Norton Rose turns to Clifford Chance for knowledge systems chief

Norton Rose has created two high-level non-lawyer positions in its IT and knowledge management functions.

Clifford Chance director of global knowledge systems Sam Dimond has joined to head the Norton Rose group’s own knowledge management function, while Sheila Doyle has become group chief information officer.

Doyle has previously held IT roles at BP, IBM and, most recently, Royal Mail, which she left last year to work on a freelance basis.

Group chief executive Peter Martyr said in a statement: “As of 1 June, we’ll be amongst the 10 biggest legal practices in the world. Bringing Sheila and Sam on board will help ensure our know-how is employed to the best effect across the group, and our approach to IT remains at the cutting edge of our industry. Both are vital in ensuring our clients can properly benefit from our growth.”

Next month sees the firm’s mergers with Canadian outfit Ogilvy Renault and South African firm Deneys Reitz go live, creating a firm with 38 offices and 2,500 lawyers worldwide.