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The innovators: Sophie Braggins, CEO Govet Quilliam

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Sophie Braggins
Sophie Braggins

LawFest organiser Andrew King continues a series of interviews with key legal professionals with their innovation and legaltech stories.

What does legal innovation mean to you?

It means opportunity and optimism in the face of a demanding, evolving and unknown future.

What role does technology play in innovation?

Technology and a future-focused mindset are critical to enabling innovation in the legal sector.

Both will allow us to engage in ambitious projects that support creative thought, new learnings and competitive edge.

What pressures are organisations facing in the delivery of legal services?

The pressure is certainly real. Clients, community and colleagues alike are eager to participate in the new wave of legal service delivery.

For Govett Quilliam, a firm with a 130-year history, we’re moving purposefully to address the pressures. We’re doing this by considering our strategic directions, adapting to more collaborative work-styles, incrementally adopting useful technology and embracing transformation as a team.

As an industry, we have the potential to deliver significant social value through improved legal services; services that improve the experience and the outcome, and that’s exciting.

What opportunities has legal innovation brought you?

Of particular note, I think legal innovation has allowed us to explore the strategic and social opportunities, as a team.

Although not early adopters of ‘legal-tech’, our firm has a strong future-focus which is undoubtedly recognised by our community and clients.

Having a commitment to changing the established ways of working is also assisting our efforts to attract and retain exceptional people, and appeal to an entrepreneurial international market of clients; both enduring challenges for regional firms.

What are some of your tips to start innovating or developing an innovative mindset?

I believe that inspiration is at the heart of any innovative organisation. For us at GQ, this means ensuring our team understands and is excited by the journey of change.

Create an innovation and opportunities committee, relentlessly encourage collaboration and creative thinking, develop partnerships with clever operators, invest in useful technology, and create an engaging environment that people enjoy working in.

Why is it important for legal professionals to continue to learn about legal innovation and leveraging technology?

Our people need to commit to continuous learning. In fact our collective comfort around change is critical to our success as a profession.

It’s now our role as leaders to gently and respectfully introduce legal-tech and innovative practices as the ‘new norm’.

Andrew King is organiser of LawFest 2019, which will be held in Auckland on 21 March 2019. Sophie Braggins will be one of the speakers at this event.

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