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"Developing the links across business functions to concentrate on better outcomes"

Stuart Hopper

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

His client assignments to law firms and law departments focus on real life applications of innovation in its broadest sense, typically including process improvement, knowledge management and project management as well as the practical application of technology and the behavioural change elements and multi-team approach vital to make it all happen.

Intellectually curious by inclination and a details person by training, Stuart has over twenty years’ experience in matrix organisations combining the two. Before moving to consulting,

Stuart 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. Prior to that he was Director of Knowledge for the Global M&A Practice at Baker McKenzie, having started his career in private practice in the City and offshore. He holds an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Henley Business School.

Further Information:

  • Member of the LawTech Delivery Panel (LTDP) Investment & Funding Taskforce; 

  • Member of the City of London Corporation’s LawTech Sounding Board, including its current “Innovation Ambassadors” Programme;

  • Chair of the business mentor group for Oxford University’s Law & Computer Science Course;

  • Vice-President and Digital Sub-committee chair of the St Edmund Hall Alumni Association;

  • Board member of Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells sitting on both Governance and Finance Sub-committees;

  • Chair of the Social Mobility Foundation's Advisory Board 2013 – 2016;

  • Qualified Mental Health First Aider.

 

Recent Presentations 

  • “Automating Law: LegalTech” Oxford University Law & Computer Science course, Nov 2020

  • “How to achieve efficient digital service delivery for Legal departments?” Lexington Panel, July 2020

  • Oxford Saïd Annual Conference on Professional Service Firms – by invitation, July 2020

  • “Developing a Tech Strategy for a Law Firm” guest speaker (October 2019) and final project review panel (March 2020) Oxford University Law & Computer Science course.

  • “How AI impacts back office administration and provokes widespread internal business transformation”, Legal AI Forum, September 2019.

  • “Organising innovation & ideation across a global footprint” Alternative Tech and Innovation Leaders' Summit, June 2019.

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