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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

Linklaters appoints Global Head of Practice Innovation

Linklaters appoints Global Head of Practice Innovation


The firm has recruited in-house to fill the new lead role

Linklaters has announced it has appointed its current Lead Innovation Lawyer for the firm’s global corporate practice into a newly created Global Head of Practice Innovation role.

Greg Baker (pictured) will lead the firm’s innovation and efficiency strategy, overseeing a growing multi-disciplinary team of innovation lawyers (Practice Innovation and Efficiency teams).

Prior to joining Linklaters, Baker was a lawyer at an international law firm in London for ten years and has previously been seconded to financial institutions in London and Geneva.

The firm said, in his current role, Baker had worked closely with partners and lawyers to deploy new technologies and design improved ways of working to deliver best-in-class service for clients.

The Practice Innovation and Efficiency team was recently involved in the development of OneNDA, a standard NDA developed by leading law firms.

In his new role, Baker will lead the firm’s innovation and efficiency efforts to “increase efficiency and enhance client experience”. He will also chair the firm’s Innovation Steering Group – a group of partners and senior business leaders who provide strategic direction on innovation priorities and investments for the firm.

Stefan Schwarz, Linklaters’ Chief Legal Operations Officer, said: “Throughout his time at the firm, Greg has shown the value of challenging the status quo to keep pace with our clients’ growing expectations. I look forward to working with Greg as he drives the firm’s innovation agenda forward.”

Baker commented: “We are harnessing ideas from around the firm and from other industries to make tangible improvements to both the client experience and the lives of our lawyers. Whether those ideas leverage leading technologies, such as CreateiQ, or our data and process mapping, it’s an exciting time to be working with our lawyers and clients.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the transformational work with our practices across the globe, including with our expanding cohort of innovation lawyers, to think creatively about the needs of our clients and our firm.”