Driven by an urge to reshape the legal industry, Exigent’s CEO and co-founder David Holme has been injecting innovative thinking into the way legal services are provided for the last 15 years. Holme founded Exigent in 2003, moving the needle of alternative service providers from the low-cost camp to smart, data-enabled business partners.
With data the cornerstone of his business vision, Holme advocates for an Augmented Intelligence approach that combines the best of tech with the smartest legal and financial brains for a true revolution in the legal industry. Holme’s background as a KPMG qualified Chartered Accountant and his experience in private equity means he masters the numbers side and always looks at commercial benefit in a no-nonsense way. Even when dealing with the intricate complexity (and sometimes resistance) of the legal business. As a CEO & founder, Holme provides the strategic direction and plays a key role in developing partnerships globally for Exigent, an inherently cross-cultural, progressive and borderless business.
With ‘anything is possible’ as a mantra, Exigent’s Global Managing Director, co-founded a global organization that quickly grew from one to over 15 service lines. Nicola’s determination and energy are infectious, making clients excited about the possibilities of change and leaving them empowered to take the first step.
You won’t get a speech about ‘doing more with less’ from Nicola: in fact, she’ll roll her eyes at that. Her style is empathetically provocative when she helps legal departments and law firms across the globe to let go of old patterns and truly move towards a better place. Not just a place of process efficiencies, but value-driven growth. Her professional journey through blue chip corporates of the calibre of American Express and international financial services organizations, together with some incredible stamina, has made her grow to be the savvy business woman that she is now. A mentor to everyone at Exigent who wants to be their best self, Nicola leads the organization every day with enormous passion, nourished by a holistic approach to wellbeing and ever-diverse weekends filled with friends and family.
Driven by optimism and fueled by strong espressos, Exigent’s Chief Strategy Officer lives and breathes technology. From start-ups to more established players, Wayne knows about every latest offering and advance in tech, in legal and beyond.
Artificial Intelligence and blockchain are just some of the more recent ammunition in his arsenal to help Exigent’s clients architect the best solution for their needs and aspirations. With a background in enterprise technology, over the years he’s been a CIO, CTO, COO and product strategist for global organizations of the calibre of Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Tony Blair’s Cabinet Office. But it’s not the number of C-suite positions he’s held, it’s what he brings to the table that makes the difference: an insatiable appetite for innovation and a natural tendency to disrupt. Unsurprisingly, he’s become a bit of an evangelist for novel thinking in legal, where technology and change are still a bit of a taboo. Not for Wayne: he’s fearless in challenging the status quo (of tech but also process, collaboration and logic) and always delivers on his promises. When he isn’t listening to podcasts about tech and innovation, he loves mountain biking and walking his dogs on the beach (where he gets the inspiration for seeing things differently).