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Clydes recruits new CIO to review tech strategy

Clyde & Co has appointed a new chief information officer to spearhead the firm’s data and IT strategy, after the departure of former lead Chris White. White joined Clydes in June 2013, but turned his 18-month initial contract into a full-time role in December 2015 to adequately implement his plans for the firm. He said: “After […]

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Withers re-elects Robertson for fourth stint as CEO

Withers managing director Margaret Robertson has been re-elected for a fourth term, following a successful reign overseeing the internationalisation of the British firm. Following the uncontested election, Robertson will remain as CEO for a three-year term, until 2021. The firm’s 2016/17 financials revealed an eight per cent growth in revenue from £161.5m to £174.5m. Withers also promoted […]


Facebook nabs company from A&O’s tech incubator

Allen & Overy (A&O) has lost one of its newest recruits into tech incubator Fuse, after it was snapped up by social media giant Facebook. Bloomsbury AI, which entered A&O’s Fuse programme in May, has been acquired by Facebook for around $30m, as the latter looks to further its influence in the UK. The start-up was […]

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A&O launches new standalone consultancy for ‘logistical’ work

Allen & Overy has further cast its net outside the scope of legal work with the launch of a new regulatory consulting business. The Allen & Overy Strategy Group will exist as a standalone business within A&O’s London office, spearheaded by Sally Dewar, who will be brought over from her current role as head of international regulatory affairs at […]

Nick Barwood

Womble Bond guns for new revenue stream with tech platform launch

Womble Bond Dickinson has launched a technology and process-oriented arm for the UK branch of its business, bringing together more than 100 staff into a single stream. The firm will launch WBD Advance to clients today and offer volume due diligence work, project management, process and compliance consultancy, and flexible lawyering options for in-house counsel. […]

BWB gains new COO from Linklaters

Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has hired Linklaters global finance and projects division business manager Sally Procopis as its next chief operating officer. Procopis, who was at Linklaters for nearly a decade, will take over from outgoing partnership executive officer Peter Bennett. Bennett is retiring from the firm after 12 years. Procopis will coordinate all of […]

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Mishcon raids UCL for latest push into tech delivery

Mishcon de Reya has continued to ramp up its tech focus with the appointment of Alastair Moore from University College London (UCL) in the newly-created role of head of data analytics and machine learning. Moore recently stepped down from his previous role leading a masters programme in analytics at the UCL School of Management, although […]

Travelers Roundtable: Law Firm of the Year

Creating a discernible and identifiable culture is no mean feat; creating one worthy of Law Firm of the Year is even harder. At a breakfast roundtable in the heart of the City, The Lawyer and Travelers spoke to those shortlisted for the top prize about how they cultivate, maintain and progress something so intangible. A […]

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Exclusive: Axiom weighs up IPO after years of deliberation

Flexible legal resources provider Axiom is considering an initial public offering in a bid to turbocharge the company’s growth, The Lawyer understands. Sources close to the matter claim that the firm’s internal talks are reaching a head after several years of deliberation. An Axiom spokesperson said today: “Axiom does not comment on rumours or market speculation”. […]

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Knights boots up for IPO with tech transformation

Knights, which this month announced its intention to become the fifth publicly listed UK law firm, has hired the European IT director at Procter & Gamble to oversee a “technology transformation” as part of the listing. Richard King will join Knights on 1 July as a non-executive director to lead the business’ tech overhaul. Knights’ […]

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Dentons-backed ‘Space Camp’ unveils six new startups

Six European startups have been chosen to join the first round of a SpaceTech startup accelerator backed by Dentons. The nine-week programme called ‘Space Camp’ is being hosted in Dentons’ London HQ and is sponsored by the global firm. The scheme was established by spacetech-focused venture capital fund Seraphim Capital, which claimed that it had […]

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