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WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Axel Koelsh
Lak Purewal
HR director, EMEA,
Norton Rose Fulbright

Roundup:
US and them
p6

Axel Koelsh
Carol Ashton
International HR director,
DLA Piper

Roundup:
US and them
p6

Axel Koelsh
Jemimah Cook
HR director,
Kingsley Napley

Roundup:
US and them
p6

Axel Koelsh
Jonathan Bond
Director of HR and learning,
Pinsent Masons

Roundup:
US and them
p6

Axel Koelsh
Deborah Dalgleish
Head of diversity,
Ashurst

Roundup:
US and them
p6

Axel Koelsh
Martin Darroch
CEO,
Harper Macleod

Upfront:
What’s on your whiteboard
p8

Axel Koelsh
Simon Harper
Co-founder,
LOD

Speak up:
An eye for design
p11

Axel Koelsh
Clare Quinn-Waters
Senior client development manager,
Baker McKenzie

Opinion:
Competition winner
p12

Axel Koelsh
Jonathan Agar
CEO,
Birketts

Briefing people:
In the changer zone
p20

Axel Koelsh
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
Professor of business psychology,
UCL

Essay:
Tech out your talent
p36

Axel Koelsh
Dr Reece Akhtar
Research fellow,
UCL

Essay:
Tech out your talent
p36

Axel Koelsh
Justin Farmer
Senior director of product management,
Thomson Reuters Elite

Industry interview:
Reassuringly extensive
p40

Axel Koelsh
Alex Grant
Managing director, fraud risk management,
Barclays

Industry analysis:
Keeping up with the fraudsters
p44

Axel Koelsh
Dave Harris
Principal consultant,
LexisNexis

Industry Analysis:
A healthy relationship
p46

Axel Koelsh
Anthony Vigneron
Applications director,
Clifford Chance

Industry case study:
Proof positive
p48

Axel Koelsh
Duncan Eadie
IT and business services director,
Foot Anstey

Out of office:
Ice work
p50

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ISSUE IN BRIEF

One tipping point in the balance of power is definitely upon us, according to one new report. Commissioned by LOD – the poster child for a workforce revolution, at least in this market – it argues the millennial lawyer has finally begun to outnumber the big, bad ‘boomer’ in law firms. So, we should expect to see that starting to come through in management.

In our big idea feature this month, we ask how well law firms are progressing with integrating another alternative mass of brainpower – artificial intelligence. The truth is they haven’t been
at it for long at all, but here’s hoping it happens sooner than it did
with millennials.

SOME LIKE IT ROBOT

Is a machine learning revolution coming to firms, and can they manage it? Some say AI isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. But if firms are buying it, do they have a long-term vision for what it’ll do?

IN THE CHANGER ZONE

Jonathan Agar, CEO of East Anglia firm Birketts, explains why legal business might benefit from an outsider’s eye, but the IT and innovation agenda needs the firm hand of a seasoned fee earner

REASSURINGLY EXTENSIVE

Justin Farmer, senior director of product management at Thomson Reuters Elite, says data is supporting firms to improve project management and productivity – and he’s committed to ensuring both can stretch further in future

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Modern workplace

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Marketing and BD leaders 2019

Where is legal drawing its marketing and BD leaders from now?