Simon Drane


Strategist, innovator and advisor helping organisations create product strategies that drive growth in the rapidly evolving professional services sector. Extensive director level business development, commercial strategy and innovation & investment experience in the information and technology sector, having held positions at a legal information solution provider, a legal consultancy, a law firm, an accounting firm, and a legal membership organisation. Qualifications in law and tax, and deep experience in commercial product strategy. Board level experience of both executive and non-executive roles, and as CEO of a technology startup. Strong track record in creating innovative commercial strategies resulting in multiple new multimillion pound high growth lines of business from inception to BAU. Particular interest in emerging technologies and their impact on established business models, in particular the legal services sector.


Led the new investments area at LexisNexis and created and launched many of the next generation workflow offerings around areas such as drafting and process automation, delivering significant growth. At the Law Society restructured a set of commercial investments through taking board seats and also implemented a new commercial strategy including a significant shift in focus to legal technology innovation including the recent launch of the legal tech focused Barclays EagleLab accelerator.