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A&O Shearman
The Legal Innovation Centre created a short course for A&O Shearman (then Allen & Overy) which centred around legal technology, this was used as an introduction for those who wished to learn more about how the legal profession could benefit from making better use of big data and artificial intelligence. A&O Shearman then supported the MSc/LLM Corporate Law, Computing & Innovation with the opportunity for placements, prizes and practitioner teaching input.

The Legal Innovation Centre and A&O Shearman are also partnered in several applied research projects. The projects investigate the use of state of the art machine learning technologies and their utility within the legal space.

Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie collaborated with the Legal Innovation Centre to explore research opportunities aligned to its technology strategy, including the global rollout of artificial intelligence tools.

Invest NI
As the regional business development agency, Invest NI's role is to grow the local economy. They do this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. They are part of the Department for the Economy and provide strong government support for business by effectively delivering the Government’s economic development strategies.

Belfast City Council
The Legal Innovation Centre partnered with Belfast City Council to help increase the visibility of Belfast as an innovation hub to bring new businesses to the city. This took the form of working alongside local businesses, the resilience commissioner and the city deals project.

The legal Innovation Centre partnered with Citi on the development of its ground-breaking MSc/LLM in Corporate Law, Computing & Innovation, including the roll out of placements, prizes and practitioner input.

Advisory Group

The Legal Innovation Centre benefits from the expertise, insight and input of our distinguished Advisory Group, who advise on the positioning and value of the Centre for the development of the Legal Sector in Northern Ireland.

Specifically, the group provides a key opportunity for our key stakeholders to:

  • Suggest refinement or development of operational protocols, procedures, etc;
  • Aid the Centre in keeping abreast of relevant developments within the sector and knowledge from other sectors;
  • Provide high-level policy suggestions;
  • Promote as appropriate the work of the Centre;
  • Provide a link between the Centre and the organizations and bodies represented in the Group.


  • Andrew Brammer
    IT & Shared Services Director, Allen & Overy
  • Tim Brundle
    Director of Research and Impact, Ulster University
  • Angela Clist
    Partner & Head of Legal Services Centre, Allen & Overy
  • Tobin Craig
    Data Science Manager, Allstate NI
  • Kevin Curran
    Executive Director of the Legal Innovation Centre and Professor of Cyber Security, Ulster University
  • Colm Devine
    EY Ireland Advisory Partner and Head of Utilities Risk UK Government Services
  • Peter Devine
    Head of Strategic Partnerships, Ulster University
  • Karen Delgado
    Head of Corporate Engagement, Ulster University
  • Jane Hollway
    Co-Director, Legal Innovation Centre, Ulster University
  • Alison Hook
    Director, HookTangaza (Legal Regulatory Consultancy)
  • Moira Loughran
    Client & Sector Development Manager, Financial & Professional Services, Invest NI’s Technology & Services Division
  • Liam Maguire
    Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Niall McCarroll
    Research Fellow, Legal Innovation Centre, Ulster University
  • Danny McConnell
    Technology Partner, Deloitte
  • Lauren Belle McCoy
    General Counsel, CITI
  • Esther McGuiness
    Head of School of Law, Co-Director Ulster University Law Clinic and Director of Employability (School of Law), Ulster University
  • Grainne McKeever
    Co-Director of the Ulster University Law Clinic and Professor of Law and Social Justice, Ulster University
  • Craig McKeown
    Partner, PWC
  • Lisa McLoughlin
    Director, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Eugene McNamee
    Executive Director of the Legal Innovation Centre and Professor in Law, Ulster University
  • Chris Nugent
    Head of School of Computing, Ulster University
  • James Richards
    Executive Director, Baker McKenzie
  • Joanna Robinson
    Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Christopher Souto
    Site Lead & VP Operations, Factor Law