Linklaters has partnered with BRYTER, a no-code automation platform, on a series of global initiatives to accelerate the delivery of legal advice and other services to clients in new and innovative ways.
The partnership, which is being led by newly appointed Global Head of Practice Innovation, Greg Baker, and the firm’s global practice innovation team, has already delivered a number of client solutions and continues to look for potential areas for digitisation across the firm’s global practice areas on key legal and regulatory topics.
Extending across various areas of delivery, the partnership is aiding the development of client-facing technology, the improvement of internal workflows and the provision of pro bono support offered to local and global communities.
Collaborating on ideas across a global network
Responding to increasing demands from clients to deliver advice in innovative formats, Linklaters launched its first Global Hackathon in collaboration with BRYTER earlier this year.
The Hackathon aimed to harness ideas from across the firm to make tangible improvements to both the client experience and the firm’s lawyers. Split into four stages, the Hackathon allowed participants to leverage the BRYTER platform to build client-facing digital applications and prototypes without having to write any code.
With lawyers and other professionals submitting ideas from offices across the global network, the firm has three multi-disciplinary teams working alongside BRYTER specialists to build prototypes of their solutions before presenting to a panel of judges.
Greg Baker, Global Head of Practice Innovation, commented: “As we continue to identify areas across the firm that are ripe for innovation and disruption, BRYTER’s powerful and adaptable platform enables us to quickly prototype, test and identify the right development route for solutions created to make the lives of our clients and lawyers easier. The partnership is driven by the firm’s relentless drive to revolutionise the delivery of our services and focus on the client and lawyer experience.”
Michael Grupp, CEO, BRYTER, commented: “We are thrilled to partner with Linklaters and support the firm in rapidly building and launching client facing applications. Law firms like Linklaters are at the very forefront of client service delivery precisely because they put their clients’, and their lawyers’, experience at the centre of everything they do, seeking to make it easier and faster to deliver legal services.”
Helping global communities
Alongside its practice innovation lawyers, Linklaters’ pro bono team is collaborating with Plan International, a global development and humanitarian organisation working to advance children’s rights and equality for girls, to bring some of its operations onto the BRYTER Open platform. The platform automates frequently used contracts, increasing the efficiency of Plan International’s internal processes and thereby reducing the workload of its legal team.
Georgia Williams, Pro Bono Lawyer, commented: “Supporting our longstanding partner Plan International in using BRYTER Open is such an exciting way to amplify the impact of the organisation’s important work. Channelling the expertise of Linklaters’ innovation team into worthwhile pro bono projects and collaborating with BRYTER — which offers organisations like Plan International free access to its platform — will be a real game changer.”
A rapid response to dawn raids
Linklaters partnered with BRYTER at the end of 2021 to launch its Dawn Raid App, giving clients access to everything they need in the event of a dawn raid, so far covering 11 jurisdictions with guidance provided in 10 languages.
The multi-jurisdictional Dawn Raid App was built by the firm’s Practice Innovation lawyers in partnership with its Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group (AFIG), to support clients in the event of an unannounced inspection by antitrust authorities.
The customizable tool capitalizes on the dawn raid experiences and learnings of Linklaters’ experts worldwide to help teams manage a uniquely demanding crisis situation effectively and calmly – ensuring that everyone complies with their legal obligations.
In designing the tool, Emma Cochrane, BD Counsel – AFIG, commented: “Unannounced inspections or dawn raids by antitrust authorities require a rapid and coordinated response. We’ve worked to make it straightforward to access and really easy for our clients to understand the first steps in the event of a dawn raid and when to get in contact with our AFIG lawyers, wherever they may be in the world.”
The Dawn Raid App can be accessed on Linklaters’ website.
From leveraging leading technologies, to data and process mapping, Linklaters’ global practice innovation team prides itself on promoting the discovery, development and adoption of innovative ways of working, which improve the client and lawyer experience and increase efficiency.
The team already works closely with CreateiQ, Linklaters’ own contract lifecycle management platform, used by over 200 of its clients to automate the drafting, negotiation and execution of contracts. The team hopes that the partnership with BRYTER is the natural next step to turn ideas into impactful client solutions.
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About Linklaters LLP
Linklaters is a leading global law firm, supporting and investing in the future of our clients wherever they do business. We combine legal expertise with a collaborative and innovative approach to help clients navigate constantly evolving markets and regulatory environments, pursuing opportunities and managing risk worldwide.
Our 5,200 people, of which almost half are lawyers, are located across 31 offices in 21 countries. In order to offer our clients the highest quality advice, our lawyers across three divisions; Corporate, Dispute Resolution and Finance, specialise in industry sectors as well as practice areas.
BRYTER is the no-code app builder that enables business experts to build digital apps. BRYTER gives enterprise teams the tools to build digital applications to provide faster, more accurate services to their colleagues, without programming. BRYTER is especially geared to professionals in law, compliance, accounting and finance, who use workflow automation and no-code to streamline complex, recurring decisions and scenarios. Global brands from consumer industries (McDonald’s), through financial services (ING Banking Group) to professional service firms (Deloitte, PwC and KPMG), use BRYTER to deliver services digitally. BRYTER is a remote-first company with offices in New York, Boston, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin. www.bryter.com