Managing Partner from Top-200 law firm joins BigHand

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BigHand announces today that David Fryer, formerly Managing Partner of Taylor Walton Solicitors (113th largest law firm in the UK), has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. David will head up all of BigHand’s customer facing Operations Departments, together with Finance and General Management.

David had been Managing Partner of Northern Home Counties law firm Taylor Walton Solicitors since 1997, where he specialised in private client, trust and IHT planning work. Under David’s stewardship Taylor Walton grew into one of the ten largest law firms in South East England, with both headcount and turnover trebling in that period. David joins BigHand as the software company is poised for further dynamic growth, following a phase of record results where turnover increased by 400% in three years.

Stephen Thompson, Managing Director of BigHand stated:

“I am genuinely delighted that BigHand is able to attract someone of David's seniority and calibre to help and guide us through the next phase of BigHand's growth. His understanding of the way lawyers work will benefit BigHand’s business in many areas, and his experience of the challenges of an expanding organisation will also ensure we continue to go from strength to strength in a mature and controlled fashion. David has an excellent understanding of our customer base, who we expect will benefit most from the addition of his skills and experience.”

David Fryer, now Chief Operating Officer of BigHand, commented:

“I was proud to have helped take Taylor Walton to their current position in the legal market, but the time was right to seek a fresh challenge. BigHand is a legal software vendor that has significant ambition and takes a genuine pride in the products it develops and sells. As a lawyer who both used their system and dealt with their operations team I found both to be of absolutely the highest standard. Hopefully coming from ‘the other side of the fence’ I can contribute something that will help make the BigHand offering even more attractive to legal customers.”

About BigHand

BigHand won Best Legal Office Technology Supplier 2003 at the LOTIE Awards, and our leading product also won the Society for Computers & Law 2003 Award for “the most outstanding application of information technology to the law in UK and Ireland”. BigHand was also voted Best Legal Office Automation System at the Legal Office Technology Awards 2002.

BigHand is the leading digital dictation consultancy in the UK legal market, maintaining the highest number of digital dictation installations in the sector. BigHand is a leading supplier of IT services to City and Regional law firms. Further information is available at


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