Cloud strategies for law firms

Law firms have, to some degree, been adopting cloud-based technologies over the years as their business needs changed. 

They’ve migrated software, email and other key servers from on-premise to the cloud, and are now reaping the rewards of improved functionality, efficiency and user-experiences.

New solutions are removing barriers that once caused frustration to fee-earners, enabling them to work more effectively, while providing the flexibility to work from anywhere – which was critical during the pandemic.

Now the conversation has shifted. Firms are adopting cloud technologies at an ever-increasing pace.

In this paper, we’ve sat down with five legal technology experts, including Sarah Blair, IT Director at Thorntons Law and David Jackson, Chief Technology Officer at Stepien Lake to find out what leading law firms are doing to design and implement a successful cloud strategy for their firm, covering: 
 
  • Cloud hosting: From enablement to optimisation
  • Positively impacting user experiences
  • Putting people at the centre of digital transformation 

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Contributors

Sarah Blair

IT Director, Thorntons Law

Sarah has over 15 years experience in IT and has spent much of her time leading and transforming Thorntons Law's IT capabilities.

Sarah specialises in developing and implementing IT strategies. She has a passion for business-led innovation, encouraging understanding, adoption and exploration of new technologies, but always with a focus on the problem that needs to be solved.

During her time at Thorntons, Sarah has spearheaded a number of major change management campaigns to encourage adoption of new technology - seeing IT as an enabler and only bringing value when it enables people to work better.

David Jackson

CTO, Stepien Lake

David has over 20 years' experience working in IT and, is an associate assessor for the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) and contributes to the grading of IT apprentices, alongside his role as the CTO at Stepien Lake.

Throughout his career, David has dealt with all aspects of IT, security, project management, workflows, work processes and legal accounts (SARs). He also writes a number of expert articles on hardware, software and network issues.

Lauren Colbeck

Head of Product, Access Legal

Lauren joined Access Legal in April 2021 after three years as Head of Product Management for a legal SaaS provider. Previous to that, she spent over a decade in product management at Experian 

In her current role at Access Legal, Lauren is focused on working with the wider product development team to execute Access Legal’s product roadmap, designed to deliver a more cohesive experience of technology to the legal sector, as well as developing a comprehensive strategy for future innovation. 

Matt Newton

Commercial Director, Access Legal

Matt is one of the co-founders of Oosha, a lead player in the provision of IT Managed Services, Cloud and Communication solutions to legal firms of every size.

With over 20 years helping clients use technology to enable their business and elevate their client experience, with particular focus on optimised digital workplaces and digital service delivery.

Matt's passion lies in digital transformation & service design, drawing on his business strategy, marketing and ITIL intermediate qualification know-how.

Doug Sawers

Managing Director, Access Legal

Currently Managing Director at Access Legal, Doug is a  transformational leader in the technology, leisure and business services sectors.

With over 30 years experience on boards with 20 of these years leading businesses through change, acquisitions and sale. His roles have included leading private, public and PE-backed organisations, both B2B and B2C, in 15 countries.

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