Global law firm Allen & Overy has announced that senior banking partner Andrew Trahair will be the Head of Advanced Delivery, a grouping which comprises the firm’s advanced resourcing and technology capabilities.
Trahair served as co-Head of the global Banking practice from 2008 to 2016 and was formerly managing partner of Allen & Overy’s Singapore office.
‘Allen & Overy is committed to innovation and we are widely recognised for being a market leader in advanced resourcing, technology and client solutions. Our Advanced Delivery group is part of our forward looking philosophy that allows us to align our expertise and tackle client challenges in a way that goes beyond what law firms have conventionally done,’ he said.
The Advanced Delivery group will integrate with other pioneering areas of the firm such as:
- Markets Innovation Group – which develops resource and technology enabled platforms and solutions for clients responding to large scale regulatory and market change;
- Consulting – the firm’s strategic advisory and consulting arm, which will enable the firm to meet client demand for broader high-quality bespoke business-focussed advice;
- AOsphere – the online cross border legal information subscription business.
The resourcing services included in the Advanced Delivery group are technology-enabled and comprise:
- Legal Services Centre – providing high volume document review/production and other legal support;
- eDiscovery team – offering document review and analysis services, mainly in the context of litigation and investigations;
- Project Management Office – providing a proactive approach to managing matters that involves scoping, planning, budgeting, executing and reviewing;
- and Peerpoint – providing flexible legal resource.
Also included in the group are:
- Legal Technology Group – an innovation engine aimed at delivering the technology needed to drive client solutions and transform mainstream legal work;
- and Fuse – a collaborative tech innovation space where clients and Allen & Overy explore, develop and test legal, regulatory and deal-related solutions.
In short, Allen & Overy has a whole bunch of things going on that connect with legal tech and having a senior lawyer at the head of this makes sense to give it some overall management and clear strategic direction.
Allen & Overy has also appointed securitisation partner and co-Head of the global Financial Institutions Group, Angela Clist, as Head of the Legal Services Centre, to succeed Jane Townsend on her forthcoming retirement.