Janders Dean acquired
Australian-founded legal management consultancy firm Janders Dean has been acquired to establish a UK-based legal advisory practice group under a global corporation’s banner.
Janders Dean – founded in 2007 by Brisbane-born Justin North – has been acquired by Morae Global Corporation to help meet the latter’s growing global demand, “especially from large law firms and international in-house legal teams looking to re-evaluate how legal work is done”.
The UK team is set to be headed by Mr North in his new role as managing director, with the Janders Dean team of senior analysts and consultants in the UK and APAC to continue under his leadership.
Mr North’s team will complement Morae’s existing US-based advisory team and will assist clients with legal spend management, resource management, process and policy enhancement, and technology and knowledge service transformation.
Speaking about the acquisition of Janders Dean, which was a leading legal industry consultancy for firms and legal departments across the globe, Mr North said the Morae deal was “extremely exciting” and opens up a “range of opportunities for our team and clients, who stand to benefit from the scale and coverage of Morae’s impressive global operations”.
“Now more than ever, the legal industry is reimagining the way it works, from evaluating working practices to assessing cost models. There is a huge appetite to move beyond hype and towards implementing major transformation programs that deliver measurable value. By joining forces with Morae, we can help drive meaningful improvement and lasting change for our clients,” he said.
“We have worked closely with the Morae team over the years and have always shared a common view on the possibilities for the future of the legal industry. This belief crystallised early last year when we worked together on a major transformation initiative for one of the world’s leading financial institutions. It was at that moment our conversations began about coming together.”
Mr North continued that he was unable to think of a more appropriate place to bring the Janders Dean team.
“With our collective skills and experience and the strong proven history of the Morae leadership team, we are now able to significantly amplify the delivery of our services to clients around the world,” he said.
Shahzad Bashir, CEO of Morae CEO Shahzad Bashir welcomed Mr North’s team, noting that “transformation is at the heart of what we are about and for years I have admired Janders Dean’s dedication and unwavering focus on innovation and influencing the market towards new ways of thinking”.
“I have also witnessed first-hand how the ideas they’ve sown across their community have evolved into commonly adopted working practices. These are the skills and characteristics that others try to imitate, but ultimately it is a cultural piece that few have nailed, and that is what makes Janders Dean such an ideal fit for Morae,” he added.