The firm’s global Tech Academy will make available to employees and fee earners a variety of online resources and face-to-face workshops which focus on technology concepts and developments such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Coding, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy. The day-long training workshops – which take place around the world – will be run by Australian education and innovation consultancy Collective Campus.
The launch of the Tech Academy no doubt comes in response to the growing spread and significance of technology across businesses of varying kinds. Paul Landless, Finance partner based in Singapore and one of the leaders of the firm's Tech Group explains: "Our clients' market environment is undergoing a paradigm shift with technology pervasive across all sectors and deeply affecting our clients' businesses. As a firm we want to develop our people fully with a balanced set of both technical and business skills for today and the future, focussed on what our clients need and with a strong grasp of business trends in our clients' industries.”
Anand Saha, Capital Markets partner based in New York and another of Clifford Chance's Tech Group leaders, adds: "It is critical that our people are fluent in the key technological trends that our clients are facing”, and so with the Tech Academy, the firm hopes employees will be encouraged to develop a better understanding of the latest innovations in tech.