Welcome to DELTAS
An ethical group dedicated to promoting Diversity & Excellence in Legal Technology And Security.
The primary objective of DELTAS is to eliminate barriers within education & training whilst increasing employment opportunities for people from all backgrounds and lifestyles.
Headed by a panel of influential professionals from the world of legal technology, DELTAS is dedicated to overcoming employment barriers within legal technology and cyber security. Our aim is to strengthen education, awareness and employment whilst eliminating bias associated with:
- Sexual Orientation
With the support of the profession, DELTAS is also dedicated to encouraging and nurturing our younger generation of legal technology professionals.
To promote and encourage inclusiveness and diversity in all aspects of Information Technology and Security whilst maintaining standards of excellence, but with particular reference to the LegalTech sector
Inaugural Meeting of DELTAS
DELTAS was created by a group who are passionate about creating change within the legal IT community.
Over the last thirty years, despite tremendous progress being made in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion within our everyday lives, a vast portion of professionals don’t believe that this is the case within the Legal IT community. Whether it be through media bias, education, personal experiences or individual expectations, diversity is still a challenge and one that we are moving to change.
- Promote the benefits of developing a culture of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession
– Hosting an open forum to share success stories, challenges as well as highlighting opportunities with regards to diversity in legal IT
- Pledging to increase the representation of female speakers at legal events by up to 15%
– Encouraging organisations who produce/ organise internal and external events to pledge alongside DELTAS and Netlaw Media to raise the number of female speakers on the agenda
– Creating and awarding DELTAS Champions
- Reaching out and engaging the next generation of millennials and ‘Generation Z’
– Opening up opportunities for Legal IT placements via DELTAS within the legal services profession
– Creating a roster of DELTAS volunteers to speak within schools (GCSE, A-Levels), High Education Institutes as well as community & regional events
– Offering sponsorship to community and national events
- Encouraging women ‘returners’ to the legal profession
– To educate and train next generation of Legal IT professionals
– Sharing experiences/ retraining firms and DELTAS corporate partners including vendors around diversity and inclusion
- Highlighting the importance to employers of practicing a culture of flexible working
– Sharing best practice initiatives
- Promote the benefits of developing a culture of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession
The DELTAS Panel
DELTAS Ambassador and Legal IT Strategy Consultant
After a career as a lawyer specialising in Corporate and Commercial law, both in South Africa (where she was a partner of Webber Wenzel) and in the UK, Thereza’s interest in IT and the potential impact on the delivery of legal services led to a career-change and to her embarking on a technology career.
She now has almost 20 years’ experience in Legal IT. Starting off at the sharp end of service delivery and systems and network management in the early part of her IT career, over the last 12 years she has progressed from IT Manager to Head of IT and then IT Director with top 100 London firms.
Having experience of practising law and in-depth knowledge of the technology landscape, Thereza is acutely aware of the challenges faced by lawyers in a rapidly changing environment: evolving client expectations, pressures on costs, the demands for increased work-life balance from a millennial workforce and cultural resistance to change. Having shaped the IT Strategy at her previous firms with a view to aligning it closely to business goals and strategy, she is now actively advising law firms on strategy, organisational change and in introducing innovation and innovative use of technology to mid-tier firms. She has a passionate commitment to promoting Diversity & Inclusion in legal IT, and in STEM careers more generally. As such, she has recently become the DELTAS Ambassador, and is reaching out to Law Firms, Legal IT Vendors and educational institutions to co-ordinate and promote interest in STEM in general, and the LegalTech industry in particular.
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE
President of techUK
Jacqueline is the President of techUK and the chair of the Digital Leaders board. She sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc; on the board of Costain plc, which is committed to solving the nation’s Infrastructure problems; and was recently appointed to the board of the online retailer AO World plc.
Jacqueline serves on the government’s Digital Economy Council and is a supporter of the University Technical College in Newcastle. An advisor to fast moving tech businesses and a business mentor at Merryck offering board and executive level coaching. She is the co-chair at the Institute of Coding, advises the board of Accelerate-Her and is especially delighted to lend her support to the Girlguiding Association for technology transformation. Passionate about diversity and inclusion which informs where she places her support.
In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame after being voted Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; she was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence – Digital & Social and named in Europe’s Inspiring Fifty most inspiring female role models for 2017. She was presented with the 2017 Catherine Variety award for Science and Technology and the 2018 Women in Tech Award for Advocate of the Year acknowledging her contribution to diversity.
Jacqueline was awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2018.
Happily married to Roger Andrews, they have three children and four dogs.
