Allen & Overy (A&O) has recruited its first global head of eDiscovery amid plans to overhaul the firm’s function.
Scott Robson joins the magic circle firm from EY, where he was an executive director in the forensic technology and discovery services group. He was based in the company’s fraud investigation and disputes practice.
Prior to joining EY in 2014, Robson was a senior manager at KPMG for 14 years.
A&O is in the midst of an eDiscovery overhaul, with Robson brought in to oversee the firm’s investment in a new eDiscovery platform.
He will focus on bringing A&O’s function up-to-date with other services currently offered in the market.
His appointment follows another senior appointment earlier in the year – Andrew Caspersonn joined the firm in Sydney from Herbert Smith Freehills as a litigation support manager and eDiscovery manager.
Dispute resolution head and US senior partner Tim House said: “We know that our clients face constant pressure to strike the optimal balance of cost, quality and risk.
“By investing in senior business professionals, such as Scott, and by broadening our resourcing and the tools that we use we are helping them overcome this challenge.”
A&O has been putting an emphasis on its litigation practice over the last 12 months, particularly in IP after a series of hires from Simmons & Simmons.
Few firms are understood to have a global head of eDiscovery, with the magic circle instead making investments in artificial intelligence. Linklaters signed a deal with technology provider RAVN, while Freshfields and Clifford Chance opted for Kira.