Nadine Stuttle is Head of Intellectual Property at SYKE. She is a highly experienced thought leader in the IP & Legal arena specialising on establishing and leading large-scale transformation projects, including leveraging and optimising IT solutions. She has over 18 years of experience gained from private practice and in-house roles, as well as consulting engagements.
What attracted you to a career in Legal Ops and Tech?
22 years ago, when I started in the sector, Legal Ops and Legal Tech were not words you ever heard! I found myself drawn to the need and opportunity for change fuelled by my frustration at how legal services were delivered. That frustration sparked a passion to drive change and help shape the future of the industry. I have never looked back and am truly grateful that I set out on this path.
What challenges have you had to overcome in your career?
Juggling being a mum to two boys and working full-time is a daily challenge. It works by applying discipline and ensuring time with the family is true family time, no email, no mobile. Being mindful and present in the moment is the key.
What’s your approach to problem solving?
Every problem has a solution, it just may require out-of-the box thinking and a new fresh mindset. Breaking a process down into the component steps and ensuring the ‘why’ can be answered correctly. The ‘how’ is the differentiator. Technology alone is not the magic bullet; it is always dependant on people and process. So many often forget the people and process and concentrate on technology in isolation.
What advice would you have given yourself at the start of your career?
Believe in yourself, trust your instinct, and never take no for an answer!