Neil, originally a Barrister, who then worked for LEXIS, Allen & Overy and KPMG Consulting, has been involved with legal IT for over 30 years and advising law firms in every kind of strategic and tactical IT issue since 1986.
His clients have included more than half of the top 50 law firms in the UK and a variety of law firms in the United States, Australasia, the Far East and Continental Europe – and his specialism is in adding value to technology related projects through his understanding of the exigencies of the legal business.
He has written a wide variety of articles for a wide variety of UK, US and international publications – including KnowList, Legal Business, Law Society Gazette, Computers & Law, Managing Partner, IBA Journal, AMLawTech, among others.
Neil regularly lectures, chairs or attends on panels at conferences throughout the world – including International Bar Association conferences, Law Society conferences, IT Forum, LegalTech and so on.
He was joint-chairman of the Society for Computers and Law for four years, and is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
He is generally regarded as one of the most experienced strategic business advisers working in this field.
Neil specialises in advising professional organisations, especially law firms, on all issues relating to the strategic planning of technology, the application of technology, and business issues relating to the exploitation and benefits realisation of technology.
His metier is in the ability to use his experience as a legal practitioner to aid the client’s senior management in understanding how strategic business considerations should drive major technology initiatives throughout the organisation in a way that underpins the business objectives, and fully exploits the potential of the technology investment by bringing about innovation through remodelling working practices.
Over his long period working in all areas of legal technology and related fields, Neil has worked in all conceivable areas, including:
- Strategic planning;
- Procurement and implementation of a wide variety of systems;
- Benefits realisation;
- Recruitment and related IT Management issues;
- Working practices; and
- Mentoring Managing Partners and IT Directors.
The range of types of systems he has worked on includes practice management, document production and management, office systems, knowledge management, HR systems and Intranet/Extranet developments.