that the time period is trendy), during which we’ve got been in a position to check new collaborative instruments and work following the postulates of agile methodologies and authorized design. You study to innovate by attempting and performing and hackatones they’re unbeatable frameworks for growing the capabilities that shoppers more and more demand from legal professionals.

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