V. Mary Abraham is an internationally known law firm knowledge management leader and consultant on facilitating strategic conversations and interactive educational sessions. For over 11 years she helped lead the knowledge management / knowledge sharing efforts within an international law firm. In addition to the content creation and content management activities she carried out on behalf of various practice groups, she also led her firm’s effort to enhance knowledge sharing through the use of social media tools. Prior to her work in knowledge management, she was a corporate lawyer whose practice focused on international joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Abraham is a frequent speaker and writer on knowledge management and social media issues. Her blog, AboveandBeyondKM.com, continues to win commendations and readers, and sparks discussions in the legal community and other industries. She has served on the advisory boards of the Practical Law Company and KMers.org (an online forum for knowledge management personnel worldwide). In addition, she was a member of the conference planning committee for the International Legal Technology Association from 2009 to 2012, where she helped design and implement innovative interactive conference sessions that won overwhelmingly positive reviews from attendees. She has been honoured by her peers as a thought-leader in the areas of knowledge management and Enterprise 2.0.
Ideas generator, futurist and stand- up comic, Mark Stevenson took a year out travelling the world speaking to scientists, politicians and philosophers. Looking at technology, biology, the internet, space and the environment he asked the question ”What’s Next?” - how will technology change us and how will society, our lives, our businesses and our work be changed around it?
Synthesising all the views in his “Optimist’s Tour Of The Future” Mark will give you the tools to make up your own mind about what needs to be done. So often the media presents the future as damage limitation, but it could well be a renaissance. What do you think?
Alistair will be the Focus of the Annual Janet Day Client interview
Andy is an award winning technology practitioner with over 15 years of director and ‘C’ level leadership. He has built global IT teams for Clifford Chance and the leading offshore firm Maples and Calder. Andy has led global IT services through numerous mergers and acquisitions throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He is one of the few CIO’s to have managed an IT function through a natural disaster, and has instigated and built industry leading online and cloud services.
Having designed and built a shared service center, Andy has a deep understanding of outsourcing and the shared services model of business. Andy’s broad technical grounding in systems development, technical architecture and infrastructure is evenly paired with his broad business acumen and his ability to translate between business and IT. Andy is a partner at What Giants, providing Virtual CIOs to SMBs throughout the UK.
Formerly director of IT at a top 100 firm, Damian Blackburn now runs SLFtech, a consultancy that provides strategic technical advice, project management services, and bespoke development to law firms. He has 20 years’ experience working with legal professionals, is a member of the BCS, a Prince2 practitioner and has an MSc in information systems. Damian is a regular columnist for the Solicitors Journal on legal IT matters and also blogs for the Legal Support Network.
Eric Hunter is the Director of Knowledge, Innovation & Technology Strategies at Bradford & Barthel, LLP and Executive Director of Spherical Models, LLC. Over the past three years, Eric has integrated a social media, knowledge and collaboration environment within the firm and is constantly looking to leverage innovation solutions to enhance client service interaction while driving business optimization solutions internally. Eric leads the Spherical Models team focusing on spherical business models through innovations in big data, social and collaborative cloud solutions. Eric speaks and writes on competitive strategy, evolving business models, big data and collaborative cloud solutions globally and is the recipient of ILTA’s 2010 ‘Knowledge Management Champion’ Distinguished Peer and ILTA’s 2010 ‘Innovative Member’ awards.
Simon Briskman is a transactional and advisory lawyer specialising in outsourcing and information and communications technology. His clients include some of the world’s largest international corporations.
His outsourcing experience includes desktop, service desk, applications support and all other forms of technology outsourcing, telecoms network outsourcing; trading and funds management systems; property; facilities management, warehousing and logistics; payroll and accounting and a range of technology and business process outsourcing transactions. He regularly works on offshoring and international projects.
Simon advises on major systems procurements, telecoms network roll-outs and other technology related projects. Simon regularly advises on e-commerce, data protection and telecommunications privacy including emerging legal issues. He is also on the editorial board of silicon.com. He has served on Intellect’s Outsourcing Group Committee and is general counsel of AccountAbility, a think tank dedicated to accountability and sustainable development. He is deeply involved in the firm’s CSR, diversity, environmental and pro bono initiatives. Simon serves a range of sectors including financial services, technology & technology & communications, property and retail on complex and innovative deals
Janet is Chairman of the Legal IT Forum 2013. She is involved in setting the IT strategy for the firm and works closely with partners and fee earners in developing client-facing solutions. Janet qualified with the Institute of Personnel Management and completed an MBA specialising in competitive advantage in the legal profession. She established a legal consultancy in 1991 and lists many of the top 100 legal practices among her clients.
Janet has extensive experience in all aspects of technology and its use by the legal profession. She has published a variety of articles on technology and the law. She is known for a more controversial approach to the use of IT and its love affair with the legal profession and believes people are more important than technology.
Mark Gould has been Head of Knowledge Management at Addleshaw Goddard since September 2006, having been a PSL in the firm's Competition Group for over five years prior to that. Working with his IT colleagues, he was responsible for introducing blogs (in 2006-8) and wikis (2007/8) to the firm. He is currently business lead for the firm's major programme of technology renewal, and is business owner of the firm's internal and client collaboration systems.
Mark has blogged at http://blog.tarn.org since early 2008, and tweets as @markgould13. Before moving into legal practice, he taught law at the University of Bristol (and briefly at the University of Hull) between 1988 and 2001.
Chris is widely regarded as the industry expert on operational and financial management and the application of technology to professional firms, and he has been a leading practitioner and pioneer in the field of professional law firm management for over 15 years. His work with clients focuses on assisting the swift, successful execution of strategy and particularly on operational and financial performance and the implementation of new business models. Prior to Edge he was appointed as CEO of top 30 UK firm Osborne Clarke in 2000 was in the first wave of external senior executive appointments in the market. Later In his global leadership role at outsourcing firm Integreon, he achieved a legal market leading position in just a few years and personally directed two of the legal world’s most substantial and innovative outsourcing deals to date.
Rupert heads up web, publishing and online community management for Legal Support Network. My role is a mix of independent editorial commissioning and generation, customer publishing, online community engagement, marketing and copywriting, client engagement and print and online production/oversight.
This includes managing multiple LinkedIn groups, Twitter feeds, work on Facebook and other social media channels - alongside editing our flagship digital magazine Briefing and its printed supplement, Briefing Extra.
Briefing is an e-zine that we also print several times a year, aimed at people in law firm management in the top 200 UK law firms. Briefing Extra is a printed supplement to Briefing, focusing each time on just one or two law firm management roles or a single subject.