22 Feb 2019

Eversheds takes innovation steps

In what the firm says is the 'next natural step,' Eversheds Sutherland creates dedicated global innovation team.

Dusit Panyakhom

Eversheds Sutherland has announced the formation of a global innovation team dedicated to working with clients to address their most pressing priorities through creative and innovative solutions.

Experienced duo

The global co-heads of innovation are UK-based Andrew McManus and US-based Anusia E. Gillespie. Mr McManus brings to the role his deep experience in technology and years of experience at Eversheds Sutherland, while Ms Gillespie offers her experience in the practice and business of law and a fresh and unique perspective from her recent work at Harvard Law School Executive Education. Mr McManus has been with Eversheds Sutherland for over four years, previously leading the technology function as IT director. Ms Gillespie is a more recent recruit. At Harvard, she worked with industry leaders and Harvard faculty to research, design and launch business of law programs for practicing lawyers from around the world.
Eversheds Sutherland co-ceo Mark D. Wasserman said, ‘we define innovation as focused and creative change in service to our clients. Our clients’ needs are ever-changing; the dedicated innovation team allows us to work together with our clients to focus on developing new ways to assist them in reaching their business goals.’

Natural next step

Eversheds Sutherland says it has demonstrated its commitment to creating a robust innovation pipeline with the launch of Idea Drop, an internal crowdsourcing platform to curate innovative ideas; the global implementation of legal technology solutions including CaseReady, Client Portals and ESLocate; and the launch of Client Conversations, a custom app that provides key information about Eversheds Sutherland. Eversheds Sutherland co-ceo, Lee Ranson said ‘we have always seen innovation as central to our strategy to be a leading law firm by 2020. Developing an innovation team was a natural next step to further our innovation goals.’