Alix Devendra and Cat Moon presented at the International Legal Design Summit in Helsinki earlier this month. They were asked by Legal Business World magazine to write about the summit for their November issue. The original article can be viewed here.
The bold prediction of the Legal Design Summit organizers: Design thinking will change the practice of law. Earlier this month upwards of 600 people from around the world gathered in Helsinki for the second annual summit. The program featured more than two dozen speakers, including Marie Bernard of Dentons and Nextlaw Labs, Justin North and Joe May of Janders Dean, and Warren Smith of the UK’s Government Digital Service.
Named a World Design Capital by the World Design Organization in 2012, Helsinki has a rich design culture. Given its history, it is no wonder that Helsinki became the locus of a collaboration between a law firm and service-design consultancy. These two companies, Dottir and Hellon, started exploring the concept of “legal design” with the goal of creating truly client-centered legal services. Ultimately, this collaboration led to the first Legal Design Summit in 2016.