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

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(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.
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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]
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