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Expertise

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 métier 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.  Conversely, Neil has also been able to apply his expertise for the benefit of procurers of legal services.

After all these years experience we believe we have a valuable commodity that comes not just with experience, and expertise, and many years of practice - it comes with the application of emotional intelligence and a true sense of what is practicable, and how to manage risks, to all these factors; and it is called - wisdom.

"Neil has a deep understanding of solicitors’ needs and is in a position to give truly independent, objective advice.”
Ronnie Fox – Principal, Fox Lawyers
Bio
  • Neil, originally a Barrister, who has worked for LexisNexis, Allen & Overy and KPMG Consulting, has been involved with legaltech for over 30 years and advising law firms in every kind of strategic and tactical IT issue. 

  • His clients have included more than half of the top 100 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 Legal Business, Law Society Gazette, Computers & Law, Managing Partner, IBA Journal, AMLawTech, among others. 

  • Neil is recognised as one of the world's leading legal technology consultants.  In a review of IT consultants offering services to law firms in The Lawyer magazine he was “named by many consultants as one of the best around”, and was described by Charles Christian (editor of Legal Technology Insider) as being “recognised as among the leading experts” and “undoubtedly having a world-class reputation for strategic IT consulting to law firms”.

  • Neil gives lectures at least once a month at conferences throughout the world – including International Bar Association conferences in Berlin and Durban, as well as Law Society conferences, IT Forum, GlenLegal, LegalTech and so on.  He chaired the Legal Week Strategic Technology Forum for a record three years running. 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. Following his commentary on the European Court’s Spanish Google privacy case, in 2014 he was asked to give expert evidence to the House of Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee. After a Blog on Google Glass and wearable technology privacy issues he was also asked to give a paper to the Society for Computers & Law Conference on Data Protection and Data Privacy.

Skills & Experiences

Over his long period working in all areas of legal technology and related fields, Neil has worked in all areas of legal IT affecting the practice of law and the management of legal services, 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

 

Technology systems expertise includes:

  • practice management systems / ERP

  • document production

  • document management

  • contract management

  • CRM solutions

  • office systems

  • case management & workflow

  • Internet/Intranet & e-commerce

  • litigation support

  • know-how/Intranet systems

  • time recording and billing systems management information

  • expert testimony

NCCG Associates

Neil has a hand-picked coterie of highly qualified associates with whom he can augment his client engagements depending on the range of skills required.

“In the space of two years NCCG has transformed our IT function, which we had previously managed ourselves. At the outset Neil and Clive helped us to prioritise projects and to organise our thinking about IT matters. They then devised a programme and worked tirelessly with us and our suppliers to enable us to reach our objectives, as well as arranging a competitive tendering exercise for our hardware provision and support and guided us in choosing a provider. With regular meetings and additional support whenever we need it we are making good progress towards achieving all our IT aims.”
Mary Black – Partner, Currey & Co