23 Aug 2019

Academic to lead Reed Smith innovation

Firm books collaboration with appointent of first innovation engagement manager to lead innovation hub in London.


Reed Smith has hired Adam Curphey as the firm’s innovation engagement manager, based in the firm’s London office. Mr Curphey joins the firm from BPP University Law School where he was head of development, innovation technology.

Collaboration opportunities

During his time at the university Mr Curphey designed, implemented and led the legal technology innovation and design course. His responsibilities were split between thought leadership and the implementation of innovation solutions for both the university and its 60 client law firms, where he ran proof of concepts and pilots to understand the effects of legal technology and business process change and to assist the training and preparation of lawyers for the future of the profession. Prior to joining BPP Mr Curphey was an associate at White & Case where he focused on corporate law. In his role at Reed Smith, he will work closely with the firm’s lawyers, practice innovation and IT development teams to implement ideas to drive internal efficiencies, as well as identify collaboration opportunities with Reed Smith’s clients to deliver new products and services which will enhance legal service delivery.

Innovation hub

Mr Curphey will also run the firm’s innovation hub in London, which opened in October 2016. The space sits in the centre of the firm’s client meeting areas and was planned with the principles of co-working at its heart to ensure a versatile environment to support collaboration. Reed Smith has two more Innovation Hubs in New York and Chicago. Lucy Dillon, chief knowledge officer, comments “Adam’s background in education is a perfect fit to support the firm’s commitment to equipping our lawyers with the skills they need for the legal practice of tomorrow.” Mr Curphey commented, “Reed Smith is a firm that stands out for its approach to innovation. It is not just a buzz word but very clearly something that the firm takes seriously.”