Clifford Chance hackathon empowers all trainees to produce apps
All trainees are trained how to build apps as part of their onboarding.
The London office of global law firm Clifford Chance has been training all new trainees on
how to produce mobile and web apps. Over 100 trainees have participated in the last 12
Partners and the Graduate Team at Clifford Chance identified an opportunity to enable the
practice areas to have access to technical skills by training all new trainees on Fliplet, a
low-code app creation product.
The training has resulted in a mobile app being created for one of Clifford Chance ‘s clients.
The app was created by a trainee in conjunction with the partners, the client and the Clifford
Chance IT department. The result was rapid delivery of an initial version of the app, quick
updates based on client feedback and accelerated opportunities for the trainee to work with
a client to deliver a high priority project.
The aim of the training is to encourage innovation at a graduate trainee level in the firm and
consists of an app hackathon, followed by ongoing support from the Graduate Team and a
group of technology innovators made up of partners, lawyers and staff. The training aims to
inspire the next generation of lawyers entering the firm, arm them with the technical skills to
deliver apps when they spot opportunities, and highlight how the legal industry is rapidly
evolving with the use of legal technology.
The training takes the form of a hackathon that runs for four hours. Fliplet delivers a
comprehensive programme focusing on app creation best practice, building a business case,
a platform demonstration and culminates in teams of trainees producing multiple app
prototypes presented by the end of that day. Attendees learn what makes a good app, how
to plan an app project, how to build the app with Fliplet and how to collect feedback from
stakeholders. The IT and the Graduate Teams are on hand to gather good ideas and share
them with management.
Yasmina Kone, Graduate Recruitment Specialist and organiser of the hackathon at Clifford
“The hackathons have proved an efficient way to upskill incoming trainees in an
interactive and exciting format. It’s an opportunity to use a tech platform, develop new
skills and start thinking about how they can improve internal and client-facing
processes. We’ve been impressed by their ideas, insight and creativity.”
Ian Broom, CEO of Fliplet says:
“Like the ideas presented, Fliplet has iterated with Clifford Chance to improve the
delivery of the hackathon. The training is producing about 15 new app ideas each
event and it’s exciting seeing trainees realise that they can rapidly produce apps that
have a real impact on a firm the size of Clifford Chance early in their legal career.
With each hackathon we run the app ideas and app quality is improving resulting in
more sophisticated apps that are more valuable to Clifford Chance.”
About Clifford Chance
Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range
of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated global partnership, we pride
ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive
to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all commercial and
industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We
provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s
global standards with in-depth local expertise.
Tel: +44 207 006 4003
Fliplet enables non-technical and technical people to produce mobile and web apps. Fliplet
includes a broad selection of app templates and features, with optional open-source
customisation. This enables organisations to rapidly deliver apps for staff or customers with
distribution to public or enterprise app stores, and online. Fliplet has clients globally, with
offices in the UK and the USA.
Tel. +44 (0)203 582 9720 (UK)