2017 Speakers & Panellists

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  • Professor Richard Susskind OBE


    Society for Computers and Law

    Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker and independent adviser to international professional firms, general counsel, judiciaries, and national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of legal service, with particular reference…

  • Yu-kai Chou


    Octalysis Group

    Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He is the Original Creator of the Behavior Framework: Octalysis, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. He is curr…

  • Andrew Leaitherland



    As Managing Partner & CEO, Andrew is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of DWF. Described by market commentators as “visionary” and named ‘Management Partner of the Year’ (Legal Business Awards 2014) and ‘Legal Innovator of…

  • Janet Day


    Janet Day Ltd

    Janet has worked in the broad sphere of legal IT virtually all her working life – even her MBA speciality was ‘Competitive Advantage in the Legal Profession’. After working in administration at A&O, Janet set up a specialist consultancy practice look…

  • Orlando Conetta

    Head of Research & Development

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    Orlando is responsible for R&D on new products and platforms at Pinsent Masons LLP. He has degrees in both Computer Science and Law and specialises in the application of AI technologies to legal tasks. Orlando invented Pinsent Masons’ TermFrame plat…

  • Marcel Henri

    Global CIO


    Marcel Henri is the Global Chief Information Officer for Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. During his 16 years with the firm he has played an integral role in advancing the firm’s technology, especially as Dentons has rapidly expanded its glob…

  • Derek Southall

    Partner and Head of Innovation and Digital

    Gowling WLG

    Derek leads the firm in relation to innovation and digital and a range of related areas such as knowledge management and futures. Derek has 20 years’ experience both within the business and with our clients of developing strategies and implementing a rang…

  • Heikki Ilvessalo

    Development Director

    Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd

    Heikki’s mission is to inspire people to develop. He is responsible for Castrén & Snellman’s change process, and he runs the firm’s innovation and strategy processes. In 2014 he developed a value proposition card game concept, which earne…

  • Maurice Cashman

    Chief Security Architect

    Intel Security

    Mo Cashman is the Director of the Enterprise Architecture team at Intel Security. He has over 15 years’ experience designing, implementing and managing cyber security solutions for large government and enterprise customers globally. In his current role, M…

  • David Robinson

    Head of Global IT Security

    Herbert Smith Freehills

    David Robinson MBE is the Head of Global IT Security for Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms, who advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. David leads the delivery and strategy f…

  • Graham Richardson

    Head of Eversheds Sutherland Consulting

    Graham is the Head of our Consulting Arm which was launched in 2011. He has been a qualified lawyer for over 20 years and is a litigator by background. He has been a Partner with Eversheds Sutherland for more than 16 years and sits on the Eversheds Sutherland Senior Ma…

  • John Salt



    John Salt is a CIO with a track record of transforming under-performing departments to achieve high ROI, and has over 10 IT industry awards under his belt. Salt specialises in the legal IT sector and has been rated as ‘one of the top 30 people in legal IT’…

  • Dr Ben Gardner

    Data and Information Architect


    Ben holds the position of Data & Information Architect at Linklaters LLP where he is leading efforts to enhance the Information Discovery capabilities across structured and unstructured information sources within the firm by blending AI technologies wi…

  • Matthew Parker

    Head of Information Security

    Mourant Ozannes

    Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry and specialises in Information Security. As Head of Information Security for Mourant Ozannes, a leading offshore law firm, Matthew takes a hands on approach using his depth of experience in dealing…

  • Jason Plant

    Head of Lawyer Technology

    DLA Piper

    Jason is Head of Lawyer Technology at DLA Piper. After starting his IT career in the utilities industry, Jason now has twenty years’ experience in Legal IT. He began the legal IT journey as a developer working on case management software for personal injury clai…

  • Gerry Facenna QC

    Queen's Counsel

    Monckton Chambers

    Gerry Facenna QC is a leading barrister in Administrative law, Data Protection, EU law, Regulatory disputes and Telecommunications. His practice covers a wide range of advisory and litigation work in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors,…

  • FC


    Redacted Firm

    FC is a well-known ethical hacker and social engineer. He started at a young age when computers were growing in popularity and the hacker scene was in its infancy. He has been working in the infosec field for over 20 years and excels at circumventing access controls…

  • Brian Kuhn, Esq

    Cognitive Law

    Domain Leader

    Brian Kuhn is an inventor, business unit leader and subject mater expert for IBM’s Watson Group. As a former practicing attorney, Brian is the founder and global leader of “Watson Legal,” an IBM business unit that focuses on developing artificial intelli…

