2018 Speakers & Panellists

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Abby Ewen

    IT Director

    Berrymans Lace Mawer

    Abby has been IT Director at BLM for five years following 10 years at Simmons & Simmons where she was Director of Business Transformation. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Withers. Abby is responsible for aligning technology change across the firm in a strat…

  • Jonathan Patterson

    Managing Director

    DWF Ventures

    Jonathan is known for innovation in the business of law with particular expertise in R&D and service design. As the Managing Director and Head of Development for DWF Ventures, he is responsible for developing new ideas, delivering R&D priorities and su…

  • Kenneth Grady

    Adjunct Professor

    Michigan State University College of Law

    Ken Grady is Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at Michigan State University College of Law and on the advisory boards of Elevate Services; MDR Labs; and LARI, Ltd.. Ken writes about innovation and the future of law and business. He is a Fellow of the College of L…

  • Bruna Pellicci

    Former CIO


    Bruna Pellicci is the former Global IT Director at Ashurst. She has 30 years’ experience of working in IT across sectors including law and pathology. She has spent much of her time leading and transforming the IT capability of major organisations. Bruna sp…

  • Chris White

    Former Global CIO

    Clyde & Co

    Chris started his career in Financial Services holding senior IT positions at NPI Asset Management, Schroders, Henderson Investors and Cogent Investment Operations. He joined Law Firm Ashurst as CIO in 2002. Since leaving in 2009 he has undertaken the role of I…

  • Steve Sumner

    Director of IT

    Taylor Vinters

    Steve Sumner is the IT Director at Taylor Vinters, an international law firm, supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpin them. With a practice that is global, operating from innovation…

  • Maurice Cashman

    Director, Enterprise Architects, Principle Engineer

    McAfee (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…

  • David Wood

    IT Director

    Watson Farley & Williams

    David is currently Global IT Director at Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), a Top 30 international law firm with 14 offices across 11 jurisdictions. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal industry with a focus on providing excellent client service…

  • Sayid Hussein

    Head of Global Systems Management

    Walkers Global

    Sayid was awarded the “Legal IT Leader” of the year award in 2017 and given his reputation it’s understandable why. He was previously the Director of IT for the Dentons UK&ME region. The world’s largest law firm & he now heads up…

  • Andrew Haslam

    UK eDisclosure Project Manager

    Squire Patton Boggs

    Andrew joined the London office in 2016 as UK eDisclosure Project Manager, after nearly 20 years of working as an independent consultant. He supports the Litigation and International Dispute Resolution Practice Groups. Working closely with the Practice Grou…

  • Peter Wright

    Managing Director


    Peter Wright is a Solicitor and leading expert in Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Social Media Law. As Managing Director of DigitalLawUK, he advises clients from across the UK, Europe, Middle East and North America and has a strong following in the creat…

  • Dave Coplin

    Author, Alchemist, Catalyst, Founder and CEO

    The Envisioners

    With over 25 years in the technology industry (and through his former “day job” as “Chief Envisioning Officer” at Microsoft) he is at the forefront of conversations around how individuals and organisations can benefit from the transformational poten…

  • Prof. Ian Goldin


    Oxford University

    Professor Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development and founding Director of the Oxford Martin School, the world’s leading centre for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges. He is the Director of t…

  • Rosemary Martin

    Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

    Vodafone Group Services

    Rosemary Martin was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2010. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group, having spent 11 years with Reuters Group Plc with the last five years as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary…

  • Kevin Gold

    Managing Partner

    Mishcon de Reya

    Kevin is Mishcon de Reya’s Managing Partner. He specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Much of his work has an international dimension to it with a large part of his practice having a Middle Eastern, South African a…

  • Maaike de Bie

    General Counsel

    Royal Mail Group

    Maaike de Bie is the General Counsel of Royal Mail. She obtained her legal degrees in the Netherlands and Canada and is qualified to practise as a solicitor in both New York and the UK. Maaike started her career in private practice in New York moving to London 6 years l…

  • Larry Bridgesmith J.D.

