In a big hire for the UK office of Pennsylvania-headquartered legal tech software and services business Wilson Legal Solutions, Fieldfisher’s head of business transformation Lindsay Barthram (pictured) has joined as director of consulting services for EMEA.
The move is potentially a big deal for LexisNexis: Barthram, who at Fieldfisher helped oversee the successful rollout of LexisOne, will notably be evangelising for the Microsoft Dynamics-based ERP, which has yet to take off in the market and with the recent decision by Wedlake Bell to back out of its LexisOne selection in favour of Thomson Reuters Elite, has looked on decidedly shaky ground.
In addition to working at Fieldfisher in a consultancy capacity, Barthram will be acting as a technical advisor to a number of professional service firms to help them evaluate, implement, upgrade, and enhance practice management and analytics software solutions including Elite, Aderant, Intapp, LexisNexis and IBM Cognos.
Barthram told us: “Hypothetically I’ve not moved from Fieldfisher because I’m going back. LexisOne is 80% live and operational and for me it was time for a change. It was a heavy going, big project and this is an opportunity to capitalise on my skillset and try to get the same message out to different law firms. Lexis would recognise that they haven’t many LexisOne clients and want more, so they need a few more evangelising people out there and this is an ideal opportunity for me to do the stuff I’m passionate about and bring out what we’ve done at FieldFisher.
“I will be talking about the successes and challenges and highlighting that it’s not that much of a risk. LexisOne is no different to an Aderant or 3E: everything comes with its challenges. My move helps FieldFisher – they want more people on the system; it helps Lexis; and it helps Wilson to get more of a name not just for Elite.”
Founded in 2009, Wilson Legal is certainly best known for its services business, where it is a certified partner of both Elite and Intapp. It is less well known as a software company but in September 2017 hired Norm Mullock from Intapp, as Wilson looks to drive adoption of its Ideate Software and build out its BI and analytics business.
Before Fieldfisher, Barthram was head of business systems for Stephenson Harwood, where he led a team of analysts and programmers and was responsible for business transformation on key Elite HR, CRM, and financial systems. Previously, Barthram owned a consulting business, where he served as a business transformation advisor and project director for legal technology projects and implementations and he’s held various roles at Tikit, Norton Rose (as was then), Thomson Reuters Elite and Eversheds.
“Lindsay is a brilliant guy who is very highly regarded in the industry,” says Mullock, who is VP of strategy at Wilson. “He brings with him extensive experience implementing advanced analytics solutions and is system agnostic when it comes to working with practice management software. We’re very excited to have Lindsay apply his unique combination of insight and ability to support our outreach efforts to professional service firms in EMEA.”
Wilson, which operates from seven offices across the United States, Canada, and the UK, as of September 2017 had 76 staff: 60 in the US; seven in Canada; and nine in the UK. We’ll bring you news of another UK hire very shortly.