Richard Hill joins Advanced Legal from Aderant

Aderant Handshake’s account executive for Europe, Richard Hill, has joined Advanced Legal in the newly-created role of partnerships & alliances manager for legal, we can reveal.

Hill’s remit is to manage the existing partnerships and alliances but to also to review and expand the ecosystem internationally.

Advanced is one of the companies leading the platformisation charge in the legal tech sector. In 2020 it acquired Tikit, which was its fifth acquisition in 12 months. The acquisition was intended to help it broaden the market opportunity for Advanced Solutions to include the UK top 100 to 200 law firms – a step up from Advanced existing presence within small to medium sized firms.

The acquisition of Tikit brought practice management system P4W within the Advanced Legal stable.

Hill said: “I’m very excited to be joining Advanced Legal Division during a period of significant growth in the legal software division, and in a newly created role. I will be responsible for looking after both their existing global alliances and partnerships which include those inherited from the Tikit acquisition last year such as NetDocuments, as well as those connected with P4W, ALB, Carpe Diem and MLC.

“Advanced realise the potential in selecting best of breed complimentary solutions, and I look forward to working with key stakeholders both internally and externally in order to provide a more complete offering to all of our existing and potential clients.”

Advanced is backed by two private equity houses, after Vista Equity Partners sold half its stake to BC Partners for £2bn in August 2019. It acquired Oyez Professional Services in April 2019, increasing its stronghold of forms for the legal profession. Advanced acquired Laserform way back in 2006. Other acquisitions include workforce management and scheduling software supplier Kirona.