Still Trending: Deloitte appoints BCLP’s director of legal ops Bruce Braude as CTO

We first revealed last month that Deloitte is looking to hire a chief technology officer and today (5 July) the Big Four giant has announced that the person selected is none other than Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s director of legal operation solutions, Bruce Braude.
Based in the London office, Bruce will report directly into UK Managing Partner, Michael Castle. His role will be to oversee all aspects of legal technology for the Deloitte Legal business. This includes the use of technology internally to enable the firm’s lawyers to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible; the use of technology to develop new legal solutions for clients; delivering legal services via new ‘tech-enabled’ offerings; and the way in which Deloitte Legal advises its clients on the use of legal technology to optimise their own operations.
In addition, Bruce will also be involved in the continued roll-out of proprietary technology such as dTrax, an AI-enabled contract management tool, and MyInsight, a secure client portal that enables clients to track and monitor their legal compliance services.
Braude joins Deloitte after eight years at BCLP, where prior to his legal ops role he spent four years as head of strategic client technology. Previously he held senior operational and technology roles at Investec.
Commenting on Bruce’s appointment, Castle said: “We are constantly looking at ways to be smarter and offer innovative, technology-led solutions to our clients. Bruce’s experience in this space speaks for itself. Bruce is able to understand, anticipate and react to our clients’ legal technology needs.
“Clients often tell us that the legal services market is currently not meeting their needs in the innovation and technology space. Deloitte Legal’s ability to leverage technology and consulting expertise from across our firm means that we are perfectly placed to help General Counsel and corporates in this area. Bruce’s appointment is a critical part of our strategy to lead the market in legal technology and innovation.”
Braude said: “Michael is building a fantastic team at Deloitte Legal. I am looking forward to helping clients understand how new technologies can be used effectively, and how artificial intelligence, automation and data analytics can help them navigate complex problems and improve productivity.
“When it comes to technologically-enabled legal solutions, the likes of AI and automation certainly have their part to play, but they are not panaceas in themselves. Every client has different business needs. Bespoke technology solutions, and thinking smartly about what problems need to be solved first, is the fastest way to achieve results.”
Braude’s hire follows that of leading legal tech adviser Chris Bull, who has joined as legal operations architect. Bull has held senior roles at organisations including Osborne Clarke and Integreon and between 2015 and 2018 held a part time role as an ambassador for KPMG.
Other recent hires for Deloitte Legal include Laura Bygrave, who joined earlier this month from Taylor Wessing to become innovation lead for Deloitte Legal.
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 c.2,500 professionals operating in more than 80 countries around the world.
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