Transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, which has a large office in Bristol, has organised an International Innovation Week.
From Monday 19th to Friday 23rd March, more than 19 events have taken place across Womble Bond Dickinson’s UK and US offices, looking at how innovative technology is transforming the legal industry and other sectors, how businesses challenge themselves to develop more efficient processes, and the new ways of engaging with clients to embed a culture of innovation.
This is the second year running that the firm has organised International Innovation Week but this is the first one since the launch of Womble Bond Dickinson on 1 November, when UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle combined, creating Womble Bond Dickinson, a Global Top 100 firm by annual revenue ($410 million/£340million) with 19 offices in the US and eight in the UK.
International Innovation Week has presented many opportunities for all staff from both sides of the Atlantic to listen, learn, debate and create, through a series of open invitation webinars, workshops, roundtable events and discussions.
Key issues discussed included Cryptocurrency and Blockchain technology, Artificial Intelligence and innovation in legal sector.
A number of events were held in the firm’s Bristol office to discuss the initiatives happening across the region and what Bristol – as the UK’s Number One Smart City and a major legal hub – can do to keep ahead of the curve.
Key events included a panel discussion led by Bristol businesses, including NatWest, Yena, Pillar AI, and Tickitto, focussing on innovation and what businesses should do so Bristol can continue to be a hub for innovation. Another event is being held on the topic of social media and how this can be used to build businesses and communities.
Julian Kinsey, Partner and Head of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Bristol Office, said: “Innovation Week has been the perfect opportunity for our firm to find out more about the exciting and nimble start-ups in Bristol and what larger corporates are doing in order to support them and open up more opportunities. It was encouraging to hear from all our speakers how Bristol, is more than just a hive for innovation, but is also a centre for collaboration, where small and large enterprises share best practice with one another to help diffuse innovative ideas, concepts and solutions more effectively.
“Events like Innovation Week are crucial to our firm to keep up to date with innovative new dynamics and continue to develop a culture of innovation to help us drive our business forward and have a mind-set that reflects our clients’.”