11 July 2019

Hogan Lovells makes you think

In a "cognitive collaboration" Hogan Lovells and Cognia Law launch alternative delivery partnership.


Hogan Lovells has announced a partnership agreement with legal services provider Cognia Law to enhance its alternative delivery solution capabilities. Under the agreement, signed in April, the firm can contract for a host of different services.

“A true collaboration”

The Cognia team serve as an extension of Hogan Lovells' legal delivery centre in Birmingham, providing further flexible resource capabilities.  The partnership further bolsters the firm's alternative delivery solutions offering, both in terms of scale and to deliver bespoke processes built for client needs.  The new model of delivery has been successfully rolled out on real estate due diligences for the Munich office as well as on a number of litigious document reviews. Further joint services will be launched later in the year. The partnership is being led by the firm's global head of legal operations, Stephen Allen, and head of alternative delivery solutions, Rachel Dabydoyal. Ms Dabydoyal said, “We are delighted to have joined forces with Cognia Law, not least because of our alignment in processes and quality but also because we are able to share best practices with each other to further enhance our alternative delivery offering - a true collaboration to drive efficiencies for our clients.” Mr Allen added, “The partnership is an extension to Hogan Lovells' alternative delivery platform which already includes options such as using lawyers in the Birmingham office and flexible lawyer service HL Elevate. Every client has an entirely different requirement so ensuring that we have the technology, tools and manpower to provide tailored solutions to every client is critical.”

“Best of breed”

The firm has had an established relationship with Cognia for over four years – previously the law company has been providing consultancy and legal project management services on an ad hoc basis to the firm. Last month a collaboration between Hogan Lovells, Cognia Law and FTI Consulting saw the launch of a new LIBOR tool for financial institutions. It combats the significant legal and administrative challenge of dealing with LIBOR re-papering by combining legal expertise with legal project management, and advanced technology such as Nuix, Contract Express and Kira, to create a more cost-effective ‘one stop shop’ for clients preparing for the discontinuation of LIBOR post-2021. Sharon Lewis, global head of the firm's financial institutions sector, said “Our ground-breaking LIBOR solution is a great example of the type of innovation we can deliver to clients through such partnerships such as this.” Janet Taylor-Hall, Cognia Law’s founder and chief executive officer, added “Combining the top tier advisory capability of Hogan Lovells with Cognia’s ability to provide cost effective, tech-enabled solutions gives clients so much more. We believe that clients benefit most when they are able to leverage best of breed from law firms, law companies and tech providers."

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