Interview with Felipe Gamboa: Digital transformation in the Peruvian legal sector

This entry is a summary of the interview with Felipe Gamboa, Director of Legal Innovation at Miranda & Amado. To see the complete interview, access any of the following links: 

1. In a post-COVID-19 context, what does technology mean to lawyers?

Technology for lawyers has been a pretext to talk about many other important things in the profession. However, technology has not changed much since the pandemic, the tools already existed. Therefore, what has changed has been the attitude towards technology.

At a first level, it has undergone a process of forced adaptation, to the extent that documents are easily viewed by lawyers. At a second level, there is technology as the strategic factor to build competitive skills.

2. Is telecommuting the future?

Remote work is here to stay, so it should come as no surprise that office space is freed up and you have a new attitude towards remote work. New arrangements will exist between employees and employers to mix face-to-face work and remote work, and this will be part of the effort to define a new culture and strategy.

3. What will be the impact of legaltech on the Peruvian legal sector?

We have gone from an initial curiosity stage to a germinal one, and this has been corroborated with the experience of the last year, in which we see that there are more legaltech initiatives on the market.

Understanding legaltech not only as technology for the legal sector, but as a concept that encompasses the position in legal advice in the world of digital law or that approach the philosophy of new law.

It is an ecosystem that is growing and is being a sign of powerful change in the industry for two reasons: clients have more options to choose from in addition to traditional players and because the talent that comes from universities has more ways to carry out the profession, taking into account new trends such as legal design or legal ventures.

4. Why is the digital transformation of legal management important?

Digital transformation aims to be more of a culture issue rather than a technology issue. This transformation will also be important for legal managements and will aim to develop capacities in the team of lawyers to be able to communicate with other areas and in this way be able to exploit data to make everyone's work more efficient.

5. What is a legal hackathon and why do you recommend it?

A hackathon is an event in which teams of professionals, not only involved in development or programming, have to solve a problem by being creative. Recently Miranda & Amado and Laboratoria co-organized a hackathon aimed at legal management, which ended up being remote due to Covid-19.

I would recommend participating in a hackathon because it allows you to experience what agile work is like in a digital environment and in an environment of collaboration between the actors, all aligned with the objective of increasing the efficiency of legal management and the satisfaction of their clients.

6. What would you recommend to a law student who wants to dedicate himself to legal innovation?

Law students today are fortunate to live in a time when everything is changing, and although this may sound turbulent, this is an opportunity to build the new foundations of the profession, so that services are geared towards people and not lawyers.

Students should be demanding with their training, since it is not possible that they continue to be trained as lawyers of the XNUMXth century, initiatives should be increased that allow training outside the university in competences that may be a competitive advantage for an organization. For students, curiosity is the key.

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Elijah Casanova
Last year law student at the Universidad del Pacífico. With an interest in technology, business and law. New technologies are our letter to the future.

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