  • Ann LaFrance


    Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

    Ann LaFrance co-chairs the Squire Patton Boggs global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity team and leads the EMEA Communications Law team. Ann advises a wide range of clients on data protection, e-privacy, telecommunications regulation and competition law mat…

  • Paula Fearon

    Senior Associate

    McCann FitzGerald

    Paula is an experienced litigator who practises in McCann FitzGerald’s Data Investigations Group, which is a pioneering new model for the management of large projects across the full range of McCann FitzGerald’s business. Paula has extensive experience…

  • Paul Donovan

    Founder & Principal Consultant

    Navodon Consulting

    Paul is an experienced in-house General Counsel, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and a Certified Privacy Professional. His career spans the Lloyd’s, (re)insurance, financial services and private equity sectors, mo…

  • Joseph Raczynski

    Legal Technologist

    Joe Technologist

    Joseph Raczynski, legal technologist and futurist, is an innovator and early adopter of all things computer related. His primary bent is around the future of law and legal technology. He also focuses on several fields including Blockchain, machine learning, m…

  • Hugh Anderson

    Head IT Projects


    Hugh has working within digital transformation and knowledge management for the last 17 years within Travel, Education, Finance, Health and currently Mobile Telecommunications. Hugh created the new GSMA extranet bringing together 27,000 global mobile exp…

  • Neil Renfrew

    Managing Director

    Athenian IT Developments Ltd.

    Neil began his career in IT as a software developer with Olivetti in Edinburgh in 1976. In 1982 he set up the company that became MultiSoft – later acquired by Sage. Following that venture, he set up the company that became ResSoft and was responsible for the d…

  • Chris Dale

    eDisclosure Information Project

    Chris Dale qualified as an English solicitor in 1980. He was a litigation partner in London and then a litigation software developer and litigation support consultant before turning to commentary on electronic disclosure / discovery. He runs the e-Disclosure…

  • Stephen Mason

    Barrister & Author

    Stephen Mason is a barrister. He was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 1988. Stephen is the recognised authority on electronic signatures and digital evidence, and has assisted governments in China, the Middle-East, Ce…

  • Gary Richardson

    Head of Data Engineering


    Gary is the Kpmg Head of Data Engineering, he leads a team of data scientists and data engineers in the agile development of big data science solutions. The focus of the team is embedding machine learning, robotics and cognitive computing into business process. G…

  • Mark Cordy

    Director, Risk Consulting


    Mark is a Director in KPMG’s Forensic Technology practice, he specializes in delivering managed technology services supporting Legal Firms globally. The focus of his teams work is the transformation of eDiscovery for clients by realizing significant cost…

  • Ludwig Bull

    Managing Director


    Ludwig is the founder and managing director of LawBot. He directs our talented team and strategises the future of LawBot, as well as writing the software and managing technical issues. A digital native, he believes that the use of artificially intelligent softw…

  • Nadia Abdul

    Head of Legal Research


    Nadia is a second year law student at the University of Cambridge. Originally from Romania, Nadia believes in the need for a more structured and coherent legal advice and aid program. She thinks LawBot is a fantastic initiative to bridge the gap between legal prob…

  • Rebecca Agliolo

    Commercial Director


    Rebecca is a fourth year law student at the University of Cambridge. Deeply passionate about promoting access to justice, she has worked with human rights organizations in Sierra Leone and China throughout her time at Cambridge. As Commercial Director, Rebecc…

  • David Nichols

    Solutions Architect, International


    As the Director of Business Development & Solutions Architecture for Brainspace, David Nichols brings nearly 20 years of experience in legal technology and electronic discovery.  David’s industry experience includes UK and US based law firms, adva…

  • Craig D’Abreo

    VP, Security Operations


    Craig oversees the Managed Security, Threat Intelligence and Security Professional Services departments at Masergy. He is responsible for Masergy’s proactive enterprise cybersecurity threat management and operations program. Craig holds a b…

  • Nigel Rea

    Director of Precedents, Drafting and Forms


    Nigel joined LexisNexis as Director of Precedents, Drafting and Forms in 2015 after years of experience in consultancy and strategic roles from both inside, and outside of the legal world. In his role at LexisNexis Nigel directs the development of solutions tha…

  • Richard Seabrook

    European MD

    Neota Logic

    Rick is European Managing Director for Neota Logic, provider of artificial intelligence software for legal and compliance. Previously, he ran European operations for Epiq Systems, a forensics and electronic discovery business and was a Partner at Accenture…

  • Karen Bailey

    Head of Sales and Solutions Consulting


    Karen Bailey joined Aderant in 2010. Her previous roles have included initially bringing CMS Open to the UK market, which in later years became Aderant. Following this, Karen headed up a consultancy business that focused on the provision of services for the PMS a…

