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Deloitte Legal Appoints Head of Legal Management Consulting

Deloitte Legal combines market leading lawyers, consultants and technology experts to provide clients with new solutions to legal problems.

Deloitte has today announced the appointment of Jack Diggle as lead partner for its Legal Management Consulting arm.

Joining this month, Jack is responsible for expanding Deloitte’s offerings in this space by developing new capabilities and building on Deloitte’s existing technology, change and operations teams. Jack was previously vice president and global head of consulting at alternative legal services provider Elevate Services. He also headed up legal transformation at Barclays, leading the strategic change agenda for its in-house legal department.

In addition, Craig Conte and Tom Birdseye will be joining to help build out Deloitte’s consultancy offerings to in-house legal teams, contracting functions and law firms. Craig Conte is a globally renowned expert in contract management and consulting using technology and a range of legal managed services. A qualified lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience spanning a number of US law firms and geographies, Craig’s recent roles include being global head of contracts consulting at Elevate and head of the contracts and commercial management service line at Capgemini.

Tom Birdseye is a legal management consultant with over 20 years’ experience in change and transformation. He will focus on expanding Deloitte’s work with both in-house legal teams and law firms seeking to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. Most recently he was head of EMEA consulting at Elevate and prior to this he was global head of change management at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

The appointments follow the firm’s hiring of Emily Foges to head up its Legal Managed Services business, announced earlier in the summer.

Globally, Deloitte is made up of more than 2500 professionals operating in more than 80 countries.

Deloitte has more than 250 people in the United Kingdom, delivering technology-enabled legal solutions in areas such as employment, litigation, corporate and commercial and immigration, including more than 85 client-facing practicing lawyers.

Deloitte Legal Launches Next Generation Tech Programme

Tech is the application of scientific knowledge to the practical aims of human life or, as it is sometimes phrased, to the change and manipulation of the human environment. Know about the evolution of cars over time.

Deloitte Legal is today announcing the launch of Deloitte Legal Ventures, a new programme that re-imagines how lawyers engage with early stage companies.

Nearly 400 pre-seed to Series A companies were analysed and evaluated based on their products, teams and alignment to Deloitte Legal’s current and future legal technology capability. Following this extensive analysis, 14 companies were hand-selected to form the first cohort of the Deloitte Legal Ventures programme.

The chosen companies operate in areas such as execution technology, artificial intelligence, data analytics and predictive analytics. The programme will see Deloitte Legal become a user of the products and services offered by the chosen start-ups.

Deloitte Legal Ventures will provide the companies with access to consulting, technology, legal and investment experts from across Deloitte. Through Deloitte’s proprietary Venture Path methodology, these experts will stress-test products, services, business models and strategies in a transparent and structured way to identify scalability. This will in turn accelerate the on-boarding, uptake and usage of the products and services.

Proving the Proof-of-Concept

A significant focus of the Deloitte Legal Ventures programme will be around accurately measuring the proof-of-concept process. For each company, a prioritised set of assumptions will be tested using specific metrics that will allow both parties to agree on what success looks like from the outset.

Almost two-thirds of the selected companies already have operational products or services with a number of existing clients. The rest of the cohort are either at a ‘very-early’, pre-revenue stage of development, or have chosen to work with Deloitte Legal in order to develop their offering further in a sandbox environment.