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Simon Thompson

Managing Director
Change Harbour Limited

Simon is an experienced business leader in the professional services sector, having spent over twenty years in various leadership roles within the legal industry.  Simon spent the last two years as COO of the Baker McKenzie London office and the previous five years as a management consultant and interim CIO.  Both roles following sixteen years successful at Linklaters LLP where he spent four years as the firm’s Global Chief Operating Officer.  

Recognised for driving change within the legal sector, Simon specialises in innovation through technology, process improvement and organisational design.  He has successfully led the implementation of several major IT systems related projects on a local and global basis, including the first full implementation of SAP in the legal sector.  Expert in the field of ‘Lawtech’, Simon led the development of the first ever internet-based solution for the delivery of legal services (Blue Flag) and the first true law firm client extranet (Clients@Linklaters).  He has designed and implemented several major change programmes delivering significant business benefit including cost reduction and organisational efficiency.   Simon has a proven track record of leading teams of professionals both internationally and in the UK.