BLP appoints knowledge strategy director

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (5 September 2016) announced the appointment of Judy Mackenzie Stuart as Knowledge Strategy Director. Judy joins the Firm from Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she was Chief Knowledge Officer, and will be based at BLP’s London office.

Judy’s deep and broad experience includes knowledge and information management, business process, risk, practice and change management on a global basis. This new role, which will have a significant client-facing element, will see Judy lead BLP’s knowledge function globally and enhance BLP’s culture to strengthen further its ability to create, capture and disseminate knowledge and information, streamline service delivery and leverage new technologies for the benefit of clients.

Lisa Mayhew, Managing Partner, BLP commented: “Clients tell us that our service delivery is one of the best in the market, but we are always seeking to improve. Judy brings to the Firm an analytical and sophisticated approach to knowledge management which will greatly enhance our service to clients. Her considerable experience of combining people, process and technology resonates strongly with BLP’s modern approach.  We are delighted that she has chosen to join our Firm in what will be a very significant appointment.”

Judy Mackenzie Stuart comments: “Clients rightly expect to receive the benefit of a firm’s collective wisdom and judgement as part of the service they receive, and for their advisers to deliver insights and intelligence to help them manage risk and solve business problems.  BLP has always been in the vanguard of firms looking at delivering these benefits to clients in a different, progressive way, and I am delighted to be joining to help spearhead this effort.”

Judy Mackenzie Stuart trained as a lawyer at Linklaters and practised in the firm’s competition group before moving to business management roles at Clifford Chance (1999) and Shearman & Sterling (2001). She has been Chief Knowledge Officer at Shearman & Sterling since 2014, having previously held the roles of Global Director of Knowledge Management (2011) and Head of Compliance and Practice Support (2008).



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