K&L Gates

K&L Gates
Innovative Firms 2020

K&L Gates, a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents, has an active Australian innovation committee that champions the successful implementation of innovative products and projects. 

Recent highlights include: 

  • increased use of, and positive client feedback about, the firm’s Visual Communication of Legal Advice;
  • K&L Gates client portals that enable clients and lawyers to communicate remotely and seamlessly, managing projects, allocating tasks, creating documents, and capturing data in automated reports and visualisations;   
  • development and implementation of Matter Centre Projects, a product that digitises and simplifies property development management from contract to settlement;
  • legal drafting and document automation tools that provide streamlined document drafting internally; 
  • bespoke matter management tools that allow partners to closely manage and communicate to clients how actuals are progressing against estimates in matters; and
  • the use of artificial intelligence systems to drive data insights for contracts review, and developing a bespoke tool that uses AI to assist with financial advice compliance. 

K&L Gates also actively encourages its people to share creative ideas through the firm’s dedicated contribution portal, and rewards contributions through its national innovation awards.

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Activities that encourage an innovative mindset among K&L Gates' people across Australia include:  

  • Law Reimagined group, which cultivates innovative thinking among those who are young (in age and at heart) to share insights about the innovative ways they are working with clients;
  • #FutureLaw information series, where external thought leaders speak on topics like AI, blockchain, and data science; 
  • legal design labs, design sprints, and hack days, for bringing diverse people together for creative problem-solving; and
  • Practical Hacks series, which features young lawyers sharing tips on working innovatively. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, K&L Gates has launched a dedicated information hub to share frequent updates and thought leadership.

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