This session will explore how the ways of working have changed in the current climate and the challenges that firms are facing over the next 12 months as a result of this. How are other firms meeting those challenges and how does this impact your IT strategy?


Watch this recording to gain a deeper understanding about:

  • Keeping close to your clients. In this new hybrid working world, which technologies help you stay closer to your clients than your competitors are?
  • Keeping cohesive teams.  With some of your most vital assets in the office, how can firms get the most out of their Partners and Staff?
  • Staying secure. How do you ensure that the firm protects clients and staff from the new cyber threats emerging as a result of the current working patterns?
  • Optimum IT for the current market? How do firms balance costs, whilst giving staff the equipment and software they need to operate effectively? Can they provide a scalable IT platform which can allow them to control costs in the short term but also scale rapidly as the economy and firm recover?






About the speakers:


James Frost, Legal Services Director, Quorum

James has been delivering IT Director services and strategic consulting to the legal industry for over 20 years, with a particular focus on bridging the gap between IT and the Partnership to ensure Firms get the most value out of their IT investments. He founded Quorums dedicated Legal division and has spoken at a range of conferences on topics such as Firm Mergers & Acquisitions, Management Information and AI. James has an MBA and a Masters Degree in Data Science. Since lockdown, James has been working with a range of Firms to ensure they continue to operate effectively in-home or hybrid working scenarios.


Charles Scott, Co-founder and Technical Director, Quorum

After spending six years in the Middle East in the oil exploration industry, Charles returned to the UK and founded Quorum Network Resources Ltd with Andrew Watson in 1999. The company’s first project was the implementation of a highly secure, highly available Windows Server infrastructure to support the retail Internet banking platform for a major European bank. This project led to him spending 6 months in Redmond WA as a subject matter expert to the Microsoft Prescriptive Architecture Guidance group working on the Microsoft Internet Data Centre project




Karen Jacks, Chief Technology Officer, Bird & Bird

Karen is the CTO for Bird & Bird providing strategic planning, delivery and support of IT solutions, innovation,  information security and telecommunications to 29 offices in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia and the US.

Karen has overseen the rapid expansion of Bird & Bird into many new territories since 2000 and has built the international team and solutions to support this.  She has led the firm through a number of technology and business projects and is a regular and active contributor to articles and conferences in the UK and internationally particularly in legal IT, legaltech and emerging technologies in the UK and internationally.  Karen enjoys taking part in panel discussions and round tables on innovation, the legal technology landscape and current topics. She is involved in a number of advisory boards and is a keen supporter of diversity in technology working with other leaders and organisations.





Ian Beattie, Chief Operating Officer, Lindsays

Ian is Lindsays’, Chief Operating Officer. He plays a central role on Lindsays’ Management Board. His key focus is the firm’s financial and operational performance. Lindsays has grown and diversified significantly in recent years and Ian is charged with ensuring that this growth and change is managed effectively to bring optimum benefits to the firm’s clients and staff. Ian, a keen athletics enthusiast, is also Chairman of Scottish Athletics and the Race Director of the West Highland Way Race. He was previously Vice-Chair of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Sport Scotland, the national agency for sport.


Matt Byrne, Deputy Editor, The Lawyer

Matt joined The Lawyer in 2003 as features editor and has written on a wide range of topics related to the business of law. He became deputy editor in 2015. He manages the UK 200 editorial and several other of The Lawyer’s market reports including the US Top 50, the Global Litigation 50 and the Technology report.

This free to attend webinar is part of the Business Leadership Series taking place every Tuesday between 15th September- 24th November. For more information on the series, a list of upcoming sessions, or to register for any of the webinars and roundtables taking place, please visit the event website.