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DWF invests in tech and data strategy with CIO appointment

02 July 2018
Digital Security
DWF has announced further investment in its information technology, data and business transformation functions with the appointment of Daniel Pollick as the business's new Chief Information Officer. 
Pollick, who will officially join DWF in August, will oversee both the strategic and operational application of DWF's IT as well as the further development of the business's data strategy. Daniel most recently served as DLA Piper’s CIO for more than two decades and is one of the best known and most respected names in legal IT.
DWF has a longstanding commitment to investing in information technology and harnessing new technologies and innovative solutions to improve infrastructure, process and systems as well as to facilitate growth and change across its global footprint. The business has made significant investments in technology in order to improve operational efficiency and communication, enable greater collaboration between its increasingly international colleagues and deliver service excellence to clients through the provision of bespoke technology solutions. A key area of investment has been in the platforms and systems needed to facilitate agile working, making DWF one of the first legal businesses in the UK to introduce entirely agile offices.
The business also has a strong focus on using clients' business challenges and objectives as the driver for developing business services and tools that combine cutting-edge technology with data insights to deliver added value and competitive advantage to clients. In the past 18 months, DWF has introduced a number of such initiatives, including DWF Draft, a unique, in-house developed document automation tool, as well as digital due diligence, virtual assistant platforms, AI document review and digital scoping, resulting in DWF being named one of the ten most innovative legal businesses in Europe by the Financial Times.  

DWF has also announced the intention to further invest in its Connected Services division, a specialist area of the business that was launched last year to consolidate its diverse range of complementary and consultative business solutions, including research & development and technology incubation. 
Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner and CEO of DWF, commented: "The pace and ambition of our business requires us to put innovative information technology and systems front and centre, and continued strength in this area will play a key role in facilitating this ambition and achieving our business objectives. With Daniel's technical skill and leadership we will continue to challenge the norm and adopt new ways of working, and his people-focused mindset will ensure our platforms and solutions are being leveraged in the right way to deliver tangible benefits to our people and clients."
Daniel Pollick commented: "DWF has a well-established reputation as a business that truly understands the benefits of investing in technology and how it can and should be an enabler of business excellence. This is undoubtedly a very exciting time in DWF's story and there's a fantastic opportunity to build on the strong technology platform that the business has in place as it embarks on a new phase of growth."

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