Addleshaw Goddard promotes Kerry Westland to newly-created role
Edinburgh-based business law firm Addleshaw Goddard (AG) has announced the promotion of Kerry Westland to the newly-created role of Head of Innovation & Legal Technology.
The firm says the move demonstrates AG’s continued commitment to its legal service delivery approach: Intelligent Delivery.
Axel Koelsch, Addleshaw Goddard’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Intelligent Delivery is the way we do business at AG. We combine technology, flexible resourcing, process improvement and strategic consultancy for our clients, as well as providing the platform for new thinking and smart solutions beyond pure legal advice. It is a powerful way of working involving more than 300 people across different elements of our delivery approach with more planned in the future – so a clear indication of how seriously we are taking it.”
Previously, part of the firm’s Transaction Services Team (TST), Westland was responsible for the development and delivery of creative and bespoke technology tools for clients, including the firm’s introduction of artificial intelligence.
Recognised in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report, as one of Europe’s leading Young Innovators, Westland also played a lead role in developing a strategic piece of technology which allowed the firm to co-ordinate the transfer of over 15,000 properties relating to the sale of National Grid’s GasD business.
In her new role, Westland will continue to drive smarter, faster and creative solutions across the firm’s international network and oversee the integration of technology solutions to enable AG to continue to transform the way it delivers legal services.
Koelsch added: “Kerry’s appointment is a clear indicator of our commitment to embed innovation into everything we do. As a firm we understand that innovation is not simply focused on technology, but is about leveraging the fusion of smart people, flexible resourcing, advanced processes and strategic consultancy we have on offer and blending these to help clients achieve better business outcomes.”
Westland’s role will see her manage a dedicated team of legal technologists, whose role will focus on applying new and existing technologies such as HighQ and AI to the delivery of both routine and complex legal work across our business.
Westland said: “Technology is a game changer in the legal world and I am delighted to be stepping into this newly created role. Creating a culture of innovation is a strategic priority for AG and looking at the possibilities legal technology and forward thinking bring, through efficiencies and client collaboration, is incredibly exciting.”