KPMG UK announces two appointments and details of its new legal advisory business to address the rapidly changing requirements of in-house lawyers.
KPMG UK has announced two appointments and further details of its new legal advisory business to address the rapidly changing requirements of in-house lawyers.
The new service, Legal Operations & Transformation Services (LOTS), will be headed up by director Nicola Brooks, who joins from Travers Smith where she was operations director. During her time at Travers, Nicola was responsible for driving quality, efficiency and innovation to Legal Service Delivery.
James Thomas joins Nicola as the new Head of Legal Technology & Innovation, having been the Global Lead of Legal Technology at KPMG International since 2016, and will help to support the LOTS proposition as part of his role.
The LOTS offering will also include a team of transformation specialists from KPMG Boxwood, working under Neill Whitaker and Simon McCall to help companies and their General Counsel re-imagine how legal services are delivered to the business. This will help them to meet the demands of the modern legal market including evolving regulation, the digital economy and increased business disruption.
Nick Roome, Partner and UK Head of Legal Services at KPMG, said: “The demands on today’s in-house legal teams are increasingly changing which is putting more pressure on budgets and resources. That’s why we are excited to launch LOTS to help in-house legal functions adapt and become the legal teams of the future.
“I’m also thrilled to welcome Nicola and James to the team. They will significantly strengthen our capability in this area, drawing together multi-disciplinary capabilities from KPMG and the wider market to help in-house legal teams evolve in an industry which is facing unprecedented levels of change.”
Nicola Brooks, Director and new UK Head of LOTS at KPMG, said: “I am delighted to join KPMG to launch LOTS in the UK. Being part of the KPMG network enables us to draw together a first-class multi-disciplinary team to help our clients transform the way they deliver legal services across their organisations.
“We want to help them develop solutions that maximise cost efficiencies, optimise operations and continue to position them as a strategic business facilitator and manager of legal risk. Much of this will be enabled by the right people strategy, good process and underpinned by technology.”
KPMG UK joins KPMG Australia, Germany and Switzerland in offering LOTS to clients to bring global and cross-border insight. In particular it will leverage KPMG’s technology capabilities, including its strategic partnerships with third party technology providers to help evolve in-house legal functions.
Nick Roome added: “Being part of a global professional services network means that we are ideally placed to draw on our firm’s breadth of knowledge and business insight, combined with high quality legal expertise to provide a better depth of support for clients, and a broader range of experiences for our people.”
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• The LOTS team will be made up of legal operations professionals, lawyers, ex-GCs, legal project managers, KPMG Boxwood’s transformation consultants, business process engineers and legal technologists. You can find out more information from the KPMG LOTS page.
• The launch of LOTS in the UK comes on the back of record growth in 2018 for KPMG Global Legal Services, with revenues growing by more than 30% (41% in the UK), in response to clients’ rising demand for integrated legal services. KPMG’s global legal practice grew to more than 2,300 legal professionals worldwide last year, including the addition of more than 20 new partners.
About Nicola Brooks
During her time at Travers Smith, Nicola’s particular areas of focus included process improvements, defining operating models, flexible resourcing, automation and connecting with the General Counsel community. Nicola was instrumental in developing and leading the firm’s Working Smarter project, aimed at empowering lawyers to concentrate on greater value-add activities.
About James Thomas
Prior to this role, James was responsible for designing and driving KPMG’s global legal technology strategy at KPMG International building on his background as a former software developer and led the deployment of technology across KPMG’s global network. Before KPMG International, James worked as a Corporate Lawyer in KPMG UK specialising in business structuring and transactional work having joined from Addleshaw Goddard in 2014.
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