LEGAL TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING
Legal tech, innovation, and digital strategy for law firms and legal departments.
WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
I am an experienced legal technologist, strategic change leader, and project manager with over 15 years of commercial experience. I have led innovation projects and portfolios for both law firms and legal technology vendors, giving me unique insight into both the 'buy' and 'sell' side of legal tech and innovation.
I offer freelance consulting and legal engineering services to:
corporate legal departments
legal tech vendors
I have a demonstrable track record in both scoping projects and implementing the same, from stakeholder engagement and 'ideation' through to project delivery and handover.
I was honoured to be included in the Fastcase50 list for 2022.
What I Do
LEGAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
I was Scotland's first Accredited Legal Technologist, a new accredited competency introduced by the Law Society of Scotland in 2019. I am experienced in all the main categories of legal tech such as e-discovery, document automation, e-signatures and legal AI.
I am an experienced project manager, having earned my Introductory Certificate with the Association for Project Management and then continuing to learn on the job. I am well versed in running proof of concepts, design thinking workshops, and customer requirement sessions.
I regularly present at legal technology conferences such as Legal Innovators, The Legal AI Forum, and the Law Society of Scotland's Annual Conference. I am a confident and engaging public speaker, and greatly enjoy the opportunity to share my experiences with my peers.
Background & Expertise
January 2023 - present
Starting in 2023, I became a freelance contractor specialising in legal technology and innovation services. I work with law firms, legal technology vendors, consultancies, and legal education institutions. Examples of my engagements can be found in the Portfolio section of this website.
July 2021 - November 2022
DIRECTOR OF VENDOR RELATIONS, REYNEN COURT
Reynen Court was an innovative legal technology marketplace, on a mission to revolutionize how law firms and law departments procure and deploy legal technology. In this role I had overall strategic responsibility for bringing legal technology vendors into the Reynen Court ecosystem, and running the 'vendor-facing' side of the business.
Oct 2018 - July 2021
INNOVATION MANAGER, BURNESS PAULL
I was Burness Paull's first dedicated Innovation Manager.
In this role, I was responsible for driving the firms' innovation agenda, which included scoping and running pilots and proof of concept projects for new software, processes or workflows across the business. I also provided client-facing support by sharing innovation knowledge and experience with the firm's clients.
Jan 2019 - September 2021
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND
LawscotTech is a new initiative by the Law Society of Scotland to stimulate legal technology innovation in Scotland which will deliver practical benefits for those working in the justice and legal sectors and their clients. I sit on the Advisory Board of Lawscot Tech.
Nov 2018 - April 2022
SENIOR TUTOR, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
I was formerly a Senior Tutor in the course ‘Introduction to Legal Innovation & Technology’, taught at the University of Glasgow School of Law as part of the Diploma in Professional Practice. This is a course which I co-wrote in 2018.
Dec 2016 - Oct 2018
LEGAL TECHNOLOGIST, BURNESS PAULL
I was Burness Paull’s first dedicated legal technologist. My duties involved assisting the firm with back-office projects to modernize and improve everyday service delivery, as well as ensuring my team (and the firm in general) had the very best knowledge and expertise.
Mar 2015 - July 2021
SOLICITOR, BURNESS PAULL
In addition to being Burness Paull's Innovation Manager, I am still a licenced and practicing Scottish solicitor and notary public. My area of expertise/practice is construction law.
Sep 2010 - Mar 2015
COMMERCIAL MANAGER, GAP GROUP LTD
I held various commercial roles with GAP Group, the UK's largest independent plant and tool hirer. Duties included building and running a bids and tenders team, running special projects such as the Commonwealth Games 2014, and advising the Board of Directors on commercial and pricing strategy,
These are examples of freelance engagements I have worked on. Further details and client references are available on request.
What I’ve Learned
DIPLOMA IN LEGAL PRACTICE, STRATHCLYDE LAW SCHOOL
Attended the Glasgow Graduate School of Law and attained the Diploma in Legal Practice, which permits the holder to practice law in Scotland.
2001 - 2005
BSC (HON) COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH LAW
This course was a unique blend of a full degree in computer science with most of a full law degree at the same time. Graduating this course with an Upper Second Class Honours allowed me to complete my law degree as a graduate in just one year.
2005 - 2006
I completed my Bachelor of Laws degree in one year, having passed the majority of core classes during my previous degree (taken as electives alongside my core computer science classes).