The former head of BLM’s data science team, Andrew Dunkley, has joined Herbert Smith Freehills as technology solutions lead.

Dunkley will report into head of client and technology solutions, Fleur Kitchingman, and help to leverage technology to reduce client pain points. Kitchingman, who joined HSF in August last year, was previously the general counsel for Canada at Carillion

be tasked with further building out the tech capability of ALT, the firm’s alternative legal services arm. In particular part of his remit will involve working with ALT’s newly created global technology squad and global client solutions squad and other stakeholders to drive existing legal tech-enabled solutions into real estate, corporate and finance service offerings in the UK, US and EMEA.

He will report to Fleur Kitchingman, head of client and technology solutions at HSF, who he will help to engage with existing clients on technology enabled solutions.

At BLM, Dunkley founded the insurance heavyweight’s predictive analytics offering, providing BLM and its clients with forecasts about the length, cost and likely outcome of litigation.

He has been replaced as team head by data scientist David Elliott. Dunkley, who is ordinarily a regular fixture on the conference speaker scene, is undoubtedly a loss to the firm, which is one of the forerunners in creating a data science team. However, business improvement director Adrian Spencer told Legal IT Insider: “Andrew has got this move on the back of the great work he’s done at BLM and I’m pleased for him. David Elliott took over a couple of months ago, which is brilliant because he’s doing a really good job.”

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