Speakers

Here are the speakers who will be presenting this year at the Legal Leaders IT Forum.

Mohammed Ajaz

Voted 2017 Hot100 Lawyer by the Lawyer Magazine MBA from Warwick University and MSc in Lean Enterprise from the University of Buckingham. Keen interest in exploring Lean, Operational and Process Excellence in the legal market. Director for a number of National Grid companies and chair of National Grid’s employee inclusion network.  Currently: Group Head of… Continue reading Mohammed Ajaz

Adrian Avanzato

Adrian specialises in Pricing and Commercial strategy and holds the position of Head of Pricing at the international law firm Pinsent Masons. Adrian is responsible for delivery of the firm wide pricing strategy and has previously held a number of senior positions across multiple sectors including Professional services, Travel, Transport, Telecommunications, Managed services and Investments.… Continue reading Adrian Avanzato

Sarah Barrett-Vane

Sarah was the Director of Legal Operations at Royal Mail plc until 31/12/17.  She was responsible for managing the budget for Group Legal; running all legal panel reviews and other legal appointments alongside the GC; and managing Royal Mail’s law firms.  Sarah was also accountable for all the operational aspects of a team of c.… Continue reading Sarah Barrett-Vane

Jeremy Barton

Jeremy Barton is General Counsel of KPMG UK, one of the largest member firms of KPMG’s global network providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. Leading a team of 50 people, he is responsible for legal and corporate governance matters and advises the Chairman and Board on practice protection, strategic M&A and legal and regulatory risks.… Continue reading Jeremy Barton

Oz Benamram

As the Firm’s first Chief Knowledge Officer, Mr. Benamram provides White & Case strategic direction on knowledge management and technology and leads the Knowledge Management department in developing and implementing the systems and processes that enable the Firm to use its collective knowledge to benefit its clients worldwide. Prior to joining White & Case in… Continue reading Oz Benamram

Scott Cairns

Scott sits on the board of management as the senior strategist at T-Systems, having gained extensive experience working within various roles in an IT career spanning over 21 years. His specialist areas include business strategy, digitalisation, security, cloud platforms, and virtualisation. As Chief Technology Officer for T-Systems, Scott has spoken at a number of CxO… Continue reading Scott Cairns

Kim Curran

A global leader with significant experience in global law firm operations. I have undertaken many difficult business critical projects with much success for delivering on time and within budget. I am a CPA with significant financial experience and IT experience. I enjoy building global teams across geographic and cultural borders. I excel at designing IT… Continue reading Kim Curran

Jeevan D’Silva

After graduating from the University of London with a Law and Business LLB Honours degree, Jeevan was subsequently called to the Bar. Jeevan joined T-Systems (then Debis IT Services) in 1998 and was later promoted to principal SAP Consultant following his development of the Croatian oil and gas market. In June 2000 he became Business… Continue reading Jeevan D’Silva

Ian Gilbert

Ian is the Pricing Director for Herbert Smith Freehills with responsibility for the development and execution of the firm’s pricing strategy globally. He leads a pricing function located across multiple geographies which provides pricing advisory, analytics, capability development and negotiation support to the firm’s partners and staff across all markets. The team works to develop… Continue reading Ian Gilbert

Mike Giles 

Mike is Finance Director of Fieldfisher.  He has over 35 years’ experience of working in professional service firms of which nearly 20 years has been in the legal sector.  Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross and then spent several years in the audit and corporate finance teams, including two years advising HM… Continue reading Mike Giles 

Jon Gould

Jon Gould is Blake Morgan’s Director of IT and has worked within Legal IT for over 25 years.  Prior to joining Blake Morgan in 2015, Jon was Director of Technology, Strategy and Enterprise Architecture at Balfour Beatty Workplace. Jon has significant experience managing all areas of legal IT and running enterprise-scale IT projects. Recent work… Continue reading Jon Gould

Caroline Hill

Caroline Hill has worked in the legal sector for around 100 years. The best thing she ever did was ditch a City lawyer career for her first passion –  writing – albeit mistakenly thinking she’d work less hours. Caroline has been a senior reporter at Legal Week, news editor at Legal Business, and took over… Continue reading Caroline Hill

Matthew Kellett

Matthew is the FSO UK Law Leader, responsible for building the Financial Services Legal practice in the UK The practice focuses on Legal Operations consulting, Financial Services regulation and Managed Legal Services Matthew is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales with over 20 years  experience, and a frequent speaker and guest… Continue reading Matthew Kellett

Milos Kresojevic

Founder of AI.Legal Labs, thought leader on use of AI in legal industry. From Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to IBM Research Lab and Silicon Valley. Contributed to the Law Society’s report on “Technology Innovation in Legal Services”. Regular speaker on “AI and Big Law”in New York, London, ICAIL 2017 – King’s College,  Winner of the 1st… Continue reading Milos Kresojevic

Matt O’Callaghan

An experienced sales leader with more than 25 years in the IT & telecommunications industry and the last 12 years working in Microsoft Corporation. Matt started his career as an account manager and progressed to a sales leadership role when he joined Microsoft. He has spent the last two years leading a team in the… Continue reading Matt O’Callaghan

Daniel Pollick

‘Daniel Pollick has been International Chief Information officer at DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm, since 1998.  He is also the firm’s Director of Business Transformation, responsible for modernising the delivery of business services across the firm. Daniel is based in the UK, and his desk is in Leeds. Daniel’s early career was spent… Continue reading Daniel Pollick