  • Emily Foges



    Emily Foges is CEO of Luminance, a startup that is aiming to transform our approach to big data, starting with legal due diligence. Trained by legal experts, the revolutionary technology is founded on breakthroughs in artificial intelligence at the University…

  • Ben Mills

    Managing Director, Legal


    Ben joined BigHand in 2005 as a Regional Sales Manager. In 2011 he was appointed as Managing Director for the UK Legal sector. Having worked in the legal sector for almost two decades, Ben is committed to ensuring BigHand delivers the best possible solutions, prod…

  • Andy Fielder

    Chief Technology Officer


    Andy Fielder was appointed as CTO in January 2013. Andy has over 26 years of experience leading development teams and developing software on numerous technical platforms. Andy is an agile advocate, coaching and mentoring teams to adopt the mind sets and practic…

  • Jonathan Bridges

    Head of Cloud


    Jonathan leads the Cloud business in Exponential-e bringing experience from all spectrums of the IT lifecycle from engineering, design & development, strategy, consulting, service delivery, transformation and sales. His career spanning the last 17 ye…

  • Barry Vickery

    General Manager of Corporate Services


    Barry is General Manager of Corporate Services and has over 20 years’ experience in providing innovative solutions to the corporate market in the UK and Australia. Barry joined the InfoTrack UK team in June 2016 and is responsible for the strategic and operati…

  • Alex Hooper



    Alex Hooper joined Cisilion in 2014 as CTO, after previously running the global presales team at nscglobal. He brings over 15 years of experience of working for system integrators and service providers. His primary focus at Cisilion is developing a full breadth…

  • Tobias Hannon

    VP, EMEA

    Seal Software

    Toby Hannon leads Seal Software’s operations in EMEA. Seal’s leading contracts discovery and analytics platform is used by Fortune 500 companies across Financial Services, HighTech and Life Sciences organisations globally. Toby began his career at Gen…

  • Martin Telfer

    SVP / EMEA Chief

    Fulcrum GT

    Martin joined Ernst & Young in 1985, and held a variety of internal management positions before he joined Masons (Solicitors) as IT Director. In 1997 Martin joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques as Executive Director, IT and was then CIO at Minter Ellison before j…

  • Ben Nicholson

    Director of Strategy


    Ben Nicholson is co-founder of slicedbread and is the Director of Strategy for the innovative case and matter management platform, sharedo. Ben has more than 20 years’ experience. Starting his career at PwC, Ben has been involved in a series of technology star…

  • Tony Barret

    Business Development Manager


    Tony has business development and account management responsibility for nQueue within EMEA. He has more than 10 years’ experience in sales and support to global law firms. Tony is an experienced legal IT sales and marketing executive, having served in that ro…

  • James Gilding

    Managing Director

    Mitie Connect

    James Gilding has been Managing Director of the document, data and information management experts, Mitie Connect, for over three years. He has extensive experience within business and document process outsourcing and has been leading developments to suppor…

  • Daniel Ibrahim

    Director of Strategic Accounts


    Daniel Ibrahim has been in legal for over 10 years. Now working for NetDocuments the leader in cloud-based document management since 1999. He helps firms to reduce costs and increase productivity with enterprise search, built-in disaster recovery, client, ma…

  • Barry Talbot

    Managing Director

    Informance Limited

    Barry Talbot is the managing director of Informance – a Qlik Elite Solution Provider with extensive knowledge of the legal sector. His role is to deliver Qlik technology solutions that help law firms stay ahead of the competition with measurable improvem…

  • Steve Flavell



    Steve Flavell is co-CEO of LoopUp and responsible for the group’s global commercial activities. Prior to LoopUp, Steve was EVP and main board director at GoIndustry, the online industrial auctioneering platform. As part of its founding team, Steve play…

  • Ryan Soosayraj

    Director of Product Management

    Workshare LTD

    Ryan Soosayraj has been with Workshare for over a decade. Now heading up the Product team, he likes building things that people not only use, but also enjoy. His nirvana is to build simple and pure solutions to problems people face by mastering the complexity at the…

  • Roger Middlebrook

    Technical Director

    Kutana Ltd

    A programmer with a difference – Roger really cares about software usability and effectiveness in the workplace. He started his working life as a Mining Engineer but, having a keen interest in software engineering, he quickly gravitated to the technical chal…

  • John Dyer

    Account Director


    John Dyer has over 25 years’ experience in the technology industry, having worked in senior commercial roles at both private and publicly-traded companies, including Cambridge Neurodynamics and Autonomy. As Account Director at Darktrace, John advis…


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