After a career as a practising lawyer specialising in Corporate and Commercial law, both in South Africa (where she was a partner of Webber Wenzel) and in the UK, Thereza’s interest in IT and the potential impact on the delivery of legal services led to a career-change and to becoming a technologist.
She now has almost 19 years’ experience in Legal IT. Starting off at the sharp end of service delivery and systems and network management in the early part of her IT career, over the last 12 years she has progressed from IT Manager to Head of IT and then IT Director with top 100 London firms.
Having experience of practising law and in-depth knowledge of the technology landscape, Thereza is acutely aware of the challenges faced by lawyers in a rapidly changing environment: evolving client expectations, pressures on costs, the demands for increased work-life balance from a millennial workforce and cultural resistance to change. Having shaped the IT Strategy at her previous firms with a view to aligning it closely to business goals and strategy, she has extensive experience in product selection, vendor management, implementation of major projects and upgrades and general direction and management of a modern law firm IT function.
Thereza has spoken extensively at IT events, on subjects as diverse as Security and the impact of technology on legal careers. She is on the panel of judges for the British Legal Technology Forum Excellence Awards for both 2017 and 2018.
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