BCLP launches global group to drive innovation and technology use at the combined firm

International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has today announced the new structure which will lead the development and growth of the firm’s existing innovation team. The enhanced structure will build on the firm’s reputation for leading the transformation of legal services on both sides of the Atlantic.

The global group will be spearheaded by Katie DeBord in her role as Chief Innovation Officer, and will focus on developing innovative solutions to transform the way BCLP delivers legal services to clients. Christian Zust and Nick Pryor will support developments in the US, and European, ME and Asia markets respectively, while Keith Hardie will support internal engagement, as well as marketing and business development, globally.

Additionally, Chris Emerson will take up the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer for the combined firm’s enhanced legal operations consultancy group, working alongside Katie, who will co-lead that group. The firm’s legal operations consultancy team will help in-house legal teams improve their business processes and use technology effectively, building on the success of Bryan Cave’s BCXponent business and BLP’s Streamline service. Bruce Braude will play a leading role for this group within the EMEA markets, identifying new technology to help in-house teams proposer as they deliver services to clients, while Carrie Marks will lead the firm’s existing process improvement and project management teams globally.

The two divisions will work seamlessly together and will share resources to ensure clients are able to access the firm’s expertise effectively.

Katie DeBord, said: “Before the merger, both firms were recognised as among the most innovative law firms in their markets. The merger has given us an opportunity to build on that track record to ensure we remain at the forefront of rethinking the way in which legal services are delivered.”
Chris Emerson, said: “The success of our BCXponent and Streamline services demonstrates that in-house legal teams are not only looking for law firms to find new ways of delivering their services, but they are also struggling with how to apply to their own work the huge range of new technologies and approaches that now available. We work with companies of all sizes, from the Fortune 50 down to the newest start-ups. Given our experience globally and the fact that we have developed our own proprietary workflow system for in-house teams, we want to enable clients to access the support they need.”

“For example, earlier this year we launched Swiftagree, an automated-contracting platform in the UK. This helps in-house teams quickly and efficiently agree standard contracts with counterparties, solving a major headache for most hard-pressed legal functions. We plan a number of other new client solutions that will be rolled out in the coming year.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

BCLP Innovation Team

Katie DeBord, Chief Innovation Officer
Christian Zust, Regional Innovation Solutions Director, Americas
Nick Pryor, Regional Innovation Solutions Director, Europe, Middle East and Asia
Keith Hardie, Director of Innovation Marketing and Business Development

Consultancy Services Division
Chris Emerson, Chief Operating Officer, Consultancy Services Division
Katie DeBord, Chief Innovation Officer
Bruce Braude, Director of Legal Operations Solutions, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
Carrie Marks, Director of Program Management

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