14 August 2020

Carey Olsen's mobile app solution featured by Financial Times

Carey Olsen's idea for a mobile app solution to improve connectivity among lawyers and track real time workload management has featured in the latest Financial Times special report on the legal sector's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Carey Olsen team was among more than 2,700 participants from nearly 70 countries who took part in the Financial Times hackathon, organised by Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), through April and May. The team's idea, which focused on providing a solution to improve remote working connectivity as lawyers and support staff moved from the office environment to their homes, has now been highlighted in the final instalment of the Financial Times' special report series on how the legal sector has handled the COVID-19 crisis.

The Carey Olsen project, which can be viewed in full via the team's gallery page on the GLH website, concentrated on how the pandemic could greatly increase the risk of teams at law firms becoming less connected, resulting in a less efficient outcome for staff, clients and the wider community.

In response, Carey Olsen's future-proofing solution to make the legal industry 'anti-fragile' in years to come identified three key questions that the mobile app would help to address in law firms:

  • How are partners able to effectively monitor the workload (client-facing or otherwise) of associates working remotely?
  • How can associates ensure they are doing what is needed?
  • How can associates have confidence in the fair distribution of work?

The hackathon's goal was to find answers to the most pressing legal, regulatory and civil society challenges emerging from the Covid-19 crisis. At least 19 of the projects have now progressed in terms of development, securing partnerships with other companies and pitching for funding.

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