Legal software firm reveals new MD

Emma de Sousa

Access Legal, part of Loughborough-based The Access Group, has appointed Emma de Sousa as its new managing director.

De Sousa brings a wealth of experience having previously spent more than 19 years in senior management roles and most recently EMEA president at Insight she brings a breadth of knowledge.

Her appointment follows the retirement of former managing director Doug Sawers, who has spent more than 40 years in business and almost three years at Access Legal.

De Sousa said: “I’m here to make a real impact. I am passionate about ensuring we meet our customers’ evolving needs and deliver the outcomes that they require to run a successful law firm. Our growth is ultimately driven by our customers’ success.

“This year is going to be a challenge for law firms of all sizes against the backdrop of a struggling economy and a cost-of-living crisis that will put a squeeze on their clients’ pockets. Yet the focus for firms remains largely unchanged – profitability, recruitment and talent retention, compliance and security are still their priorities – all of which underpin the purpose of our solutions for firms.

“My early observations indicate we have a winning formula; a team with deep knowledge and experience in technology and the legal sector, unrivalled breadth of products and services and a remarkable passion to support our customers reach their goals. I look forward to leading this impressive team to bring yet more success for law firms in the UK and beyond.”

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