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LexisNexis UK looking for new legal IT head honcho

Latest reports from Halsbury Towers, the hallowed UK home of LexisNexis, suggest that the company is about to embark upon yet another reorganisation of the management of its legal software businesses.

The story so far is that… immediately prior to the Axxia acquisition, there was a plan (devised by Kate Holden) to combine the Visualfiles and Interaction businesses into some kind of software + consultancy division. Then along came the Axxia deal and Kate Holden's new global domination plan, with Axxia and Visualfiles providing the core of a global law firms strategy and Interaction back out on its own. Then Holden (Kate) left and Axxia and Visualfiles became the UK arm of the LexisNexis Practice & Productivity Management division, with other geographical regions having their own products in their respective P&PM divisions. Now, there are rumblings of appointing a new software supremo responsible for the Axxia + Visualfiles + Interaction businesses on a UK (or even possibly EMEA-wide) basis.

We hear that Tim Cheadles, currently the general manager of LexisNexis Practice & Productivity, is the front-runner for this poison chalice prime appointment. There again, in two years' time (if they haven't been bought by Bloomberg or Google by then) LexisNexis will probably do a HotDocs and sell the whole software business off to someone else.

8 replies on “LexisNexis UK looking for new legal IT head honcho”

Wasn't this move obviously going to happen at some point? It looked strange with Interaction sitting away from the rest of the software. I imagine that Redwood Analytics would be in the mix also.

With Visualfiles getting on for 10 years old, Solcase nearer 20, Axxia DNA a lemon made up of a collecion of legacy product and open source , Streamline with a very limited potential market and not yet off the blocks, they may as well call it a day.

I'm reminded of two titles by the Average White Band:
Let's Go Round Again
Pick up The Pieces
Not sure which one is the more appropriate.

I think that if you checked you would find that legal information is a workflow solution at Lexis. After solutions became the rage, most everything was redefined, or at least “retitled” as a solution, making nonsense of the whole concept of solutions.

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