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Paul graduated from Bristol University in 1991 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science with Mathematics. He joined ResSoft later that same year, and after initially helping to develop the FirmControl PMS for Linklaters he moved on to other major projects, including the FirmWare PMS for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the PanaSEEa DMS for Slaughter and May. Progressing from development to implementation and pre-sales consultancy while at ResSoft, Paul designed and implemented solutions based around many of the core products used by the legal sector over the past 26 years, including FileNET and iManage DMS products; Autonomy, Vivisimo and Recommind Search products; Lexis Nexis InterAction CRM; Workshare; and others. He gained expertise in technologies ranging from C, VB, VB.NET, C#.NET, HTML and JavaScript to SQL, SSIS, SSRS and Power BI; and has worked for clients such as Bank of England, Slaughter and May, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, DLA Piper, Herbert Smith Freehills, Nauta Dutilh, Hengeler Mueller, Channel 4 and Royal Mail.

Before joining Athenian, Paul worked for Slaughter and May as the IT Development Manager, running the teams of developers responsible for delivering and maintaining integrations, customisations and bespoke systems. During more than 10 years working within a Magic Circle law firm he has gained an insight into how law firms operate and the needs of both lawyers and business services staff. Some of his key achievements at the firm include: DMS, Windows and MS Office migrations, upgrades and customisations; improving the Application Lifecycle Management maturity; taking the development team through ISO 27001 accreditation; introducing the first BI solution within the firm; developing within the team the firm’s first internal mobile app; building Matter Security and Matter Destruction into the DMS; and implementing a new Knowhow system.