The Challenge

How can the legal profession change to better manage generational differences, inclusivity and diversity for future business success?

The Winners

The winning team will be presented with £5,000 prize money and a write up in the The American Lawyer, Legal Week, LegalTech News and Corporate Counsel magazines, with a distribution of over 1.7 million.

The Criteria

  • Your idea can address one or all aspects of the challenge: improving the management of generational differences, inclusivity and diversity.
  • It must be practical and if it involves financial investment, you should state how much
  • It could be a small project involving a single law firm or in-house legal department; or it could be industry wide
  • You must be able to demonstrate that your idea is unique
  • Your idea need not focus on the delivery of legal advice; it could focus on law firm management and operations or education and training.
  • Any teams must be a maximum of five people. All law firm employees are able to apply except partners. Law students are encouraged to apply.

The Narrator

John Malpas

Publishing Director, Legal Week

The Judges

Dr Sandie Okoro

Senior Vice-President and World Bank Group General Counsel, Washington DC

Andrew Garard

Group Legal Director & Company Secretary, ITV

Louise Pentland

EVP, Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer

Sabine Chalmers

Former Chief Legal Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, New York

Jeremy Barton

General Counsel, KPMG, 

LegalTalent shortlist in full:

Howard Kennedy
Five lawyers and trainees at Howard Kennedy – Anastasia Demetriou, Adam Fellows, Ajay Prithwi, Nikita Sellers and Phoebe Morris – are proposing Avattorney, a virtual reality lawyer service intended to be accessible to all, improving access to justice for clients and work/life balance for lawyers.

Simmons & Simmons
Simmons dispute resolution associates Tessa Jones, Minesh Tanna, Caroline Henzell and Katie Dyson, together with business manager Catherine Tsang, are proposing the use of new technology/AI to tackle unconscious bias in email communications. The technology will allow users to understand whether their emails reveal evidence of bias across generations, race, gender or socioeconomic background.

The realist
Clifford Chance trainee Ralitsa Todorova wants to boost productivity and work/life balance by taking an idea already in place in many banks and introducing it to the legal profession as ’The Mandatory Holiday’. This would ensure all lawyers are forced to take two weeks’ leave in a single block at least once a year.

Osborne Clarke trainees Rebecca Chui and Busayo Yusuff have teamed up with admin assistant Aaron Lee to come up with an online tool intended to look at diversity within firms from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective, offering identification, monitoring and reporting functions. The tool, which will address generational differences, diversity and inclusion within firms, is also meant to encourage active dialogue between employees and senior management about diversity.

The Transparency Project
Fieldfisher trainee Charles Carman and UCL law student Klara Iochem want to reveal the hidden inequalities within law firms through a new ‘Remuneration Disclosure Requirement’ that would effectively force firms to reveal their gender and ethnicity pay gaps by disclosing all lawyer and partner salaries to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

This five-person team of individuals from NetApp and Elevate want to transform the profession through the Millennial T-Shaped Lawyer Incubator, which is intended to partner with law firms, companies, law schools and tech providers to devise a standardised legal operations training course in collaboration with the Corporate Legal Ops Consortium.

Team Brookes
Oxford Brookes law students Kriss Sprules and Amirul Anas Abdul Aziz want to provide a binary solution to a non-binary society, promoting the inclusion of the non-binary gender community within the legal profession and wider business community.

Ebor Rex
York University law students Bryony Whitaker, Peter Redshaw, Ghazaleh Habibifar and Ben Capel are proposing Branching Forward – an app focused on connecting school age science, technology, engineering and maths students with the legal profession to encourage them to pursue a career in law.

Paralegals Andy Norman and Douglas Bray are proposing a video-based solution aimed at increasing access to justice for all via YouTube.

Durham University A1
Durham students Alexandros Athanasopoulos and Shivani Tara Munshani want to reform mental health and wellbeing policies within the legal profession with their Illuminate Project.

Northern Boys
Newcastle University students Kieran Barrow and Oliver Smith want to create an Objectivity app intended to increase transparency into firms’ diversity statistics and level the playing field for students at application stage, regardless of their background.

Law students Lisa Victoria Obono Azeme and Christelle Kazumba want to improve inclusivity within the legal profession by making knowledge and understanding of the English legal system compulsory within schools in a bid to reduce crime by increasing awareness.

University of Kent law student Jordan Potter wants to introduce the AlterView Legal Education Programme, which would integrate law firms and schools through an educational programme around gender, sexuality and cultural differences intended to dissolve outdated discriminative opinions.

Law student Queenie Djan and Leigh Day events manager Yolanda Kibuukamusoke have put forward Lawyer Like Me – which would organise and host moots focused on engaging minorities to boost diversity. It would link minority lawyers at firms with secondary schools.

Laura Gale
Paul Robinson Solicitors’ property paralegal Laura Gale has entered YourLaw Portal alone. The idea is intended to improve individual’s access to the profession and to up to date information on their case through an online portal containing all the latest case details.

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Fifteen teams set to battle it out in first Dragons’ Den-style LegalTalent competition

The judges will announce the winner and runners up at The After Party – a celebratory evening dedicated to the brightest minds and game changers in the legal industry, taking place from 6.30pm on 29 November 2017.



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