Jeremy Barton, General Counsel, KPMG
Jeremy Barton is General Counsel of KPMG UK, one of the largest member firms of KPMG’s global network providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. He is responsible for legal and corporate governance matters, and advises the Chairman and Board on practice protection, strategic M&A and legal and regulatory risks. He is a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joing KPMG Jeremy was - General Counsel of The Boston Consulting Group, leading a global team of lawyers in the USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific, focusing on governance and risk management;General Counsel of Ernst & Young Global, driving transformation of internal governance and legal structures; Deputy General Counsel, Andersen Worldwide and General Counsel - EMEIA, where he led a 50-strong team of lawyers in the dismantling of the Andersen organisation in 2002-3; Corporate lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright in London and Paris. Graduating in law from Cambridge, Jeremy obtained his Law Society Finals in London after a break to compete for Great Britain as an international athlete. He now lives outside London with his wife and daughters, taking time to run and bike in the Surrey Hills.
Chris Bull, Executive Director, Kingsmead Square
Chris is the founding Director of legal and professional services retained advisors and thought leaders Kingsmead Square, advising on strategy, operations and transformation via a portfolio of retained and NED roles, including as KPMG's ambassador for professional practices. One of the busiest speakers and writers on the business of law, Chris is also a keynote presenter, producer, Chair and panellist at major conferences in Europe and the USA and author of a series of books and reports on law firm operations.
As COO and Chief Executive of UK lawyers Osborne Clarke 2000-08 Chris was in the first wave of business professionals in law firm leadership roles. He followed that with an international COO role at professional service outsourcing firm Integreon. Since 2011 he has advised on the creation of a string of new entrant Alternative Business Structures (ABS) including LegalZoom, KPMG, DAS Law and Jordans.
Dominic Carman, Writer and Journalist
Dominic Carman is a freelance writer, journalist and consultant. He executes bespoke projects for international law firms and investment banks – from thought leadership and report writing to digital content, ghostwriting and speechwriting. His clients include: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells, Sullivan & Cromwell, JP Morgan and the European best friends of Slaughter and May. In addition, he undertakes projects for leading independent law firms in Europe and has increasingly been retained by management consultancies and IT companies servicing the international legal market.
Dominic’s clients say that they improve their results when they improve their communication skills – this is what he helps them to do.
Peter Crisp, Dean and CEO, BBP University Law School
Professor Peter Crisp is the Chief Executive and Dean of BPP University Law School. Professor Crisp is a qualified barrister, specialising in Land Law. Before joining BPP in 1997, he practised at the Chancery Bar across a spectrum of law including mortgages, wills, probate, intellectual property, company law and landlord and tenant. In December 2007, Professor Crisp gained the Institute of Directors' Diploma in Company Direction. Follow Professor Crisp on Twitter: @PeterCrispBPP
Melanie Farquharson, Consultant, 3 Kites Consulting
Melanie is a Director of 3Kites Consulting, a consultancy that works with professional services organisations, mainly in the legal sector.
Melanie is a solicitor who qualified in 1988 and was a partner at Simmons & Simmons from 1994- 2007. Latterly she was responsible for knowledge management in the firm and became involved in a number of technology and change projects. She has been consulting with 3Kites since 2007.
Melanie is a passionate believer in the power of technology to bring about transformation, even in a profession which is notoriously attached to established ways of working. And she is firmly convinced that market forces will increasingly force professionals to change, by punishing inefficiency and rewarding innovation. Technology is not always the answer, however. Process change and the application of knowledge are equally important.
In her work at 3Kites, Melanie helps to bridge the communication gap between lawyers and technologists and assists organisations in applying solutions that professionals can readily work with. This means not only finding and implementing the right technology or identifying the right working practices, but also focusing on adoption and change management so that the organisation gets value from its investment and brings about the improvements identified.
Dame Janet Gaymer, Non-Executive member, House of Commons Commission
Anne Groves is an independent communications consultant, with over 30 years’ experience in professional services, financial services and publishing. Her most recent in-house roles were as Global Head of PR at Clifford Chance and, previously, as EMEIA Head of PR at Andersen. She has since worked as a consultant for numerous top 50 law firms and legal challenger brands. More recently, she has worked for specialist communications headhunter Taylor Bennett and the Taylor Bennett Foundation, a charity that trains graduates from ethnically diverse backgrounds for careers in PR.
Anne now provides training in career development and communications and provides advisory services to professional services clients. She is a non-executive board member of consultancy Infinite Global Communications Ltd, an Ambassador for the Taylor Bennett Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of senior women’s executive forum the Quorum Initiative. Anne is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Markus Hartung, Managing Director, The Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
Markus Hartung is a lawyer and mediator. He is director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg. His expertise in the framework of the CLP lies in market development and trends, management and strategic leadership as well as corporate governance of law firms and business models of law firms with regard to digitisation of the legal market.
He is Chair of the Committee on Professional Regulation of the German Bar Association (DAV).
