Lawyer Profile Clare Francis

As well as being a Partner in our Commercial Team I also head up the Innovation Hub for our Birmingham Office.  Innovation is central to everything we do at Pinsent Masons.  Whether it is finding new ways to deliver our legal services or ensuring we use our working environment in more innovative and collaborative ways – it is all with the common goal of doing things differently, more efficiently and making our careers and working environments more rewarding.

The Innovation Hub is how we bring together all of the great ideas.  We hold regular ‘stand-ups’ with flip charts and no rules to get people’s creative minds at work – coming up with new ideas and/or addressing challenges we face as a business.  Some of our best ideas have come through the hubs.  My role is to facilitate these meetings and also to stay connected with the hubs in other offices and practice groups.  I also have an important role in promoting the success of some of our people’s great ideas that have been implemented.

Knowing about all the innovations in the business has meant I have been able to apply this within my own practice area.  Brexit has presented our clients with unprecedented challenges from a legal perspective.  We have created Brexit Contracting Solution which is a holistic end-to-end solution to help clients address Brexit risks in their commercial contracts.  For example, they will need to review their existing contracts – many will have thousands to review.  We are using our artificial intelligence platform to help with the heavy lifting and enable us to support clients quickly and efficiently – giving them a real competitive advantage.

Shaping the future of legal services through innovation is exciting and rewarding.  I didn’t learn about it at law school (this technology didn’t even exist!) but it’s one of the great opportunities that working at Pinsent Masons presents.  Finding new and interesting way to deliver legal services is a real differentiator and enables us to move with the times and give our clients some real added benefits.