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LegalTech Talks with Professor Richard Susskind OBE, Sponsored by Riverbed Technology

LegalTech Talks with Professor Richard Susskind and Joe Bombagi, was delivered live on 14 April 2020 at 3 pm BST.

“Legal Technology in the Coronavirus Era”

  • legal technology in the crisis
  • new ways of communicating, collaborating, and working
  • new business models
  • from automation to transformation
  • the closing of courts and remote hearings
  • after the crisis.

This talk was Sponsored by Riverbed Technology, and will also feature Joe Bombagi, Director, Solutions Engineering, Riverbed Technology.

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Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker and independent adviser to international professional firms, general counsel, judiciaries, and national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of legal service, with particular reference to the impact of information technology. He has specialised in legal technology since the early 1980s and his views have influenced a generation of lawyers and legal technologists around the world.

He has written numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (Oxford, 1987), The Future of Law (Oxford, 1996), Transforming the Law (Oxford, 2000), The End of Lawyers? (Oxford 2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (Oxford, 2013), and (co-author, Daniel Susskind). The Future of the Professions (Oxford, 2015). He has written around 150 columns as a columnist for The Times and he is Founding Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology. His work has been translated into 12 languages.

Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law and, since 1998, he has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. From 2003 until 2008, he was Chair of the UK’s Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (a non-departmental public body set up by the Cabinet Office in 2003, and now part of the Ministry of Justice). He is Chair of the Advisory Board, and Visiting Professor in Internet Studies, at the Oxford Internet Institute in the University of Oxford. Richard is also Chair of the Online Dispute Resolution Group of the Civil Justice Council of England and Wales, Special Adviser to the Canadian Bar Association, and IT Adviser to the Jersey Legal Information Board.

Richard has been widely recognized by the legal industry, he is an Honorary Professor at the Law School in University College London, Emeritus Law Professor at Gresham College in London, and a part-time law professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Richard has a first class honours degree in law from Glasgow University and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.

Joe Bombagi leads the UK&I Solutions Engineering team. He joined Riverbed as a Solution Architect in 2013 and built a team of Specialists across the region.

He has almost 20 years’ experience working for System Integrators and Vendors in the Networking, WAN optimisation, Virtualisation and Storage space.

Joe has a long history in the WAN optimisation world and worked for one of the earliest technologies in the space back in 2001. He has since built multiple teams across the region for vendors with innovative technologies and has held a multitude of roles from Systems Engineer, Solutions Architect through to Technical and Sales Director roles.


Enterprise IT teams are tasked with ensuring business applications are readily available. But for work-from-home and remote employees, the unpredictability of network and application performance dramatically increases.

They face unique issues–poor network stability and saturated local connections due to simultaneous access of bandwidth-intensive collaboration apps like video streaming and large file sharing – all of which negatively impact workforce productivity.

Riverbed helps enterprises address the productivity challenges these workers encounter, maximizing application performance through massive data reduction and latency mitigation across networks. Workforces can stay productive anywhere, anytime with fast, consistent, and available applications they need to get work done.