Allens lures CIO from US law firm

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Allens lures CIO from US law firm
Philip Scorgie.

Top tech exec from Mayer Brown moves down under.

Big six commercial law firm Allens has turned to the US in its hunt for an IT leader, recruiting the global chief information officer of leading international commercial law firm Mayer Brown, Philip Scorgie.

Previously based out of Mayer Brown’s Chicago headquarters, Scorgie has spent the past three-and-a-half years overseeing IT for the global legal giant, which operates across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

He has also served in a number of senior IT roles across the Asia Pacific, including more than eight years as CIO at Deacons Hong Kong, along with a stint as the APAC regional CIO at Norton Rose (a predecessor of Norton Rose Fulbright).

Scorgie will begin working for Allens, which is the Australian affiliate of UK-based legal giant Linklaters and one of the local ‘big six’ law firms, on May 10.

“Australia is now one of the most competitive and exciting legal markets globally. We have entered a period of real change, and I am excited to join Allens, a firm that puts clients at the centre of its thinking, that is embracing change and the possibilities that new technology brings,” Scorgie said in a statement.

Scorgie’s focus in the role will include looking for efficiency improvements and ensuring the firm’s IT infrastructure meets the business' demands.

A spokesperson told iTnews the law firm was working on adding new collaboration paltforms and enhancing its business intelligence capabilities.

“We see enormous potential in using new technologies to deliver services more effectively and efficiently to our clients. Scorgie and his team will play a key role in supporting our lawyers to meet the changing needs of our clients,” chief operating officer Rod Fielding said in a statement.

The CIO vacancy at Allens was advertised after former IT chief Gerard Neiditsch accepted a research associate position at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland last November.

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