" Legal Design Summit


Thursday | Friday



I. - Beautiful & Better Documents & Visualising Information:

Marco Imperiale

Founder and managing director of Better Ipsum, a consultancy focused on legal design, -innovation, and -wellbeing.. Marco Imperiale has a long-time experience working on legal design services and products for relevant institutions, Fortune 500 and listed companies. A true legal design pioneer, Marco wrote (with Barbara de Muro) the first Italian book on legal design and lectured the course on legal design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, where he graduated as Fulbright Scholar, he also worked as visiting researcher. Fun facts. Marco has seen more than 1000 concerts, run a few marathons, and completed nine times El Camino de Santiago. Whenever he finds time in his hectic agenda, he also works as negotiation consultant and mindfulness trainer.


Stefania Passera

Founder of Passera Design, Contract designer. Stefania Passera is an Italian-born information designer based in Helsinki, Finland. With almost 15 years of experience in simplifying contracts and other legal documents, she is considered a true legal design pioneer. She is the founder of Passera Design and collaborates as Contract Designer in Residence with World Commerce & Contracting.

Stefania is an all-rounder, backing her design expertise with a solid academic background. She has served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Vaasa and earned her PhD from Aalto University. Her research has been widely published, and she is an in-demand keynote speaker and lecturer on contract design, simplification, and legal design. As a legal design advocate and popularizer, she has co-authored the Legal Design Manifesto, built the open-access Contract Design Pattern Library, and organized 30+ Legal Design Jam workshops around the world.

Her innovative work has earned her the European Women of Legal Tech Award in 2020 and a World Commerce & Contracting Fellowship in 2017.


Dan Riley

CEO, Spearhead Interactive & Founder, Resol-vr. Dan Riley is an award-winning technology entrepreneur specialising in the design of immersive and interactive experiences that tackle complex and critical challenges. With a portfolio of 150+ solutions delivered across various sectors, Dan empowers organisations through engagement and positive disruption; effectively bridging the gap between people and technology.

Passionate about adding value to the legal industry, Dan will share insights on immersive visualisation in litigation as a speaker at the Legal Design Summit, drawing from his firsthand experience and expertise. Notably, Dan will present a groundbreaking virtual reality solution that played a pivotal role in resolving a complex legal dispute, underscoring the transformative potential of immersive technologies.

Attendees can expect an enlightening and impactful presentation; through his talk, Dan aims to inspire and empower fellow professionals to leverage technology to improve processes, drive innovation and achieve exceptional outcomes in the legal industry.


Mel Flanagan

Founder Nook Studios, advocate, information designer, creative director, storyteller. Mel Flanagan is a global social justice, environmental, open government advocate, and designer, with a background in theatre and filmmaking. Nook Studios is a social enterprise of researchers, artists, designers, and civic technologists based in Sydney, Australia.

Nook design revolutionary content and information products to help people simply explain, connect, and visualise complex information such as legislation and regulations - making them easier to follow, analyse, and improve. Nook's experience includes natural resource governance, (mining, oil, gas), infrastructure projects, environmental approvals, government decision making processes, contracting and procurement pathways.

Mel regularly speaks about the role of design in making positive social and environment impact and open initiatives such as open contracting. Nook run workshops to share their approach and are producing open-source digital tools to help everyone communicate more effectively and bring processes and data to life in engaging ways for community audiences.


Kanan Dhru

Founder of Research Foundation for Governance and Lawtoons. Kanan Dhru has developed and researched innovative solutions in law since 2009. She has been a practicing lawyer, founder of a think-tank on legal reforms called Research Foundation for Governance and Lawtoons. Operational Board Member of Legal Hackers and a Senior Lecturer in legal technology at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Kanan led a legal innovation community at the Hague Institute for Innovation of Laws.




Erika Pagano

Head of Legal Innovation and Design, Simmons & Simmons. Erika Pagano is an award-winning lawyer, innovator, and educator whose sweet spots include culture creation, leadership, strategy, teaming, technology, and cross-border initiatives. Having dedicated a decade to change, creativity, and client centricity in the legal profession, Erika works with a wide variety of clients on harnessing the power of legal design.

Erika was recognized by LawTechUK, a Ministry of Justice-backed initiative, as a legal tech trailblazer. She was named Rising Star of the Year (the Lynne Freeman Award) by WeAreTheCity in 2021, as well as “highly commended” for Rising Star of the Year at the 2019 British Legal Awards. She is a regular speaker and published author. She also serves as Guest Faculty at IE University (Madrid), where she teaches undergraduate and masters courses on innovation in the legal profession. She sits on multiple boards (Georgetown Class of 2008 Committee, LawWithoutWalls Advisory Board, University of Miami School of Law Alumni Board and National Advisory Council, and others) and is a member of Simmons’ gender balance and neurodiversity committees.


Callum Brown

Senior Legal Designer, Simmons & Simmons. Callum Brown is a Senior Legal Designer at Simmons & Simmons. He has been working in legal tech and legal design for the past 4 years with the international law firm Simmons and Simmons. He has guest lectured at Oxford, Science Po, IE Madrid and Swansea. He was an English teacher for 10 years, and was a professional fire juggler.


Glen Byrne

Legal Designer, Simmons & Simmons. Glen Byrne qualified as a lawyer in Ireland before joining Simmons Wavelength as a legal designer. Drawing on experiences working in design and communications, Glen creates a better experience of law for its users. As part of training as a solicitor, Glen worked in employment law, European competition law, debt and enforcement, and eventually qualifying into international tax law. Glen also worked in communications and in graphic design, which has given him a perspective unique in the legal industry and skills that are pertinent to successful legal design.

Glen has worked on large legal design projects as part of Simmons & Simmons, such as recreating the data privacy manual for a large, multinational energy business, and redesigning the code of conduct for a global financial institution. Glen has also taught legal design principles at Oxford University and Swansea University.


