NewMauriceHighby Associate Editor Caroline Hill…

Having long placed technology at the forefront of its growth ambitions Keystone Law has this month (October) hired Fieldfisher’s head of IT Maurice Tunney (pictured). At fast-growing Keystone, which operates a dispersed model under which lawyers work from home and are paid on a performance-based remuneration structure, Tunney will oversee ongoing investment into the technology that underpins Keystone’s ability to work collaboratively.

Over the past few years the circa 150-lawyer firm, which provides lawyers with meeting rooms, support staff and administrative support, has invested heavily in technology. It currently uses Tikit P4W in conjunction with a bespoke SharePoint document management system and Microsoft Dynamics customer relationship management software, having developed its own practice management system to cater for its remote working setup.

James Knight, Managing Director of Keystone Law, said: “Technology is at the heart of Keystone, and Maurice will be instrumental in ensuring the firm continues to maintain its position as the leading firm of our structure. With substantial growth planned over forthcoming years it will be essential that our systems are of the highest calibre, which will benefit not only our lawyers throughout the world but also our clients.”

At Fieldfisher, Tunney was responsible for developing the top-40 law firm’s IT strategy and managing a portfolio of IT projects. Prior to Fieldfisher he was an IT project manager at Simmons & Simmons for almost five years. His arrival follows a sustained period of growth for Keystone, which was granted alternative business structure status in October 2013 and has hired seven new lawyers since August this year. Last April Keystone announced the arrival of ten new lawyers from firms including Berwin Leighton Paisner and Davenport Lyons, alongside Nokia’s director of legal and IP Stephen McCue.