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Stuart Whittle

Partner

 

Stuart is a qualified lawyer by trade, having practiced law as a professional indemnity lawyer from 1995. He has been a partner at Weightmans since 2002. During 2003, Stuart become involved in Weightmans’ IT, designing, developing and rolling out case management systems across the firm. In 2005 Stuart took on responsibility for Weightmans’ IT department and in 2010 was promoted to IS and Operations Director since when he has been a member of Weightmans Board. Following Weightmans' strategic review, in 2017 Stuart was appointed Business Services Director with responsibility for Facilities, People and Knowhow, Business Change, Information Management and Technology, Innovation and Risk and Compliance. Stuart chairs the firm's Operational Board which is responsible for the day to day running of the firm.

Stuart regularly presents at events with special areas of interest being around BPR and helping lawyers to work smartly in an uncertain market where prices are being squeezed and the quality of the service that is delivered to the client needs to be continually improved. He has a Masters in Information Technology, is a qualified coach, a Chartered IT Professional and a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Stuart is a Director of the Legal IT Innovators Group, a not for profit organisation run by and for its members. Stuart also chairs the UK MatterSphere User Group and is currently a member of Thomson Reuters Elite's Client Advisory Board. In 2013 Stuart was named one of Legal Business's CIO Powerlist, in 2015 Stuart was nominated for the Lawyer's Business Leader of the Year and 2016 Stuart was ranked as one of Legal Week's top 20 Innovators.

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"Stuart has an excellent blend of knowledge and experience through his life as a practising professional indemnity lawyer and, in more recent years, as Head of IS & Operations. He understands technology and how law Firms can use it to the best of their advantage, not just within the context of his own Firm, but with a breadth of knowledge of the industry based on his participation in LITIG (the Legal IT Innovators Group) and his immersion in his current role. Added to that, he's approachable and a pleasure to deal with."

Jeff Wright, Director of Operational Change, TLT

"I have had the opportunity of working with Stuart in a number of roles within my career. Each time I have worked with Stuart I was impressed at his understanding of the overall project, his approachability and knowledge of both technical and legal issues. Stuart is a down to earth, hardworking, knowledgeable and all round decent individual who is a pleasure to work with."

Stephen Brown, IT Consultant

Stuart has an innate understanding of what it takes to make a law firm successful, a firm grasp on how process & technology can assist lawyers and a strong focus on profitability. These skills, combined his personable, professional and pragmatic approach, make him a indispensable asset and a superb mentor.

Andrew Murray, Director, Apex Consulting