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The Legal Innovation Centre created a short course for Allen & Overy which centred around legal technology, this was used as an introduction for those who wished to learn more about how the legal profession could benefit from making better use of big data and artificial intelligence. Allen & Overy then supported the MSc/LLM Corporate Law, Computing & Innovation with the opportunity for placements, prizes and practitioner teaching input.


The Legal Innovation Centre and Allen & Overy are also partnered in several applied research projects. The projects investigate the use of state of the art machine learning technologies and their utility within the legal space.


Baker McKenzie collaborated with the Legal Innovation Centre to explore research opportunities aligned to its technology strategy, including the global rollout of artificial intelligence tools.

As the regional business development agency, Invest NI's role is to grow the local economy. They do this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. They are part of the Department for the Economy and provide strong government support for business by effectively delivering the Government’s economic development strategies.

The Legal Innovation Centre partnered with Belfast City Council to help increase the visibility of Belfast as an innovation hub to bring new businesses to the city. This took the form of working alongside local businesses, the resilience commissioner and the city deals project. 


The legal Innovation Centre partnered with Citi on the development of its ground-breaking MSc/LLM in Corporate Law, Computing & Innovation, including the roll out of placements, prizes and practitioner input.


Advisory Board Members

Andrew Brammer

IT and Shared Services Director

Allen & Overy

Colm Devine

EY Ireland Advisory Partner and Head of Utilities Risk UK Government Services


Alison Hook


(Legal Reguloraly Consultancy)

Hook Tangaza

Lauren McCoy

Associate General Counsel


Lisa McLoughlin


Herbert Smith Freehills

William Duffy

Research Associate, Legal Innovation Centre

Ulster University

Christopher Souto

Site Lead & VP Operations

Factor Law

Tim Brundle

Director of Research

and Impact


Ulster University

Peter Devine

Head of Strategic Partnerships 

Ulster University

Moira Loughran

Client and Sector Development Manager, Financial and Professional Services

Invest NI

Esther McGuinnes

Co-Director of Ulster University Law Clinic, Director of Employability, School of Law and Head of School of Law

Ulster University

Eugene McNamee

Executive Director of the Legal Innovation Centre, Professor in Law

Ulster University 

Tobin Craig

Data Science Manager

Allstate NI

Angela Clist

Partner and Head of Legal Services Centre 

Allen & Overy

Karen Delgado

Head of Corporate Engagement


Ulster University

Liam Maguire

Pro Vice-Chancellor Research/Computer Science

Ulster University

Grainne McKeever

Co-Director of Ulster University Law Clinic, Professor of Law and Social Justice

Ulster University

Chris Nugent

Head of School of Computing 

Ulster University 

James Richards

Executive Director

Baker McKenzie

Kevin Curran

Executive Director of the Legal Innovation Centre, Professor of Cyber Security

Ulster University

Jane Hollway

Co-Director of the Legal Innovation Centre


Ulster University

Danny McConnell

Technology Partner


Craig McKeown



Niall McCarroll

Research Fellow, Legal Innovation Centre

Ulster University

Joanna Robinson 


Pinsent Masons

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