Eversheds taps U.S. legal services head for Konexo unit – Reuters

Welcome to Reuters Legal News beta. Please enjoy and provide us with your feedback as we continue to improve the Reuters Legal News experience.
REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
The company and law firm names shown above are generated automatically based on the text of the article. We are improving this feature as we continue to test and develop in beta. We welcome feedback, which you can provide using the feedback tab on the right of the page.
(Reuters) – Eversheds Sutherland has added a new leader to Konexo, its alternative legal and compliance services business that expanded to the U.S. last year.
Jeffrey Smith, a former associate general counsel at natural resources company BHP Group Ltd, joined Konexo U.S. as head of legal services, the firm said on Monday.
Longtime Eversheds lawyer Carmen Brun leads the U.S. business of Konexo, which provides support for legal operations, litigation, investigations and regulatory research, according to its website. Konexo also provides interim staffing, human resources support, technology and financial services.
The 3,000-lawyer firm launched the U.S. division in June 2020 after Konexo debuted in the UK and Asia in 2019.
Eversheds is one of a growing number of law firms providing services through such ventures, sometimes structured as subsidiary companies or internal divisions. Such "captive" alternative legal services providers look to compete with external providers.
Smith's hire comes amid "extraordinarily high demand for alternative legal services," Brun said in a statement.
Prior to joining BHP in 2012, Smith held in-house legal roles at Chevron Corp and Anadarko Petroleum Corp, which was later acquired by Occidental Petroleum Corp, according to his LinkedIn page. He was most recently an attorney with flexible staffing company Latitude Legal.
Konexo U.S. in June added Lisa Carlin, previously with Beacon Hill Staffing Group, as head of legal resourcing.
Read more:
Eversheds' ALSP Konexo U.S. makes new hire as nears one-year mark
Taking stock as Big Law's 'captive' ALSPs expand their reach
Eversheds' new U.S. COO focused on 'value' and connection
Sara Merken reports on privacy and data security, as well as the business of law, including legal innovation and key players in the legal services industry. Reach her at [email protected]
Subscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest Reuters legal news and headlines delivered to your inbox.
Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest multimedia news provider, reaching billions of people worldwide every day. Reuters provides business, financial, national and international news to professionals via desktop terminals, the world's media organizations, industry events and directly to consumers.
Build the strongest argument relying on authoritative content, attorney-editor expertise, and industry defining technology.
The most comprehensive solution to manage all your complex and ever-expanding tax and compliance needs.
The industry leader for online information for tax, accounting and finance professionals.
Access unmatched financial data, news and content in a highly-customised workflow experience on desktop, web and mobile.
Browse an unrivalled portfolio of real-time and historical market data and insights from worldwide sources and experts.
Screen for heightened risk individual and entities globally to help uncover hidden risks in business relationships and human networks.
All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays.
© 2021 Reuters. All rights reserved