The start of this year saw Handshake Software’s chief strategy officer and EVP Glenn LaForce join Shearman & Sterling as global director of knowledge and research.

A great role for LaForce, it has nonetheless led to speculation that the Aderant marriage (the knot was tied in August 2017) with the knowledge management vendor isn’t working out.

Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Aderant’s executive vice president Chris Cartrett says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“From our side Glenn was outstanding and I was as impressed with him as anyone I’ve worked with. Our Handshake business has taken off. After we acquired them it was almost like they needed a larger investor: the growth we had last year was their biggest year.

“We hired a new product manager three months ago and we’ve been expanding the team and adding more people in London. The growth has been outstanding.”

In addition to the hires Cartrett adds: “By being a part of Aderant, Handshake has a far greater capacity because they have the entire Expert team at their disposal.”