Even before Brexit, many global industries were facing big shifts in the way they operated; none more so than the legal industry. The rise of in-house legal teams at big corporates, the demand for efficiency and the opportunity/threat posed by new technologies to previously skilled, human work will bring about major change for lawyers, their firms and their clients. So when Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms, brought the managing partners of approximately 100 law firms together, they decided to explore these problems to understand better what the future holds.
Working with long-standing partners, management gurus Møller PSF Group, Crystal Interactive adapted Møller’s proprietary card based approach to legal scenario planning so that the delegates could benefit from Crystal’s unique Collaborate App.
Derek Klyhn from Møller provided the industry expertise and insights with Chris Elmitt of Crystal Interactive co-facilitating the session. Managing partners formed into small teams each with a deck of playing cards, with each card outlining a current or future trend in the legal industry. Teams first grouped the trends by likelihood and by level of impact. They then entered their chosen cards onto the Crystal provided iPad. From here, they grouped the cards into scenarios and submitted their scenarios, via the iPads, for other teams to review. All the delegates then prioritised the list of scenarios and developed working teams to address the high-priority issues.