Richard Mabey

Key learnings from the Tech GC report webinar

Scaling legal
August 25, 2020

Juro recently hosted a webinar, focusing on key points from our 2020 Tech GC report: from business enablement, to contracts and technology, to the impact of COVID-19.

The tech GC report webinar delivered insights from some of the brightest minds in legal, working at some of the world's fastest-growing companies. Speakers included:

  • James Sullivan, head of legal and company secretary (VP), Monzo
  • Carolyn Jameson, chief legal and policy officer, Trustpilot
  • Francesca Porter, general counsel, Onfido
Get the full recording from our Tech GC report webinar here.

Amongst the valuable insights and live Q&A, each of our speakers found common ground around our three topics: business enablement, contracts and technology, and COVID-19. It's interesting to see how, despite the differences in legal roles and companies, the priorities remain the same. Here are the key learnings from each section of the Tech GC report.

Align with the business - always 🚀

When asked about how legal teams can add value to the wider business, Francesca Porter said:

Your priorities should always link back to company strategy. It can be hard to get that granular information on what your team is spending time on and how you can shift it to drive value. Looking at the company's strategy and understanding legal's priorities can help you take a more proactive approach

Use the technology you have 💻

We discussed contracts and technology, and finding a solution that could automate legal processes. James Sullivan emphasized the importance of easy adoption - and there's nothing easier to adopt than a tech solution teams are already using.

He said:

Make use of existing tools. The key is to have something that is easy to adopt - the more complex the solution, the more training you need to provide, the more difficult it will be to implement

Share knowledge, stay connected 💬

When asked about the impact of the pandemic on legal's ways of working, Carolyn Jameson said:

There are positives and negatives to the experience. A positive is that this has opened everyone's eyes to the potential of working from home. But negatively, my team is now distributed, and I was still at the phase of getting to know them. We haven't had an opportunity to build on those relationships

Perhaps now more than ever, there's a need for distributed teams to drive company culture - and it was great hearing about how high-growth companies like Monzo, Trustpilot and Onfido are working to maintain that level of unity.

Richard Mabey is the CEO and co-founder of Juro

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