Partner and Global Head of Practice, Alternative Legal Services
Herbert Smith Freehills
Alternative Legal Services delivers innovative and cost-competitive legal services in respect of high-volume, document-intensive work. Launched in 2015, it offers a combination of legal expertise, process efficiency and client technology solutions.
As Global Head, Libby leads this strategic part of the firm’s business to ensure it delivers new ideas and excellent value to clients, as well as access to an expert team of lawyers and technologists around the world, who together form a vibrant, diverse and high-performing team.
Libby was Director of our pioneering Belfast office when it opened in 2011 – the first UK-based near-shore legal operation to be set up by an international law firm. The office began life with 19 fee earners and has since expanded to a team of over 240.
Libby originally joined Herbert Smith Freehills as a trainee solicitor in London in 1994. After several years of practice, primarily in large-scale commercial litigation, she moved into a legal practice management role in 2003, before becoming the first Director of the firm’s afore-mentioned Belfast office.
Libby was nominated in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ 2016: a prestigious annual report highlighting the most influential and prominent lawyers in the industry, all of whom are notable for making a stand-out contribution to the shape of the legal industry today.