Adam joins the firm from BPP University Law School where he was Head of Development (Innovation Technology). During his time at the university he designed, implemented and led the Legal Technology Innovation and Design course. Adam’s responsibilities were split between thought leadership and the implementation of innovation solutions for both the university and its 60 client law firms, where he ran proof of concepts and pilots to understand the effects of legal technology and business process change and to assist the training and preparation of lawyers for the future of the profession.
Prior to joining BPP Adam was an associate at White & Case where he focused on corporate law.
In his role at Reed Smith, he will work closely with the firm’s lawyers, Practice Innovation and IT development teams to implement ideas to drive internal efficiencies, as well as identify collaboration opportunities with Reed Smith’s clients to deliver new products and services which will enhance legal service delivery.
Adam will also run the firm’s Innovation Hub in London, which opened in October 2016. The space sits in the centre of the firm’s client meeting areas and was planned with the principles of co-working at its heart to ensure a versatile environment to support collaboration.
Reed Smith has two more Innovation Hubs in New York and Chicago. The hubs’ purpose is to act as catalysts for clients to meet with the firm’s lawyers and contacts, providing them with access to both expertise and connections that will unlock new commercial opportunities and solutions.
Lucy Dillon, Chief Knowledge Officer, comments: “We’re delighted to have Adam on board. He has a deep understanding of the legal technology environment and how to deploy innovative solutions for law firms. Adam’s background in education is a perfect fit to support the firm’s commitment to equipping our lawyers with the skills they need for the legal practice of tomorrow.
“Our GC clients continue to ask us for new ways to address the changes impacting their business and the firm’s Innovation Hubs and the teams supporting them have proven a great success in incubating ideas that can help clients tackle these challenges.”
Andrew Jenkinson, London office managing partner, adds: “The legal industry is in a state of flux. The firms that can provide their clients with novel solutions that are focused on helping clients improve their own businesses are stealing a march on their competitors. Our aim is to remain at the forefront of these developments to ensure we can offer our clients the very best possible service. Adam’s appointment will ensure we can continue to provide tangible innovative products for our clients as well as improving how we operate internally.”
Adam Curphey comments: “Reed Smith is a firm that stands out for its approach to innovation. It is not just a buzz word but very clearly something that the firm takes seriously. I am excited to be joining the firm and look forward to working with its clients, lawyers and business services teams to continue to innovate.”
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