The partnership enriches Reed Smith’s existing offering from its award-winning in-house practice innovation and Gravity Stack teams whose expertise includes the use of market-leading technology to map and automate legal processes for the firm’s clients.
Reed Smith began working with BRYTER in 2020 to pilot an initial range of services which has successfully led to the creation of new digital solutions for clients that are now being extended throughout the firm and will be integrated with its Oursite client collaboration portal.
In addition to benefitting the firm’s clients, the platform will enhance the Legal Technology Summer Associate Program – an innovative placement that combines the traditional summer legal experience with a technology focus. This program sees summer associates work with Reed Smith lawyers and the firm’s innovation team to develop creative and innovative, technology-driven solutions - further equipping lawyers with the skills they need for the legal practice of tomorrow.
Adam Curphey, Reed Smith’s innovation engagement senior manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BRYTER to give us increased flexibility in providing innovative solutions to our clients, who continue to expect more than the traditional legal advice. This platform will allow us to create products bespoke to our clients, to help improve their businesses, as well as improving how we operate internally.”
“Our aim is to remain at the forefront of developments in the market by making innovation a part of our everyday practice, whether that is in the service we offer to our clients or in the way we train and educate our lawyers.”
BRYTER’s CEO and co-founder, Michael Grupp said: "Law firms like Reed Smith are market leaders in how they approach legal service delivery. Using BRYTER they can focus on providing real value to their clients through cost-effective, technology-enabled solutions that meet more of their clients’ needs. Part of being able to deliver these solutions means having the right expertise, and again Reed Smith demonstrates the foresight in incorporating technology into legal training and work experience.”
The partnership with BRYTER is the latest initiative in Reed Smith's global push for innovation. Last October, the firm launched its Innovation Seasons program where the firm spends three months dedicated to a single innovation theme in order to provide lawyers, business services staff and clients across the globe a grounding in innovation concepts. The first season focused on data while the current season is on design thinking and legal design.
In addition, Reed Smith encourages its lawyers to engage and participate in innovation projects by recognising up to 50 ‘Innovation Hours’ towards billable-hour targets for fee earners each year, and in April 2020 the firm launched the Now & Next initiative which is designed to proactively address clients’ legal needs by building tech-based solutions, with an aim to divert spare lawyer capacity to those projects during the pandemic.
Each project exemplifies Reed Smith's on-going, pioneering work to transform legal services.
About Reed Smith
Reed Smith is a dynamic international law firm dedicated to helping clients move their businesses forward. With an inclusive culture and innovative mindset, we deliver smarter, more creative legal services that drive better outcomes for our clients. Our deep industry knowledge, long-standing relationships and collaborative structure make us the go-to partner for complex disputes, transactions, and regulatory matters. Now celebrating more than 140 years of service, our firm spans 30 offices with 3,000 people, including 1,700 lawyers.
BRYTER is the no-code service automation platform that enables business experts to build digital applications. The truly no-code platform gives enterprise teams the tools to build self-service applications to provide faster, more accurate services to their colleagues, without programming. BRYTER is especially geared to professionals in law, compliance, accounting and finance, who use the software to automate complex, recurring decisions and scenarios. BRYTER is a remote-first company with offices in New York, London, Frankfurt and Berlin. For more information, please visit bryter.com.
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