Bruna Pellicci is the CTO at Global Firm Linklaters which she recently joined after spending 11 years at Ashurst as the Global IT Director. She has 28 years’ experience of working in IT across sectors including law and pathology. She has spent much of her time leading and transforming the IT capability of major organisations.
Bruna specialises in building and implementing transformational global IT strategies and working as part of a leadership team to drive forward international business plans.
IT Director, BLM
Abby has been IT Director at BLM for five years following 10 years at Simmons & Simmons where she was Director of Business Transformation. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Withers. Abby is responsible for aligning technology change across the firm in a strategic way, providing technology solutions and innovations for internal and external clients. Abby has a passion for business change and a desire to inspire this passion in others. Abby has a talent for reengineering roles, reshaping resources to satisfy new initiatives. She has the ability to see how the market is changing and how the business needs to change to be more effective and meet new demands. Technology plays a key part in the success of the firm.
Abby is a regular speaker and Chair at events and contributes to a number of Legal and Technology publications. Abby is a Director of LITIG, the Legal IT Innovators Group and is also on the CIO Advisory board of a global technology company.
Janet has worked in the broad sphere of legal IT virtually all her working life – even her MBA speciality was ‘Competitive Advantage in the Legal Profession’. After working in administration at A&O, Janet set up a specialist consultancy practice looking at technology services (in their widest sense) for legal firms. She joined BLP about 19 years ago – initially as a consultant but later as their IT Director with a wide range of responsibilities. She normally says ‘if it plugs into an electric socket and does not make coffee it belongs to me!’ She was responsible for technology in its broadest sense, including ecommerce activities, knowledge management services and the building and infrastructure.
2005 – BCS IT Director of the year
2007 – Team award Computing Magazine
2008 – Lawyer IT Director of the year
2009 – Legal Technology award
2011 – Greatest contribution to Legal IT
2013 – Top 20 most influential people in legal technology
Janet established The Adelaide Group a women in business networking group in 1997 – the first speaker and honorary President is Cherie Blair. The group now has over 1000 members and holds regular events listening to high profile women speakers.
Janet is Chairman of Governors of a local preparatory school. She is on the Board of Roehampton University. She was the Regional Vice President of the International Legal Technology Association for the EMEA region and was on the global board.
Chief Information Security Officer, Pinsent Masons
Almost 12 years disrupting traditional approaches to information security, after spending the last 4 years dressing like an accountant with the Big 4, his work wardrobe made a natural progression towards a law firm where he’s responsible for global information security matters. In his own words, considers himself the world’s first “Unicorn CISO”. Massive champion of Diversity and Excellence in Legal Technology and Security, famous for saying “If your security or tech team looks like you, you have a bigger problem”.
Problem solver, cyber strategist, team builder, threat translator, whiskey drinker, risk manager, crypto investor. Background in international financial services cyber security, now helping out causes I’m passionate about.
Time Magazine Person of the Year 2006.
IT Director, Bird & Bird
Karen leads the global technology team at Bird & Bird and has been a key player in the Firm providing the technology platforms to enable this rapid and diverse growth and support the strong tech & comms sector focus of the firm. Karen is a keen contributor to publications, articles, round table and panel discussions on legal IT and always seeking opportunities to exploit emerging technologies.
IT Director, Fieldfisher
Mabel joined Fieldfisher more than 20 years ago as an IT manager, responsible for easing the change to desktop computers for every partner. She became IT director three years ago and now heads a team of around 40 technicians across the firm’s UK and international offices.
Her main focus is successfully transforming the technology of a firm expanding into new locations and introducing new systems to support the growing business.
She believes in concentrating on helping people master the processes that allow them to perform at their best and to deliver optimum efficiency to the client.
Head of IT Security, Herbert Smith Freehills
David Robinson MBE is the Head of Global IT Security for Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms, who advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. David leads the delivery and strategy for IT security services across the firm in a flexible and responsive approach to the business.
David has a wealth of experience gained from 22 years as a communications and electronics engineer with the RAF where he worked in numerous sectors including aircraft simulation, Radar, data handling & processing networks, training, procurement and information security; his military career was followed by a little over 16 years in senior security roles in the private sector with both C&W and Fujitsu where latterly he held various posts including company CSO.
IT Director, DAC Beachcroft
David joined DAC Beachcroft autumn 2013 as IT director and was new to the legal sector. Previously he headed up the IT function at Mitie, the facilities and outsourcing company.
Objectives in his new role include increasing internal satisfaction of IT, uprating the commerciality and professionalism of the team as well as pushing innovation and strategy. Key projects / initiatives this year include, MI, Cloud, Agile Working, profit enhancement and efficiency. Interests include cloud and social media and outside of work, rugby is a passion.
Head of IT / Partner, Winckworth Sherwood
Christel heads up Winckworth Sherwood’s IT department and has overall responsibility for IT Strategy, IT Business Continuity, Information and Data Security, and delivery of technological and transformation projects to the business.
Christel joined WS as a developer 20 years ago and has been instrumental in developing and implementing client-focused online instruction and management information portals over the years. Her current initiatives are focused on building a continuous business improvement culture that delivers efficiencies for the firm and its clients through technology, processes, continuous learning and cultural change.
Christel was made a partner in 2011 and has completed an MBA (Technology Strategy and Management) in 2013. With her growing interest in the use of AI and automation in the legal sector, she also completed an MIT course on AI and its implications for Business Strategy and is now exploring a few projects with her team.
Chief Information Officer / Company Director, MW Solicitors
Over the last 5 years David has delivered an IT Strategy that allowed MW to grow rapidly, from 10 to 28 high street offices and 160 to 480 staff members whilst maintaining robust IT systems which are fit for purpose and value for money. His current focus is on systems automation and delivering operational efficiency initiatives using a combination of client portals and streamlined practice and case management systems.
David has been in Legal IT for the last 12 years, previously as Head of IT Service Delivery and then IT Strategy at Eversheds LLP for 3 years. In 2009 he co-founded a cloud based managed service company providing IT to law firms as COO and then CEO. Before legal, he had 7 years experience working for Trinity Mirror newspapers fulfilling many roles but ended his time there as Group IT Services Manager.
Head of Inclusiveness and Diversity
Jay is a New York-qualified lawyer who has worked in the legal sector for 16 years. He started his career as a corporate lawyer practicing US securities law before shifting into I&D. He is passionate about ensuring that the broadest pool of talent has access to the profession, and that everyone has the opportunity to thrive regardless of their background, gender, sexuality or race.
Jay joined Fieldfisher three years ago, and works with the firm’s management to embed the firm’s values, interrupt bias and ensure that the firm’s talent pipeline is balanced.
After 30+ years of working for law firms, suppliers and as an independent consultant Ann has now retired from full time work but still takes take an active interest in all things Legal Tech through her work on various committees and as a judge for the Legal Technology Awards.
Ann has an MBA in law firm management and qualifications in law and project management. Ann has a strong background in providing practical strategic advice to law firms on both KM and IT strategies. She has helped firms develop and deliver award-winning improvements to their business through the use of technology.
Ann is now focusing on projects that will help advance knowledge of best practice in legal technology and encourage diversity in legal technology recruitment.
As CIO at Cripps, Jo is passionate about communicating and engaging with the business to understand the needs of the legal and support teams, and ensuring the right processes and systems are in place to deliver the best possible service to our clients. With over twenty years’ experience in the legal sector, working at firms of between 50 to over 4,500 people, she has a deep understanding of how law firms operate, enabling her to focus on ensuring efficiency and effectiveness.
Jo started life on the service desk and worked her way up as a systems engineer, IT and Operations manager, Head of Service Delivery, Operations Director and CIO so has a solid understanding of technology to now support her role driving the firm’s strategy.
She is also the Divisional Head for the Central Services Division at Cripps. This includes the firm’s central Paralegal Team, Document Production and Administration teams as well as the ICT, Projects and Innovation teams. Jo sees her division as being enablers for the business and its clients and her vision is to drive value through efficiency and quality service delivery.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of her role is working with such talented and dedicated teams: she values building relationships with them and the wider business to promote collaborative working, whilst making sure to have fun along the way!
Managing Director, Netlaw Media
Becoming a Member of DELTAS:
Membership of DELTAS is open for all individuals who are working full time within legal services (Private Practice, Chambers, In-House and ALSP’s) or individuals in full time education and looking to enter the legal IT community. To enquire about becoming a member of DELTAS, fill in the form below.
Alternatively, individual members can pay their annual subscription online via PayPal by clicking here.
Becoming a Corporate Partner of DELTAS:
Corporate Partnership is open to any business which believes in the importance of diversity. Our corporate partner packages include a whole host of benefits to position your company as a supporter of diversity & inclusion.
To enquire about becoming a Corporate Partner of DELTAS, fill in the form below or contact Netlaw Media on Tel: 0044 (0)20 3176 4200
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DELTAS is an ethical group run by the members of the DELTAS Panel in association with Netlaw Media – No other person, business or association other than the listed Panel Members and Netlaw Media is involved in the running of this charter.