After a career as a lawyer specialising in Corporate and Commercial law, both in South Africa (where she was a partner of Webber Wenzel) and in the UK, Thereza’s interest in IT and the potential impact on the delivery of legal services led to a career-change and to her embarking on a technology career.
She now has almost 20 years’ experience in Legal IT. Starting off at the sharp end of service delivery and systems and network management in the early part of her IT career, over the last 12 years she has progressed from IT Manager to Head of IT and then IT Director with top 100 London firms.
Having experience of practising law and in-depth knowledge of the technology landscape, Thereza is acutely aware of the challenges faced by lawyers in a rapidly changing environment: evolving client expectations, pressures on costs, the demands for increased work-life balance from a millennial workforce and cultural resistance to change. Having shaped the IT Strategy at her previous firms with a view to aligning it closely to business goals and strategy, she is now actively advising law firms on strategy, organisational change and in introducing innovation and innovative use of technology to mid-tier firms. She has a passionate commitment to promoting Diversity & Inclusion in legal IT, and in STEM careers more generally. As such, she has recently become the DELTAS Ambassador, and is reaching out to Law Firms, Legal IT Vendors and educational institutions to co-ordinate and promote interest in STEM in general, and the LegalTech industry in particular.