"Avoiding the waste of reinventing

the wheel"

Stuart Hopper

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Stuart is passionate about driving change in legal services, improving efficiency and increasing service delivery effectiveness through better recognition and use of knowhow, innovation and collaboration.

Most recently, he was Director of Practice Development, Knowledge & Innovation at Dentons, the world´s largest law firm, with responsibility for the Practice Development Lawyers, Professional Support and Innovation Teams

His client assignments focus on real life applications of innovation, which is broader than just technology, typically including process improvement, knowledge management and project management as well as the behavioural change elements and multi-team approach vital to make it all happen.

In practice, he helps clients develop the human and technological linkages across business functions so that all are concentrated on better end-user outcomes. He sees his challenge as avoiding the waste and frustration that occurs when people reinvent the wheel, pull in different directions or fail to apply global best practices.

Stuart also believes strongly that the practice of law must be understood and delivered in ways which strengthen the client/law firm relationship for both sides.  Also, that individual accountability lies  at the heart of embedding knowledge management and innovation within a firm setting out how everyone in the firm owns - and is expected to deliver - better ways of working in their daily practice.

 

Prior to Dentons, Stuart was Director of Knowledge for the Global M&A Practice Group at Baker & McKenzie. and before that was in private practice in the City and offshore. Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1994, he has retained his Practising Certificate ever since.

 

Stuart believes strongly that the practice of law must be understood and delivered in ways which strengthen the client/law firm relationship for both sides. Also, that individual accountability lies at the heart of embedding knowledge management and innovation within a firm, setting out how everyone in the organisation owns - and is expected to deliver - better ways of working in their daily practice.

 

After a childhood in Nigeria, Stuart gained an MA in Law from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Henley Business School.

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