Meeting Business Needs – The Role of Technology for the Future of Professional Services


The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) is delighted to present our next webinar which will discuss how technology is changing the roles and focus of the professional services sector, in partnership with The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and The Law Society of England and Wales.

Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2020
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 (BST) / 15:00 – 16:00 (IST)
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UKIBC Director Chris Heyes will chair the discussion led by industry specialists Kirstin Gillon, ICAEW Tech Faculty Research Lead, and Peter Wright, Solicitor and Managing Director, Digital Law and Chair of the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee, The Law Society. With COVID-19 accelerating tech innovation across businesses, there is a clear need for businesses in the UK and India to quickly adapt to innovation. We will use this session to examine key tech developments, any barriers which are present, and what future skills are needed. You can read more about our speakers below.

As well as answering your questions, in this in-depth analysis our experts will highlight:

  • Technologies of particular importance, such as robotics, AI and data analytics
  • Future data and digital skills required for accountants and lawyers
  • Findings from the ICAEW-ICAI report on Automation in Finance Functions: a summary of lessons from members based in India and the UK about digital transformation and what underpins successful change
  • The future of the professions and addressing barriers to collaboration

Our Experts

Kirstin Gillon, ICAEW Tech Faculty Research Lead

Kirstin Gillon plays a leading role in ICAEW’s thought leadership programme on technology and the profession. She researches and analyses how technology trends such as big data, AI and cyber security are influencing businesses and the accountancy profession.

She publishes widely on these themes, liaises with the business, academic and policy communities and is a regular speaker at conferences, including the 2018 World Congress of Accountants. Recent publications include Artificial intelligence and the future of accountancy, Fintech innovation: perspectives from Singapore and London and Automation in finance functions: lessons from India and the UK. She joined ICAEW from PwC’s IT consultancy practice and previously worked at IBM as a project manager and business analyst.

Peter Wright, Solicitor & Managing Director, Digital Law

Peter has been advising clients on Data Protection for over a decade and created Digital Law in 2014 to provide legal & compliance advice to organisations about their activities in the Digital arena.

Digital Law has clients across the UK, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the United States and advises on Data Protection, GDPR & Cyber Security compliance along with Social Media Law, e-commerce, website compliance, software licensing, privacy and Freedom of Information Act matters.

Peter is the Chair of the GDPR Working Group of the Law Society of England and Wales. He is also a member of the Law Society Board and a Past Chair of the Technology and Law Committee. He is also Chair of the Law Society’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee, managing the work of the Law Society’s thirty legal policy and regulatory committees and providing overall strategic direction and vision.

He is author of the Law Society Cyber Security Toolkit, a practical compliance guide for law firms, and is co-author of a GDPR practical compliance manual for law firms. He regularly speaks at events and presents Webinars and Podcasts for organisations including MBL Professional Training and the Law Society. He has also been a guest lecturer for the European Law Students Association (ELSA) at events across Europe. A regular speaker at Conferences around the world, Peter has spoken at the Nordic Privacy Arena, the European Legal Security Forum, the Lawyer2050 Conference in Tunis, Lawyering in the Digital Age in Amsterdam, Click Summit in Lisbon and the British Legal Technology Forum in London.

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