Ask the Expert: How technology is changing legal terms and practices
17th September 2020 Virtual Event Ask The Expert (ATE) Webinars
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Technology is starting to change the way contracts are formed, communicated, managed and litigated. A big question is how fundamental that change will be. For example, will we simply automate what’s done today, to improve efficiency? Or will changes be much more far-reaching - for example, driving new levels of standardization of terms and introducing innovation in dispute resolution? Will we see the use of alternative legal codes and the decline of traditional choices of jurisdiction? 

In this webinar, we discuss these important and challenging questions with one of the world’s most experienced change leaders, at the forefront of this evolution.

  • 8:00 am Seattle
  • 11:00 am New York / Caracas / Santo Domingo
  • 4:00 pm London / Lagos / Lisbon
  • 5:00 pm Paris / Cape Town 
  • 6:00 pm Helsinki / Amman / Moscow / Doha 
  • 7:00 pm Dubai
  • 8:30 pm Mumbai
  • 11:00 pm Perth / Singapore / Beijing

Our Experts:

Tim Cummins - Executive Team, IACCMTim Cummins, President, IACCM. Professor Tim Cummins is founder and President of the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM). He was inspired to start the Association by his work at the IBM Corporation, where he led global re-engineering of the contracting process and commercial organization. Through worldwide benchmarks, he recognized the importance of developing contract and commercial management as a distinct business discipline and competency. His research and influence have been recognized through appointment as a Professor of International Commercial & Contract Management in the school of law at the University of Leeds, and in 2019 as the winner of the Financial Times ‘Market Shaper’ Award.

Prior to founding IACCM, Tim had a successful career in Corporate Finance and Commercial Management, working and leading high-value negotiations in the banking, automotive, aerospace, technology and services sectors. He was also a co-founder in two successful start-up businesses in the travel and technology industry. Tim is an active participant on a number of boards and commissions, with particular focus on matters such as public policy, social value and innovation. He is a regular keynote speaker at business and academic conferences.


Mark Beer OBE. Mark Beer OBE is Co-Founder of the University of Oxford’s Deep Technology Dispute Resolution Lab; Chairman of The Metis Institute; Former President of the International Association for Court Administration; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Legal Action Network; a member of the Commercial Dispute Resolution Taskforce, part of the UK Government’s ‘LawTech Delivery Panel’; advisor to the Board of Resolve Disputes Online; a member of The Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice focused on addressing United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16.3; a Professional Associate with Outer Temple Chambers; a lawyer with Keystone Law and a member of the International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Previously he was Chief Executive of the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority; Registrar General and a Small Claims Tribunal judge of the DIFC Courts; and Registrar to the Dubai World Tribunal. Beer is also a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford; a member of the Advisory Council of Lady Margaret Hall; a Visiting Professor at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law; a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for the Justice sector and a legal commentator on China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.




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