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Burness Paull Partner Named In The Lawyer's Hot 100

Callum Sinclair, Head of Technology at Burness Paull, has been named among the UK's 100 most talented and innovative legal minds.
 
He was one of only two Scottish-based lawyers included in the Hot 100 for 2018 - and among just eight 'disruptors' on the annual list, produced by The Lawyer magazine.

Callum is the third Burness Paull lawyer to be named a 'hottie' - following Chairman Philip Rodney in 2013 and Partner David Morgan in 2010.
 
He joined the firm in May 2016 from DLA Piper and is an expert in all aspects of technology law, from enterprise cloud and IT sourcing to emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. He has acted for some of the world’s largest technology businesses on both the buy and supply side and is a major player in fintech in Scotland.
 
The Lawyer Hot 100 citation says: "Sinclair has gone into battle to bring topics such as blockchain and artificial intelligence into the lexicon of even the staunchest traditionalists....in the process, he has opened doors the firm would not even have knocked on before.
 
"As sponsor of the firm’s first legal technologist, he is building a team that is driving a transformational agenda. More bluntly, over the past year Sinclair’s team has seen its revenue, powered by clients such as Skyscanner and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, increase by more than 25 per cent."

 
Callum said: "It is an amazing honour to be included in The Lawyer's Hot 100 2018. I am following some very illustrious company and I hope I can live up to the standards they have set. I'm especially delighted to be named as only one of eight 'hot disruptors' alongside lawyers from famous names like Linklaters, Allen & Overy and Mischon de Reya.
 
"The legal sector was slow to grasp the opportunities presented by new technology, but the last three years have seen a real transformation."

 
In his Hot 100 profile, Sinclair named Alan Turing as the biggest historical influence on his career, saying: "His exceptional visionary brilliance in the face of prejudice and challenge is truly inspiring."
 
Describing his decision to join Burness Paull, Sinclair said:  "I had some passionately held beliefs about how best to drive a tech and innovation agenda inside a law firm.  The firm, from senior management team down, has been extremely supportive around crowd-sourcing of ideas, agile delivery, and encouraging adoption of tech across all practice groups and sectors.  Every business is now a tech business."
 
Peter Lawson, Head of Corporate at Burness Paull, said: "Callum is an outstanding lawyer who has challenged us all to think more creatively about how we use technology in the business. We are delighted that he has been given this recognition - joining Philip and David as Burness Paull's 'Three Hotties' - and we look forward to his continued disruption!"

30 January 18