Hiring News: Kennedys, Jameson Legal Tech + Servient

This site tends not to cover too many staff hires, but there’s been a bunch of them this week, so here’s a round up featuring: Kennedys, Jameson Legal Tech, and Servient.

Kennedys Adds Two Data Scientists to India Team

Insurance-focused law firm, Kennedys, has appointed two new data scientists to its Kognitive Computing team in India, which now has over 30 staff.

Akhil Sivanand and Renimol Siby (pictured below), who are based in Kerala, will focus on developing new data-driven products for Kennedys IQ, which is a spun out software business owned by the firm.

Sivanand holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and joins from Allianz in India where he worked as a senior analyst on data science and process improvement projects.

Siby was a senior engineer in research and development at Flytxt Mobile Solutions. She has also published research papers on data analytics and climate change.

Lead data scientist at Kennedys IQ, Karim Derrick, said: ‘Innovation is driven by big ideas and bold thinking, and we’re delighted to have Akhil and Renimol, who are already so highly-regarded in the industry, joining the team.’

Partner and Head of Innovation, Richard West, added: ‘Our ambition to be seen as an innovator in the industry has been not only achieved but exceeded and that is in large part down to our brilliant team of innovators, lawyers and developers, including those in Kerala.’

Jameson Legal Tech Hires Darren Kantor

The Jameson Legal Tech (JLT) solutions consortium has hired Darren Kantor as Global Head of Legal Tech Recruitment. Kantor specialises in technology and sales roles within law firms, legal software vendors, consultancies and technology start-ups.

Kantor (pictured below) founded both Tower Connect, specialising in software and legal technology recruitment, and Tower Law Services, which introduced Smart Time Apps, a time recording and capture application to the UK and European legal market, the group said.

Jeremy Small, CEO of Jameson Legal said: ‘Adding recruitment services to the JLT offering means that we can now truly offer a 360-degree solution to legal tech companies, law firms and in-house legal teams, as well as to lawyers looking to transition into legal tech focussed roles.  Finding the best talent can be the difference between success and failure and using our vast experience in this field means that we can add real value to everyone.’

Commenting on the move, Kantor added: ‘Technology for the legal industry has never been so important, making sure our clients have the right technical resources to accomplish their business goals is critical, and joining Jameson Legal Tech gives me a platform to allow this on a global scale. I’m excited to work with such a highly regarded leader in the legal recruitment and legal software industry.’

Kantor brings with him Jane Eren, an experienced recruiter who focuses on placing legal tech professionals into legal tech vendors, law firms and in-house legal departments.

Jonathan Maas and Nick Rich join Servient’s European Team

Ediscovery company Servient has added disclosure experts Jonathan Maas and Nick Rich to its London office. 

Maas is a well-known figure in the UK’s legal tech market and is the publisher of the BONG! newsletter. He has also been working as the company’s Brand Ambassador prior to the widened role. Rich was previously at Morae.

Maas (pictured below) said: ‘I have been impressed by Servient since I first saw it in action over five years ago. It is refreshing to see an extremely capable software house make eDisclosure truly accessible to everyone, from the sole practitioner to the largest City firms – Linklaters is a long-term and happy client.

‘Servient really delivers WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get. There are no hidden charges, no additional fees for user access, analytics, data promotion or the like – you simply pay for what you hold.  It was an honour to be asked to grow Servient’s existing European presence.’

Ian Wilson, founder and CEO of Servient, added: ‘We have been active in Europe for three years now and our increasing market share means we need to build our local team to manage our existing clients and grow our business.  Jonathan and Nick are both respected figures in the field of eDiscovery and I am delighted they are to lead us forward.  I very much look forward to working closely with them both.’