In two notable hires either side of the pond, former Pinsent Masons associate and group innovation manager Jenny Hotchin has joined iManage as legal practice lead in the UK while in the US, female founder Alma Asay has joined Litera as a litigation domain expert and evangelist.

Hotchin is a technology lawyer who has been deploying tech solutions for clients for nearly 10 years. She tells Legal IT Insider: “What excites me the most about this specific role is my focus on working with teams (legal, commercial, contracts, supply, procurement, etc) within the businesses. My aim is to help these teams increase efficiency and productivity by using technology to extract key data points from contracts. There are so many exciting use cases that I can think of just from my own experience. I can’t wait to learn more about our customers and the problems we can solve together.”

Hotchin’s first day in the role (30 March) was inevitably at home, thanks to the COVID-19 quarantine.

Speaking on LinkedIn Hotchin said: “First days in new jobs are always strange but this one is stranger than I would have expected. The home office is set up and I’m super excited to get going.”

Elsewhere Asay, founder and former CEO of litigation management platform Allegory, which was acquired by Integreon in November 2017, has joined Litera.

As we predicted with Litera’s acquisition of Levit & James – vendor of leading table of authority Best Authority – litigation is now clearly in the sights of Litera, which is owned by Hg.

Asay will be a domain expert and trusted advisor to Litera’s customers, with particular focus on the litigation space. She joins a well-established team of industry experts, including Sherry Kappel, Curt Meltzer, and Judye Releford, all of whom will be a part of the launch of Litera TV this week as the company restructures its content program in light of increased demand.

Asay said: “After taking time off to decide what’s important to me as I start this new phase of my career, I’m thrilled to be joining Litera. Now, more than ever, we need companies leading the way that respect and empower clients and employees alike. I look forward to working across the legal industry, in my new Evangelist role, to help bring innovative ways of thinking and practice to life.”