Richard Haywood joins Clarilis as Chairman

Clarilis the high growth legal technology business that provides drafting automation solutions to the Legal Industry has appointed Richard Haywood as its Chairman.

Richard was a Corporate partner at Wragge & Co (now Gowling WLG) for 25 years and served as Managing Partner of the firm. He joined Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) as a Partner in 2013 and was a non-executive director of CloserStill Group Limited prior to a successful exit for Inflexion Private Equity and NVM Private Equity. He is currently a Consultant at RPC and Deputy Pro-Chancellor (Deputy Chair of Council) of the University of Birmingham.

Co-founded by James and Kevin Quinn, Clarilis launched its solution in 2015 and has quickly established itself as a leading platform in automated document drafting for the legal community. NVM Private Equity (NVM) invested in Clarilis in June 2018 to help the Company continue on its growth trajectory, with the funding enabling the team to capitalise on the strong market demand they are experiencing.

Clarilis provides clients with significant efficiency gains in their drafting processes, significantly reducing the time and resource required to produce initial drafts of documents. It counts both corporate in-house teams and private legal practices amongst its customer base. Customers include firms such as Addleshaw Goddard, Baker McKenzie, Burness Paull, Gateley, and Travers Smith.

Richard Haywood, the new Chairmen of Clarilis Limited, said: "I first came across Clarilis when RPC became an early customer. I was very impressed. The business combines a proprietary technology platform with an internal team of experienced lawyers and automation staff. This provides customers, not only with the software but with the help they need in implementing it. Too many software initiatives fail for want of this support. Private practice law firms and in-house legal teams are under increasing pressure to be innovative and efficient. Clarilis can help them meet those demands. I am really looking forward to working with the team."

James Quinn, CEO and Co-Founder of Clarilis, added: “We are delighted to welcome Richard as our Chairman. We couldn’t hope for a better fit with our values and focus here at Clarilis. Richard’s extensive experience in senior leadership roles and work with GCs will be invaluable as we scale Clarilis in-line with our clients’ expectations.”

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