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Richard Mabey is the CEO at
Juro, a company focused on end-to-end contract management systems. Combining a legal pedigree from Freshfields, in-house secondment experience, commercial acumen from an MBA and a legal product role, Richard founded Juro in 2016.
Both he and his company are dedicated to ending some of the frustrations and tedious process-driven work of in-house lawyers.
Sophie Gould, Head of In-house at LexisNexis, talks to Richard about his career journey, how he is a self-described “legal design obsessive” and what the real impact of technology can be on in-house legal teams.
Tell us a little bit about your background …
I trained at Freshfields in 2010 following a law conversion course at BPP, ending up in the corporate team with an M&A focus. While I was predominately in the London office, I did spend some time in the New York office. During my time at Freshfields,
I was on secondment to clients’ in-house teams. This was my first exposure to day-to-day in-house work and when I first became interested in how tech can be applied to in-house counsel. I saw that the teams were void of good tech solutions to
assist them in day-to-day working and I saw frustration as most of their working lives were being driven by process work. And I thought: how can we make this more efficient?
I decided to change tack slightly and do an MBA at INSEAD. I used this opportunity and time to learn about the business side of things and also to begin experimenting with concepts and ideas – with a view to getting something out in the market.
I did some entrepreneurship units and happily I won a prize which allowed me to build a MVP, which I could start testing with legal teams.
Before I could singularly pursue my own
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Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community. She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.
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