Tony McKenna is to join Howard Kennedy as IT director on 15 June 2020, taking over from Clive Knott, who left at the end of 2019 and is currently a consultant. McKenna joins the firm from Gowling WLG UK where he was director of information technology.
McKenna is well known in the legal IT world, having held senior roles at magic circle firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy LLP.
As well as his professional role, he is also a council member of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and Chair of the ILTA UK Programming Team. In this role he oversees the development and expansion of ILTA in the UK, devising and delivering a new membership, volunteering and educational strategy.
Howard Kennedy’s chief operating officer, Paul Roberts, said: “As the legal industry continues to adapt and modernise, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, strong IT capabilities now, more than ever, are a necessity for any legal firm, and we look forward to Tony spearheading our continued IT development.”