Mike Polson

Mike Polson is Managing Partner of Ashurst’s new legal sourcing and business support office in Glasgow.  Ashurst launched the Glasgow office in August 2013 to create a centre of excellence to drive change within the firm globally.  There are two main elements to the Glasgow office – the business support functions, which include IT, Finance… Continue reading Mike Polson

James Ratcliffe

James is a passionate IT professional with a penchant for troubleshooting and a love of translating geek speak to everyday human. With over 11 years of experience in the industry seeing evolving technology and trends being integrated into everyday life and business, he is excited by the new era of the digital age and the… Continue reading James Ratcliffe

Adam Riley

Adam is the Sales & Commercial Director for Accenture Strategy in the UK & Ireland, leading on the Practice’s pricing, sales execution & profitable delivery agendas. His team acts as a commercial center of excellence providing guidance and support to both leadership, and project teams, to optimize commercial performance across the value chain – from… Continue reading Adam Riley

Barry Rodick

An ex IT professional turned Legal Operations owner, Barry started his career as Business Analyst for William Hill before joining Eversheds-Sutherland’s IT department helping the Practice Groups improve their processes and technology and then applied these skills to helping In-House teams (ranging from Global Tech distribution to Financial Services) support their legal transformation projects. For… Continue reading Barry Rodick

Dene Rowe

Dene is one of Keoghs’ Senior Equity Partners, Innovation Director and has been a member of the Keoghs Executive Board since 2012. Dene is responsible for developing Keoghs’ innovations and product offering and has been behind a number of indemnity saving and process improvement initiatives for Keoghs’ clients such as the use of big data,… Continue reading Dene Rowe

Dan Scarfe

Dan is Founder of New Signature UK, Microsoft’s FY15 UK Country Partner of the Year. Dan works very closely with the Microsoft account teams, serves as a mentor for Microsoft Ventures and is part of two separate Partner Advisory Councils in Redmond. Dan also sits on the UK and EMEA boards for the Microsoft Partner… Continue reading Dan Scarfe

Jo Sherman

Jo is a lawyer and computer scientist with extensive international experience in the application technology to law. Jo has also, over the last twenty years, held C-Suite roles in three legal technology companies she has founded.   Other roles have included, Court of Appeal Registrar, Law Society CTO and Ministry of Justice CIO. She has consulted… Continue reading Jo Sherman

Richard Skinner

Richard Skinner has worked in the legal sector for more than 15 years.  He’s currently Senior Enterprise Architect at Taylor Wessing LLP where he advises on technology strategy and has played a key role in the firm’s digital transformation.  

Derek Southall

Derek Southall, is a high profile and very well connected figure in the legal technology, innovation and digital marketplaces and was recently described as the “Doyen of legal IT and Innovation”. Derek has spent nearly 25 years in a range of leading strategic roles for GowlingWLG for most of this time as a Partner and Head… Continue reading Derek Southall

James Temple

James is IT Director at Seddons. As a former management consultant, business owner and IT strategist, James has over 20 years’ experience delivering robust and effective business solutions with a wealth of experience in the legal sector. James’s focus is on ensuring IT investments and implementations are aligned to the strategic goals and ambitions of… Continue reading James Temple

Georgina Thorpe

Georgina recently joined Herbert Smith Freehills as Pricing Manager in the Disputes Practice with responsibility for the UK, US and EMEA. In this role she works closely with partners and the global business development team to ensure all bids, proposals, rates reviews, pricing analysis and terms for the disputes practice are both economically viable for… Continue reading Georgina Thorpe

Richard Tomlinson

Richard Tomlinson is BLPs Head of Knowledge Architecture and Systems, responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing management of the Firm’s Knowledge Architecture, enabling partners and lawyers to store, manage and find information and knowledge in a way that is quick, targeted and easy.  The firmwide Knowledge Architecture and Knowledge Systems support effective legal work… Continue reading Richard Tomlinson

Haig Tyler

Haig Tyler is the Chief Information Officer at Herbert Smith Freehills.  He leads the global IT function with responsibility for all aspects of systems operations, support and development, as well as technology strategy. He is an experienced senior IT executive, with experience in IT transformation, outsourcing/ insourcing and offshore/near-shore delivery. Haig’s areas of expertise cover… Continue reading Haig Tyler

Michaël van Leeuwen

Michaël van Leeuwen is responsible for pricing, proposing alternative and appropriate fee arrangements and improving processes. His background in law and professional experience in legal and tech services contribute significantly to his knowledge of the legal market and its ever-evolving needs. Michaël previously was a Legal Project Manager at De Brauw, advising clients and colleagues… Continue reading Michaël van Leeuwen

Mark Whitley

Mark is a Chief Operating Officer/Managing Director with a track record of success in complex, change resistant environments across different sectors (logistics telecoms and professional services). Currently embarking on a Non-Exec/Advisory career his most recent Executive role was Global COO for Norton Rose Fulbright. Prior to that he followed a corporate career including National Westminster… Continue reading Mark Whitley

Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang is a Research Director responsible for covering risk and security management programs. Her areas of specialty include enterprise legal management, integrated risk management and digital innovation. She has 22 years of professional experience in a variety of teaching, advisory and IT-related roles. Ms. Zhang is an author on the emerging trends of digital… Continue reading Jie Zhang