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Nick West, Chief Strategy Officer

Nick West

Partner and Chief Strategy Officer

Personal Profile

Nick is a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer with overall responsibility for technological transformation within Mishcon de Reya. He leads the Technology and Strategy groups as well the Firm's research and development arm, MDR R&D. The latter includes establishing one of the industry's first in-house Data Science and Machine Learning teams and launching the firm's internal Generative AI tool, deReyAI. He is also the Founder of MDR Lab, a programme for tech start-ups in the legal space.

During his time at Mishcon de Reya Nick has overseen or been involved with various technological innovations that help the Firm best serve clients, including the development of MDR Discover, setting up MDR Lab and the subsequent investment in and adoption of technology solutions, launching MDRx, and developing a suite of PropTech tools to revolutionise the Firm's Real Estate offering. Nick was also part of the leadership team that developed and launched MDR Solutions I, Mishcon de Reya's litigation finance venture in partnership with Harbour, and oversaw our first strategic acquisition in the alternative legal services market, flexible legal resourcing business Flex Legal.

Nick is one of the foremost experts in LegalTech and the application of AI to the legal market, having spent the majority of his career working at the forefront of innovation in the legal industry. Formerly Managing Director of Axiom in the UK and Director of LexisNexis's UK Legal Business, Nick's expertise lies in the field of technology, knowledge and new business models in the legal sector. Nick began his career as a competition lawyer at Linklaters and then as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Nick is a Board Member and advisor to a number of legal tech business, including Flex Legal and MDR Lab alumni, Thirdfort, Laurel and Orbital Witness. Outside Mishcon, he is also a Trustee of the Schools Consent Project.

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