You do more with less. You crunch data, drive automation and manage spend. You ask the difficult questions, squeeze every last drop of value from the legal team and help your organisation realise what legal brings to the business.
You’re bringing legal ops to life and we want to get to know you better. We’re as passionate as you are about delivering great legal services to your business. Here’s our team – why not drop us a line at [email protected]
You need a wealth of innovative solutions to keep pace with today's tough business climate, so for automated legal processes, bespoke platforms and like-minded professionals partnering with us to help your business thrive in the digital world, visit our twoBirds Client Solutions hub here.
Karen Jacks: I’m the Chief Technology Officer at Bird & Bird. I’ve spent many years utilising and adapting various legal tech solutions to best benefit our clients and our business. My team develop solutions with various legal tech suppliers that improve legal service delivery.
I’m particularly proud of our co-creation approach; starting open conversations with clients on how to find new, smarter ways of delivering our services, and more efficient ways of working, exploiting tech where appropriate. Solutions created include automated generation of agreements and workflow / collaboration tools.
Kathryn Pearson: I'm Head of Client Service Solutions at Bird & Bird. I work with clients to develop optimal solutions for the delivery of our services; whether that’s a mix of legal process, client relationship platforms or knowledge management solutions. Over the years, my role has adapted in line with the changing legal market and increasingly involves designing bespoke solutions harnessing tech to meet specific client needs, applying the latest ideas from conferences such as CLOC.
Most recently my team has developed an automated documentation and workflow process to help a client issue employee share options across 30 countries. This is just one of a number of bespoke solutions we have developed. Another area of focus is driving the adoption of new machine learning technologies, to enable us to deliver greater value to clients.
Anthony Shillingford: I’m the Global Head of Pricing at Bird & Bird and work directly with clients and their legal ops teams to develop a transparent and robust approach to pricing.
My preferred approach is to work closely with your team to understand what works best for your business. Recognising our clients' demand for live financial data - and partnering with legal ops professionals to ensure your business understands the value of the work done - we provide selected clients with transparent up-to-date matter information such as WIP, bills etc.
Contributors to the initial development of a streamlined and fully integrated matter pricing tool from Aderant, we were early adopters of what is now an industry standard solution. More recently, we have developed a toolkit of easy-to-use project management templates that link to the original matter estimate tool, used by the entire Bird & Bird global network.
Sophie Wise: I'm a Senior Client Relationship Executive, working with the rest of the Strategic Client team to support the smooth running of our Strategic Client relationships. I work closely with partners across the firm to build stronger client relationships. Day to day, I act as a central point of contact for admin and financial queries, coordinate our training offering to clients and optimise these relationships through regular relationship reviews and client listening.
I really enjoy speaking with our clients to understand their areas of focus and collaborating to find a solution that positively impacts our client's business - whether it's e-billing, exciting new technology solutions or regular financial reporting to help manage legal budgets. I can see a lot more of this coming our way in the future…
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Rebecca O'Kelly-Gillard: I'm an Associate in our London IP team, advising clients in the Media, Entertainment and Sport sector. A major part of my practice is working with companies to set up their global brand enforcement projects: using technology to streamline processes for clients and make their anti-counterfeit programmes as cost effective as possible.
My focus on developing new methods of providing our services to clients means I like to think outside the box: I like to think about how we can build better relationships with our clients and help them in ways traditional lawyers don't.
I'm especially proud that one of my projects delivering a client's brand protection system was highly commended in the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe awards in 2017.
Artur-Konrad Wypych: I'm an Employment Associate working in our Düsseldorf office. I particularly focus on collective employment law and have recently used legal AI tool Luminance with a German retail group client to carry out a detailed review of 200,000 contract documents of 20,000 employees to identify clauses referring to collective bargaining agreements. I was delighted to receive a commendation in the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards in 2019 for this project.
I have seen first-hand how these tools benefit clients through increased efficiency and how they can be used beyond corporate transactions. I look forward to these types of solutions becoming more commonplace in my practice moving forwards.
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