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LegalTech Talks – The Future of LegalTech

LegalTech Talks – delivered live on 6 May 2020 at 3 pm BST.

“The Future of Legal Tech – The Risks, Challenges and Opportunities ahead”

In the Post Covid world – What technology changes are simply an acceleration of what was already underway versus things which are truly “new thinking”?

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David Fazakerley, Chief Information Officer / Company Director, MW Solicitors

Over the last 5 years David Faz has delivered an IT Strategy that allowed MW to grow rapidly, from 10 to 28 high street offices and 160 to 480 staff members whilst maintaining robust IT systems which are fit for purpose and value for money. His current focus is on systems automation and delivering operational efficiency initiatives using a combination of client portals and streamlined practice and case management systems.

David has been in Legal IT for the last 12 years, previously as Head of IT Service Delivery and then IT Strategy at Eversheds LLP for 3 years. In 2009 he co-founded a cloud based managed service company providing IT to law firms as COO and then CEO. Before legal, he had 7 years experience working for Trinity Mirror newspapers fulfilling many roles but ended his time there as Group IT Services Manager.

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President, TechUK

Jacqueline de Rojas is the President of techUK, the industry trade body whose purpose is to work with government to create conditions for the tech sector to thrive. She sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc; on the board of Costain plc, the nation’s smart infrastructure solutions business; and appointed to the board of tech consultancy and skills firm FDM Group plc in 2019.

Jacqueline is an advisor to fast moving tech businesses and a business mentor at Merryck offering board and executive level coaching. She is the co-chair at the Institute of Coding, advises the board of Accelerate-Her, The Youth Project and is especially delighted to lend her support to the Girlguiding Association for technology transformation. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion which informs where she places her support.

In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame after being voted Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; she was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence – Digital & Social and named in Europe’s Inspiring Fifty most inspiring female role models for 2017. She was presented with the 2017 Catherine Variety award for Science and Technology and the 2018 Women in Tech Award for Advocate of the Year acknowledging her contribution to diversity. Included in the #50LeadingLights Kind Leaders list by @womenoffuture.

Jacqueline was awarded a CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2018.

Amy McConnell, Head of Legal Operations, Vodafone

Amy is Head of Legal Operations for Vodafone Business. Amy manages a multi-disciplinary team of 30 (lawyers, knowledge managers, data analysts and IT professionals) to optimise the delivery of legal services across Vodafone Business

In this role Amy is responsible for the development and delivery of the legal digital strategy for Vodafone Business, implementation of a contract management platform, transformation, knowledge strategy, process improvements, resource management and ensuring the legal team are aligned to deliver the companies goals.

Amy has worked in Vodafone for 13 years, in a variety of different positions and most recently was seconded to the role of Chief of Staff for the Vodafone Business CEO. Amy was selected as one top Timewise 50 Power Part Timers in 2015.

Christian Toon, Chief Information Security Officer, Pinsent Masons

Christian is responsible for the global information and cyber security program at the law firm, with over 14 years of experience in leading in international financial services cyber security strategy, delivering pre and post breach cyber strategy across a variety of organisations and geographies.

He is a champion of diversity and excellence in legal technology and security, a security problem solver, cyber strategist, threat translator, risk manager, technology junkie and a whisky drinker.

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.