    Adjunct Professor & Coordinator - Program on Law & Innovation

    Vanderbilt Law School

    Larry Bridgesmith J.D., is an adjunct professor in legal project management and mediation at Vanderbilt University School of Law and coordinates its Program on Law and Innovation. He is CEO and co-founder of LegalAlignment LLC and a practicing lawyer in Nashvi…

  • Jeremy Barton

    General Counsel


    Jeremy Barton is General Counsel of KPMG UK, one of the largest member firms of KPMG’s global network providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. Leading a team of 50 people, he is responsible for legal and corporate governance matters, and advises the Chairma…

  • Shawnna Hoffman

    Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader


    Ms. Hoffman serves as the Global Co-Leader for the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice driving global strategy and execution across clients, legal markets and internal groups. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in the capability of Consulting in 2015 and has a p…

  • Richard Hodkinson



    A Chartered Engineer. A conscientious and authentic IT leader with > 20 years of board-level experience in acquisitive, energetic law firms and the CTO of Top 20 legal business DWF. Ranked number 24 in CIO Magazine’s Top UK CIOs and Top 20 in the CIO Legal Powe…

  • Prof. Katie Atkinson

    Head of Department of Computer Science

    University of Liverpool

    Katie Atkinson is Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, UK. Her research is focused on the topic computational models of argument, with a particular emphasis on persuasive argumentation in…

  • Gary Tierney

    Head of Technology, Services & Industry, UK

    Google Cloud

    Gary has over eighteen years of experience as a technology and managed services professional working in a variety of sales and leadership roles. Based out of London, Gary currently runs the client engagement teams supporting the Technology, Business Services…

  • Ian Lim

    Student/ Ideator

    BlocVac Prototype

    From an early age, Ian has been interested in how the world works. Having started an e-commerce business and a coffee shop in these last few years. He has enjoyed learning about new technology and its applications with a passion and focus on the impact of Technology…

  • Gary Gallen



    Gary Gallen is one of the UK’s leading corporate defence lawyers, with over 25 years’ experience. He is frequently engaged on highly sensitive and often public cases defending professionals facing criminal prosecution and regulatory investigation the l…

  • 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…

  • Dr Ben Gardner

    Chief Scientific Officer


    Ben is Chief Scientific Officer at Wavelength where he is responsible for the application of technology to legal process. He specialises in developing data strategies that enable clients to exploit structured & unstructured information sources. His pre…

  • Tom Martin

    CEO and Founder


    Tom Martin is the CEO and Founder of LawDroid, a chatbot development and consulting company to the legal industry. He’s been hired to create bots for lawyers and law firms to automate law practices and improve profitability. In November 2016, Tom developed Law…

  • Steve Flavell

    Co-CEO & Co-Founder


    Steve Flavell is responsible for LoopUp’s global commercial activities, based out of London. Prior to LoopUp, Steve was EVP and main board director at GoIndustry, the online industrial auctioneering platform. As part of its founding team, Steve played…

  • David Venable

    Vice President of Cyber Security


    David Venable is a former intelligence officer with the National Security Agency, with extensive experience in Computer Network Exploitation, Information Operations, and Digital Network Intelligence, and cryptography. He has also taught about these subj…

  • Patricia ‘Tish’ Christias

    Head of Legal


    Tish is the Head of Legal for Microsoft in the UK and advises on a wide range of commercial and contentious issues.  She has counselled, negotiated and litigated in the EU and US for global technology companies to drive desired business impact while mitigating ri…

  • Ann Hemming

    Engagements Manager


    Ann is an engagement manager at LexisNexis. She has 30 years’ experience of working primarily within law firms but also as a consultant with suppliers of KM and technology solutions. Ann specialises in helping clients deliver value from the strategic use of te…

  • Ian Evans

    Managing Director


    Ian Evans serves as Managing Director for EMEA at OneTrust, a global leader in privacy management software which helps organizations operationalize data privacy compliance and Privacy by Design. Evans is a diversified senior executive with deep experience i…

  • Neil Davison

    IT Director

    Farrer & Co LLP

    Neil Davison leads Farrer’s IT team and is responsible for its IT & Communications systems. He has worked over 20 years in the professional services arena, starting at Norton Rose, before joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he led several inter…

