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NewLaw CIO brings ‘strategic’ IT skills to business

NewLaw CIO brings ‘strategic’ IT skills to business

Gervais Carlton Blake

Lawyers on Demand has announced the appointment of a new chief information officer to lead its IT programme.

Gervais Carlton-Blake (pictured) has been named as the inaugural Chief Information Officer for Lawyers on Demand (LOD).  

In a statement announcing the appointment, LOD said that Mr Carlton-Blake would improve the existing infrastructure and work on best practice IT solutions for CRM, collaboration, document management and workflow tools.

The NewLaw CIO would also develop “external market facing technologies to enhance both the lawyer and client experience”, LOD said.

LOD has offices in five countries, with over 600 lawyers and consultants across the globe working for clients in numerous jurisdictions.

LOD global chief operating officer Ken Jagger said the need for a “high-level, strategic IT hire” became evident as the company considered expanding its international footprint and increasing what services it offered to clients.

“We are delighted that Gervais is now on board to lead our internal IT programme and importantly, drive tech innovation in our delivery and support to clients,” LOD global chief operating officer Ken Jagger said.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Carlton-Blake helped the business design and migrate its systems on to a hybrid cloud IT infrastructure. He has over two decades’ experience running globally distributed IT departments for corporations and working with start-ups.  

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to make a contribution to the business at the global level and excited to be working with people who have dominated their market for the last 10 years and have an amazing vision for the next decade,” Mr Carlton-Blake said.

“With ever-increasing IT systems complexity, the time is right to have a dedicated CIO, and I am excited by the challenges this role faces,” he added.

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