In this issue of Modern Lawyer, we are consciously looking to unlock our ivory tower and explore what legal can learn from other industries. The idea stemmed from a conversation with my good friend Emma Jacobs, feature writer for the Financial Times, who specialises in writing about the future of work. Emma has covered lots of different industries - but never legal. She was curious; how is the legal profession adapting to the workplace trends that are redefining other industries? Our contributors draw on their wide-ranging experience to help us answer this question. What lessons can legal learn from public planning authorities about effective change management? What can technology companies teach lawyers about productising for delivery at scale? If 45% of 18 to 24-year-olds are prepared to share their data in exchange for a more intuitive and personalised user experience, what are the implications for data sharing in legal services? Does empathetic leadership really matter - and how can it be put into practice in a law firm context?