  • Nick Martin

    Consultancy Director


    Nick Martin is the director of managed cloud provider iomart’s highly regarded consultancy SystemsUp. He has a long track record of working with clients to deliver successful digital transformation projects that result in operational improvement and meas…

  • Glenn LaForce

    Vice President of Knowledge Management


    Glenn is responsible for Aderant’s knowledge management strategy and Handshake product line. He works closely with law firms to solve complex business challenges and help create more efficiency and profitability. Prior to joining Aderant, Glenn was Hands…

  • Emily Foges



    Emily has 20 years’ experience of growing and scaling up technology-led businesses. First as a management consultant, and then with Betfair, BT and Equifax, she built teams to drive acquisition strategy and then delivered the integration, including the dev…

  • Duncan Feakes

    Head of Channels


    Duncan Feakes, StarLeaf, Head of Channels, is an experienced professional within the unified collaboration industry. With a career spanning over 24 years, Duncan’s contribution to the enterprise visual communications industry has been valued and il…

  • Tim Long

    Managing Director


    As a qualified solicitor with over 20 years of IT experience in a legal environment, Tim became interested in the potential of technology to transform the repetitive tasks in legal practices. Having left private practice, Tim spent 7 years with a major legal case…

  • Howard Russell

    President & CEO

    RBRO Solutions

    As a co-founder and innovative visionary of RBRO Solutions, Howard’s mantra, ‘Complexity must create simplicity’, has set a high standard for how RBRO does business and shapes RBRO’s future offerings for the marketplace. A winner of ILTA…

  • 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…

  • Ben Nicholson

    Co founder & Innovation Director

    Slicedbread - sharedo

    Ben Nicholson is the co-founder and Innovation Director for the case and matter management platform, shareDo. Having spent 15 years working in case management across the insurance, debt, risk and medical sectors; Ben together with sharedo are relative legal t…

  • Jonathan Bridges

    Director 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…

  • James Grice

    Business Relationship Manager

    Eversheds Sutherland

    As a Business Relationship Manager focusing on real estate law and specialising in Case Systems, James has a diverse range of experience across a variety of industries including Live Events, Professional Services and Legal Services. Currently working within…

  • James Martin

    Senior Cyber Security Manager


    James’ career began working with IBM and EMC in big data infrastructure where he spoke at a number of events alongside customers such as Red Bull and Bosch, before moving into artificial intelligence and cyber defence. At Darktrace, James is a Senior Cyber Secu…

  • Joe Nelson

    Principal Solutions Architect, EMEA


    As a Principal Solutions Architect at eSentire, Joe works with clients to cost-effectively remediate regulatory, compliance and information assurance issues. Previously, Joe was a product manager for threat intelligence at a Gartner Leading MSSP, where he…

  • James Kippenberger

    Managing Director - Product Strategy and Innovation


    James joined BigHand in 2001 as a Regional Sales Manager and is now Managing Director of Product Strategy and Innovation. James’ role is to ensure that BigHand continues to adapt both its technology offering and its service delivery according to the changing e…

  • Staffan Hugemark

    Managing Director


    Staffan is Managing Director of the legal software division the company behind the Contentworker Suite. Contentworker Suite includes Document, Knowledge, Contract, and Email Management. Staffan has over 20 years experience in developing, implementing an…

  • Robin Chesterman

    Head of Product


    Robin Chesterman, joined Justis in 2009 as a software engineer shortly after studying law at Bristol University, and then in 2015 became Head of Product. Robin has worked extensively on the software platforms that are used to access Justis’ unrivalled legal r…

  • Irmantas Levanas

    Account Executive EMEA


    Irmantas Levanas is an Account Executive in Clio’s EMEA office. He spends every day talking to UK and European lawyers, understanding their pain points, and offering sound advice and solutions on how they can improve the efficiency of their practice. He h…

  • Barry Talbot

    Managing Director


    Barry Talbot is the managing director of Informance Limited – a Qlik Elite Solution Provider with over twelve years’ experience in the legal sector. He is responsible for delivering bespoke legal solutions, based on Qlik technology, to support all the busi…


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