Hot 100 Disruptors 2018

Adrian Shedden, Burges Salmon/Keystone Law

Shedden, Adrian – Burges Salmon/Keystone Law

Burges Salmon has unexpectedly become a major player in the legal fintech space, on a par with international firms and the magic circle. This is in part thanks to head of fintech Adrian Shedden. Shedden rose through the associate ranks to create a platform for the firm to advise institutions such as the Financial Conduct […]

Stuart Davis Latham & Watkins

Davis, Stuart – Latham & Watkins

Technology is continuing to change the way lawyers serve clients and Latham & Watkins associate Stuart Davis is part of the latest wave of innovators, assisting many of the firm’s financial services customers in their adoption of new technologies. Davis specialises in financial services regulatory advice. One of the largest transactions he was involved in […]

Kerry Westland, Addleshaw Goddard

Westland, Kerry – Addleshaw Goddard

It’s testament to Kerry Westland’s work, and Addleshaw Goddard’s approach to law, that most of the roles she has had with the firm didn’t exist before she filled them. The role Westland is in now – head of innovation & legal technology – didn’t exist a year ago and it’s anyone’s guess which one she’ll […]

Partha Mudgil, Linklaters

Mudgil, Partha – Linklaters

In a year marked by the relentless advance of artificial intelligence products from a growing number of providers, it was notable that in 2017 Linklaters opted to produce its own technology solution in-house. Partha Mudgil is chief operating officer of Nakhoda (the name means ‘navigator’ in Malay), a start-up aimed at combining technology with the […]

Ajitsaria Shruti Allen & Overy

Ajitsaria, Shruti – Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) ‘Fuse’ initiative last year was one of the landmark legal market developments in terms of highlighting the extent to which traditional firms are remodelling their businesses. Spearheading Fuse is derivatives lawyer Shruti Ajitsaria, an angel investor in her free time, who came up with the idea while on a jam-packed maternity […]

Nick Kirby, Mishcon de Reya

Kirby, Nick – Mishcon de Reya

In recent years Mishcon de Reya has made a name for itself as a technology-focused business and, when it comes to real estate, none of its lawyers are more engaged than Nick Kirby. The managing associate and property specialist specifically asked to work with Mishcon’s chief strategy officer Nick West to develop tech-driven solutions for […]

Callum Sinclair, Burness Paull

Sinclair, Callum – Burness Paull

Callum Sinclair joined Burness Paull from DLA Piper in 2016 as both head of technology and of the firm’s commercial division. In little over a year Sinclair’s move has proved to be just as disruptive as it was meant to be. But, as they say, in a good way. Sinclair has gone into battle to […]

Charlotte Stalin, Simmons & Simmons

Stalin, Charlotte – Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons financial services partner Charlotte Stalin has never been busier. For one thing, the firm’s newly minted financial institutions sector head is working on her group’s contribution to Simmons’ new three-year business plan, which goes live on 1 May. But there’s an even bigger thing in Stalin’s in-tray: Brexit. For any leading regulatory […]