John_KnoxEY has hired Lawyers on Demand co-founder John Knox to become its Asia-Pacific legal managed services leader.

Based in Singapore, he has been tasked with helping corporate legal departments do more with less and transform their operations to help deliver increased value to their businesses.

“Legal departments recognise that the future lies in aligning more closely with broader business transformation,” said Dmitry Tetiouchev, EY Asia-Pacific law leader.

The addition of Knox is part of a strategy by EY to broaden its legal services offering, partly in response to growing competition from alternative legal services players such as Lawyers on Demand, which Knox helped to found in 2008.

“I am thrilled to join EY at such an exciting time,” said Knox. “EY Law teams have all the pieces of the puzzle to address client needs in an efficient, cost effective and increasingly digital way.”

Knox previously held business development roles at both Allen & Overy and Mallesons (now King & Wood Mallesons).

EY employs 3,500 lawyers, operations and technology professionals in more than 80 jurisdictions, including legal managed services centres around the world.

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