Management Team

Janet Taylor-Hall - Chief Executive Officer

Janet Taylor-Hall - Chief Executive Officer

Janet leads the organisation in listening to clients, adapting models to meet their needs and collaborating with partners to provide high quality solutions to banks, global corporations and law firms.

Janet's diverse international corporate and legal sector experience allows her to bring her skills as a hands-on-operator and informed business acumen to work with clients in designing solutions to their challenges.

Janet is passionate about building efficient working models that enable legal professionals to realize their full potential to better serve clients and the communities in which they operate.

Renowned as a collaborator and legal efficiency strategist, Janet has had a varied and distinguished career as a management consultant with EY, a senior executive at Clifford Chance and Integreon and now as founder and CEO of Cognia Law.

At Clifford Chance, Janet worked as a member of the Global Operations Group whose mandate included leading a change agenda supporting Clifford Chance's efficiency and growth strategy. This included the setup of the firm's 380-person shared service centre in Delhi, India. In addition, Janet developed the firm's legal efficiency strategy and initiated a programme focused on improving the quality, profitability and efficiency of Clifford Chance's legal services. Specifically, the programme leveraged the principles of Lean Six Sigma and project management into the delivery of legal services. At Integreon, Janet was the Global Head of Legal Process Outsourcing which included business unit leadership and delivery of services leveraging teams based in India, Philippines, onshore UK and US.

Peter Hall - Chief Operations Officer

Peter Hall - Chief Operations Officer

Peter leads the delivery and business services teams to ensure quality delivery and the smooth and effective running of the Company’s operations.

As an experienced CFO, COO and entrepreneur, Peter brings entrepreneurial passion, experience in large company management and operational capabilities which have been integral in establishing and maintaining Cognia Law’s top tier client relationships.

Peter is passionate about building businesses that leverage the best of people and technologies.

Peter started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, and progressed into various leadership roles including Financial Director and COO positions at Old Mutual Direct, LTP Trade PLC and Standard Chartered.

Joel Segal - Chief Clients and Markets Officer

Joel Segal - Chief Clients and Markets Officer

Joel leads the sector led go-to-market strategy, evolving solution offerings and drives client management excellence at Cognia Law.

As an experienced Strategic Advisor to C-suites and Boards of FTSE 100 multinationals and private companies, Joel brings over 20 years of experience and the ability to develop sought after legal professionals required for the future world of Law, deploy integrated New Law ecosystem service platforms (including leading technology solutions) as well as a raft of transformation and change management experience required to make change stick.

Joel’s passion is to deliver intelligent change for the future world of Law as well as wider communities and society. Joel has the ability to leverage a unique mix of EQ and IQ capabilities in order to listen to clients and deliver intelligent change which makes him an invaluable resource to both Cognia Law and its clients.

Joel has excelled at the highest levels of the Big 4, where as a partner at both Price Waterhouse Coopers and EY, he held senior leadership roles. These included at PwC as the Client & Markets leader on the Consulting Board, Global offering leader for Business Transformation and Chair of PwC’s Africa Business Group.

Mike Farrell – Non-Exec Director and Senior Commercial Subject Matter Expert

Mike Farrell – Non-Exec Director and Senior Commercial Subject Matter Expert

Mike performs an advisory role supporting the shaping of Cognia Law's commercial relationships and business development. In addition, Mike draws on his wealth of previous experience to provide consulting support to clients as a senior commercial SME.

As a consummate professional with a keen eye for detail in every brief he undertakes, Mike brings invaluable commercial contracting and outsourcing experience.

Mike was on the Board of IBM Global Services in the UK, Netherlands and the Nordics and was responsible for Outsourcing before joining Accenture as a Senior Partner where he built the outsourcing capability for one of the divisions in EMEA and Latin America.

Justin Ridl – General Counsel and Global Head of Legal Services

Justin Ridl – General Counsel and Global Head of Legal Services

Justin manages Cognia Law’s overall legal risk and leads the delivery of Legal Services. Specifically, Justin leads the global Financial Documentation service line which offers market-leading solutions through a combination of cutting-edge technology and process efficiency. Further, Justin manages Cognia Law’s Banking and Finance service delivery teams based in London, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

As a market-leading derivatives and structured finance lawyer, Justin brings significant law firm and inhouse experience to the UK and South African legal/financial markets.

After qualifying as a lawyer in South Africa, Justin moved to London where he lived and worked for 10 years in positions at the London Stock Exchange, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Ashurst and finally at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein before returning to South Africa to join ABSA Bank Limited ("ABSA").

Justin served as a Senior Associate in the Securities and Structured Finance Group at Ashurst, where he was an advisor in several structured finance and CDO transactions for large multinational clients. Thereafter, he joined Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as a Vice President in the Credit Derivatives and Securitisation Group.

As Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking (“CIB”) Global Markets Legal Group at ABSA (a member of Barclays Africa Group Limited at the time) the team Justin led was responsible for structuring, negotiating and executing complex global markets banking and finance transactions for one of the largest and most profitable global markets franchises on the African Continent.
Tyson Ballard - Head of Legal Consulting

Tyson Ballard - Head of Legal Consulting

Tyson manages Cognia Law’s global consulting practice, with a focus on ensuring that technology and processes are in-sync and solutions are tailored to Cognia Law’s clients' needs.

As a market leading consultant and Blockchain enthusiast, Tyson brings a passion for developing solutions.

He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Prince II Project Manager, and is proficient in various project management disciplines such as Agile, Scrum, Kanban and more. As a solution architect, he has proven success with deploying Lean Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement programmes for large organisations that include top Fortune 500 companies and Global Law Firms.

He has over 15 years’ experience designing and delivering global transformation projects across multiple industries including banking, energy, manufacturing, insurance, pharmaceutical and telecommunications. Tyson has spent more than a decade in legal services for private practice, in-house corporate and consulting including roles at Clifford Chance, Integreon and Yerra Solutions. Tyson has employed his skills and experience internationally by working in Australia, US, UK and Europe.

At Clifford Chance Tyson was responsible for global offshoring research, process re-engineering and developing key client facing processes. Whilst at Integreon, Tyson played a senior consultant role.

In his role as the Director of Legal Consulting at Yerra Solutions, Tyson implemented ELM programmes, consisting of contract, matter and spend management to enhance the decision-making processes for global clients.

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