Reuters GC to become intelligence business CEO

Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin has moved to a new role as chief executive officer at legal market intelligence provider Practical Law Company (PLC).

Martin, who is also Reuters’ company secretary, leaves the media information provider after 11 years and will join PLC in the summer.

She will be responsible for growing the company, which offers a range of legal know-how products to business lawyers.

Martin said she felt that PLC was well positioned to move forward the legal profession’s use of technology.

“The rest of the business world has easily adapted new technology and systems to become more efficient while the legal world has been somewhat left behind sticking to medieval practices,” she said.

“What used to be a small whimper in one corner, however, has started to grow and now there’s a strong call for the legal profession to catch up with other parts of business such as finance, HR and IT.”

Martin, who is a former GC100 executive committee member
Martin began her career at Mayer Brown, where she was a corporate partner for nine years.

She set up the firm’s first knowledge management system in the late 1980s, which Martin said sparked her interest in the business of professional information.

Martin will continue in her role as a HSBC non-executive director.