In another big name hire for Deloitte Legal, Elevate Legal Services’ vice president and head of consulting Jack Diggle is to join as lead partner for the Big Four challenger’s Legal Management Consulting (LMC) arm, joining alongside Craig Conte and Tom Birdseye, also from Elevate.
Joining this month, Diggle is responsible for expanding Deloitte Legal’s offerings in this space by developing new capabilities and building on Deloitte Legal’s existing technology, change and operations teams. He also headed up legal transformation at Barclays, leading the strategic change agenda for its in-house legal department.
Conte and Birdseye will be joining to help build out Deloitte Legal’s consultancy offerings to in-house legal teams, contracting functions and law firms. Conte is a globally renowned expert in contract management and consulting using technology and a range of legal managed services. A qualified lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience spanning a number of US law firms and geographies, Conte’s recent roles include being global head of contracts consulting at Elevate and head of the contracts and commercial management service line at Capgemini.
Birdseye is a legal management consultant with over 20 years’ experience in change and transformation. He will focus on expanding Deloitte Legal’s work with both in-house legal teams and law firms seeking to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations. Most recently he was head of EMEA consulting at Elevate and prior to this he was global head of change management at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
The appointments follow the firm’s hiring of Emily Foges to head up its Legal Managed Services business, announced earlier in the summer.
Michael Castle, UK managing partner at Deloitte Legal, commented: “Today’s world requires a new approach to the delivery of legal services. Now more than ever, legal departments are having to address the challenge of dealing with increasing complexity and demand with the same or fewer resources.
“Jack, Craig and Tom have a wealth of experience between them which will help these departments and contracting teams rethink their operating models, achieve greater efficiencies and increase the value they deliver back to the business. They are recognised market leaders and these appointments will ensure that Deloitte Legal continues its commitment to provide new and integrated solutions for clients.”
Diggle, lead partner for legal management consulting at Deloitte Legal, added: “General Counsel and legal departments are facing multiple challenges: a heightened regulatory environment, increased workloads and the acceleration of new digitally-enabled, agile operating models.
“By focusing on people, processes and technology, it is possible for legal and contracts teams to work in a smarter way to meet the challenges that lie ahead. I am looking forward to building on Deloitte Legal’s experience in this space and helping our clients’ legal operations.”
Globally, Deloitte Legal is made up of more than 2,500 professionals operating in more than 80 countries.