SYKE hires DWF Ventures R&D head Jonny Badrock

In a high profile hire for UK legal engineering firm SYKE, Jonathan Badrock has joined from DWF to head data services. 

At DWF Badrock was head of research and development for the London Stock Exchange-listed firm’s innovation arm, DWF Ventures. In his last role, he was responsible for leading the research and development team, helping DWF’s clients and its own lawyers identify, design and test new ideas or services. 

At SYKE his primary focus will be on helping SYKE’s customers to leverage their data. 

Badrock said: “It’s a real privilege to be joining SYKE at this stage of its growth and development. I’ve watched Alistair transform the business into a world-leading legal tech consultancy and I look forward to helping it accelerate to the next level.  

“Having led on a whole range of projects in my previous roles, including process improvement innovation which saved over 20,000 lawyer hours, I understand the pain points and challenges of implementing legal technology, particularly within a law firm. But I’m also a firm believer in harnessing data to enable insight-driven decision making.” 

Badrock started out as a real estate paralegal at Pinsent Masons, before being promoted to legal knowledge engineer, where he specialised in document automation and was part of the founding team to roll out Contract Express firm-wide.  He also designed and co-developed DWF Draft, which enables DWF to deliver volume automation on large-scale client projects.