Ashfords appoints new CIO to drive technology investment

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UK law firm Ashfords has appointed Mike Nolan as its first CIO, responsible for developing its technology strategy and delivering successful IT infrastructure investments.

The firm continues to invest in technology to ensure its people have the right tools to meet client need in the most effective, sustainable and secure way. Investments include completing the firm’s cloud-based strategy, implementing and upgrading to ‘best of breed’ IT platforms and developing effective working practices to gain maximum cross firm benefit from new technologies.

Mike will also play a leading role in the firm’s future-focused Innovation Group. This group brings together expertise from across the firm to develop strategies and approaches in areas like the use of AI, data and wider process improvements. 

Mike was previously IT Director at City law firm BCLP and has more recently worked as an independent IT consultant supporting businesses in the legal and financial sectors. 

Louise Workman, CEO at Ashfords, commented: " Mike’s wealth of experience will be essential in delivering the benefits of our increased tech investments to our people and clients. He will be a critical part of the leadership team driving improvements in how we work and operate as a business."

Mike Nolan, CIO at Ashfords said: "This is an exciting time to join Ashfords. With increased investment, we have the opportunity to implement new technologies and ways of working to meet the future needs of the firm, its people and its clients.”

Mike's appointment follows the re-election of Louise Workman as CEO for a second four-year term in May 2024 and the appointment of new CFO Nick Wrigley in 2023. The firm has also recently welcomed a number of new senior hires including most recently employment partner James Collings from Foot Anstey and real estate partner Rhiannon Morgan-Williams from Simmons & Simmons.

Ashfords are valued legal partners to a wide range of corporate, public and private clients across the UK and internationally; counted on by clients to get the right result whether that’s delivering commercial objectives, protecting family assets, making investments or solving disputes.

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