updated on 16 December 2019
Global law firm Clyde & Co is introducing a six-month trainee seat in its in-house data lab from March 2020.
The seat will offer “the opportunity to work at the intersection of law and technology”. It will involve working with departments across the firm to identify new projects and developing products and services using data analysis and machine learning tools.
The data lab is led by partner Mark Wing and is permanently staffed by four machine learning engineers and two paralegals, while students from University College London's world-renowned computer science department also work in the lab part time.
The lab forms part of the Clyde & Co’s focus on innovative services and products. Two years ago the firm launched Clyde Code, a hybrid technical-legal consultancy advising insurers on every aspect of smart contracts, blockchain and tokens – from creation through to implementation and enforcement. The firm also provides legal services to Komgo, a consortium of leading banks, trading and energy companies that digitalise trade and commodities finance processes through a blockchain-based open platform.
Mark Wing, the partner leading the data lab, said: “The legal industry is ever changing and we want to make sure that we equip our future talent with the wide range of skills required to become a successful lawyer today. We have worked closely with the firm's early careers team over the last 12 months to create this opportunity, and are very excited to welcome our first trainee on board in the data lab this coming spring."