09 Dec 2016

Linklaters lawyers to learn coding under new innovation scheme

The firm wants to upskill its team to meet the evolving demands of modern lawyering.


In April, managing partner Gideon Moore launched a partner-led global innovation team to help steer the firm’s uptake of new technologies and management systems. Led by London-based partner Paul Lewis, Singapore-based partner Sophie Mathur and Frankfurt-based partner Christian Storck, the innovation scheme includes plans to help modernise the skillsets of Linklaters’ lawyers by teaching them how to harness new technologies for legal work. A pilot program that teaches lawyers how to code, which is now underway at the firm, was reportedly the brainchild of a Linklaters trainee. ‘We see coding as very useful for lawyers who are involved in technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts and AI,’ Mr Lewis told Legal Business. ‘But, at an even more basic level, it’s also just useful for lawyers to have a grounding in computational logic – it complements all sorts of traditional legal skills.’

Source: Legal Business