David Thorpe, who until yesterday was the General Manager EMEA at Aderant, is now footloose and fancy free – although if The Orange Rag's email and phone messages over the past week are anything to go by, there is no shortage of legal IT vendors and recruitment consultants wanting to speak to him. Love him or loathe him, the Thorpedo has the reputation for being the best salesman in the UK & European practice and financial management systems space and pretty much single-handedly established Elite as the market leader in this region.