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In-house & Business

Tara Waters

Partner, Head of Ashurst Advance Digital,



Tara is a partner and head of Ashurst Advance Digital, the technology arm of the firm’s NewLaw division Ashurst Advance. She is also Head of Ashurst’s High Growth & VC team and Co-Head of the firm’s FinTech and Distributed Ledger & Crypto Assets practices. She has written several articles and speaks regularly at international industry events on NewLaw and emerging technologies. Tara is a technology specialist having spent seven years architecting and developing digital solutions for businesses in the new media and technology industries in NYC prior to becoming a lawyer. She was named on Innovate Finance’s Women in FinTech Power List 2017, was shortlisted for Legal Innovator of the Year at the 2019 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards and was named to The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2020. She is also a Techstars All-Star Mentor and a Global Expert for Blockchain Founders Fund.

Contributions to Legal Tech

Tara has played an integral role in spearheading Ashurst’s technology and innovation initiatives. Drawing on her own previous career in technology development and current career advising and mentoring emerging technology companies, Tara has successfully spearheaded the development of Ashurst’s digital offering, Ashurst Advance Digital. In this role, she is responsible for not only designing, developing and delivering innovative technology-based solutions to clients but also helping to catalyse digital transformation within the firm. Her team of technologists, service managers, developers and product architects work together to leverage the firm’s best-in-breed technology toolkit for client matters, develop and acquire new technology tools and productise the firm’s legal advice offerings. Alongside her role as Head of Ashurst Advance Digital, and frankly hardly believable – Tara is still a practising lawyer advising clients and supporting them in adopting legal tech solutions that provide substantial efficiency gains.

Other Nominees

Professional Services

Sarah Mack

Legal Tech Programme Lead, PwC New Law

Public Services, Politics & Social

Helen Avakyan

Member of the Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers Council & Counsel at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners