The Tanner Warehouse November 27th 2017

50 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD

About Event

NextUp is a movement dedicated to the advancement and promotion of the next generation of IT Leaders. It provides a forum for up-and-coming legal IT professionals to network, shares experiences, compares best practice and help each other further their careers. In addition to a programme of social events, NextUp holds an annual flagship conference at which leading IT directors, partners, other fee-earners and stakeholders provide insights into what defines the most exceptional IT people in the business. Attendance is by invitation only and will include the best and the brightest emerging IT talent.

The event will not follow the traditional conference format. In addition to introductory sessions from leading IT practitioners who have worked their way up from the coalface to the top of their profession, you will be given the opportunity to take part in roundtable discussions on the building blocks necessary to deliver successful IT projects.

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Event Schedule

Here is the full schedule for our NextUp conference at Tanner Warehouse. 

  • 09:00 am - Registration & Coffee

  • 09:30 am - Chairman's Introduction

    Mike Rebeiro, Global Head of Technology and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright

  • 09:40 am - Keynote address: the end of the IT department as we know it

    In this address, Mike will look at the impact of innovation on the traditional IT function, including how technology can empower lawyers to provide a more effective service to their clients. By encouraging lawyers to take responsibility for the tech available to them, the IT department can move on from being a support function to a trusted adviser providing valuable input into the firm’s strategic direction.    

  • 10:00 am - Panel discussion: the secret of our success

    A leading panel of speakers will share insights into how the legal profession has evolved during the course of their careers. They will describe how they overcame the challenges of introducing new technology to a traditionally sceptical profession. You will learn how they succeeded in persuading lawyers to embrace innovative projects and the benefits this brought both to the wider business and to them personally.                                                                                                                                                 Panellists: Mike Nolan, IT Director, Berwin Leighton Paisner; David Wood, Global IT Director, Watson, Farley & Williams; Tony McKenna, Director of IT, Gowlings WLG

  • 11:00 am - Morning Coffee

  • 11:30 am - Round Tables

    Roundtable A: Engaging the business: building relationships with fee-earners and other stakeholders - Co-Chaired by Jane Livesey, Engagement Consultant at Linklaters and Tikit.                               Roundtable B: Planning and preparation: assessing the business need and analysing how IT can deliver the right output - Co-Chaired by Damian Jeal, Managing Director at Nikec Solutions.                                             Roundtable C: Procurement best practice: Managing the RFP process and validating the proposals against business needs.

  • 13:00 pm - Lunch

  • 14:30 pm - Round Tables

    Roundtable D: Project Deployment: Ensuring deployment is undertaken in conjunction with the business and lawyers’ input - Fiona McClune, Sales Director EMEA at Workshare                                                               Roundtable E: Service Delivery: Transitioning to the business, encouraging adoption, providing effective training and customer service - Co-Chaired by Jo Owen, Operations Director at Cripps LLP and Oliver Morris, Managing Director at Picturemore                                                     Roundtable F: Operational Excellence: overcoming challenges in providing support, maintenance, and monitoring effectiveness. - Co-Chair Anthony Stables, Transforming IT at Harbottle & Lewis

  • 16:00 pm - Afternoon Tea

  • 16:30 pm - Panel session: Results roundup

    Each of the roundtable hosts will present the results of their discussions, the challenges people faced, the similarities and differences in approach across the range of firms represented, the successes and failures (anonymously!) and how the next generation of future IT Leaders can really make their mark.

  • 17:30 pm - End of Conference

    Close of conference and networking drinks.


We have some of the UK's most prominent thought leaders in legal IT

Our selection of speakers will share their insights into the future technologies set to revolutionise law firms and discuss how to learn to effectively align your technology strategy with your firm’s business strategy.

