Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Richard Parnham is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Saïd Business School.
Richard is currently working on two ESRC-funded research projects. The first project explores how the AI and related technologies are affecting business models in legal services, while the second seeks to map the AI/LegalTech ecosystem. Both studies explore Richard’s three main areas of research interest – legal practice strategy, innovation in the delivery of legal services, and legal technology.
Prior to joining the School, Richard spent more than 20 years working as a legal trade journalist, researcher and project manager. His research focused on the strategic and operational aspects of LegalTech deployments and legal practice innovation more generally. He also explored the structures, workloads and strategies of in-house legal departments.
Richard’s LLM explored the law and regulation of online legal services, while his doctorate evaluated the geographical strategies of large EU law firms. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in computing for commerce and industry.
Examples of Richard’s non-academic research can be found on the website, Jomati: a legal practice strategy consultancy. Jomati reports Richard has co-authored include Re-engineering Legal Services: How traditional law firms are finally learning to embrace alternative working practices (February 2016) and Law firm innovation and the use of LegalTech – a reality check (February 2018).
In the course of his research, Richard regularly engages with legal practice and LegalTech leaders, legal regulators and government agencies.
Working for Jomati, he recently co-authored a rapid review of the legal sector in Wales, on behalf of the Welsh Government.
Internally within the University, Richard helps organise the seminar series Unlocking the potential of Artificial Intelligence for English Law.