Astrid Kohlmeier

AK Legal Design, Co-author of "The Legal Design Book". Astrid Kohlmeier is a lawyer and designer and internationally considered as a pioneer of legal design. She runs the Munich-based consulting firm AK LEGAL DESIGN. Co-author of ‘The Legal Design Book’, Astrid particularly advises legal departments and law firms on the development of user-centered solutions with a strong focus on legal innovation and digital transformation. She is a member and lecturer of the Executive Faculty at the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession, co-founder of the non-profit association Liquid Legal Institute, speaker at relevant conferences worldwide and works with a global network of legal designers. She is a gardener at heart, loves good food and can‘t sit still when it comes to music.


Dorra Harrar

Founder of Legal.D, the first legal design agency in the MENA region. Dorra Harrar is a humanist business lawyer and the first expert practitioner, a pioneer of legal design, in the MENA region. She is a founder of Legal.D, the first legal design agency in the MENA region, based in Tunisia.

Dorra combines her advanced experience as a business lawyer with her creative, innovative and humanistic spirit to help companies and individuals make their legal documents clear, understandable, and efficient, to enable change into a strategic drive for business and insure human dignity.

Dorra has worked on several legal design projects in social and business fields, both nationally and internationally, and has succeeded in using legal design in a litigation case for the first time before a Tunisian court.

In 2022, Dorra won the WorldCC Innovation & Excellence award in the personal initiative category. The award recognized Dorra’s significant impact in business and its unique contribution to challenging the status quo of the practice of law in her country.
She also organized, in Tunisia, the first legal design workshop for law students and has been invited to speak at national and international events.


Laura Hartmann

General Counsel, Legal Designer. Laura Hartmann is a General Counsel and Legal Designer based in regional Victoria, Australia. She is passionate about creating in-house legal services that people love. Laura uses design methodologies to re-examine everything we think we know about in-house legal teams- from the way we write and speak, to the processes that underpin service delivery. She is currently building a legal service from the ground up at Grampians Health and loving every minute of it. Laura holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne. She is the legal design portfolio lead for the Legal Technology and Innovation Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel (Australian chapter).


Karol Valencia

DesignOps & Legal Design Lead at WOW Legal Experience | Legal Design Ops Agency. Karol Valencia is a lawyer, legal designer, full stack developer and UX Design Unicorn. Karol is Director of the ITLS lab (innovation & technology lab for the legal sector), Advisory board member at Global Legaltech Hub, Senior lecturer on legal innovation courses, mentor at ADP List and Speaker.


Marie Potel-Saville

Founder of Amurabi, Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, Singapore Management University and Assas. Marie Potel-Saville is the founder of Amurabi, an award-winning legal innovation studio, and www.fairpatterns.com, a platform dedicated to fight against dark patterns and train all stakeholders to avoid them. She is an international keynote speaker in human-centric law and legal innovation by design (IAPP Global Privacy Summit, W@Privacy, Computer Privacy and Data Protection, LegalGeek…).

Before founding Amurabi, she worked in private practice for 10 years (Freshfields, Allen & Overy) in Europe, then moved in-house to become GC EMEA of a US listed group. She holds a Master’s Degree in Innovation by Design at ENSCI. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Serpentine Galleries’ Legal Lab and is involved in pro bono access to access initiatives. Marie teaches innovation by design at Singapore Management University, Sciences Po and Assas.



III. - Legal Design as a New Mindset in the Face of Modern Tools

Geoffrey Delcroix

Head of innovation for the legal team at Ubisoft. Geoffrey Delcroix As Head of innovation for the legal team at Ubisoft - a world leading creator and publisher of video games - Geoffrey Delcroix brings his experience as a professional futurist and innovation enabler to explore new territories and create the unknown for the legal team! He joined Ubisoft in 2019 to create an ambitious transformation team whose mission is to anticipate futures and inspire legal strategic ambitions, catalyze the legal team transformation journey, deliver new legal services in line with Ubisoft priorities and business opportunities and enhance daily operational excellence through simplification. The team deals with legal techs, legal design, legal operations and legal awareness & communications strategies and projects with a diverse set of skills and a fast prototyping and makers mindset. We nurture an entrepreneurial and human-centric mindset in the legal department to ensure legal team best ideas are captured, tested, developed, and scaled.

Before joining Ubisoft in 2019, Geoffrey co-founded and managed LINC, the innovation and foresight laboratory of the French Data protection Authority (CNIL).


Riikka Koulu

Associate Professor at University of Helsinki and leader of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab. Prof. Dr. Riikka Koulu is the Associate Professor (Social and Legal Implications of AI) at the Faculties of Social Sciences and Law, University of Helsinki, Finland. Since 2016, she also leads the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab, an interdisciplinary research hub that examines the intersections of law, technology, and society. She holds several positions inside and outside of academia, e.g. the chairperson of the Finnish Data Protection Ombudsman’s Expert Board; member of the Ethical Advisory Board of the Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI); and associated researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society HIIG (Berlin). Her current research interests include automation of legal practices, AI ethics, policy and regulation, and procedural perspectives to technological design.


Natalie Byrom

Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL Laws. Dr Natalie Byrom is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL Laws. Her research focuses on evaluating the impact of data driven technologies on access to justice and mechanisms for increasing public participation in justice data governance. Between 2018 and 2020 she was expert advisor to the UK Ministry of Justice where she led the development of a data strategy to underpin their £1bn programme of digital court reform. She sits on the Civil Justice Council and the Ministry of Justice Senior Data Governance Panel, which advises the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice on novel and contentious uses of justice data. She is part of the BBC Expert Women network and her research has been published in the legal and national press.