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LegalTech Talks – a CTO Roundtable

LegalTech Talks – delivered live on 3 July 2020 at 3 pm BST.

This round-table discussion will explore the increasing need for firms to embrace technological innovation and deployment, whilst ensuring that cultural challenges are met under increased internal and external pressures.

The session will focus on strategy, whilst harnessing key partner collaboration for innovative drivers, offering perspectives and intelligent insights, to drive firms against regulatory and board pressures; pushing firms beyond the now. 

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Chris White, Strategic Technology Advisor and CIO,
WhiteBoard Consulting (Chair)

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 a number of roles including Interim IT Director of International law firm Kennedys and CIO of Cloud e mail management company Mimecast.

Chris is the former Global CIO of international law firm Clyde&Co where he managed an IT team of 150 staff across 45 offices globally and also lead the Business Acceptance Unit and Litigation Support. He advised a number of businesses on IT strategy and how to deliver value from technology.

Charlotte Baldwin, Chief Digital and Technology Officer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Charlotte is currently the Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with accountability for Technology delivery across the firm, as well as driving the digital agenda and innovation through the use of Technology. With over 20 years’ experience, she has been focused on Digital Transformation and delivering complex Technology enabled Business Change for much of her career.

She has held various Technology leadership roles within FTSE 100 companies including, most recently, at Pearson, where she was CTO Core Business, then SVP of Technology and Operations Strategy & Portfolio. She has also worked at Deloitte, Linklaters, and Thomson Reuters during her career.

Bruna Pellicci, CTO

Bruna Pellicci is the CTO at Global Firm Linklaters which she joined after spending 11 years at Ashurst as the Global IT Director. She has 28 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 specialises in building and implementing transformational global IT strategies and working as part of a leadership team to drive forward international business plans.

Karen Jacks, CTO
Bird & Bird

Karen leads the global technology team at Bird & Bird and has been a key player in the Firm providing the technology platforms to enable this rapid and diverse growth and support the strong tech & comms sector focus of the firm.

Karen is a keen contributor to publications, articles, round table and panel discussions on legal IT and always seeking opportunities to exploit emerging technologies.

Sudeep Venkatesh, Chief Product Officer
Egress Software

Sudeep Venkatesh is a noted expert on data protection, bringing two decades of industry and technology experience in this area. His expertise spans the protection of data in both structured and unstructured data ecosystems, with an emphasis on solving real-world business problems through encryption, authentication and key management. He has an in-depth understanding of regulatory compliance standards, including the EU GDPR, PCI and NYDFS, etc. Sudeep has worked on numerous data security projects with Fortune 500 firms in the US, the UK and globally.

At Egress, Sudeep works as Chief Product Officer with responsibility for product strategy, product management and the delivery of pre and post-sales technical services to customers. Prior to this, he was the Global Head of Pre-sales for the Data Security division of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), leading a global team of Sales Engineers. Sudeep joined HPE through its acquisition of Voltage Security, where he was part of the executive team.


Our vision is for a connected world in which people communicate efficiently and securely. To achieve this, we provide human layer security to protect individual users and stop breaches before they happen. Our patented technologies are built using leading-edge contextual machine learning and powerful encryption that mitigate modern risks in ways that other solutions simply can’t achieve.

Today, we provide intelligent email security and collaboration solutions that prevent accidental and intentional breaches, protect sensitive data, and equip CISOs and their teams with the detailed reporting required for compliance purposes.

Egress is headquartered in London, with regional offices in the UK, the US, Canada and the Netherlands.