People News: Big changes at the top for SearchFlow + Hobbs Legal + Scribestar
• dmgi::land&property europe has confirmed that John Pickford has been appointed Managing Director of SearchFlow, the UK’s leading conveyancing search provider. Pickford, who is currently at Thames Water, will join SearchFlow in August. He takes up the newly created role of Managing Director of SearchFlow, which was previously part of the responsibility of Marshall King, CEO of Decision Insight Information Group (DIIG), who leaves next month.
Pickford currently heads up a number of businesses for Thames Water, the largest of which is Property Searches which provides a range of conveyancer due diligence reports, including the Drainage and Water Enquiry for the 14m customers in the Thames region. During his time at Thames he has led the successful implementation of the NLIS channel and the replacement of critical software and systems, improving the quality and speed of delivery for drainage and water searches. He also manages a number of affinity partnerships, delivering value added products and services.
• Hobs Legal Docs Ltd, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of outsourced litigation services , has announced that Terry Harrison, Managing Director of Hobs Legal Docs since 2004, will take on a new Senior Consultancy role at the beginning of May 2014 and will be succeeded by Rob Crowley, who is currently the company’s General Manager and Director. Terry will continue to work with Hobs Legal Docs and will help identify opportunities for global expansion for the company.
Rob Crowley, alongside Jonathan Chan, Director of Technical Services, will be continuing the team’s innovative work in introducing new technologies for clients. Since Rob and Jonathan joined Hobs Legal Docs in late 2013, more than £100,000 has been invested in equipment, hardware and software and the company has continued to expand by recruiting key staff across project management, technical support and software development. Over the coming months the company will further develop its eDiscovery solutions, including launching bespoke software to enhance the company’s range of solutions, including custom integrations with kCura’s Relativity platform.
• Scribestar, a provider of cloud-based editing and review applications for legal documents entailing multiple reviewers, initially aimed at lawyers working with capital markets transactions, has recently concluded a successful financing round totalling £2.85m ($4.8m) raised from private investors. The fund raise was oversubscribed. A total of £7m ($11.8m) has been raised by the company since 2010. Company CEO Rob Westmacott says the product will be commercially launched in the summer of 2014.
The company has announced two significant appointments which strengthen the business in advance of a commercial launch. Andrew Prozes has been appointed Executive Chairman and to its Board of Directors. Andrew was Chief Executive Officer of LexisNexis Group from 2000 until December 2010, and served on the board of Reed Elsevier for 11 years. He serves on the Board of Directors of TransUnion, Cott Corporation, Interactive Data Corporation, ACAMS, and other companies and not-for-profit organizations. The company also announces the appointment of Greg Lunn (pictured) as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and a Director effective April 1st 2014. Greg was previously general counsel and Company Secretary of Lancashire Holdings Limited.