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Interlaw Helps Eliminate Global Boundaries

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Interlaw last weekend supported and participated in the KickOff of LawWithoutWalls 2017.

LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) is an established and highly successful legal education programme, which provides law students from around the world with the entrepreneurial and business skills they need to succeed in their future careers. It’s a truly global programme that combines virtual working and learning with two face-to-face meet-ups, allowing those involved to learn from each other, developing ideas and projects that will help them meet their clients’ needs in the years to come and advance the future practice of law by suggesting creative solutions to real life legal industry issues.

The programme aligns well with Interlaw’s ethos, as it aims to break down global boundaries and supports the collaborative working of many different cultures across the globe. Professional development and developing emerging talent across the world are also a key focus as part of the corporate responsibility activity of the organisation.

Interlaw is supporting an international team of students to create a proposed solution for a project called ‘Lawyering beyond borders: How can global legal practices streamline multi-jurisdictional working by leveraging virtual tech?’

As technology continues to make the world a smaller place, this subject will become ever-more important. As an organisation, Interlaw seeks to collaboratively provide clients with the greatest possible advantage when working globally. It is asking the students involved to think about how legal cross-border working processes can be made as streamlined and simple as possible, and to consider how global legal practices, such as Interlaw, can take advantage of the digital revolution. Can multicultural differences be overcome? Could there be a future model for a truly virtual legal practice?

Interlaw is currently developing its own virtual tech software and infrastructure, in areas such as client management and referral systems, and is deeply interested to see what the lawyers of the future suggest to enhance multi-jurisdictional working. Great ideas will be incorporated into our current approach, where we offer clients flexible yet personal on-the-ground legal teams wherever in the world they want to do business.

Pictured: Glenn Cunningham, Interlaw Vice-Chair and partner at Interlaw member firm Shipman & Goodwin LLP, who will be attending the LawWithoutWalls KickOff 14-15 January 2017 at Harvard Law School.