SYKE seeks new legal talent as it prepares for Paris launch

SYKE’s growth continues as they hunt for new legal engineers in Paris. Posting on LinkedIn CEO Alistair Maiden said today (9 January): ” Hello LinkedIn hivemind. We are planning to establish a team in Paris and are looking for lawyers who want to retrain as legal engineers. Full training provided. No agencies please.”

Maiden told Legal IT Insider: “Although to-date we have seen little use of legal tech in French, (or any languages other than English), one of our big-bets for 2020 is for our work in non-English languages to triple. We need fluent French capability to augment our existing  capability in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, Bahassa and Mandarin.”

Syke has made a number of hires recently as it capitalises on the push among corporates and law firms to understand and automate their processes.

In its first mainstream technologist hire in September last year, the UK headquartered company brought in Adam Dessurne – formerly head of client lifecycle management at 4C – to head and build its enterprise CLM practice.

Dessurne has a strong Salesforce background and his hire is key to Syke’s plans to bag more large, corporate enterprise work.

Other hires include Lewis Bretts to the role of chief strategy officer (CSO). Formerly a practising commercial barrister, Bretts has been consulting for SYKE since January 2019 and became full time in November. In addition to overseeing several key customer relationships, he will now also help develop the business and provide strategic direction.

The SYKE team also includes Ben Murphy, a senior legal engineer who joined from Sky Bet in October.

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