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She Breaks the Law

She Breaks the Law is an unparalleled global network for women leaders of legal disruption. It provides them with a forum to connect with other like-minded women, to share their personal stories and experiences with one another, to develop their innovation skills and knowledge through opportunities for training, mentoring and coaching and to have a safe space to create, collaborate and test ideas. It does this via four strands: She Connects, She Shares, She Develops and She Creates.

The core purpose of the network is to break down silos and facilitate collaboration across the legal eco-system by bringing women leaders together: leaders from across the globe, from different disciplines and backgrounds, all whom are at the forefront of disruptive legal innovation.

Since the launch in March 2019, the group has attracted over 1600 female leaders from 26 countries and a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, all of whom have one thing in common: they are leading the charge and working hard to bring about a change in our eco-system and the way that legal services are designed, delivered or implemented. It is a strong community of lawbreakers who are breaking the mould and challenging the norm to drive positive change in the legal industry.

Our stellar Advisory Board includes some of the top disruptors within the industry, including Reena SenGupta, CEO RSG Consulting; John Croft, President of Elevate Services; Kim Craig, formerly Seyfarth Shaw, now co-founder of Bold Duck Studios, Prof John Armour, Oxford University, currently leading cutting edge research on use of AI in law; Anna Lozynski, an executive GC for L'Oreal in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the CLOC council in Australia; Hayley Stallard, Director of LegalOps & Innovation at Sky and member of the CLOC council in London; & finally Marie Bernard, formerly Dentons NextLaw Labs, now founder of Bleu du Prusse and among other things a board member of European Legal Tech Association (ELTA).

SBTL in action – some examples of what the community is already achieving include:

  • SisVentures, a venture recently set up by Hannele Korhonen & other members for empowering refugee women;

  • a Continuous Learning Group set-up following the London launch by enthusiastic and creative members, who've been meeting regularly and brainstorming ideas to create a better L&D environment in the legal eco-system;

  • and most recently, a new She Creates group led by Katherine Thomas re Investments in Female-led-start-ups, to try and tackle this important (gender-related) issue through a series of online meetings and storm boarding


Additionally, we are looking to set up an Access to Justice (A2J) focus group to bring together dynamic women leaders who've been working hard to improve A2J in different countries to connect with each other and explore collaborative initiatives together; and we've recently agreed to support and collaborate with the Oxford University on their ground-breaking research in the use of AI and other technology in law.

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Priya is a Legal Operations and innovation professional with extensive experience of leading service design and innovation projects in private practice and with GCs and in-house legal teams. Inspirational presenter and expert facilitator with substantial track record in driving wide-scale behavioral change to help legal teams adopt new ways of working, design customer-centric solutions and become more strategic, value-driven and efficient.  A highly motivated leader, strategic decision maker and influencer, Priya has been responsible for shaping and leading many global transformational projects to drive innovation in legal service delivery.

Previously a Senior Associate with over 10 years' experience in corporate finance transactions and knowledge management in top global law firms. Priya has also been a Research Fellow at the Cambridge University (Centre for Business Research) on an award winning project involving 25 jurisdictions.

Priya recently co-founded She Breaks the Law – a global network for women who lead disruptive legal innovation with 1600+ members since its launch on International Woman's Day this year. Priya is also on the Advisory Board for the Cambridge Women in Law network launched in Sept 2019 at the Faculty of Law, Cambridge University.

Priya Lele, Co-founder, She Breaks the Law

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