Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable Discussion: The Economic Impact of Legal Tech

Thursday 14th September, 18.00-19.00

Moderator: Bruno Deffains (University of Paris II and the University of Liverpool)


Marcus Hartung


Markus Hartung is a lawyer and mediator. He is director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg. His expertise in the framework of the CLP lies in market development and trends, management and strategic leadership as well as corporate governance of law firms and business models of law firms with regard to digitisation of the legal market.

He is Chair of the Committee on Professional Regulation of the German Bar Association (DAV).

As a lawyer he focuses on conflict management, regulatory issues and professional indemnity issues. In addition, he advises law firms in strategy and management questions and coaches partners in management functions.

He is a regular lecturer and conference-speaker on leadership, management topics and professional ethics and has written numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. He is i.a. co-editor and author of “Wegerich/Hartung: Der Rechtsmarkt in Deutschland” (“The Legal Market in Germany”) which came to the market in early 2014 and has developed into a standard reference for the German legal market. He is also Co-author of “How Legal Technology Will Change the Business of Law”, a joint study of The Boston Consulting Group and the Bucerius Law School (available here).

Marie Bernard


As the Europe Director of Innovation at Dentons, Marie Bernard is a passionate promoter of technology and innovation within the firm, who helps to: (i) assess partnership opportunities with startups, clients and other law firms; (ii) share information on all things around innovation in the industry, helping others frame achievable service design and product development deliverables; (iii) promote learning from other chief innovation officers of all industries across the globe.

In addition to her role with Dentons, Marie is also a strategic advisor to Nextlaw Labs. Marie seeks out and develops internal and external ideas for new products, services or startups with potential applications in the legal sector and seeks potential business partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Simply put, she is the voice and face of Nextlaw Labs in the EMEA region.

She accelerates internal development and innovation culture at Dentons and promotes the cooperation with legal-tech initiatives and strategic projects throughout Europe. For more than 15 years Marie has been working in the field of business development and customer relations with professional service firms.

Marie also serves as a board member within the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA). Most recently she was ranked among the 2017 ‘Fastcase 50’, recognizing of the world’s leading innovators in law.