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Janet Taylor-Hall

CEO, Cognia Law



With over 20 years’ experience in management consultancy and senior executive roles at EY, Clifford Chance and Integreon, Janet made the decision to create a legacy for the benefit of the future world of law, and its communities, by setting up Cognia. The aim was to integrate the best of the legal industry through a trust-based ecosystem.

Contribution to Legal Tech

As founder and CEO of Cognia Law, Janet has championed the approach at Cognia, which moves beyond the hype, demystifying the plethora of legal tech to deliver a tech-enabled advisory capability and modular platform architecture that transforms legal operations. Seven years on and Cognia has invested in the people, capabilities and systems needed to deliver human-centred, digitised solutions, particularly around AI and digital transformation. Cognia’s team has the market knowledge and capability both to advise clients in their tech selection, as well as to configure and manage customizable solutions through Cognia’s modular platforms, such as contract management and regulatory reform. These include strategic partnering with iManage RAVN, Kira, Onit, and BRYTER.

One of the winners of the 2019 North American FT Innovative Lawyers award for Innovation in Collaboration, Cognia – inspired by Janet – has a reputation for really making a difference and being focused on solving clients’ problems, enabling sustainable change in the legal sector. Janet continues to build on Cognia’s legacy by investing her time, energy and enthusiasm in developing the next generation of legal tech innovators and mentoring with a specific focus on social justice.

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