BPP students to be taught digital skills through new lawtech partnership

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Training on HighQ platform to be part of syllabus

Rivals in the legal tech world will be gnashing their teeth at the news that digital legal services platform HighQ has sewn up a deal with BPP Law School.

Budding solicitors at BPP will be put through their paces on HighQ in preparation for work at law firms, which are increasingly turning to digital platforms to store documents and share them with clients.

The jack-of-all-trades multi-purpose platform can also be used for things like project management and data sharing. The firm says that it aims to “empower clients to manage risk and surface value with contract, asset and portfolio management tools”. It’s all a long way from bluebell time in Kent.

A major player in legal education, BPP says that it’s had to restructure its courses to “include leading technology and better reflect the realities of law practice”. Firms are racing to get in on the lawtech action, with some observers claiming that automation could soon make many junior lawyers surplus to requirements.

News of the partnership comes just over a year after BPP launched a legal tech module for its Legal Practice Course (LPC). They’ll now be using HighQ “to solve problems through data collection, visualisations and workflows”.

Andrew Chadwick, dean of BPP Law School, said: “I am excited by the opportunity the HighQ platform offers to do things differently in legal education. Legal services are in a period of immense change, and legal education needs to similarly change and innovate to properly prepare students for the modern workplace.”

HighQ pipped rivals to the post because a lot of the firms that students will end up joining already use the platform. The likes of Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Eversheds Sutherland and Osborne Clarke all use HighQ and send trainees to BPP.

Chadwick added: “BPP is at the cutting edge of legal education, and HighQ is at the cutting edge of legal technology, and I think this is the perfect relationship to benefit students and their learning.”

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