About the 2018 Forum

Thomson Reuters Practical Law is delighted to host the 7th Annual Knowledge Management Forum.

Technology is racing forward and continues to change. In the legal world firms are adopting technology at different rates and by different means, but how does this impact on recruitment and resourcing? What new skills will Knowledge professionals need to perform successfully in an increasingly tech enabled environment? Is there an expectation from clients for law firms to invest more in legal technology? Will business models change as firms move from buying technology solutions to partnering with technology start-ups to develop their own solutions?

Our forum aims to look at the people who make knowledge work, not just the technological innovations and their impacts. This year we also consider the in-house legal team and how they are succeeding without access to large budgets. We will map how information moves through an organisation as new employees join and retire, and also look at how AI might shed light on information hidden in matter data and analytics

The agenda is being developed in conjunction with our Advisory Board and aims to not only provide stimulating topics for Knowledge professionals and PSL professionals in law firms, but also knowledge and information roles in-house.

Many of the panellists and speakers are Knowledge Managers with first-hand experience of the issues raised, and this year we are also involving more of those technology companies who are driving innovation in the KM sector.

The Forum is open to all delegates from private practice and in-house legal departments who work with knowledge, information, data and libraries services.

Key themes being discussed this year:

  • What technology should I be looking at now, and why?
  • Legal-tech, start-ups: changing the way we think about technology innovation and new business models for partnering with providers
  • What does the increasing use of technology and data mean for knowledge lawyers and PSLs, and how will we recruit for the necessary skills in the future?
  • Upgrading and developing your intranet: Satisfying multiple requirements, understanding your user story, and LPM
  • In-house KM and legal operations: Making K work without the £ to support your legal function and use of legal process improvement
  • Matter tracking and analytics: Making sense of and exploiting data. Possible use cases for AI
  • Knowledge is power: leavers, starters, and retirement – how are you keeping knowledge in your organisation? People and the wisdom of strangers
  • Working with a geographically dispersed knowledge function
  • Client expectations
  • What is the role of KM in your innovation agenda?
  • Collaboration: Are you speaking the same language?

We asked our delegates what they most enjoyed about the 2017 Forum, here’s what they said:

“Breakout option ‘Client focus’. Relevant, knowledge sharing with peers and clients, entertaining facilitation, on the spot visualisation of results“

– Helen Watson, Knowledge & Information Manager, Michelmores


“The roundtable discussion section was very helpful”

– Amy Wren, Knowledge Lawyer, Farrer & Co


“Interactive session after lunch – chance to talk openly with other delegates, also more varied set of speakers”

– Kathy Jacob, Head of Knowledge and Information, Financial Ombudsman


“Great people in the room, good conversations, nice to see a blend of people/process/tech km”

– John Hovell, Organisational Development Lead, BAE Systems


“Round table and discussions as it enabled networking and exchanging of ideas in smaller groups”

– Darron Chapman, Director, CB Resourcing

To view the 2017 website, including the agenda, speakers, sponsors and more please click here.

2017 delegates included:

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Allen & Overy
  • Ashurst
  • BAE Systems
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Baringa Partners
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Bevan Brittan
  • Bircham Dyson Bell
  • Bird & Bird
  • Blake Morgan
  • BLM
  • BWB
  • Carey Olsen
  • CB Resourcing
  • Charles Russell Speechlys
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Cooley (UK)
  • Cripps
  • Dechert
  • DLA Piper UK
  • DWF
  • EMW Law
  • European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
  • European Central Bank
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Farrer & Co
  • Fieldfisher
  • Foot Anstey
  • Government Legal Department
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells International
  • Holman Fenwick Willan
  • Holmes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors
  • HSBC
  • Huge INC
  • Ince & Co
  • Irwin Mitchell
  • Kennedys
  • Law Society Gazette
  • Legal IT Insider
  • Lexology
  • LibSource
  • Lucozade Ribena Suntory
  • Luminance
  • Manzama
  • Matheson
  • Mayer Brown International
  • Michelmores
  • Mishcon de Reya
  • Mourant Ozannes
  • Nabarro
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Ogier
  • Penningtons Manches
  • RAVN Systems
  • Reed Smith
  • RPC
  • Sarah Brown Consulting
  • See Research
  • Shoosmiths
  • Skadden
  • Stevens & Bolton
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Thrings Solicitors
  • Tiger Eye Consulting
  • TLT
  • Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci
  • Travers Smith
  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards
  • Weightmans