SYKE launches in Australia
LOD’s tech subsidiary SYKE is expanding into Australia as part of the global flexible legal services business’ drive for digital transformation and broader service offering for clients.
SYKE, which was founded in 2016 and has evolved into one of the world’s fastest-growing independent legaltech consultancies, operating in the UK, Europe, the United States, and Asia-Pacific region, is now launching in Australia.
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The consultancy helps legal teams choose, design and implement legal technology, and currently employs more than 130 lawyers and former lawyers, each one a specialist in legaltech engineering.
It became part of the LOD Group earlier in 2021.
In a statement, LOD said that “by combining their market-leading expertise in talent and legal technology, LOD and SYKE are able to provide legal teams with all-inclusive solutions to help structure, focus and deliver operational improvement by having teams of lawyers boosted by technology, data and project management”.
LOD Australia managing director Paul Cowling said that the expansion of SYKE is an “exciting evolution” for the global flexible legal services business Down Under.
“The success and client feedback that we have seen elsewhere in the world since bringing SYKE into the LOD business has been exceptional,” he said.
“I am therefore delighted that our Australian based clients will now benefit from this additional market leading capability which will be delivered by our integrated team on the ground.”
James Kenney – who has worked with LOD for over six years as a director of legal operations and technology, head of service development, and head of client solutions – is set to lead SYKE in Australia.
“I am very excited at the opportunity to help drive our client’s growth in this area,” he said.
“With an increased interest in digital transformation, we can now leverage SYKE’s best in class legal tech experience to enhance the way we deliver these solutions.”
SYKE founder and CEO Alistair Maiden added: “Having James Kenney lead our Australian operation will only see us go from strength to strength in the region, allowing us to help more clients achieve operational efficiencies to future-proof their legal teams.
“We’re also really pleased to be able to continue our current rate of expansion getting colleagues on the ground in more regions following the opening of new centres of operation in Europe, USA and South Africa in 2021.”