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"Developing service delivery to concentrate on better outcomes"

Stuart Hopper


Stuart is a highly experienced consultant who works with law firms and legal departments to increase their operational effectiveness and improve their service delivery. He is a qualified attorney with thirty years’ experience as both an international corporate lawyer and in technical and leadership positions with a focus on knowledge and innovation.

Stuart’s consulting career builds on his experience as Director of Practice Development, Knowledge & Innovation at Dentons, the world´s largest law firm, where he had responsibility for the Practice Development Lawyers and Professional Support Teams and where he set up the firm’s Innovation Team. Prior to that he was Director of Knowledge for the Global M&A Practice at Baker McKenzie and started his legal career in private practice in the City of London and then offshore.

Stuart holds an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, an MBA from Henley Business School and a Masters in African Studies (with a dissertation on Economic Anthropology) from SOAS, University of London. He is a recognised speaker on the knowledge, innovation and operational change circuit. He is a LawTech UK mentor and a member of the City of London Corporation’s LawTech Sounding Board. He also set up and chairs the Business Mentor Group for Oxford University’s Law & Computer Science Programme. Stuart is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider and a qualified UKCC Level 1 rugby coach.

Recent Presentations & Seminars

  • Oxford Saïd Annual Conference on Professional Service Firms – by invitation, July 2023, Sept 2021, July 2020

  • City of London Corporation LawTech Sounding Board (2019-23) roundtable Panellist on “Tech Transformation: The Missing Conversations” series and Final Report editor

  • City of London LawTech Transformation Sounding Board - Brazilian Lawtech Delegation - panellist, Oct 2022

  • IBA Law Firm Management Academy for Leaders - “How do I make the most of disruption, technology and new business models?” – presenter, July 2022

  • Lagos Managing Partners’ Breakfast Symposium - “Where Next for Law Firms in Nigeria?” – panel moderator, Lagos, Nigeria, May 2022

  • Nigeria Bar Association Annual General Conference “Building a Modern Legal Practice - panellist,” Oct 2021

  • Global Legal Post “Preparing your law firm for success in the post-pandemic era: making technology work” – panellist, Mar 2021.

  • Lexington Consulting Roundtable “How to achieve efficient digital service delivery for Legal departments?” - panellist, Jul 2020.

Recent Publications

  • Contributing author Legal Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions - A Practitioner's Guide Kästle/Svernlöv (editors), Beck Hart Nomos, May 2022

  •  Baker McKenzie’s International Joint Ventures Handbook, (editor) 1st edition Oct 2015.

  • Baker McKenzie’s Global M&A Handbook, (editor) 1st edition, Mar 2015.

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