The Usual Bloggers

Alex Dobson

Alex has worked in the legal IT sector for over 15 years, holding senior positions both in-house and at technology suppliers. As a member of the Product Management team at LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions, Alex’s focus is on driving the company’s innovative best of breed solutions forward and maintaining its position as the market leader.

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Andrew Lindsay

Andrew is General Manager of LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. Andrew has been with the business for over twenty years, starting as a graduate software developer before leading our Account Management and New Business divisions for many years, helping our clients derive more from their investment. He now leads the UK software business where he is overseeing the execution of our strategy to deliver industry leading enterprise platforms that support both the business and practice of law.

At weekends Andrew is a keen sports follower, a Leeds United fan and enjoys spending time with his family.

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Karl Southern

In an IT career that has spanned well over twenty-five years, Karl has spent time in consultancy, operations, product management and solutions design. Particular areas of his expertise include integration, mobility, and exploiting information. Our clients do amazing things with our technology, and what Karl enjoys most about his role, is helping clients to unlock the potential of our software, so that they can achieve amazing things too.

Some of his colleagues have pointed out that he is a geek by nature due to his keen interest in all things technical. He takes this as a huge compliment. Outside of work, Karl likes to walk, albeit slowly; a pace he blames on frequent pauses to take photographs.

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Marcus Hutchinson

Marcus is widely known for his expertise in developing legal software. With roles of Development Manager and Chief Engineer for Solicitec, Visualfiles and LexisNexis, he has led large onshore and offshore teams to deliver best of breed products including SolCase and Visualfiles.

Now, as Technical Product Manager he is responsible for the research, evaluation and technical requirements of future product releases along with sharing his SME knowledge to help customers embrace new functionality and maximise their return on investment through early adopter programs, education, workshops and presentations.

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Martin Siddle

Martin has been involved in Legal IT for over 30 years and has worked for companies such as Equitrac, Pilgrim, Pracctice, Visualfiles and LexisNexis. In his current role as Key Account Manager he looks after 50 of the largest Visualfiles / SolCase clients and is responsible for making sure his clients get the most out of their systems and are fully aware of the benefits.

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Michelle Peel

Michelle Peel is a Key Account Manager for Lexis Visualfiles at LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions, joining the company in February 2018. With over 12 years’ experience in legal software sales and an in-depth knowledge of the industry, she is helping customers to define their business strategies, and optimise the use of the powerful Visualfiles toolset to streamline business processes for business efficiency and profitability.

Prior to LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions, Michelle has held positions including Enterprise Account Manager at Advanced Legal, and Senior Sales Consultant at Eclipse. A high achiever, she was regularly awarded the title of ‘Sales Person of the Year’ in both organisations.

Michelle has two young children, enjoys caravanning at weekends and socialising with friends with a Vino or two!

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Mohammed Hussain

Amin is Quality Assurance Manager at LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. Responsible for Quality Assurance for Visualfiles, Amin has over nine years’ experience in the legal technology sector.

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Nigel Williams

Nigel Williams is widely experienced in technical, managerial and consultancy roles in public and private organisations, with particular expertise in the UK legal sector - from both client and supplier perspectives.

He has run IT in a number of law firms, and has worked with Visualfiles since it was first introduced. In his role as the Visualfiles Product Manager he has primary responsibility for setting future direction.

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Sarah Dearden

Sarah leads the Engineering, Architecture, QA, & IMIS functions as part of her role as Head of Delivery & Operations. She has held a number of senior Development, Quality and Software Governance related roles since she began working in the Software industry in 1995 both within, and outside of, LexisNexis.

In addition to driving Software Development delivery, Sarah has a focus on delivering continual improvement and operational efficiency through the pragmatic application of best practice techniques, with an emphasis on using data to drive focus and measure ROI.

Outside of work Sarah loves to travel and spend time with her family.

