Digital disruption – Useful resources for commercial lawyers

Digital disruption is the transformation of business by the emergence of new business models enabled by new technologies. The way we shop, bank, eat, socialise, find and do work and even sleep are all being impacted by our increasing use of technology. Disruption brings new legal challenges, especially in areas such as data protection, supply chain, competition and employment. It’s no surprise that the most popular work request we’ve had at Obelisk over the last year is for tech-savvy commercial lawyers. So how do you keep up to date with the changes in technology and what some of the implications might be for your clients?  Make time to tap into some of these top free resources and stay ahead.

“We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning, to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security—we are working alongside customers every day to help them adapt and stay open for business in a world of remote everything.”

Microsoft CEO - Satya Nadella

#1 Insights on digital disruption from… Consultancies

McKinsey on Digital Disruption

This online resource is packed with sector-specific insights, articles, research and predictions. With a curated mixture of articles, podcasts and executive briefings, it’s a great place to use to prepare for interviews, stay ahead of general business trends and expand your business vocabulary.

Find more similar content from Accenture and Deloitte.

#2 Insights on digital disruption from… Tech news sites

The Verge

The Verge has a wide-ranging brief so if you want to stay in touch with the latest trends from tech giants such as Apple, as well as pick up a host of news and comment on new releases across areas such as games, consoles and wearable technology, this is for you.


Stay up to date with the world’s largest collection of data and insights on all things start-up from TechCrunch.

Fast Company 

More online magazine, Fast Company is good for a browse over a coffee break (it’s very easy to get sidetracked into luxury house-hunting, for example), but packed with easy to read news and views on tech and innovation.

#3 Insights on digital disruption from… Law firms and professionals

Privacy matters – DLA Piper

With articles from counsel from across DLA Piper’s offices, you can sign up for Privacy matters to receive updates and opinion on changes in data protection and privacy law around the world. Whilst it’s functional in approach (no pictures!), there’s lots of good information here.

Find similar from Mills & Reeve and Tech Disputes Network.

#4 Insights on digital disruption from… Enterprise software vendors

Sap Insights

Concentrating on introducing new technologies to a business audience and showcasing practical applications, this blog from SAP covers digital business, emerging technologies and looks at the future of work. 

Find more like this from Salesforce and Microsoft.

#5 Insights on digital disruption from… Thought-leaders

Here are just a few people of the many, many people who are thinking and talking about disruption. Seth Godin looks at communication and marketing in a disrupted world, sharing a “thought of the day” two-minute read on his blog. Cathy Hackl is a future gazer and specialist in augmented and virtual reality. Danah Boyd researches and writes on the ethical challenges of technology and data, and has founded an institute dedicated to this work. Andres Guadamuz is a lecturer in IP law and blogs on the legal implications of blockchain technology, NFTs and cryptocurrencies. Mark Cohen thinks specifically about the disruption of the legal industry itself. Last but not least, Obelisk CEO Dana Denis-Smith often discusses tech and AI disruption in the legal and professional world.

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