Commercial partner Tony Randle has been announced as LawTech lead in a new collaboration between the West Midlands’ largest and most well-established businesses and emerging tech firms aiming to accelerate a technology revolution in professional services.
Tony joins other business leaders from Wesleyan, Bruntwood, CBRE and Birmingham Law Society, including others, who are working with the region’s 12,500 leading tech and digital companies to see how they can integrate AI and advanced technology into their everyday activities.
SuperTech – the first professional services technology (ProfTech) supercluster in the UK – aims to increase technology-led productivity gains within business and professional services organisations.
Tony, who will lead the LawTech arm, is one of eight industry leaders from finance, law, property and technology have been chosen to head up SuperTech including David Stewart, group chief operating officer at Wesleyan, Simon Davis CEO of Nimbus Maps along with Inez Brown, president of Birmingham Law Society.
Tony said: “If you look at where the investment is going in law, it is centred towards “New Law” businesses that are able to leverage technology to improve and automate processes. Massive change is coming, and tech is going to play a crucial role in determining whether law firms thrive or fail. At Shoosmiths we are very firmly standing behind SuperTech in supporting its goal of promoting much greater integration of technology in law and the wider professional services community.”
SuperTech will also encourage those who have developed solutions for finance and other sectors to consider how they might be able to adapt and open up markets in property, law and insurance with direct access to West Midland businesses in all fields.
Inez Brown, president of Birmingham Law Society and second legal lead, said: “Birmingham has a deep-rooted heritage in legal and professional services, which if leveraged successfully through tech, gives the UK a major competitive advantage in emerging industries of tomorrow.
“Being part of SuperTech allows us to ensure that it is not just the largest legal businesses that are able to integrate tech into their operation but all firms.”
To find out more and get involved in SuperTech visit: www.supertechwm.com or follow SuperTech on LinkedIn and Twitter.