Eversheds Sutherland have hired real estate technologists Mark Collins and Kate Perevoshchikova in London who will drive the firm’s use of technology and other innovation within its global real estate practice.
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Both qualified lawyers, Collins takes on the role of senior legal technologist, having joined from Herbert Smith Freehills where he was global head of knowledge management and has also held roles at Pennington Manches (now Pennington Manches Cooper), Zurich Insurance, Nabarro (now CMS), BT Group, DAC Beachcroft, DLA Piper and Linklaters.
Meanwhile, Perevoshchikova joins as legal technologist after holding research and/or practitioner roles in Luminance AI, Studio Legale Pavia e Ansaldo, the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Talan and Russia’s Ministry of Property Relations, as well as founding her own law firm.
The two are “Eversheds Sutherland’s first technologists with the sole focus on delivering automation and technology in real estate matters”, a statement said, adding that they will focus on enhancing client service across relationship management, project management, collaboration and task-focused technology solutions throughout the real estate practice.
David Watkins, co-head of global real estate and planning, noted: “Innovation is absolutely central to our global strategy. Mark and Kate’s appointments ensure that our global commitment is matched at a practice group level; they will drive innovation and promote technology to develop creative client solutions, something which is still a relatively novel offering within real estate law.”
Partner Geraint Pullin Thomas added: “Following our successful launch of REFocus, we wanted to continue that growth by bringing two technologists into the team. Mark and Kate are qualified lawyers, something which was important to us as we wanted a team of lawyers who understand technology and how it can be applied effectively during the life-cycle of a real estate matter.”