Forget ‘Tesco’ law and legal aid cuts – the real threat to the status quo for lawyers might be more futuristic. Bill Mordan, senior vice-president and general counsel at FTSE 100 company RB (Reckitt Benckiser), sums up the legal profession’s relationship with technology perfectly. ‘Lawyers have always been behind the curve,’ he told the 2014 Yerra Solutions Annual Conference last week. ‘Technology solutions can make our lives a lot easier. But we’re in a profession that’s backward-looking.’
Information technology can create in-house legal jobs and should not be perceived as a threat, the group general counsel of a FTSE 100 company said last week. Bill Mordan (pictured), senior vice-president and general counsel at RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), said the firm’s ‘i-Legal’ system, which automated transactional aspects of the company’s legal work, enabled its 70 lawyers to demonstrate their value more effectively.
Time for another round-up of new appointments and changing places, including SearchFlow who are embarked upon a major UK expansion + Yerra Solutions who have appointed a CEO and COO to their new UK subsidiary + CPA Global who have appointed a new CTO. Less than a year after its acquisition by dmg information, SearchFlow is continuing to build with appointments of key senior personnel across the business. In addition to the recent arrival of new Managing Director, John Pickford, SearchFlow is expanding its IT, customer service and marketing departments and delivering additional expertise through the account management team.
Yerra Solutions AG, a company offering legal and IP consultancy, managed services and products to Fortune 500 clients, has announced that registration is now open for its second annual conference. With a focus onConnecting the Dots between Strategy, Operations and Technology and scheduled for 15-16 October in London, the conference will host executive-level thought leaders from organisations such as Hoffmann-La Roche, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser and Credit Suisse. Ari Kaplan, principal of Ari Kaplan Advisors, will moderate the event.