Data Tech

Data is the new oil

The phrase ‘data is the new oil’ is an interesting one. Apparently first coined by Clive Humby (the ‘humby‘ of Dunhumby) in 2006 – it’s a neat sounding metaphor you won’t ever be far from someone offering if discussing the use, value or processing of the data industry. I want to try to provide a […]


An introduction to the history of computing

image courtesy of stable diffusion (image prompt: “history of computing as a story of time and space in the style of dali”) We were asked to write the ‘computing and cloud computing’ chapter of an upcoming OUP book on FinTech law, and I was asked to write the ‘history of computing’ section (with a 2,000 […]

Career Information

Legal tech reading list

I was recently asked what I would suggest reading to ‘get into’ legal tech. It’s a good question – but I think slightly wrong-headed. You’ll ‘get into’ legal tech by ‘doing’ it not by reading it. Books are great (shoulders of giants, etc.), but where the aim is to do a thing, there’s no substitute […]

Business Career Information LegalTech

How to get into ‘legal tech’

Lots of recent conversations have made me think it would be helpful to collect my thoughts on how to ‘get into legal tech’. I think some context is needed though before we get to ‘how’ part of this: what do I mean by legal tech; why get into legal tech; what do people doing legal […]


How do you stay up to date?

One of my favourite interview questions is to ask people how they stay up to date. I have never heard what I consider a good answer. Smart, successful, well educated, people – but it seems they have a poor information diet. I am setting out my approach this to try to help people improve here […]