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Speaker

Simon Drane

Managing Director, and former-Executive Director Business Development, The Law Society, and Lexis Nexis

Earlsferry Advisory

Biography

Extensive director level business development, commercial strategy, innovation and investment experience in the information and technology sector, having held positions at a legal information solution provider, a legal consultancy, a law firm, an accounting firm, and a legal membership organisation. Qualifications in law and tax, and deep experience in commercial product strategy. Board level experience of both executive and non-executive roles, and as CEO of a technology startup.

Strong track record in creating innovative commercial product strategies resulting in multiple new multimillion pound high growth lines of business from inception to BAU. Particular interest in emerging technologies and their impact on established business models, in particular the professional services sector.

Led the new investments area at LexisNexis and created and launched many of the next generation workflow technology offerings around areas such as drafting and process automation, delivering significant growth. At the Law Society restructured a set of commercial investments through taking board seats in investment companies. Implemented a new commercial strategy including a significant shift in focus to legal technology innovation including the launch of the LegalTech focused Barclays EagleLab accelerator.