Speakers

Catherine Hammon, Digital Transformation Knowledge Lawyer

Ray Berg, UK Managing Partner

Simon Hobday, Energy Partner

Chair

Tom Connelly, Legal Cheek Editor Key themes

The impact of protectionist policies on international trade and the legal market

The turning economic cycle

Cryptocurrency, cyber-security and regulation of Big Tech Climate change and the green economy Entering the legal profession today: the skills future lawyers need to succeed The speakers’ career journeys and training contract application advice Osborne Clarke is an award-winning multinational legal practice. They have grown rapidly, with 26 offices around the world and they are proud to say that their influence and impact can be applied almost anywhere.We were told that the core sectors they work in all thrive on innovation; digital business, energy, financial services, life sciences, real estate, retail, recruitment and transport. Their sector teams include lawyers from all legal disciplines, effortlessly blending expertise, insight and enthusiasm. Crucially, they describe their thinking as ‘sector-first’, organising themselves around the current affairs and future challenges of the industries they serve, rather than traditional practice areas.The event focused on the themes listed above and we were kicked off with a quote “uncertainty is the new certainty”, and told how, as a firm, Osborne Clarke thrive on understanding the changes in the law and how to move forward in the future. Artificial Intelligence (AI), technology, autonomous cars, cryptocurrencies, blockchains and Green Energy were all concepts touched on during the evening.When it comes to autonomous vehicles, it is difficult to question where responsibility will lie. Interestingly the Law Commission published their second consultation paper on this very topic in October 2019. Interested parties have until January 2020 to respond. You can read the first consultation paper and analysis of the responses via the Law Commission website . On the one hand, you have the technology specialist who works on and develops the AI, and on the other hand, you have the car manufacturers. The technological specialist will run several tests, and if the risk of danger is 1 in 99, they will run it and declare the driverless […]

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