A sneak peek at some of the insights Taylor Wessing innovation manager Laura Bygrave will share at Legal Cheek ’s ‘Creativity, innovation and the law’ event tomorrow evening Taylor Wessing innovation manager Laura Bygrave Identifying new opportunities to use technology, creating new products to challenge and improve the shape of client service delivery, and establishing internal efficiencies through use of artificial intelligence are just some of the things Taylor Wessing innovation manager Laura Bygrave is involved in. It’s an exciting line of work and one she didn’t think she’d end up in as a law grad almost seven years ago.

Bygrave studied law at the University of Leeds, but it was her desire not to specialise “too early” and instead do something with a strong business focus that led her away from the more traditional paths trodden by her wannabe lawyer peers.

Fresh from law school, bright-eyed Bygrave, who turned down a training contract offer, landed a business consultancy role at Hydrogen Group, a recruitment firm covering sectors including law and technology. She then moved to big four accountancy giant EY. Five years and a series of promotions later, Bygrave, who by now was a project manager in EY’s tech innovation team, was ready for a new challenge.

A challenge that came earlier this summer in the form of Taylor Wessing and a newly-created innovation manager role.

So what’s life like on the innovation frontline? Bygrave explains how she works with lawyers at every level of the firm, from partners right through to trainees, streamlining processes using technology in a bid to save both time and money. “Our open-door policy really helps generate ideas,” says Bygrave. Indeed, a core part of the firm’s innovation strategy is collaboration and blended teams of lawyers of all seniority coming together to discuss tech solutions.

Bygrave’s work doesn’t stop there. The innovation specialist also collaborates with Taylor Wessing’s clients (these range from start-ups right through to multinationals) to develop new products and help revolutionise the way it provides legal services. One such project is ‘TW:detect’. Though still in its piloting phase, the firm is working with cybersecurity developer […]

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