#LegalDesign. The real impact of technology for in-house legal teams - an interview with Richard Mabey, CEO, Juro

#LegalDesign. The real impact of technology for in-house legal teams - an interview with Richard Mabey, CEO, Juro

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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About the author:

Sophie is Head of Learning & Development at F-LEX Legal - an award winning legal tech startup helping law firms and organisations manage a flexible work force and supporting lawyers to make smarter life/work choices. 

As part of her portfolio career Sophie runs various learning and development and networking forums for in-house lawyers and mentors junior lawyers.  These include Flying Solo for small and solo legal teams and Aspire for junior in-house lawyers which she runs for LexisNexis UK.  She also works with schools and organisations to promote social mobility within the legal profession, working with The Social Mobility Business Partnership and Aspiring Solicitors. 

She trained as a lawyer in the City and worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group.  

Outside of work she is happily married with three sons and enjoys morning walks along the beach with her two dogs.