Deloitte Legal in the UK has today announced the appointment of Bruce Braude as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Based in the London office, Bruce will report directly into UK Managing Partner, Michael Castle.
With technology at the heart of Deloitte Legal’s strategy, Bruce’s role as CTO will oversee all aspects of legal technology for the Deloitte Legal business. This includes the use of technology internally to enable the firm’s lawyers to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible; the use of technology to develop new legal solutions for clients; delivering legal services via new ‘tech-enabled’ offerings; and the way in which Deloitte Legal advises its clients on the use of legal technology to optimise their own operations.
In addition, Bruce will also be involved in the continued roll-out of proprietary technology such as dTrax, an AI-enabled contract management tool, and MyInsight, a secure client portal that enables clients to track and monitor their legal compliance services.
Bruce joins Deloitte after eight years at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, where he has been director of Legal Operation Solutions and lead for its consultancy arm Cantilever in EMEA and Asia since October 2018. Prior to this role, Bruce spent four years as head of strategic client technology at BCLP, delivering innovation strategies to clients through the implementation of technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics and automation. Previously Bruce held senior operational and technology roles at Investec.
Commenting on Bruce’s appointment, Michael Castle, UK managing partner for Deloitte Legal, said: “We are constantly looking at ways to be smarter and offer innovative, technology-led solutions to our clients. Bruce’s experience in this space speaks for itself. Bruce is able to understand, anticipate and react to our clients’ legal technology needs.
“Clients often tell us that the legal services market is currently not meeting their needs in the innovation and technology space. Deloitte Legal’s ability to leverage technology and consulting expertise from across our firm means that we are perfectly placed to help General Counsel and corporates in this area. Bruce’s appointment is a critical part of our strategy to lead the market in legal technology and innovation.”
Bruce Braude, incoming UK Chief Technology Officer at Deloitte Legal, commented: “Michael is building a fantastic team at Deloitte Legal. I am looking forward to helping clients understand how new technologies can be used effectively, and how artificial intelligence, automation and data analytics can help them navigate complex problems and improve productivity.
“When it comes to technologically-enabled legal solutions, the likes of AI and automation certainly have their part to play, but they are not panaceas in themselves. Every client has different business needs. Bespoke technology solutions, and thinking smartly about what problems need to be solved first, is the fastest way to achieve results.”
Bruce’s appointment comes following a number of other recent hires made by Deloitte Legal. Earlier this month, Laura Bygrave joined from Taylor Wessing to become innovation lead for Deloitte Legal. Coming in as an associate director, Laura will be reporting to Bruce and be responsible to bringing together technology and legal expertise to develop new ways for our clients to consume legal advice and receive legal services.
In addition, Chris Bull has joined Deloitte Legal in a fixed-term role as Legal Operations Architect, making the most of his expertise in legal sector management, strategy and operations. With more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level as a COO at law firm Osborne Clarke and global legal managed service provider Integreon, Chris’s internally-focused role will involve the design and delivery of a dynamic legal operations infrastructure for Deloitte Legal.
Deloitte Legal has 60+ client-facing practicing lawyers in the UK and 125+ other fee-earners, many of whom are delivering regulated legal activities. Globally, Deloitte Legal currently has c.2,500 professionals operating in more than 80 countries around the world.
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