Berwin Leighton Paisner at the end of July launched a senior corporate counsel legal tech discussion portal and Legal IT Insider spoke to head of strategic client technology, Bruce Braude about how it will work in practice.

Called Tech Talk, the HighQ-based platform will enable GCs to discuss how they leverage technology and data analytics. It was borne out of internal round tables hosted by BLP, in which GCs ended up discussing among themselves how they use technology and the issues they have.

The initiative is being led by Braude, who alongside a number of BLP colleagues will feed ideas and insights into the portal. Senior corporate counsel must request login details and the portal is closed to outsiders (particularly vendors, for obvious reasons).

Braude told Legal IT Insider: “We’re seeing a growing interest from senior counsel, who are seeing how tech is disrupting the market and are interested in the opportunities around data analytics. There is a growing interest in terms of what should they be doing and what hurdles they need to overcome, which they are really keen on exploring with other GCs who have been through these types of journeys.”

The intention is for BLP to feed in updates on interesting legal tech developments including video demonstrations of key technologies to help implementation. The portal will also provide access to material and summaries from BLP’s roundtable sessions, the last of which focused on an introduction to document automation. No-one connected with the in-house legal market will be surprised to hear that one of the main topics of conversation on Tech Talk has been contract lifecycle management, including how to best capture data, automate a corporate’s obligations and apply data analytics.

The site is accessible at www.gctechtalk.com in desktop and mobile friendly formats.