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Oliver Morris

Director / Co-Owner, Picture More Ltd

As well as the director and founder of Next Up, Jo Owen is also the Operations Director at Cripps LLP. Jo has over 17 years of experience in the legal industry at firms ranging from Vertex Law, a small boutique corporate firm, Clyde & Co to her current position.  
Jo Owen

Director and founder of Next Up

Mike Rebeiro is a sourcing, technology and information security lawyer based in London. He is described by Legal 500 UK 2013 as ‘top-flight negotiator’ with ‘tremendous industry experience’ and Chambers UK 2012 Information Technology and Outsourcing as ‘commercially savvy, runs a good team and gives innovative, creative advice.
Mike Rebeiro

Global Head of Technology, Norton Rose Fulbright

Mike Nolan is IT Director for Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and leads the global provision of IT services for the firm. Mike has worked in legal technology for twenty five years and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, and takes an active interest in the development of new technologies and their application within the legal marketplace.
Mike Nolan

IT Director, Berwin Leighton Paisner

David has more than 20 years’ experience in legal IT working within a range of law firms.  With degrees in Computer Science and Law he then qualified as solicitor in Scotland before immediately leaving the practice of law to join the dark side – legal IT.  Since then he has been actively working towards removing the gap between IT and the business of law.
David Wood

Global IT Director, Watson, Farley & Williams

I've spent 20+ years working across the UK in several technology, change and people management leadership positions, joining the legal sector in 2008 to lead the centralisation of IT systems & services across Europe for A&O LLP. Having spent 7 years in A&O leading change across the globe, I joined Freshfields to support the London office manage the centralised IT service as it transitioned to their new shared service centre.
Tony McKenna

Director of IT, Gowling WLG UK

Damian is the Managing Director and co-owner of Nikec Solution. Damian is responsible for leading and developing the engagement, growth and understanding of our Nikec Solutions portfolio that help business become more agile and efficient.”
Damian Jeal

Managing Director, Nikec Solutions

Anthony is an Interim IT Director, Consultant and Coach.  Anthony is currently directing an IT transformation at Harbottle & Lewis.  Anthony has previously been responsible for IT services to over 20,000 users at Prudential, as well as leading the IT function at Olswang and Farrer & Co.  
Anthony Stables

Transforming IT, Harbottle & Lewis

“Workshare is dedicated to helping professionals compare, protect and share their high stakes documents. First established in 1999 with the advent of DeltaView, Workshare continues its heritage of developing and releasing intelligent technology focused on the comparison, protection and sharing of high stakes documents.  
Keith Bell



NextUp is a not-for-profit event


Byte Night took place across ten locations in October earlier this year and has successfully raised over £1 million to date. Action for Children and Byte Night are hoping to raise in excess of £1.6 million and you can still show your support by sponsoring our very own Jeremy Hill who took part this year and spend a night under the stars at the Kia Oval alongside nearly 300 fellow professionals.

Jeremy says ‘Action for Children have become Legal IT Insider’s official charity since Mike Rebeiro of Norton Rose Fullbright introduced us to this amazing charity! So far this year we have raised money at our Legal leaders IT Forum @ Gleneagles, The First Mini Byte Night, The NRF Hosted London Byte Night Dinner and London Byte night.’ And you can sponsor him online at

Byte Night is Action for Children’s biggest annual fundraiser; a national ‘sleep-out’ event. Each year, hundreds of like-minded people from the technology and business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people. It all began in 1998 when 30 individuals slept out in London and raised £35,000. Since then Byte Night has grown to 11 UK locations and over 1500 people slept out in 2017. Byte Night is one of the UK’s top 17 mass participation charity events and is the largest charity sleep-out having raised over £10 million since the first event.

Next year Byte Night is taking place on Friday 5th October, across 11 locations within the UK and you can register your team online at


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    50 Bermondsey St,

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The event is aimed at anyone in a management position at a law firm or professional services, whatever size firm and area of IT. Anyone in the position of Director/CIO or ‘Head of…’ is very welcome to attend and support this event and the next generation of leaders.

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You’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of the UK’s most prominent leaders, network and build relationships with industry peers and leading technology providers.