Hot 100 Disruptors 2019

Ben Allgrove, Baker McKenzie

Ben Allgrove makes a return to the Hot 100 after a first appearance in 2012. Back then, he was listed for his top-tier IP work and The Lawyer made no mention of his reputation in artificial intelligence – but it has been an interest of his for the past 15 years, since he was an […]

Shilpa Bhandarkar, Linklaters

When Shilpa Bhandarkar was appointed as Linklaters’ first innovation supremo, she knew she had to completely reshape the way technology and new solutions were conceived at the magic circle firm. Tapping into her experience both as a lawyer and as a tech entrepreneur, she created a network of fee-earners tasked with finding new solutions to […]

Catherine Hammon, Osborne Clarke

You may not have heard of a digital revolution knowledge lawyer before. That is because the role did not exist until September 2017. Catherine Hammon is waving the flag for the digital revolution, ensuring all of Osborne Clarke’s lawyers are tooled up to understand its commercial and legal implications for clients. Because of this, it […]

Graham Hann, Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing’s Graham Hann has been studying, living and breathing technology since the beginning of his career. A former programmer for Siemens, he spent two years as head of legal of a technology business in the midst of the dotcom revolution, when the internet became mainstream and start-ups snapped up lawyers from private equity. Since […]

Fiona Maclean, Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins’ Fiona Maclean became a partner aged 33. This pioneering technology lawyer sits at the nexus of data and regulation, designing new corporate trajectories in transformational fintech, cloud and innovation deals. Financial services organisations are adapting their internal processes to a new cloud-based environment and Maclean has made a name for herself by […]

Caroline Noblet, Squire Patton Boggs

As Squire Patton Boggs‘ global co-head of labour and employment, Caroline Noblet leads a mammoth team of 160 lawyers worldwide. Multi-jurisdictional outsourcing projects traditionally entail massive costs when it comes to keeping up to date with changing employment laws across different latitudes. To solve the issue, last year Noblet stepped out of her comfort zone […]

Jane Stewart, Slaughter and May

Head of innovation Jane Stewart is helping enshrine Slaughter and May as a firm at the forefront of revolutionary tech. Having started as a finance associate, Stewart launched a three-year innovation strategy in 2018. It will focus on three main areas: legal tech, work-stream enhancement and client engagement. Dedicated to the education and training of […]

Kate Tomlinson, Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Kate Tomlinson still remembers a deal in Africa from years ago, when she was working through the night replicating copies of transaction documents in view of a formal signing, assailed by mosquitoes and without an internet connection. The then-corporate lawyer thought there must be a better way of doing things. Now part […]

Dan Wright, Osborne Clarke

After more than a decade as a corporate lawyer in the energy sector, Osborne Clarke’s Dan Wright felt ready to leave fee-earning to embrace the rise of new technology. He successfully went from solving transactional problems to assisting clients in their digital transformation journeys. He set up the firm’s service innovation programme, a 10-strong client-facing […]