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Shaun Denham

Shaun Denham is Client Advisor at LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. He has over 25 years’ experience in legal IT and finance and has held a variety of roles including Head of IT at Lupton Fawcett in Leeds. He has also worked at a number of legal software suppliers, with experience in various roles including Systems Developer, IT Manager, Product Manager, and Data Migrations Manager. As Client Advisor, he has a thorough appreciation of the IT needs of firms as well as the pressures they face in implementing solutions and optimising their functionality.

Outside of work, Shaun is keen on anything outdoors, but more recently fell running became his hobby of choice over football. At the same time, he still aspires to further his record of 45+ off-road marathons.

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Simon Farthing

Simon leads the Go-To-Market (GTM) function at LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions with overall responsibility for the Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Sales Operations & Client Engagement Teams. Simon is responsible for ensuring that we develop and enhance our customer relationships and grow our presence within our chosen markets, helping our valued clients gain greater value from their investment with us.

Experience

Simon has been with LexisNexis for six years. He has worked on a number of key strategic client growth programmes leading our Client Engagement Team across the Enterprise Solutions portfolio. He has also acted as Global Account Director for some of our largest international clients. He is a qualifed Lawyer, Project Manager and Business Analyst. Simon has over twenty years’ experience in the legal services sector and spent many years of his career practicing law within a number of notable regional practices and subsequently headed IT, Development and Comms for a Top 100, 450 user Law Firm, in his time there implementing Visualfiles, Microsoft CRM, iManage, Bighand, Artiion and Aderant solutions, to name a few.

Other Hobbies/areas of interest

Simon is a competitive sailor, a technology addict, a motorsports enthusiast and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

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Stefan Leggett

Stefan Leggett is a Software Engineer at LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. With the company for over nine years, Stefan initially started in the Visualfiles Support team, progressed to become a Senior Support Analyst, and now works as a member of the Visualfiles Development team.

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Sugath Gunawardana

With over 20 years’ experience in the legal software sector, Sugs is responsible for directing and guiding the teams implementing our products, delivering our projects and supporting our clients. Sugs’ focus is on working closely with our customers to help them gain maximum value from their solution as efficiently as possible. Sugs is team centric and people-focussed in his approach. Sugs has worked on a variety of projects ranging from implementations at small law firms through to large, global deployments in magic circle firms. Especially passionate about pro bono projects, he drove the implementation of Lexis Visualfiles at LawWorks, the Solicitors Pro Bono Group, a charity working in England and Wales.

Kept busy by his young family of 3 daughters, but when he gets some free time he enjoys long distance running – Sugs has set himself a 1000 mile target for this year. He is a craft beer connoisseur and a collector of vinyl records.

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Guest Bloggers

Andrew Taylor

With over 10 years of experience of IT infrastructure and datacentre solution management, Andrew leads the highly-skilled team of technical consultants and analysts at Converge Technology Specialists. His wealth of knowledge has proved invaluable to clients in terms of network design, harnessing ‘best of breed’ technology and creating infrastructure roadmaps that are aligned with business strategy. Operating solely in the legal sector, Andrew is well-placed to advise on the technical nuances attributed to law firms with particular expertise in application performance improvements linked to infrastructure. Often asked to speak at sector-leading events, Andrew has recently focussed on the growing threat of cybercrime and the risks posed to law firms, offering practical guidance and advice on how to mitigate against the likelihood of attack.

Converge Technology Specialists
As the only Cloud Computing Provider dedicated to UK law firms, Converge Technology Specialists have over 10 years’ experience advising law firms on how to align their IT roadmap with the firm’s overarching business strategy. Delivering a suite of hosted and managed infrastructure services, including Hosted Desktop, IaaS, DRaaS and Infrastructure Support, Converge Technology Specialists work closely with firms to facilitate key business goals including improved productivity, mitigating the risks of cyber-crime and achieving growth.

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Ann Lloyd

Ann Lloyd handles a wide range of contentious asset finance and consumer credit matters, including satisfactory quality and title disputes, wrongful interference claims and the enforceability of consumer credit agreements, both regulated and unregulated. Ann also deals with defended mortgage cases for commercial mortgage lenders and handles business and personal banking cases including the recovery of secured and unsecured facilities and shortfalls.

