Executive Team

The Opus 2 team has been drawn from the most experienced litigation services, technology and reporting staff in the industry. Our founder, Graham Smith-Bernal, is acknowledged as the father of realtime reporting in the UK, and the team offers more than 150 years' collective industry experience.

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Graham Smith-Bernal

Graham Smith-Bernal is a visionary entrepreneur with an unwavering commitment to quality service and creativity. Having started his career as a court reporter in the UK, Graham quickly identified an opportunity to add unprecedented value to the lawyers who were receiving his transcripts: a highly accurate realtime transcription and an easy means by which to mark, annotate and digest it. Consequently, Graham founded his first consultancy (Smith Bernal International) and created the LiveNote software. Smith Bernal International went on to become the world's largest international court reporting company and LiveNote became the most widely used litigation support software prior to Smith-Bernal selling LiveNote to Thomson Reuters in 2006.

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Martin Bangs

As a qualified Chartered Accountant and the Managing Director for Opus 2 International, Martin Bangs provides executive oversight of the global operations and expansion of the company, with particular emphasis on balancing financial, contract and risk management with the creative spirit that defines Opus 2. Martin brings senior-level commercial experience from a number of companies in the legal and healthcare sectors, including 18 years of operations management, financial reporting and strategic planning within the court reporting sector. His previous roles include Managing Director - Government & Public Sector for Smith Bernal Wordwave Limited (now DTI) and an appointment to the Sutton & Merton Primary Care Trust Provider Board in the United Kingdom.

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Steve Fleming

Steve Fleming leads the technical strategy and R&D for Opus 2 International, including the development of the company's Software-as-a-Service offering, Opus 2 Magnum. Steve joined Opus 2 International in 2008, at which time he helped to crystallise the company vision and incubate the original Opus 2 technology, all while consulting on the delivery of Opus 2 software and services to courtrooms in the UK. Previously, Steve provided technical support to lawyers in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, and he managed the IT communications initiatives for the London headquarters of the WPP Group, a £10.0bn company with 162,000 employees worldwide.

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Charlie Harrel

Before joining Opus 2 International in 2013, Charlie ran a consultancy business advising companies across the UK legal market, including a number of leading law firms, in-house legal teams and independent service providers on various aspects of the delivery of legal services. Charlie's particular focus was advising on alternative sourcing and new technologies in order to drive commercial efficiency and improve client service. Before this, Charlie spent four and a half years at Olswang LLP where he trained and qualified as a commercial litigator. Charlie's breadth of experience across the UK legal market means that he not only has a detailed understanding of the litigation process and the needs of Opus 2's clients, but he also brings a unique perspective in supporting other areas of the business.

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Oliver McClintock

Oliver McClintock leads the company's commercial strategy, and has overall responsibility for sales and marketing at Opus 2 globally. Oliver is a qualified lawyer and spent eight years at Allen & Overy LLP where he trained and qualified as a litigator, specialising in corporate, commercial and banking disputes. Immediately prior to joining Opus 2, Oliver was a Consultant for KPMG in their Evidence and Disclosure Management team. Oliver's unique dual background in the practice of law and the application of legal technology helps Opus 2 to deliver the most effective legal services and tools to clients around the world.

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Robert Cannon

With his background in neuroscience to the fore, Robert oversees all user interface development for the Opus 2 branded products Magnum and Forum, as well as engineering exceptional software and APIs for other business, financial and educational applications. In addition, he manages the software development team in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has a PhD in theoretical astrophysics and research experience in neuroscience from various universities in France and the UK. In this capacity, he worked on problems involving large volumes of biological information which motivated the development of early prototypes for annotating scientific literature. Robert has been a dynamic force behind the development of the Magnum platform since its inception. His expert consultancy and management of the Textensor software development group, now a division of Opus 2, contributed to the evolution of the company’s award-winning software.

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Fred Howell

Fred is an integral part of the software development team located in Edinburgh, Scotland. His focus is on the server-side of the Opus 2 product range, including cloud, realtime document collaboration, and multimedia streaming. He has a background in parallel hardware and software engineering, with a PhD in computer science from Edinburgh University. His interest in developing tools to help people collaborate on complex data and documents was sparked by his earlier research work in computational neuroscience. Pulling upon his vast experience in a variety of disciplines, Fred’s consultancy and management of the Textensor software development group, now a division of Opus 2, has been instrumental in the development of the Magnum platform since its inception. His expertise continues to be utilised as new products relevant to a variety of business, financial and educational applications are conceived and implemented.

