We really should have seen this one coming: law company Elevate today announced that Stephen Allen will join the company on July 1, as “vice president of enterprise solutions and get sh*t done”, with responsibility for consulting, enterprise solutions, strategic pricing, and account management.

Allen, who at Hogan Lovells introduced a flexible lawyering programme in partnership with Elevate, joins as a member of the executive leadership team reporting to Liam Brown, Elevate’s chairman and CEO.

“Stephen will help us integrate our many consulting, technology, and service offerings to deliver expert-led, multi-disciplinary ‘Jobs To Be Done’ solutions to address the business of law problems that law departments and law firms face,” said Brown.

At Hogan Lovells Allen took over as head of innovation and digital in 2019 and has built out the function so that the alternative legal delivery solutions team is headed by Rachel Dabydoyal – including the flexible resourcing offering with Elevate, Cognia and FTI Consulting and the lower cost legal services centre in Birmingham. His plan going forward was to focus on more cutting edge data science-based legal solutions.

Before joining Hogan Lovells in 2016, Allen was a director at DLA Piper, and before that at BLP (now BCLP), where he designed and implemented the first-ever multi-year, fixed-price law firm enterprise legal service, for Thames Water.

“Stephen and I have worked together extensively, and I have admired his ability to achieve win-win-win economics through collaboration amongst law firms, their clients, and law companies like Elevate,” said John Croft, Elevate’s president. “He has an uncanny sense of the opportunities that tomorrow’s market will present – and how to build effective solutions today.”

“Legal services are evolving at a quicker pace than ever, and the future is speaking to those who pay attention,” said Allen. “Elevate is listening and responding to what the future is telling us. My time at Hogan Lovells has been the best of my career. However, this role at Elevate is irresistible. It is a unique opportunity to assemble the Elevate experts, tools, and services to design solutions that truly address the problems that legal professionals face.”

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