Delegates

Here is the list of attendees to this year’s Legal Leaders IT Forum 2018.

Christel Aguila

Christel is the Head of IT at Winckworth Sherwood, a medium-sized law firm based in London, Manchester and Oxford. She has been working in Legal IT for the last 18 years and was made a partner in 2011. She is a member of the firm’s Compliance Committee as well as the Practice Standard’s Committee. Whilst… Continue reading Christel Aguila

David Aird

David joined DAC Beachcroft autumn 2013 as IT director and was new to the legal sector. Previously he headed up the IT function at Mitie, the facilities and outsourcing company. Objectives in his new role include increasing internal satisfaction of IT, uprating the commerciality and professionalism of the team as well as pushing innovation and… Continue reading David Aird

Luke Axon

Luke has been in legal IT for 8 years and joined Stephensons in April 2014 as Development Manager. In April 2015 Luke was made Head of IT and now oversees 17 people including the development, infrastructure and training teams. Luke has worked with multiple case and practice management systems including Visual Files, Proclaim, SOS and… Continue reading Luke Axon

Damien Behan

Damien leads the IT function at Brodies with additional responsibility for Security, and is responsible for setting the technology strategy and working as part of the management team to deliver the business strategy.  

Andrew Black

Muckle LLP is a commercial lawyer firm based at a single office in Newcastle upon Tyne.  The firm has 140 users of which around 95 are fee earning.  I have been at the firm since 2000 and overseen many projects including an office move in 2008.  I have led the delivery of IT to the… Continue reading Andrew Black

Sarah Blair

Sarah studied at Dundee and Abertay Universities before joining Thorntons, and has worked with the IT team for more than 10 years. Sarah is responsible for the overall IT function at Thorntons heading a team of ten staff in infrastructure and development roles. Her remit includes aligning IT with business goals, delivering value to the… Continue reading Sarah Blair

Kevin Brown

Kevin moved into legal as Head of IM&T at Weightmans seven years ago, having spent the previous eight years in the police services in a variety of IT roles. He notes that the only difference in the other side of law is the uniform; the characters and organisational dysfunctionality remain the same. The last seven… Continue reading Kevin Brown

Lee Butler

Lee has worked in the IT sector for over 25 years and spent nearly over half that time at Miller Hendry where he is now the IT Director managing a small IT team. He is responsible for the IT strategic direction for the firm and is extremely passionate about technology and its application, ensuring that… Continue reading Lee Butler

Gervais Carlton-Blake

New Law pioneer Lawyers on Demand appointed Gervais as inaugural Chief Information Officer in Dec 2017 with charter to integrate the global LOD business and accelerate growth/productivity through the use of technology. Bringing more than 20 years of technology experience ranging from working with start-ups to running globally distributed technology departments for major corporations, Gervais… Continue reading Gervais Carlton-Blake

Michael Carrington

Michael has over 20 years IT experience. Currently responsible for Information Technology and Communications Management at Riverview Law and its technology subsidiary Kim Technologies. Maintaining, securing, enhancing and developing the infrastructure, IT systems and technical support within rapidly growing Group both in the UK and US. Riverview law supply outsourced legal services to large corporate… Continue reading Michael Carrington

Charles Carroll

Charlie Carroll is a Partner in A&L Goodbody’s Corporate and M&A practice. Charlie has a strong track record with a focus on equity capital markets, private company transactional and corporate finance-related work in addition to commercial, contractual and corporate governance matters across a range of sectors. Charlie advises international and indigenous companies across a variety… Continue reading Charles Carroll

Nikolaj Clausen

Started working in the Danish AntiPiracyGroup in 2003 as an IT consultant. Investigating cases for Johan Schlüter Law firm. Appointed IT manager at Johan Schlüter Law Firm, spend just over 10 years in that position. Currently CTO at Lundgrens Law firm. Interests are among others: Coffee (Japanese style), football and Whisky.

Rob Cohen

Robert Cohen CEO of Futurae Limited, a consultancy specialising in Risk management and IT merger due diligence and restructuring. with 20 years plus experience at CIO level, 16 years in Legal at Charles Russell Speechlys, I have a track record of Successful Merger implementations, completing over 180 successful projects in the last 3 years, continuously… Continue reading Rob Cohen

Adam Currie

Adam has responsibility for the strategy and management of ICT within Bedell Cristin. He is an experienced IT manager, having worked at a number of private banks based in Jersey before joining Bedell Cristin in January 2017. He has been technical lead on many IT projects including infrastructure updates, system migrations and deployments of new… Continue reading Adam Currie