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Taryn Johnson

Taryn Johnson joined Opus 2 International in 2013, having spent six and a half years at Olswang LLP where she trained and qualified as a commercial litigator. During her time in private practice Taryn was regularly instructed on high profile cases in respect of which she was responsible for coordinating complex disclosure exercises, document management and the preparation of bundles for interlocutory hearings and trial, earning praise for her work product and forensic attention to detail. Having represented clients in the High Court and in international arbitration and liaised regularly with solicitors, barristers and experts, Taryn brings a wealth of relevant experience to her role as Head of Client Services. She has a detailed understanding of the litigation process and the demands faced by Opus 2's clients and as such she is perfectly placed to provide advice and oversee the tailored, efficient and first-class delivery of Opus 2's Magnum and Transcript services in the UK.

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Billy Kelly

Billy Kelly joined Opus 2 International after having spent several years supporting the IT infrastructure of a major law firm's global offices. Earlier in his career and while completing his degree in Internet Systems, Billy was a LiveNote technical consultant in the United Kingdom, during which time he helped to facilitate the flawless use of transcription technology in the courtroom. Along with his team of technical consultants, Billy infuses every Opus 2 International engagement with his specialised technical training and his background in enterprise IT initiatives for law firms.

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Brenda Mahedy

Brenda Mahedy leads the development of the global brand, content and marketing programs for Opus 2 International. Prior to joining the company in 2012, Brenda directed the North American marketing initiatives for a Dutch eDiscovery software company. Her previous roles include leading select litigation marketing initiatives within Thomson Reuters/West and the applications division of law.com, an American Lawyer Media company, where she managed product marketing for seven litigation software products and directed the communications strategies surrounding corporate divestitures and acquisitions.

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John Murphy

John Murphy joined Opus 2 International in 2013 as the Head of Finance, a position which is based in the company's headquarters in London. John brings nearly two decades of finance experience including management accounting, financial reporting, tax compliance, business analysis and KPI reporting. In his role with Opus 2 International, John oversees the financial aspects of the company's global services and local branch operations. Originally from the US, John has lived and worked in the UK for more than a decade, most recently as the Head of Finance for the Association of Corporate Treasurers, the Chartered body for Treasury in the UK.

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Anne Perkins

Anne Perkins joined Opus 2 International in 2014 on its acquisition of Beverley F. Nunnery & Co. (BFN). She brought with her not only 10 years’ experience with BFN but the knowledge and expertise gained over a long career extending across her work within the civil and criminal courts, both as a court reporter and as a partner in affiliated court reporting companies. As head of audio transcription, Anne is responsible not only for the management of the operational team as well as her pool of reporters and transcribers, but also for client liaison in seeking to maintain and promote service excellence at all times to private individuals, solicitors, barristers and members of the judiciary alike.

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Liza Pestillos-Ocat

Liza is responsible for providing oversight of Opus 2's US operations, ensuring the business has the appropriate resources and processes to deliver on its growth strategies, with particular emphasis on operational efficiencies and the delivery of excellent product support and client services. Liza brings more than 14 years of legal tech industry experience. She was among the first employees of LiveNote, Inc., a company founded by Graham Smith-Bernal. Liza served as Finance Director and was instrumental in the sale of LiveNote to Thomson Reuters in 2006. She remained with the company for nearly ten years, overseeing operations and client services of its Litigation Solutions, E-Discovery and Legal Managed Services business units.

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Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson brings 16 years of experience advising FTSE 100 and blue chip clients in the Financial Services, Retail and Oil & Gas sectors. As a former project manager for KPMG and multiple international branches of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Adam has led fraud and regulatory investigations, forensic technology and IT security engagements, and supported clients in meeting the expectations of regulators and law enforcement agencies. As the Head of IT Operations for Opus 2, Adam ensures the company's internal procedures and its client engagements are structured and delivered to comply with the rigorous security standards and technical requirements our clients are facing.