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LegalTech Talks – Deepening the Conversation; Security Investment and ROSI

LegalTech Talks 16th September 2020 at 15:00 (BST).

Discussion points:

  • ROSI; quantifying the value of security within law firms
  • C-suite buy-in; fostering faster decision-making
  • Determining and justifying the value of cybersecurity initiatives
  • Establishing secure operations and changing cultural behaviours in uncertain times
  • The internal and external threat analysis.

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Janet Day, Independent Consultant (Chair)

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 looking at technology services (in their widest sense) for legal firms.

She joined BLP about 19 years ago – initially as a consultant but later as their IT Director with a wide range of responsibilities. She normally says ‘if it plugs into an electric socket and does not make coffee it belongs to me!’

She was responsible for technology in its broadest sense, including ecommerce activities, knowledge management services and the building and infrastructure.

Joe Robertson
EMEA CISO, Senior Evangelist, Fortinet

Joe Robertson represents Fortinet to the CISO community, where he advises the executive committees of large enterprises and service providers as their digital transformation strategies require security-driven networks and holistic security approaches. In over four decades in the security and networking business Joe has held technical, marketing, management, and executive roles at companies as diverse as Juniper Networks, Dimension Data, Bay Networks, IBM, and AT&T. He also founded and was on the board of directors of a network security startup.

Sarah Armstrong-Smith
Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft

Sarah is an energetic and tenacious Director with over 20 years experience delivering, and advising c-suite on large scale Business & ICT Continuity, cybersecurity, data protection and resilience programmes.

Sarah has been voted one of the ‘most influential women in UK tech’ and ’top 50 most influential women in cybersecurity’ by her peers.

Mabel Harvey
IT Director, Fieldfisher 

Mabel joined Fieldfisher more than 20 years ago as an IT manager, responsible for easing the change to desktop computers for every partner. She became IT director three years ago and now heads a team of around 40 technicians across the firm’s UK and international offices. Her main focus is successfully transforming the technology of a firm expanding into new locations and introducing new systems to support the growing business.

She believes in concentrating on helping people master the processes that allow them to perform at their best and to deliver optimum efficiency to the client.

Mark Parr
Global Director of Information Technology, HFW

Mark has a strong pedigree of delivering information systems and technology across the globe, for a vast range of organisations. Mark begin his career as a Technology apprentice within the British Army, and built a successful 27 year military career delivering command and control networks, technology solutions and communications and information systems in support of military, peace keeping and stabilisation operations globally.

Post his military career, Mark went on to join KPMG UK LLP in 2016, initially undertaking a People Operations role. It was during this time that Mark quickly established himself as a subject matter expert in Risk Management, Cyber Security and Information Assurance leading to him being appointed as the Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Information Assurance across the UK. In this role, Mark delivered various certification standards as well as lead the migration to Office 365.

Mark joins HFW as the Global Director of IT; a role that he is sees as being challenging but one that will allow him to demonstrate his wide portfolio of skills and expertise.

Jonathan Freedman, Head of Technology & Security,
Howard Kennedy

Jonathan Freedman is the Head of Information Security & Technology of London law firm Howard Kennedy, with a background in Enterprise Architecture and systems engineering within the UK professional services sector spanning more than 18 years, now focusing on information and cyber security.

Working closely with teams from across the firm, his role includes both the review, development and implementation of new technology within the firm and leading the firm’s internal cyber security/cyber awareness programs. In addition, he holds multiple industry certifications including, CGEIT, CCNA, CCNA Security, Certified Ethical Hacker, TOGAF, and ISO27001 with special interests in cyber security, ethical hacking & penetration testing, data protection, cryptography, secure systems design, mobile device security and technology innovation.


Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network—today and into the future.

Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud, or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks number one in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 450,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses.