SYKE is a legal engineering business that helps businesses and law firms to procure and use technology to solve legal problems.

Legal technology has now reached a level of sophistication where it can be a game changer for lawyers overwhelmed by the demand for pace and cost-efficiency. At SYKE we are keen to make this technology as relevant and as focused towards the reality of the daily challenges of work as possible.

With many years of experience of working in private practice and in-house roles behind us, we bridge the gap between IT and legal and have a proven ability to deliver solutions to all sectors of the market.

Our Team

Alistair Maiden

Alistair founded SYKE after leaving Asda where he was Head of Contracts and Data Protection Officer.

At Asda Alistair successfully deployed Contracts Express and other technologies to deliver an end-to-end digital contracts and compliance solution called “Delphi”. Delphi significantly enhanced operational efficiency and delivered considerable savings.

Alistair is a very experienced contracts and privacy solicitor with a focus on simple solutions and sustainable progress.

David Law

David has a proven ability in delivering significant automation projects and products for UK top 100 law firms, international firms in North America and Africa along with some of the world’s leading retailers. Before becoming a legal engineer David was a practising legal executive within the Real Estate sector acting for a number of high profile development and landlord clients.

“Automation in the legal and commercial sectors, whether that be in private law firms, in house legal teams, governance or even in its potential for use by the general public and clients is at a crucial tipping point. There is a definite recognition by all concerned that this technology is readily available, accessible and is a ‘no-brainer’ in terms of achieving effective results quickly.”

Andrew Darnton

Andrew became a legal engineer after realising technology has now reached a stage where considerable benefits can be gained by users and many of the frustrations facing those working in the legal and commercial sectors can be significantly reduced. Prior to joining SYKE, Andrew gained 10 years’ experience working in top-tier law firms in Yorkshire, primarily as a commercial property solicitor advising retailers, developers, investors, financial institutions and small businesses on all aspects of real estate law.

The “lightbulb moment” for Andrew came when he was in practice and built his own system from scratch for managing files and next steps in the legal process and accurately predicting monthly billing forecasts. This breakthrough was the catalyst for seeking out further innovative solutions and he now enjoys helping his clients to employ the latest technology and enhance their ways of working.

Andrew recognises the challenges faced by the organisations he works with, having experienced these first-hand, and uses the latest technology to manage and develop artificial intelligence solutions for clients – saving time, reducing risk and lowering costs in the process.

Who we work for


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How to optimise your contracts process

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Legal Directors are under increasing pressure to increase speed of contracting,

Alistair sat down with Andy Wishart

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Alistair sat down with Andy Wishart to discuss using technology to prepare for Brexit

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