Alternative AI & Blockchain for Professional Services

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Tuesday 4th December 2018



Session Details

Optional Pre-conference sessions
08.00 – 08.45

AI 201 – taking your understanding to the next level

More mature and better understood than blockchain, AI still presents challenges.  We’ll provide a non-technical overview of the technology and its latest developments and uses, allowing you to hit the ground running for the rest of the day.

Andrew Burgess, Strategic Advisor on AI & RPA, AJBurgess Ltd

Blockchain 101 – everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask

An introduction to the capabilities of blockchain for those who want a broad view of the opportunities available from this disruptive technology.  How it works, what it does, why it’s different and who is using it now, and how.

David Lyford-Smith

David Lyford-Smith, Technical Manager, IT & the Profession, ICAEW

08.30 – 09.00 Registration and morning coffee
09.00 – 09.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Tracey Harrison, Partner & Chief Innovation Officer, EY UKI Advisory Services

Strategy and innovation plenary sessions
09.05 –09.35

What is the post-digital landscape for professional services?  And what should we be doing now to get there intact?

Three innovation leaders across professional services will each present a fast-paced, TED-style presentation looking at how their firms are pivoting to exploit the exponential potential of the changes we are undergoing, what they see as the “art of the possible” for AI and blockchain and who in their firms will own and lead the transformative revenue potential of AI and blockchain. 

Shamus Rae

Shamus Rae, Partner, Head of Innovation & Investment, KPMG

Stephen Allen, Global Head of Legal Service Delivery, Hogan Lovells

Alex Edds, Head of Innovation, JLL

09.35 –09.45

Are professional services ready for cognitive technologies?

Dr Mark Kennedy, an expert in the movement-like dynamics of disruptive changes to markets and organisations, will respond to our keynotes with research that breaks down how cognitive technologies will shape the future of professional services and cognitive work more generally. What are the hallmarks of serious change? And are these hallmarks evident in professional services?

Dr Mark Kennedy, Associate Professor, Strategy & Organisations, Imperial College London

09.45 –09.55 Followed by joint Q&A. 
People and organisational structures plenary sessions
09.55 – 10.25

How can we get organisational re-design right?

Another three innovation leaders across professional services will each present a TED-style presentation looking at the impact of AI, blockchain and digital transformation on the professional services workforce.

How can we reimagine what we do and what business structures we need?
What would our firm look like if we could start from scratch?
How can we train our people for the top of the pyramid if AI and machine learning eliminate the bottom?
What kind of digital talent do/will we need and where can we find it?

Seamus Cushley, Director, Global Blockchain Impact Centre & Technology Lead, PwC

Ellen Catherall, Associate, Corporate, Addleshaw Goddard

Thomas Hinton, Innovation & Legal Tech, Addleshaw Goddard

Followed by joint Q&A

Derek Southall

Facilitated by: Derek Southall, Founder & CEO, Hyperscale and Head of Innovation & Digital, Gowling WLG

10.25 – 10.55 Networking break
Data plenary
10.55 – 11.25

Getting the data pipeline right to make the most of AI, blockchain and other transformative technologies

What should we do to ensure data integrity now, and going forward?
Can AI and/or blockchain tools help us make sure our data is credible?
How can we unlock the data level while making it safe for our clients? 
What are the latest developments in defining standards for data and controls, for agreeing API definitions, for certifying and testing data?
How can/should we lend data to train AI/ML/NLP?

Bernard Marr, Internationally best-selling author, big data expert and strategic business & technology advisor

11.25 – 11.35

Followed by an on-stage Q&A from a panel of professional services leaders who are at the coal face of their firms’ data challenges.

Becky Shields, Partner, Kingston Smith

Karen Jacks, IT Director, Bird & Bird

Zoe Rose, Senior Director of Legal, Arm

Michael Eiden, Head of Data Science & AI, Arthur D Little

Blockchain plenary
11.35 – 12.05

Oxford debate:  Blockchain is a transformative technology with the potential to fundamentally change how professional services are provided

Two technology experts with strong views on blockchain will debate its potential.  We open with a pre-debate vote using, with delegates voting for, against or undecided.  A winner will be declared by majority vote.

Areiel Wolanow

Areiel Wolanow, Managing Director, Finserv Experts and Advisor to the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain 

Lee Bryant, Co-Founder, Post*Shift

12.00 – 12.05 Followed by Q&A
12.10 – 12.35

Vendor Showcase

Our vendor showcases are designed to provide education for the professional services sector – these sessions are NOT SALES PITCHES.  By featuring a wide selection of vendors, we aim to provide delegates with a genuinely objective overview of AI and blockchain products that are specifically relevant to the professional services sector. 

Four AI or blockchain vendors will each present a fast-paced, short presentation demonstrating one product, in one use case.  Each short showcase will cover:

– what it does
– how it works
– what it costs
– what it achieved for our client/s

Showcase 1: Emily Ochoa, VP, Marketing, Eigen Technologies

Showcase 2: Peter Wallqvist, VP of Strategy, iManage RAVN

Showcase 3: Rick Seabrook, Managing Director Europe, Neota Logic

Showcase 4: Elan Raja, CEO, Scan International

Followed by joint Q&A.

AI Stream Blockchain Stream
 AI Case Studies  Plenary Session
12.40 – 13.00

Chaired by:

Tom Herbert, Editor, AccountingWEB

A1. Accountancy case study

Client relationship network analysis – 
using data mining and machine learning to search your network for opportunities

Reuben Barry, Director & Head of Data Analytics, Ecovis

Chaired by:

Ben White, Founder, Crafty Counsel

B1. Legal case study

Automating time-keeping records using NLP and transfer learning models

Alastair Moore, Head of Analytics & Machine Learning, Mission de Reya

C1. Consultancy case study

How real is AI ? AI & data science for everyone

Find out how you could be using AI now without needing to be a rocket scientist

-Practical uses of AI from experiences of working with professional services slients, and learn how with the democratisation of AI we are seeing the rise of the citizen data scientist

Nigel Willson, European CTO for Professional Services, Microsoft

Chaired by:

Cliff Fluet, Partner, Lewis Silkin


What can blockchain do for/ to the professional services sector?

