Legal tech expert awarded Law Society of Scotland accredited legal technologist status

Legal tech expert awarded Law Society of Scotland accredited legal technologist status

Legal technology specialist Jonathan Bowker has been awarded accredited legal technologist status by the Law Society of Scotland.

Mr Bowker is managing director and owner of Advanced Analytica, a company that specialises in the delivery of tech-enabled services for legal functions seeking to improve efficiency and rethink service delivery models.

His work includes collaborative projects with Malcolm Dowden, partner in the data privacy, cybersecurity and digital assets team at global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, to develop innovative and integrated legal services.

Mr Bowker has over 25 years’ experience in IT development and knows there are many technical challenges that available commercial or open-source solutions cannot solve alone. He has developed a platform agnostic framework and range of technology assets to fill the gaps in legal processing, text and data mining, and analytics solutions. He helps legal functions accelerate project timelines and increase speed-to-value.

Mr Dowden said: “This is fantastic recognition and reflects Jonathan’s exceptional ability to translate tech jargon into plain language that can be understood in the c-suite. Working with Jonathan has taught me a great deal about the need for collaboration to overcome the barriers between technology and legal functions and to de-risk clients’ compliance operations.”

The professional accreditation for those working in legal technology was the first of its kind in the UK. Launched by the Law Society of Scotland in November 2019, it reflects the growing impact of technology on the legal sector and the need for technological solutions specific to the industry, alongside the emergence of roles, such as legal process engineer, legal analyst, and legal technologist.

Rob Marrs, head of education at the Law Society of Scotland, said: “It is great to see Jonathan accredited as a legal technologist. I know that the panel who looked over his application were extremely impressed by his experience, knowledge and skills. We look forward to working with him to build the status and the wider Accredited Legal Technologist community in the future.”

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