CRAMMER 2018 | RE.VISION

The Crammer™ is an annual Adams & Adams event that has been running for a decade. Its aim is to digest legal developments and issues of the year into a morning’s session by providing short, sharp insights with practical tips, and is designed for busy inhouse legal practitioners, executives, C-suites, and managers.

This year the general theme is based around the concept of RE.VISION – a review and future looking event analysing trends such as blockchain, AI, disruption and the law. Tech guru, author and broadcaster, Simon Dingle, opened this year’s event with an enthralling look at the origins and dynamics of cryptocurrency, debunking myths surrounding Bitcoin and blockchains, and an outline of what the new era of money means for individuals and for business.

This was followed by an compelling panel discussion exploring current insights on the effect of technology and changing consumer dynamics in the provision of legal services – with interesting perspectives from industry, technology experts, and legal service providers. Former Global Head of IP at The Coca-Cola Company, Danise van Vuuren, joined the discussion via broadcast from London. Moderated by A&A Partner, Darren Olivier, the panel was further enriched by the wisdom of Helen Burt (Former Head of Legal at Tyme and IP Counsel at Barclays Bank), Daren Mudaly (Chief Data Architect & Engineer and Co-Founder of Pepper Potts), and Andre Visser (Partner and Adams 2.0 committee member at Adams & Adams).

The Crammer event has grown into the most popular intellectual property event in South Africa offered by a law firm and now incorporates general legal topics. Breakout sessions included a variety of relevant and interesting topics such as blockchain, the legalisation of marijuana, corporate forensics, privacy laws, direct marketing, artificial intelligence, labour law and recent trade mark litigation matters at the SCA.

The 2018 edition of Crammer was closed out by a panel discussion led by A&A Associate, Nic Rosslee. The panel, including FORT’s Shukri Toefy, Uber Eats’ David Mitchell, Stuart van der Veen of Nedbank CIB, and A&A Partner, Jac Marais, explored best practice to incentivise, nurture, manage and commercialise innovation within businesses and the risks of not doing so, from a legal perspective.

Videos of selected presentations or sessions will be made available soon.