Three blockchain leads across professional services will examine:
-which parts of the sector will be most affected?
-blockchain’s potential beyond cryptocurrency
-public or private?
-will the blockchain replace traditional contracts?
-what will be the interaction between smart contracts, AI and blockchain?
-what will happen to legal, audit and tax functions?
-who should we be recruiting to help us manage and deliver blockchain-enabled services?What kind of team will be required?
-what will blockchain mean for the training and qualification of accountants, lawyers and consultants?

Martin von Haller Groenbaek, Partner, Bird & Bird (Denmark)

Anton Ruddenklau, Head of Digital & Innovation, Financial Services, KPMG

Seamus Cushley, Director, Global Blockchain Impact Centre & Technology Lead, PwC

Followed by joint Q&A

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch  
AI Case Studies continued Blockchain Use Cases
14.00 – 14.25

A2. Accountancy case study

Using chatbots and process automation tools

Stuart Walters, CIO, BDO

B2. In-house legal case study

Using a practical AI solution in cases conducted by the Serious Fraud Office

  • technical capability
  • the problem we aimed to address
  • the outcome, compared to “business as usual”

Alex Jayne, Case Controller, Serious Fraud Office


C2. Consultancy case study

Engaging meaningfully with AI start-ups

Charlie Robinson, Scale Programme Manager, PwC
Peter Rennert, CTO, ThirdEye Labs

14.00 – 14.20

Tax & accounting use case

Real-time VAT and smart contracts on the blockchain

Mark Hart, Director – Solution Consulting & Innovation and
Rob Martin, Head of Software Solutions, Thomson Reuters

14.30 – 14.55

A3. Accountancy case study

EY & Machine learning: stepping stones on the journey to true AI

EY’s NLG tool to automate the first draft of a report. Smart EY answers questions on EY’s travel and expense policy. We’ll look at how we’ve used AI in both.

Reysha Shah, EYX Programme, EY and Rysel McLean, CBS Programme & Change, EY

B3. Legal case study

AI project and the Human Element

Combining people and technology to utilise their respective strengths and deliver cost-effective, efficient review of 6,000 contracts.

Thomas Hinton, Innovation & Legal Tech, Addleshaw Goddard


C3. Consultancy case study

Using AI for knowledge management and working capital management

Sunilkumar Ramakrishnan, AI & Blockchain Leader for C&P and IP, IBM


Legal use case

DLT, blockchain and smart contracts

Lee Bacon, Partner, Clyde & Co

14.30 – 14.50

Property use case
Blockchain in property transactions

Neil Singer, Senior Partner, Singer Vielle

14.50 – 15.10

Consultancy use case

Blockchain for contracts:  a fully auditable DLT legal contract collaboration platform

Peter Bidewell, Blockchain Technology Advisory Consultant, Accenture

15.00 – 15.35 Networking break
15.35 – 16.05

Keynote panel:  Engaging with start-ups – a critical strategy, or an unnecessary one?

The pace of technological change poses a significant challenge for incumbent market leaders.  A strategy of investing in tech incubators, or directly in start-ups, is a path that many firms have chosen, and one that many have rejected – a path that requires big decisions and big changes to organisational models and cultures.  What are the reasons that firms have invested, or chosen not to invest?  How, if at all, should your firm interact with incubators and/or start-ups?  How must you adapt your processes to succeed in this strategy?  What additional advantages do you get from investing in tech products over simply purchasing them?  Which is the right course for your firm?

Facilitated by:

Rachel Barnes, Head of Innovation, Herbert Smith Freehills


Tanguy Quero, EMEA Lead, JLL Spark, Global Venture Fund

Haig Tyler, Chief Information Officer, Herbert Smith Freehills

Alexandra Gilbert, COO, L Marks

Anna-Lisa Wesley, Partner, Sapphire & Steel

16.05 – 16.30

EY, Riverview Law and Kim – an inside look at 2018’s most disruptive acquisition

We’ll bring together the brains behind EY’s acquisition of Riverview Law with the brain behind Kim Technologies, to provide insights into both the genesis and implementation of the year’s most talked about professional services deal:  why and how it will work, how Kim fits into the picture and how the team thinks the deal and the technology will change the market.

EY Law

Karl Chapman

Karl Chapman, Strategic Adviser, EY Riverview Law

Richard Yawn, Chief Technology Officer, Kim Technologies

In conversation with

Andrew Burgess, Strategic Advisor on AI & RPA, AJBurgess Ltd

16.30 – 17.15

Can government and regulation keep pace with technological change? Engaging with government and professional services regulators on AI and blockchain

Professional services need the support of regulators and of government to exploit the potential of AI and blockchain.  But can the regulators keep up with the pace of change?  We’ll have a conversation with key government and regulatory experts from across the professions to find out where regulators are on their AI and blockchain journeys, how this compares internationally and how regulation of these techs might develop.

Facilitated by:

Lord Clement-Jones, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and Consultant, DLA Piper


Areiel Wolanow

Areiel Wolanow, Managing Director, Finserv Experts and Advisor to the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain

Anthony Kenny, Assistant General Counsel Corporate & CBS, GSK


Stephen Pattison, Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs, Arm

Jono Gregory, KPMG Associate, Emerging Technology and Managing Director, Youmeus Global


Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference

Tracey Harrison, Partner & Chief Innovation Officer, EY UKI Advisory Services

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