Thereza Snyman, IT Director of Kingsley Napley until April 2018, has now left the company to join legal IT consultancy Baskerville Drummond.
Snyman, whose responsibilities at Kingsley Napley are to be taken over by the company’s former IT Operations Manager Ash Cooper, has almost 19 years’ experience in legal IT. Six of those years were spent as IT Director of Kingsley Napley, before which she held similar roles at Boodle Hatfield and Marshall Ross & Prevezer.
Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Snyman explained her decision to leave: “My average employment is five years and I’d been at Kingsley Napley for six and a half. I needed a new life and new challenges.”
She also commented on Baskerville Drummond’s “dynamic” approach, and discussed some of her work with chambers, which due to their different organisational structure require a slightly different approach than the law firms she’s worked with in the past. “Some chambers are quite innovative and don’t have the partnership structure to contend with: the progressive ones have really started organising themselves,” she said.
Given that the siloed, partner-based structure of law firms can be a major challenge to implementing corporate-wise policies, particularly relating to security and compliance, a similar change may become more widely necessary for law firms in general as they find themselves dealing with increased scrutiny, stricter regulation, and serious financial consequences for breaches.