About Us

Founded in 2018, Summize started with a simple question - how could reviewing contracts be made quicker and easier for legal teams?

Summize is made up of a team of passionate problem solvers, who continuously look for ways to improve and streamline complex processes used by legal teams.

Tom Dunlop CEO & Founder

Tom Dunlop

CEO & Founder

As an accomplished commercial and technology lawyer, Tom's experience with reviewing contracts was the catalyst that led to Summize. Prior to this, he worked as a Legal Director for AppSense and Zuto, and Global Legal Director for UserZoom.

Dave Smith CDO & Founder

Dave Smith

CDO & Founder

Alongside Tom, Dave founded Summize to meet the need of legal teams everywhere. Before Summize, he worked at AppSense as a Senior Software Engineer and has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry.

Richard Somerfield CTO

Richard Somerfield


With experience working in several leadership positions, Rich focuses on bringing new ideas and concepts to market. Before starting at Summize, he lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and holds a number of European and US patents for his innovations.

Dan Williams Revenue Director

Dan Williams

Revenue Director

Dan has worked in the legal tech industry for the majority of his professional career, helping lawyers across the globe. Away from Summize, Dan will turn his hand to any sport, some more successfully than others.

Zoe Peterkin Marketing Manager

Zoe Peterkin

Marketing Manager

With specialised experience in content marketing, Zoe has worked in marketing and research for several years, with a focus on promoting digital innovations and technology. Outside of work, she is an accomplished musician.

Charles Sharland Chairman

Charles Sharland


Originally the CEO and Chairman of Vistorm and AppSense, Charlie has significant experience in business growth and development. After successfully selling both companies, Charlie now sits on the boards of Summize and Intechnica.

Gail Hazley CFO

Gail Hazley


Gail is a qualified Accountant and an experienced Operations Director, with over 20 years experience in the IT industry. Since leaving AppSense in 2010, she has acted as an advisory CFO for several software companies.

Jeremy Thompson Board Advisor

Jeremy Thompson

Board Advisor

As an Investment Director at Maven Capital, Jeremy has supported Summize with growth capital. He joined Maven in 2017 having previously worked as a corporate lawyer for Squire Patton Boggs; specialising in private equity, venture capital and acquisitions.

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