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It has been one year since Cleaver Fulton Rankin launched its dedicated Legal Technology Group, offering a range of eDiscovery and managed document review solutions to NI clients and GB law firms. The Group is also driving innovation and digital transformation internally with a number of ongoing initiatives.
Since its launch in August 2021, the Legal Technology Group has carved out a reputation for pioneering innovation in the NI legal sector, receiving recognition at several industry awards. The launch and success of the Legal Technology Group led Cleaver Fulton Rankin to be shortlisted for ‘Excellence in Innovation’ at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards while Innovation and Legal Technology Director, Kerry McCloy, picked up the award for ‘Outstanding Innovation’ at the Women in Business Awards 2022.
Earlier in 2022, Kerry McCloy was also appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Law Tech Working Group. This recently established Group supports the solicitors’ profession in their drive towards innovation and legal technology adoption across the profession.
Over the last 12 months, the Legal Technology Group has grown significantly with a number of external hires who, together with existing staff, have undertaken specialist and bespoke legal technology training. The Legal Technology Group now has a dedicated team of project managers, solicitors and legal professionals. The Group plans to expand in the near future with additional hires and service offerings. Notably, the team has been central in the delivery of vital evidence gathering for the Muckamore Abbey Hospital Inquiry, for which Cleaver Fulton Rankin was appointed to act in early 2022.
Kerry McCloy, Innovation and Legal Technology Director, comments:
“Our Legal Technology Group is marking a year of investment in innovation and digital transformation. We are so proud of what we have achieved in the first year. We have worked across all levels of our firm to streamline our processes and deliver on time and on budget to our clients. We have had an exciting journey so far, from contributing to the progress of one of NI’s largest ever public inquiries, to gaining recognition at awards, not to mention the significant growth in our team over the past year and upskilling staff. Having fostered strong relationships with leading businesses in NI, ROI and GB law firms, we have exciting plans for our Group over the next twelve months. We are looking forward to contributing to Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s ESG Hub, another Northern Ireland first, by championing greener and more sustainable litigation. We shall continue to be a driving force in the modernisation of legal services to enhance our clients’ experience.”
For further information on Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Legal Technology services, visit the Legal Technology Group webpage.