Digital Transformation


Right now your business is facing transformative change.

Digital technology is powering both the response to wider challenges and disruptive new business models. For our clients it's not a question of "Should we change? " – it's "How quickly can we transform, and across how many areas?" Today's fast-paced and wholesale level of change is unprecedented in the scale and scope of its disruption, across all sectors. Every aspect of our world is adapting and adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath, at rapid speed and without any playbooks. The adoption of digital tools by businesses, leaders and workers been accelerated as never before – powering the fightback, reinventing processes, enabling business continuity, and creating effective but distanced interaction. The global infrastructure of connectivity, ready availability of devices and powerful, scalable digital solutions offers a digital toolbox which is altering our present and will reshape our future. Adopting digital tools can cause as many issues as it's trying to solve. Keeping things moving forward at speed, while you're navigating new territory , can be a pretty difficult task. So you'll need legal experts you can trust to give clear, informed and relevant advice. You'll need access to a team who've can work at pace but who will also stop and listen; then think about the issues your organisation is facing and work with you to solve those specific problems. A team who can enable your opportunities and reduce your exposure to risk. When you're facing disruption you need steady, experienced thinkers by your side, but you also need people who are passionate about the opportunities that a changing environment creates. You'll want to work with people who see things differently, who can use their comprehensive understanding of your sector, and the legal implications of digital transformation, to solve the problems your business is facing today. And help you to prepare for the ones you'll be facing tomorrow.

Your digital transformation strategy


Your digital transformation strategy

When developing or implementing a digital transformation strategy, the legal implications need to be incorporated at every stage.

Your digital transformation strategy

When developing or implementing a digital transformation strategy, the legal implications need to be incorporated at every stage.

In the world of 2020, digital tools and online processes have come to the fore, as businesses seek to adapt to the unique challenges of lockdowns and social distancing. The scale and speed of transformation is unprecedented – creating both threats and opportunities. But business leaders also see the potential to harness the growing array of emerging, often disruptive technologies to drive change, expansion and innovation. And to use existing technologies in new ways. Every part of the business will be affected. Often speed is of the essence, timely delivery vital. In the race to compete and complete, legal strategies shouldn't be seen as an add-on. Entering into a major change programme without considering the role of a legal team in helping to shape and protect business, mitigate threats and deliver on the strategic objectives, puts success at risk.

Digital impact on the regulatory landscape

Digital transformation and disruption have consequences for businesses and regulators across compliance, audit and enforcement.

Digital impact on the regulatory landscape

Digital transformation and disruption have consequences for businesses and regulators across compliance, audit and enforcement.

The impact of regulation on a business can’t be underestimated, so recognising the cost of compliance and risk of non-compliance in an ever-changing landscape is vital, particularly where change is rapid. Fundamental to success is understanding the aims and motivations of regulators. Regulations exist to protect citizens and businesses, correct market failures and make many aspects of our lives easier. Their effectiveness is being tested in the crucible of the coronavirus crisis. But more widely, they are having to change to respond to the explosion in digital technology that is impacting on all aspects of society on a global scale. To achieve a balance between serving the public good and remaining sympathetic to business needs, regulators are harnessing digital transformation in their own operations. From the impact on data privacy to environmental obligations and beyond, it's essential to consider the impact on risks and compliance of any digital transformation programme that a business undertakes.

Transformative technologies


Transformative technologies

Evolving and disruptive technologies are changing how businesses operate, compete and evolve – raising multiple legal issues to understand and plan for.

Transformative technologies

Evolving and disruptive technologies are changing how businesses operate, compete and evolve – raising multiple legal issues to understand and plan for.

Digital disruption is being driven by a portfolio of both new and old technologies. The coronavirus pandemic has powered an extraordinary acceleration in understanding their game-changing potential. Business models are changing. People are interacting in new ways. Organisations are focusing on how they can automate tasks and processes for competitive advantage and to optimise business continuity. The impact of change can’t be overstated. In all aspects of life – both at work and away from it – what we do, how we perceive the world and experience it, and what we can achieve are being transformed forever. Osborne Clarke has long been at the forefront of advising on these ground-breaking transformations. So when you’re embarking on the digitalisation process, harnessing the power of next-generation technology, our longstanding pedigree means you benefit from cutting-edge legal knowledge and insight across your business.

Evolving your business structure

Structuring a business to meet the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation, from M&A to employment strategy, has legal issues attached.

Evolving your business structure

Structuring a business to meet the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation, from M&A to employment strategy, has legal issues attached.

The digital era continues to challenge and change the way businesses operate, just as digital technology offers powerful, rapid responses to wider challenges and change. Sometimes the pace of that change is the biggest issue. Dealing with the need for new capabilities and introducing activities such as advanced analytics, task automation, transforming your legacy processes – all while staying on top of cybersecurity – carries a multitude of practical and legal implications. What's more, evolving corporate strategies – or rapid crisis-driven change – can result in business restructuring and/or technology-centric acquisitions and mergers. These create complex legal issues and need careful consultation and employee engagement. Attracting and retaining talent is always a boardroom priority. So partnering with expert lawyers who understand the breadth of issues you're facing, and who can work with you at all stages of the process, is paramount.

Developing your data strategy

In a digital world where complex issues around data are the norm, unlocking the value of data with the right legal strategy is essential.

Developing your data strategy

In a digital world where complex issues around data are the norm, unlocking the value of data with the right legal strategy is essential.

If you are applying technology to a business process or to address a challenge, you're probably coming up against some complex issues around data. Questions such as: 'Who owns the data?', 'What can it be used for?' 'How can you monetise it?' and, 'What is 'personal data'?' are being examined by organisations across the globe. The answers for your business will define your data strategy. Whether it's fully formed or being crafted, it's crucial that you have a strategy that can shape opportunities and reduce risk. We work with our clients internationally to find practical solutions – developing data strategies that can support and protect their business today and tomorrow.

Data project

Data is an inescapable – and ever increasing – output of all aspects of commercial life. As digitisation gains a greater foothold, the ...
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Digital crisis management

As with any organisational change, Digital Transformation carries risk – particularly in relation to changing IT systems.

Digital crisis management

As with any organisational change, Digital Transformation carries risk – particularly in relation to changing IT systems.

Digital transformation increases reliance on IT systems and software to deliver products and services. The impact of malfunction, outages and cyber-attacks becomes all the more serious. Crisis plans may need to be triggered. And rapid adoption under pressure of new digital tools and remote working only increases the need for robust cybersecurity practices. Our crisis management team steps in to navigate complex crisis situations from international data breaches and cyber-attacks to major software malfunctions and IT outsourcing disputes. Offering more than just legal and regulatory expertise, our clients appreciate our common sense and project management skills. Our war game simulations ensure clients' incident response plans are more than just box-ticking exercises. Preparation is a fundamental reality of our increasingly digital world, and having the right lawyers for that process is key.

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Kim Hoefman

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