Laura Doyle

Laura Doyle

Global Head of Legal Procurement

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Laura Doyle holds a Master of Letters in International Business from the University of St Andrews. Her experience in procuring legal services is wide-ranging, including conducting legal panel exercises, implementing complex eBilling and matter management systems, growing Legal Process Outsourcing capabilities within organizations, establishing performance management initiatives working with the various general counsels to conduct performance assessments. Laura also has experience in building and running successful eAuctions specifically for legal services (30+ auctions).

Laura has extensive experience in the banking industry. Laura has also worked across a number of categories of spend including HR (Employee Benefits, Pensions, Employee Assistance Programmes, Employee Health) and consultancy during her time in procurement.

Urs Burkhard

Urs Burkhard

Service Delivery Manager

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Urs Burkhard began his career in eDiscovery and computer forensics as a manager at a big 4 firm, running all the steps of the EDRM model for global clients. He has developed workflows for responding to regulatory requirements as well as running different investigations related to IT Forensics where he developed and executed innovative strategies.

In June 2015, Urs began his position as service delivery manager for Yerra Solutions AG, taking on the role of delivering data collection and preservation services. Urs heads a growing team based in Zurich, Switzerland, and is responsible for enhancing Yerra's service quality. Urs also acts as a resident expert for questions in the field of eDiscovery and IT Forensics.

In 2011, Urs established IT Forensic Beer as a networking event in Zurich which is sponsored by Yerra Solutions.

Julie Thompson

Julie Thompson

Head of IP Practice

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Julie is a seasoned IP expert with more than a decade of experience in IP software and tools. While at CPA Global and Anaqua, Julie worked with an impressive list of clients on global projects, including 5 of the 7 top pharmaceutical companies. Many of the IP projects Julie has worked on involved restructuring the SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) to leverage the technology platform implemented, while aligning with the IP strategy related to the business. Julie put into place; Patent, Trademark, Designs, Domain names, Review committees, Product modules, Inventions submission, Remuneration schemes, Litigation reviews, Agent portals, Trademark submission and Search and Clearance modules and Licensing modules as well as managing law updates.

Julie's knowledge goes beyond technology, with experience in change management and implementing new in-house team processes. Julie’s multicultural background includes French and American roots, which are an asset when working with teams globally with cultural diversity.

Tyson Ballard

Tyson Ballard

Director of Legal Consulting

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Tyson Ballard is a Senior Consultant in the Yerra Solutions team. He is both a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Prince II certified Project Manager. Tyson has over 10 years’ experience managing both continuous improvement and technical projects. He has worked across multiple industries as a consultant and understands first-hand the requirements and delivery expectations that clients face.

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Mark Wooton

eDiscovery Manager

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Mark is an eDiscovery Manager with over 20 years of experience as an expert investigator. He specialises in the collection, examination and presentation of electronic information as evidence for both corporate and law enforcement investigations. Mark has a skill set in complex criminal investigations to include money laundering, fraud and financial matters and an absolute passion and drive for delivering quality evidence that assists companies in making risk based decisions.

Silvan Lehner

Silvan Lehner

eDiscovery Specialist

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Silvan is a CEDS-certified eDiscovery professional who has worked for a big 4 consulting firm and major pharmaceutical company. His expertise in operational efficiency informs all of his work for Yerra eDiscovery clients. He began his career with Yerra in Basel, Switzerland and proved so valuable to a major client that he was relocated to Singapore to ramp up eDiscovery operations there. Silvan holds a Business Administration degree from the University of Basel.

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Director - Forensic Technology

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Will has been helping distressed organisations access data for forensic investigations, commercial data recovery and enterprise archiving systems since 1997. This has included civil litigation, criminal proceedings, regulatory-driven investigation compliance and internal investigations.

Having worked across multiple jurisdictions for clients, Will is particularly well versed in understanding issues such as data privacy, cross-border transferral of data and the difficulties of competing demands from different legislative environments, including Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium.

This broad range of experience, including giving Expert Testimony in court, means Will is well placed to help our clients navigate the mine-field that data-related investigations can be.

Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess

Director - eDiscovery

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Mark Burgess has been working within IT Forensic and Specialist Investigations for over 20 years. He started his career with a UK Police Service, finishing in the Hi-tech Crime Unit, leaving in 2005. Since then he has developed in-house Forensic teams to tackle the growing need for eDiscovery and computer based investigations worldwide.

He has worked closely with Legal, and Security Departments internationally, reacting to complex and high risk investigations in a broad range of areas including bribery, corruption, intellectual property and logical data breaches. Mark is a Registered Expert Witness for computer based investigation and has given evidence for the Prosecution, Defence and as a Single Joint Expert.

Leonora Placks

Consultant

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Leonora is an experienced leader in the Forensic Technology & eDiscovery industry and has been engaged on a variety of global engagements and numerous government, corporate, financial and regulatory investigations within the UK and abroad. She began her career the KPMG and EY in South Africa and relocated to the UK in 2007 to form part of the EY UK Forensic Technology team. She also lead  professional services for the EMEA and APAC regions as a Director of Professional Services at Guidance Software.

 She has broad experience across the EDRM, from managing multidimensional collections through to leading multi-phased reviews. Leonora’s aptitude is founded in her ability to lead complex projects, under high levels of rigour and a winning attitude towards building relationships with team members and clients. She has extensive experience in managing multinational, diverse teams on large, fast-paced projects. She also has experience in eDiscovery change management which includes significant process, people and technology changes within large financial institutions.