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David Green

After a number of successful years spent in the Insurance and Legal Sectors, David has taken his extensive knowledge and experience into a range of businesses where he is involved as an Investor and Owner. David engages directly with the businesses providing strategic support, financial management, operational input alongside business development and general consultancy and guidance. You can connect with David on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-green-managing-partner/

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Kevin Wheeler

Kevin Wheeler has been advising professional services firms on all aspects of marketing and business development for more than 30 years. As a consultant, he helps firms to manage and grow their key clients as well as to win new ones. Kevin qualified as an executive coach with Meyler Campbell in 2012 and works with partners and those approaching partnership to improve their BD skills, including helping them to utilise CRM technology.

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LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions

The ‘New Normal’ - bringing together high-quality news, comment and analysis from the world of LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions

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Mark Armstrong

As Vice President and Managing Director for International Operations (EMEA and APJ), Mark is the senior executive responsible for the overall success of the Progress business in the region and is a key individual within the global sales organization. Mark is responsible for defining and implementing the company’s overall business strategy across the International region, with the primary goal of growing top-line revenues.

Mark was named to his current position in 2013. He joined Progress in 2008 and has held several regional vice president roles in EMEA.

With more than 25 years of technology and software sales experience, Mark brings a wealth of expertise to his role, including strategic business development and the development of new market opportunities. Prior to joining Progress he was sales and marketing director at LexisNexis Visualfiles and served as Managing Director of B2BSolutionsOnline.

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Martyn Wells

Martyn is IT Director at Wright Hassall. He has managed multiple business-transformation programmes.  Prior to Wright Hassall, Martyn launched an industry-wide mortgage valuation platform for a major surveying group, implemented major software programmes for a number of global financial services providers; and held C-level positions in sectors as diverse as Foreign Exchange, Debt Collection and Professional Services.

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Nicholas Bull

Nicholas Bull is a systems developer at Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) and has been part of the IT team since 2002. Nicholas currently oversees all Visualfiles development within VWV. He has had exposure to all manner of systems within the legal profession and is currently the firm’s lead when managing IT Projects. He has extensive experience in project management, development and analysis work within VWV. Nicholas is also a PRINCE2 practitioner and Microsoft certified.

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Paul Hinchliffe

Paul Hinchliffe is Managing Partner at Bott & Company who are consumer law specialists in Personal Injury and aviation claims. Paul is responsible for HR, Operations & IT. Driving the business for growth and to achieve annual financial objectives whilst remaining top of the pile for client service.

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Richard Hinton

Richard Hinton founded Pitsford Consulting in 2013, having spent 25 years working in strategic and business development roles in the conveyancing industry. He offers consultancy to a range of legal and technology businesses and has developed a suite of data-driven business tools for conveyancers.

Prior to Pitsford Consulting, he did a 12-year stint as Business Development Director of Shoosmiths solicitors; was Head of Residential Property for Lexis Visualfiles; and held the position of Head of Business Strategy at Searchflow.

He is a founding member of the Conveyancing Association and was part of the team that launched the concept of direct conveyancing in the UK.

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Richard Mathias

As Sales and Marketing Director, I have been with LFS since day one. Previously working as Practice & Marketing manager for two West Yorkshire law firms, I have gained 25 years’ experience of working in the conveyancing sector. Over the last few years, I have taken the responsibility to develop the LFS Conveyancing Conference and Awards into the major event in the conveyancing world. Outside of work, I am married with two sons, a keen sports fan, although watching Leeds United is arguably more torture than sport.

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Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson is the Managing Director of Change Harbour. He utilises his extensive experience in leading edge law firm management, enabling firms to implement innovative solutions to deliver operational effectiveness and support revenue growth. Established in 2011, Change Harbour is an independent consultancy advising organisations operating in the legal sector in the areas of strategy, process, technology and organisational design.

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