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A day in the life of a legal technologist

Kirstyn Forward

Kirstyn Forward, a legal technologist at Eversheds Sutherland talks about how she came to find an alternative career path in law.

I was recently invited to a careers event hosted by the Law Society at the University of the West of England. The event was organised by final year students to highlight the range of opportunities that there are in alternative legal careers and promote technology to those going into practice.

Listening to the students speak about their interests and how they all loved the law but didn't necessarily want to practise it, resonated deeply with me. Ten (or so!) years ago, I found myself in exactly the same situation. I had completed my BPTC and had realised that practising as a Barrister was no longer my calling.

Listening to the students speak about their interests and how they all loved the law but didn't necessarily want to practise it, resonated deeply with me.

I began my job search with researching careers that would put my skills and education to best use and speaking to my connections about roles they would recommend. At the time there weren’t roles specifically in legal tech, however I was fortunate to find a role that allowed me to explore my interests, things that I was good at and opportunities for me to develop.

During this time the idea of innovative thinking and being ‘digital first’ was quickly becoming something that all business, including law firms were discussing. Notions such as human led design and agile working were now changing how I communicated, built and delivered information. It was clear a number of years ago that there was a something revolutionary starting in the legal profession and I am glad the momentum around legal technology is continuing to grow and meet the demands of our clients.

Working in legal technology enables me to combine my love of problem solving and working with people.

Working in legal technology enables me to combine my love of problem solving and working with people. It’s incredibly rewarding to have people come to you that are in need of help or support and be able to come up with a solution for them.  To then be able to then empower those people to confidently talk to our clients about technology solutions has been a key milestone for me.