Legal Tech Startup Alacrity Bags Coca-Cola GC for Advisory Board

Legal tech start-up Alacrity Law has announced that Clare Wardle, General Counsel and Company Secretary of Coca Cola European Partners and Rob Dinning, Former General Counsel, Operations & Technology at Barclays Bank, have joined the company’s advisory board.

Alacrity is a legal relationship management platform, which boosts the connections between law firms and clients. The platform aims to provide ‘actionable relationship insights’ driven by data and analytics to help improve legal service delivery.

Other members of its new advisory board include: Christopher McFadzean, Partner at Gunnercooke, formerly of Dorsey & Whitney, Latham & Watkins and Linklaters, Vincent Gautheron, Director of Legal and Compliance at Conduent (formerly Head of Legal and Trade Ops Sourcing at RBS and Nationwide), and Sean Harley CIO of Ascential (FTSE 250).

All in all a very, very impressive board, especially for a legal tech company you probably have never heard of. There are two reasons for this: Alacrity has been in development mode until very recently, and secondly its key founder and CEO, Nilema Bhakta-Jones, has had many years working as a senior inhouse lawyer at publicly listed companies such as Ascential and Emap. She was also a lawyer long ago at major UK law firm, Simmons & Simmons.

The company said: ‘The newly announced Advisory Board brings together a multi-disciplinary group of respected industry experts who will provide counsel and support to drive forward Alacrity’s ambitious growth plans.’

Bhakta-Jones, added: ‘I am delighted and hugely privileged to have such an experienced Advisory Board. I have known and admired many of the members for many years, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with them in this new endeavour.’

Clare Wardle, concluded: ‘I am happy to support Alacrity as it continues to grow and expand. I see the platform as essential for every legal department who cares about harnessing value in its relationships with external counsel. The platform delivers benefits to firms and companies, so it is a ‘win-win’.’

And if you’re still wondering what the fuss is about, here is a bit more about what the UK-based legal tech company does.

Alacrity uses a cloud-based platform enables clients and firms to manage all their matters seamlessly through a centralised platform that:

  • Delivers clearly scoped instructions to enable transparent pricing
  • Harnesses data to simplify the selection of the right firm for a legal matter
  • Highlights firms specific and relevant matter expertise and experience
  • Empowers firms and clients to agree a fair price
  • Helps firms manage their clients’ expectations and track budgeting throughout delivery
  • Captures value added services, feedback and key transaction metrics on every matter
  • Generates relationship reporting with actionable insights for both clients and firms
  • Produces analytics for both parties to understand their relationship holistically

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