Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a Micro Certification in Disruptive Technologies to introduce lawyers and business executives to key technologies shaping a number of industries, and the legal, regulatory and risk issues related to their deployment.
The program, which is available at no cost to clients and key contacts of the firm, can be accessed through the NRF Institute, the firm’s premium knowledge site.
To obtain a MicroCert in Disruptive Technologies, participants must complete five core modules and five elective modules. Each consists of a 30-minute on-demand webinar led by the firm’s lawyers from across all regions, followed by a multiple choice assessment.
The five core modules cover: artificial intelligence; blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT); autonomous vehicles; data; and the Internet of Things (IoT). The 13 available elective modules delve into industry-specific topics including cryptocurrencies, InfraTech, payments and digital health.
Nick Abrahams, Norton Rose Fulbright’s global head of technology and innovation and producer of the MicroCert program, commented:
“Our new MicroCert is a powerful addition to the firm’s range of learning solutions and provides clients and key contacts with a series of easy to follow resources for all levels. Disruptive technologies are changing the world and the way it works. Given the pace of change in this space, it can be challenging to stay on top of the latest developments. We have built a wealth of global knowhow in the disruptive tech space and want to share this with broader industries, through knowledge transfer, to improve productivity and continue to drive innovation.”
Anthony de Fazekas, Norton Rose Fulbright’s head of technology and innovation in Canada and a Toronto-based partner who created the AI core module, commented:
“Canada has world-leading capacities in a number of different technology areas that are disrupting business, including AI, nanotechnology and quantum computing. Canadian companies are taking advantage of the opportunities that these innovations represent. We are seeing collaboration between corporations, startups/scaleups and research institutions expanding and intensifying. The MicroCert program provides important information that can help both the adopters and innovators respond to the risks raised by new technologies.”
The MicroCert reflects the firm’s deep commitment to client value, technology and innovation and is the latest of several initiatives in this area. Some of these include the launch of new technology consulting and global payments practices, as well as our AI Tech Law microsite and FinTech Hub, also available on NRF Institute.
Norton Rose Fulbright and a number of its people have been honoured this year by several leading industry bodies for achievements in elevating the client experience, including Chambers and Legal 500, as well as Lexpert through its Zenith Awards. Globally, Norton Rose Fulbright also won the most innovative technology initiative at the Lawyer European Awards and came in second in the Financial Times’ Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers rankings.