As a lawyer he focuses on conflict management, regulatory issues and professional indemnity issues. In addition, he advises law firms in strategy and management questions and coaches partners in management functions. He is a regular lecturer and conference-speaker on leadership, management topics and professional ethics and has written numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. He is i.a. co-editor and author of “Wegerich/Hartung: Der Rechtsmarkt in Deutschland” (“The Legal Market in Germany”) which came to the market in early 2014 and has developed into a standard reference for the German legal market. He is also Co-author of “How Legal Technology Will Change the Business of Law”, a joint study of The Boston Consulting Group and the Bucerius Law School.
Paul Heugh, Founder and CEO, Skarbek Associates
Paul Heugh has over 24 years’ experience in the implementation of strategy in global businesses. As GSK’s head of Global Strategic Projects and a member of the Consumer Business Leadership Team, he organised and led all major strategic programmes and projects. In this role he ensured the successful delivery of multiple organisational changes and transformation across the globe. Paul is involved at an operational level with Skarbek’s clients and most recently advised global law firms on restructure, performance and change, led a reorganisation in the public sector and an assignment with a global bank.
Alison Hook, Co-founder and Director, Hook Tangaza
Alison Hook is a consultant on the international legal market. She is the co-founder of Hook Tangaza, a boutique professional services advisory firm which provides strategy, governance, regulatory and business development services to a range of clients, including governments, inward investment agencies, regulators, professional bodies, and law firms across the globe. Alison is vice chair of the International Bar Association’s Trade in Legal Services Committee and sits on the advisory board of the newly launched Ulster University Centre for Legal Innovation. Her previous roles have included: Head of International at the Law Society of England and Wales, Deputy Head of European Commission’s Representation to the UK, member of cabinet of Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan in the European Commission, and various diplomatic posts in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is an economist by training.
Chris Johnson, Chief Global Correspondent of Law, The American Lawyer
Chris Johnson is The American Lawyer’s chief global correspondent. Chris has spent more than a decade covering the business of law issues affecting the world’s largest law firms. He specializes in feature writing and other longer-form analytical pieces, with particular expertise in law firm management, strategy and financial performance. Chris is author of The American Lawyer's monthly Letter From London column, and has written in-depth articles on everything from vereins to alternative fee arrangements, Big Law mergers and the demise of King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm. He is also an experienced legal awards judge, having worked on the British Legal Awards, The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards and the Legal Business Awards, among others.
Before joining The American Lawyer, Chris was senior reporter at Legal Business and a country and region editor on The Legal 500 series. He is a keen cyclist with Velosport CC in Putney and a long-suffering fan of Aston Villa football club.
Chrissie Lightfoot, CEO, EntrepreneurLawyer
Chrissie Lightfoot is CEO and founder of EntrepreneurLawyer Ltd, a global consulting business based in the UK specializing in the future of legal services, AI and robots in law, relationship `SocialHuman` sales, personal branding and preparing professionals and companies for the future. She is also a co-founder of AI Tech Support Ltd (Robot Lawyer LISA) and the visionary and creator of LISA - the Legal Intelligence Support Assistant – the world’s first impartial AI lawyer. She heads up the company in researching and developing legal AI Apps for businesses and consumers.
Chrissie is a prominent international legal figure. She is an entrepreneur, a legal futurist, legaltech investor, writer, international keynote speaker, legal and business commentator (quoted periodically in The Times), solicitor (non-practising), Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Westminster, School of Law, specialising in the research, theory and practice of AI and Robots in the legal ecosystem and author of best-seller The Naked Lawyer and Tomorrow`s Naked Lawyer. Chrissie is also an Entrepreneur Mentor at Law Without Walls; featured in Time Magazine, The Financial Times and Forbes.
In 2013 she was honoured as `Legal Professional of the Year 2013` and a `Top 100 International Executive` and was a Thought Leader and contributor in ILTA`s 2014 report `Legal Technology Future Horizons: Strategic Imperatives for the Law Firm of the Future`. She is named in the 2015 list of the ‘World’s Top Female Futurists’ and LinkedIn as the No.1 best-connected & most engaged woman in the legal industry. In 2017 EntrepreneurLawyer was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 50 Entrepreneur Blogs on the web and she became an advisor to the board of The Telegraph’s Digital Enterprise Network.
Georgina Stanley, Editor, Legal Week
Tony Williams, Principal, Jomati Consultants
Tony Williams is the principal of Jomati Consultants LLP, the leading UK based international legal management consultancy. Jomati’s services are designed to support law firms, barristers chambers and in-house legal departments on a range of strategic and management issues.
Tony qualified as a solicitor at Turner Garrett & Co in Surrey before moving to Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance) initially as a property lawyer and then as a corporate lawyer. He worked in London, Hong Kong and Moscow and his last role at the firm was as Worldwide Managing Partner. He left in 2000 to become Worldwide Managing Partner of Andersen Legal prior to the collapse of the Andersen organisation in 2002 in the wake of Enron. For his role in the orderly dissolution of Garretts (the English arm of Andersen Legal) he was awarded Partner of the Year by The Lawyer magazine.
He established Jomati Consultants in October 2002. Jomati acts for many large and small firms around the world on issues ranging from strategy, organisation, partner performance and remuneration, key client programmes, strategic development, international expansion and mergers and acquisitions. In 2012 Jomati was, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, awarded by the Queen the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.Tony is also a Visiting Professor at the University of LawTony is also a Non Executive Member of the Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority