Chris Bull joins Deloitte Legal as legal ops architect

Leading legal IT adviser Chris Bull has joined Deloitte Legal as legal operations architect, working with the team leading the development of the next phase of the Big Four giant’s legal services offering, as Deloitte also, we can reveal, looks for a chief technology officer.

Bull, who is director and founder of Kingsmead Square consultancy, will be focussed on the design and delivery of a legal operations infrastructure for Deloitte Legal.

A spokesperson told us: “This will place smart working and new operating models at the heart of Deloitte Legal’s offering and empower our lawyers to deliver the future of law, today.”

“The future of law, today” is a Deloitte tagline, and Bull says on LinkedIn: “My role is to design and implement a state-of-the-art lawyer infrastructure; bringing together process, technology, tools, knowledge and project/matter management models.  Over the next year we will be upgrading this internal infrastructure to support Deloitte Legal’s delivery of ‘the future of law, today.’”

Bull has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal sector, working at a senior level both as a COO at law firm Osborne Clarke and global legal managed service provider Integreon, and as an advisor to many leading UK and international legal services businesses.

He has extensive experience working across the Big Four, specifically in audit, tax and consulting roles.

He joins as Deloitte Legal’s managing partner Michael Castle looks for a CTO, who we understand will have a more client-facing role.

Castle joined Deloitte Legal from Allen & Overy in February 2019.  A banking partner by profession, Castle was also involved in the innovative delivery of legal solutions to clients.

Castle’s remit is to develop new ways to take legal solutions to the market.  “This will combine legal advice with legal managed services, technology and consultancy to provide solutions to clients looking to optimise the management of their legal operations,” Deloitte said in a statement at the time his hire was announced.

Deloitte Legal has 60+ client-facing practicing lawyers in the UK and 125+ other fee-earners, many of whom are delivering regulated legal activities.

Globally, Deloitte Legal currently has around 2,500 professionals operating in over 80 countries.

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