Mark Gorringe

Worked in insurance and banking in my formative years. Started life in IT coding, and then business analysis/database development work, mainly with SQL. Moved into law 1993. Initially as manager of development and application teams. Became an IT Director in 2001. Spent 5 years as a Global IT Director at an American based law Firm.… Continue reading Mark Gorringe

Youcaf Hardwick

Youcaf has worked in the legal IT for the past 15 years and in various IT roles for over 20 years.  Started my Legal IT career being thrust into disaster recovery, application development and lots of upgrades, in the days of using WordPerfect.  Before embarking on my IT career and starting a family, enjoyed sailing… Continue reading Youcaf Hardwick

Paul Harker

Paul is the Head of IT for Anthony Collins Solicitors, a specialist law firm with a clear purpose – to “improve lives, communities and society”. Paul has 20 years’ experience in IT which straddles both the public and private sector, with the last 11 years spent leading and managing IT teams and large scale business… Continue reading Paul Harker

James Harrison

Creative, proactive and outcome-focused IT Director with a solid record of driving change, particularly through periods of growth with a wealth of business and operational experience gained in several diverse industries (Logistics, Media and Legal).

Craig Hartley

Originally from Newcastle, Craig is now based in Jersey and has over 20 years’ IT experience within offshore law firms. Craig spent 18 years at Mourant Ozannes before joining Collas Crill in 2017 as their Group Head of IT. He has been fortunate to work for firms that share his passion for technology and who… Continue reading Craig Hartley

Richard Harvey

Richard IT Director at leading independent Scottish law firm Harper Macleod LLP. The 15 strong department is responsible for the firm’s IT infrastructure, software development and business intelligence. Richard is also involved in the day-to-day running of the firm as part of Harper Macleod’s Executive Group. Richard joined Harper Macleod in 2006 and has overseen… Continue reading Richard Harvey

Craig Hawthorne

Craig Hawthorne is RPC’s Head of IT and has worked within Legal IT for over 18 years.  Previously of Denton’s, Craig has significant experience managing all areas of legal IT and running enterprise-scale IT projects.

Nathan Hayes

Nathan Hayes is IT Director at Osborne Clarke, one of Europe’s most respected and dynamic law firms. With almost 20 years of experience in the delivery, sourcing, strategic development and transformation of IT in the legal market, during that time he has provided these services to numerous law firms including CMS Cameron McKenna and Bevan… Continue reading Nathan Hayes

Sayid Hussein

Sayid is the Head of Information Technology for Dentons UK&ME region. Offices that fall under the UK&ME umbrella are London, Milton Keynes, Watford and soon to be offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in the UK, plus multiple offices in the Middle East and Africa region including Dubai, Doha, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Cairo. Dentons… Continue reading Sayid Hussein

Marco Imperiale

Marco is the Innovation Officer of LCA. In this role, he explores new and global trends in law, with a view to leverage on new technologies to deliver better legal services to clients. He also serves as attorney and advises national and international clients, primarily regarding copyright law. Marco collaborates with Harvard Law School as… Continue reading Marco Imperiale

Michael Kinnear

Michael Kinnear is Head of IT for Pemberton Greenish LLP where he is responsible for all aspects of IT (strategy, development, operations and support) and telecommunications throughout the firm.  He has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years, specialising in legal IT for over half of that time.

Billy Kirkwood

Billy is the IT Director, leading all aspects of Information Technology and Telecommunications. With over a decade of experience in law firms and ably supported by a small but talented team, Billy ensures that clients benefit from modern, secure and reliable IT solutions that enable the firm to provide a first class and efficient service.

Clive Knott

Clive has over 23 years’ experience in the sector, and is responsible for overall IT strategy and service delivery within the firm as well as the day-to-day management of the IT team. Clive has a strong background in project management, including office moves and integrating merged firm IT systems.  

Tony McKenna

I left school in Scotland at 16 and joined the South of Scotland Electricity Boards pre privatisation, pre PC’s, pre email, pre mobile phones, pre www, pre google, and pre everything my kids and colleagues think are very important that we all take for granted today. I’ve spent 20+ years working across the UK in… Continue reading Tony McKenna

Razi Mireskandari

Razi is Managing Partner and heads the Dispute Resolution team. He is highly regarded for his established reputation in advising clients on both general commercial disputes and in high profile media, music and publishing litigation cases. He leads a team of litigators who advise on all aspects of claimant and defendant work for individuals, companies… Continue reading Razi Mireskandari

Richard Newton

Richard Newton is VP EMEA Contract Express at Thomson Reuters. He was a co–founder of Contract Express, the leading legal document automation solution which became part of Thomson Reuters in late 2015. He is responsible for the EMEA business and has worked with all of the leading law firms and in house legal teams that… Continue reading Richard Newton

Mike Nolan

Mike Nolan is IT Director for Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and leads the global provision of IT services for the firm. Mike has worked in legal technology for twenty five years and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, and takes an active interest in the development of new technologies and their application within… Continue reading Mike Nolan

Peter Owen

Peter is the Founder and Managing Director of Lights-On Consulting Limited, an IT and management consultancy practice. Established in 2005, Lights-On specialises in the legal sector but also carries out some work for sectors outside of legal to maintain a broader commercial view. Peter is also a founder member, Director and Secretary of Litig, a… Continue reading Peter Owen

Andrew Powell

Andrew is Director of IT at Macfarlanes and is responsible for setting and implementing the firm’s IT and information security strategies. Having originally trained as an architect, he has spent the last fifteen years leading legal technology teams in Edinburgh and London, joining Macfarlanes in 2016. A Chartered Fellow of the BCS, he is an… Continue reading Andrew Powell

James Prouten

I have 15 years of experience of working in IT a number of offshore legal and financial services firms. I have a background as a self-taught application developer, and progressed through the ranks of management within IT, to my recent appointment as head of the technology team at Carey Olsen. I provide leadership for the… Continue reading James Prouten

Mark Rendall

IT Leader with 20 years’ experience running International IT teams in the Music industry and Managed IT Service sector, currently heading up the IT Operation for Taylor Wessing.

Mark Sawyer

Head of IT Infrastructure, Telecommunications and IT Procurement.  Mark has over 25 years of experience in legal IT.  He has managed the successful delivery of large and complicated IT Projects at Slaughter and May.  He is involved in the day to day provision of IT and also part of the firm’s IT management team looking… Continue reading Mark Sawyer

Jonathan Smith

Jonny Smith is Head of IT at Newcastle based law firm, Watson Burton LLP. With over 20 years’ experience in IT, Jonny has spent his career advising law firms on infrastructure, leading on change development and delivering effective IT solutions. Having spent the first 7 years of his career at a widely-respected regional law firm… Continue reading Jonathan Smith

Thereza Snyman

After a varied career in law and several other unrelated sectors, Thereza made a (happily) accidental move into technology some 17 years ago – long enough to have participated to some extent in the evolution which legal technology has undergone over the past two decades.  An “adventurous conservative” who (usually) shuns the bleeding edge, Thereza… Continue reading Thereza Snyman

Steve Sumner

I am the IT Director at Taylor Vinters LLP, an international law firm focusing on innovative and entrepreneurially minded people and businesses, helping them to make great things happen.  We operate through our European hubs in  London and Cambridge and through Via Law Corporation in Singapore working with our clients to manage risk, make informed… Continue reading Steve Sumner

Jonathan Swan

Jonathan is Operations and IT Director and member of the Roythornes Board.  Jonathan has gained considerable experience in the 25 plus years he has worked in IT and operational management within law firms such as Browne Jacobson, Hammonds, Bermans, Nabarros as well as British Coal Legal Department. In addition to working within law firms Jonathan… Continue reading Jonathan Swan

Paul Taylor

Paul has spent 18 years in the IT industry, initially working in the channel and then moving into global storage vendors EMC and NetApp.  Paul later worked as the first team in the UK for Veeam Software, the virtualization backup and replication specialist and finally at SimpliVity the hyperconvergence platform which was acquired by HPE.… Continue reading Paul Taylor

Doug Twining

Doug is the CIO for Mourant Ozannes and has 25 years’ experience spent in global organisations including Linklaters, PA Consulting and BP.  He is accountable for IT, Information Security and also the firm’s Business Change programmes worldwide. Prior to Mourant, Doug was Head of IT Strategy and Projects at Linklaters and developed the firm’s overall… Continue reading Doug Twining

Declan Tyrrell

Game keeper turned poacher. As a former Chief Financial Officer in the City of London with over 20 years buying experience in the Legal and Insurance sectors, Declan brings a unique analytical approach to growing profitability through analysis and value pricing techniques. He specialises in driving Sustainable profitable Growth and believes Pricing and profitability are… Continue reading Declan Tyrrell

Mike West

Mike joined Bevan Ashford (Westcountry) back in 1998, having previously worked for 8 years as a PC Support Specialist and latterly, a Network Manager in the Public Sector. Achievements with Bevan Ashford included the early introduction of Thin-Client technology to tackle the Year 2000 issue and at the same time, delivering performance boosts and a… Continue reading Mike West