In an interesting move, US law firm Reed Smith has hired Adam Curphey as the firm’s Innovation Engagement Manager from the BPP University Law School where he was Head of Development – Innovation Technology.
Readers in the UK may likely have heard of Curphey, given his prominent role at BPP, the private law school, and also his many appearances at legal tech conferences and in interviews. Now, he is moving into another London-based role, this time at a global firm.
The law firm noted that during his time at the university he designed, implemented and led the Legal Technology Innovation and Design course.
Although hiring in educators to run key parts of a firm’s professional support is not that frequent, Curphey is not a stranger to Big Law and was once an associate at White & Case where he focused on corporate law.
In his role at Reed Smith, he will work closely with the firm’s lawyers, Practice Innovation and IT development teams. He will implement ideas to drive internal efficiencies, as well as identify collaboration opportunities with Reed Smith’s clients to deliver new products and services, the firm stated. Curphey will also run the firm’s Innovation Hub in London.
So….he will be very busy, it looks like.
Lucy Dillon, Chief Knowledge Officer, said: ‘We’re delighted to have Adam on board. He has a deep understanding of the legal technology environment and how to deploy innovative solutions for law firms. Adam’s background in education is a perfect fit to support the firm’s commitment to equipping our lawyers with the skills they need for the legal practice of tomorrow.’
Curphey added: ‘Reed Smith is a firm that stands out for its approach to innovation. It is not just a buzz word, but very clearly something that the firm takes seriously. I am excited to be joining the firm and look forward to working with its clients, lawyers and business services teams to continue to innovate.’