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Leading legal tech visionary Mike Walker joins Peppermint

Peppermint Technology just announced the appointment of Mike Walker to the post of Chief Technology Officer. In the newly-created CTO role, Mike will lead Peppermint’s product engineering teams, and will guide the roadmap and strategy for Peppermint products. Prior to joining Peppermint, Walker was Global Chief Software Architect at Thomson Reuters Elite, a role he held for the last four years after he joined following the acquisition of FWBS. Mike was the co- founder of FWBS and the brains behind the company’s very successful MatterSphere matter management product.

MikeWalkerSmlPeppermint Technology just announced the appointment of Mike Walker to the post of Chief Technology Officer. In the newly-created CTO role, Mike will lead Peppermint’s product engineering teams, and will guide the roadmap and strategy for Peppermint products. Prior to joining Peppermint, Walker was Global Chief Software Architect at Thomson Reuters Elite, a role he held for the last four years after he joined following the acquisition of FWBS. Mike was the co-founder of FWBS and the brains behind the company’s very successful MatterSphere matter management product.

“Mike is a well-respected legal tech guru, and is regarded as one of the true innovators in this industry,” said Arlene Adams, CEO, Peppermint. “Feedback from our customers and others in the market is that the Peppermint platform, which is based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, is recognised as the most advanced and comprehensive solution currently available to law firms. Mike’s expertise and leadership, and indeed his strong links with Microsoft, will enable us to take this to the next level again. This appointment to the Peppermint executive team is only the first – we’re expanding as we respond to increasing market demand, and our ongoing growth and success. I am thrilled to welcome Mike to the team.”

On joining Peppermint, Walker commented, “This is the ideal opportunity for me to progress my dream and passion of driving innovation, and helping to successfully connect lawyers with technology. I believe that Peppermint’s strategy to embrace a Microsoft industry-standard platform is the right way to deliver world-class tech to legal, and the best way to keep up with the pace of technology change. I am looking forward to meeting with Peppermint customers to discuss and develop the next stage of our product roadmap, and working with them to ensure we continue to deliver tech that helps them address their strategic challenges.”

COMMENT: Ouch, this is going to hurt! This is a triple-whammy for TR Elite as they’ve lost not just their only tech visionary but also the guy who developed their only exciting innovative product in recent years, namely Mattersphere – and he’s joining Peppermint, a company that in the UK is increasingly being seen as the go-to supplier for Elite Enterprise users looking for an alternative to Elite 3E. With Aderant having lost its tech visionary Mike Barry, earlier this year, both the traditional Big Law legal IT vendors are in danger of looking rudderless. As for Mike Walker, the man lives and breathes the Microsoft product stack, so is a perfect fit for Peppermint. Arlene Adams, incidentally, also told the Insider that there were further big-hitter management appointments on the horizon.

3 replies on “Leading legal tech visionary Mike Walker joins Peppermint”

I’m not sure the pain will be all that much…

Whilst I have great respect for Mike Walker, Peppermint were firmly wedded to Microsoft in the first place, so Mike will bring excellent technical execution rather than a fully transformational change. Some would argue that Peppermint require more excellence in executing the transactional side of legal rather than the technical (which has always been their strong point).

As for TR Elite, well 3E is quite a bag of bolts under the hood and I don’t think Mike would have been able to have much influence there, so his leaving merely leaves the bag of bolts … being still just that.

As for Mike Barry, yes he is a loss to Aderant, but has been replaced very well by Emmanuel Kyrinis and William Davis, both of whom I know and who are making excellent use of the increased funding made available by Roper Technologies.

So, good news for Peppermint, TR Elite still only as rudderless as before, Aderant not really affected.

Thanks Andy – we’ll see on Aderant – but do they have the vision-thing to take it beyond what is basically a legacy platform with go-faster stripes?

I think you’ll find that ‘the legacy thing’ is fast dwindling away; even faster now with Roper behind them.

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