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Burness Paull lawyer becomes first accredited legal technologist

Sam Moore, Innovation Manager at Burness Paull, has been awarded ‘Accredited Legal Technologist’ status by the Law Society of Scotland (LSS).

The new professional standard is the first of its kind in the UK and was launched to reflect the growing impact of technology within the legal sector - and with it the emergence of specialist roles such as legal process engineer, legal analyst, and legal technologist.

Moore is the first candidate to have met the strict criteria, which tests candidates on their knowledge of and experience in delivering legal tech innovation. A qualified and practicing solicitor in Burness Paull’s Technology & Commercial team, he is also the firm’s first dedicated Innovation Manager. 

It’s a role which sees him lead business transformation projects within the firm to identify opportunities for making best use of technology. These can range from using automation and Artificial Intelligence to streamline filing and company administration workflows, taking advantage of new capabilities such as online filing and digital execution, to helping clients to manage large data projects involving complex compliance obligations. 

Commenting on the new accredited status, Burness Paull managing partner Tamar Tammes said: “Until now ‘legal technologist’ has only been loosely defined, and while that’s been great for early adoption we think it’s positive to see the Law Society of Scotland putting a framework in place for a recognised specialism. Our hope is that many talented individuals like Sam who are involved in legal technology see this as a roadmap for their own development, and as a way to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to employers and clients alike. 

“Tech is becoming an increasingly powerful enabler in legal services with benefits in terms of speed, accuracy and cost. There has been a massive increase in new technologies aimed at the legal industry. 

“It’s important that as a firm we closely monitor the market, and that we’re committed to investing time and money researching and piloting new approaches or products for improved service delivery. We know that we can’t implement every promising idea out there, so we feel it’s important to have a good understanding of the market and invest wisely in the best prospects. By making smart use of the right technology, paired with the best people, our clients and employees can both see real benefits.” 

Lorna Jack, Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland added: “Our view is that legal technologists will work with other legal professionals to deliver and present legal advice to clients differently, improve knowledge management techniques and reduce time spent on repetitive, labour intensive tasks. 

“We hope that as the status develops over time this will become a quality mark that all working in legal technology will wish to hold as it provides assurance to the public, clients and to the legal profession.”

05 December 19