Cologne – Digitalisation is changing business models in an extraordinary way and is reshaping entire industries. It is also inexorably penetrating processes, the organisation and the service portfolio of the legal industry and changing the way we work. Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is responding to this with its new “Luther.Digital” division, which works innovatively in two directions.
Firstly, we use LegalTech solutions to expand traditional legal service portfolios with a view to offering new or optimised legal services. The focus here is on supporting legal departments in shaping their digital transformation from strategic dialogue to process design and process optimisation to the implementation of a LegalTech solution. These digital solutions are also applied to Luther’s own processes in order to leverage synergies and increase efficiency.
Secondly, the Luther.Digital division focuses on providing legal advice to companies and the public sector in all areas relating to digital business models, agile architectures and the use of new technologies: from the realignment of digital value chains, platform business models, future work, IT and data protection issues to legal compliance and antitrust law.
“In our daily work with our clients, we experience that new digital business models require in-depth consideration. While the use of innovative technologies holds great opportunities, their highly complex nature also presents multiple risks that need to be considered from a legal perspective,” said Markus Sengpiel, Co-Managing Partner at Luther. Specific LegalTech services, too, offer a great deal of potential whilst involving a high level of complexity. “Mass lawsuits generate considerable amounts of data and are characterised by a large number of interwoven individual processes,” Sengpiel continued. “For this purpose we have developed a legal case management tool with which legal mass proceedings can be handled efficiently and transparently.”
The Luther.Digital division is made up of lawyers, litigation and LegalTech experts. They work in close consultation with clients and address individual needs and requirements. In addition, there is intensive cooperation with innovation partners, LegalTech companies and research and teaching institutes in order to ensure that our clients and our law firm’s own processes benefit from the ongoing digital transformation. “Digitalisation is the single most decisive future topic for us. Since the beginning of the year we have been a member of the “Legal-Tech Law Firms” group and have been listed accordingly,” said Elisabeth Lepique, Co-Managing Partner at Luther. “All these developments contribute significantly to Luther's attractiveness as an employer, which is another aspect that is becoming more important due to digitalisation,” added Lepique.