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ELTA to offer members collaboration and knowledge sharing with new partner, HighQ

ELTA is pleased to announce a partnership with legal technology provider HighQ. The partnership will enable ELTA and its members to collaborate and share knowledge securely using the HighQ platform.

ELTA supports legal tech communities across Europe including law firms, legal tech companies, in-house lawyers, companies, start-ups and individuals. The organisation plans to use HighQ as a platform for the exchange of ideas and resources as well as to facilitate real-time communication and help create a library of content as a resource for members.

“With a growing membership, the circle of our Ambassadors constantly increasing and the formation of first national expert chapters, ELTA has now reached a level of complexity as an international organisation which requires professional management and collaboration tools,” ELTA chair Tobias Heining said. “We are very happy to engage in this partnership with HighQ and are looking forward to mutual benefits as we further improve our work with our community of legal innovators.”

In addition to improving collaboration and knowledge sharing among members, ELTA will leverage the value of the platform to manage projects, securely share files and access powerful integrations with other leading technology partners.

“HighQ is excited to have a partnership with an organisation dedicated to the advanced use and application of technology in the legal industry,” said Martin Rohde, HighQ’s strategic partner manager, EMEA. “We look forward to providing ELTA with technology that will better connect its members and foster meaningful collaboration between legal tech users and developers.”

About HighQ
HighQ empowers leading law firms to transform the way they work and deliver value to their clients. We unite internal and external teams with digital transaction management, social collaboration, secure file sharing and more, enabling firms to ensure data security, improve client engagement and drive efficiency and productivity.

About the European Legal Tech Association
Created in 2016, strong of 322 member institutions or individual members from 33 countries, ELTA is made up of law firms, companies, legal technology providers, start-ups and individuals in Europe. The association considers itself as a specific platform for the promotion of knowledge about — and possible application of — technological and software-based solutions in the legal market, as well as their uses in companies, law firms, start-ups and other initiatives active in this field.

Contact:
Tobias Heining
President
tobias.heining@lta-online.eu

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The European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) renews its board of directors.

The European Legal Tech Association (ELTA) renewed its board of directors last week. Tobias Heining is ELTA’s new president. A founding member of ELTA, he is also Director of Business Development and Communications for CMS in Germany. Heining has extensive experience in the development of technology-based legal advisory products. From his point of view, “digitization will have a dominant footprint in the legal market, as it puts a focus on usability, accelerates commoditization, enables new ways of collaboration and allows scalability of legal services beyond human resources”. Therefore, his first objective will be to convince all people affected by this massive transformation to “think positively and become active designers of their own professional future”.

In its board of directors, Heining will be surrounded by professionals who are active in the fields of innovation and Legal Tech. One of its main supports will be María Jesús González-Espejo, co-founder of the Instituto de Innovación Legal and managing partner of Emprendelaw, expert in legal design thinking and promoter of innovative events such as the hackathon #HackTheJustice or the Legal Design Challenge. González-Espejo, who was already a member of ELTA’s previous board of directors, will assume a more proactive role in the design and development of the association’s activities. For her, “jurists are already aware that digital transformation must be among their priorities”, to which she added that “they also need to have a global vision, because technology may or may not come from abroad. Collective knowledge and diverse backgrounds are critical, and it is precisely something that ELTA affiliation will bring them.

Hariolf Wenzler, who has served as President since ELTA’s founding, becomes treasurer. He is the head of business development, marketing and communications of Baker Mckenzie’s EMEA+ offices and a member of the firm’s global innovation committee. He helped set up ReInvent Law, the first legal innovation hub in continental Europe.

Finally, Marie Bernard and Jeroen Zweers remain in the executive board. Bernard is the founder and managing director of Bleu de Prusse, a business transformation consultancy and Zweers is the innovation director of Kennedy Van der Laan, a Dutch law firm.

The new Board has set itself an agenda aimed at achieving the following objectives: to represent the Legal Tech industry interests at the European Union; to promote the solutions that Legal Tech can provide to lawyers, to create a professional network of people interested in its development and to contribute to the training of its members on the applications of
technology for the legal sector.

About ELTA: ELTA is made up of law firms, companies, legal technology providers, start-ups and individuals in Europe. The association considers itself as a specific platform for the promotion of knowledge about – and possible application of – technological and softwarebased solutions in the legal market, as well as their uses in companies, law firms, start-ups and other initiatives active in this field.

Contact us:

María Jesús González-Espejo

Tel. +34 650 78 15 92 – E-mail: maria@institutodeinnovacionlegal.com

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ELTA’s first Ambassador Meeting

On November 21st ELTA had its first ELTA Ambassador Meeting with his Ambassadors from Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine and Russia. The agenda of the meeting hosted by CMS France was fully packed.

After a short welcome and introduction by ELTA Chairman Hariolf Wenzler, we jumped into the discussion about the definition of the Ambassadors’ role including responsibilities, goals, commitment, and tasks, as well as the role of the Ambassadors’ group within the ELTA ecosystem as think tank, local representatives, promoters and connectors, adding perspectives  and insights from the legal tech scene from all across Europe and also contributing content and knowledge to existing and future ELTA products.

Particularly the latter will be of high relevance, as ELTA was founded and is meant to be an association of members. Accordingly, offering added value to the members is and should be paramount to the organisation. Several ideas to achieve this goal already were presented by different Ambassadors, and discussed and further elaborated in the course of the meeting. The Ambassadors also agreed on supporting each other and on sharing their experiences in setting up regional legal tech communities to further drive the ELTA spirit locally.

This very constructive and result-oriented first Ambassadors’ meeting was rounded off by a dinner accompanied by an inspiring key note from Brian Kuhn, Global Leader and Co-Creator of IBM Watson Legal. Thanks a lot to Brian for joining us in Paris and to all participants for the great exchange of ideas, conversations, contributions and lively discussions. Looking forward to working with you all in the coming years.

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