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John Craske

Director of Innovation

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
United Kingdom

John is responsible for CMS’ legal service design & delivery strategy (think people, process and technology), with the aim of helping clients and our business work smarter. John also leads the consultancy focussed Legal Project Management and Product team.

John is a qualified solicitor with 20 years of experience working across a variety of practice groups and business support roles, including knowledge management, IT, risk, project management and business change. John co-founded CMS’ Legal Services Unit (our in-house “legal process outsourcing” team) and advises on alternative resourcing strategy, including on outsourcing, flexible lawyers and major projects.

John works with clients, suppliers and stakeholders across the business to help build specific solutions to business problems: using a blend of the range of resources available in CMS, including the Legal Services Unit, other flexible resourcing options, project management, technology and process.

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  • 1996 – Dip LP, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 1995 – LLB, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
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Risk Essentials: Commercial Contracts and AI: Grasping the Opportunities...
In this session, we will explore how recent developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies such as Generative AI are likely to affect commercial contract lawyers.  AI has the potential to help commercial contract lawyers become more efficient and cost-effective, but the question remains whether some of this technology may replace (or change) the need for qualified law­yers.Head­lining our session will be a talk from leading technologist Professor Daniel Katz looking into how legal technology is likely to change the way lawyers draft, negotiate and review commercial contracts.  We will then ask a panel of legal and innovation experts from CMS to discuss how they see AI affecting their practice areas, including how they interact with clients.
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