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Brochet Paste launches in London – 26 November


Last month saw boutique Microsoft Office professional services firm Brochet, shoot into the UK Legal Insider Top 200 supplier listing – this month Brochet launch their new product ‘Brochet Paste’ into the market place.

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th Nov 2015 at 1:13 pm No comments

Insider website has a navigation refresh!

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Today sees the introduction of some changes to the Insider website navigation to make it easier for visitors to keep track of the stories that really matter to them.

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th Nov 2015 at 12:33 pm No comments

Analytics, meet content: LexisNexis acquires Lex Machina


In an acquisition that brings together cutting edge analytics with a trove of content, LexisNexis has acquired litigation data mining company Lex Machina, which through its Legal Analytics platform provides insights about judges, lawyers, parties and patents from IP litigation.

The Silicon Valley company, which says it has so far been inhibited from expanding its services due to a lack of content, delivers a software-as-a-service platform that helps lawyers predict the behaviours and outcomes of different legal strategies by mining, tagging and categorising millions of Federal court dockets and documents.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 24th Nov 2015 at 12:22 pm No comments

“The biggest reason is the change in our culture” – Knights enters the top 100 with Darbys acquisition

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The chief executive of private equity-backed firm Knights Professional Services, which this week announced it is entering the top 100 with the acquisition of Darbys Solicitors, says that moving from an equity partnership to a corporate, more efficient structure has been the single most important factor in its success.

Knights in 2012 became the first commercial law firm to receive private equity funding, from Hamilton Bradshaw, the private equity house backed by entrepreneur and former Dragons Den investor James Caan.

The then 60 fee-earner and 90 support staff firm used the undisclosed sum to invest in more integrated technology, namely Tikit’s Partner for Windows practice management solution.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 24th Nov 2015 at 10:01 am No comments

Parabis To Be Sold In £50m Break-Up

The legal services ‎group Parabis will be broken up and sold after being put into administration, Sky News reported on Saturday (21 November).

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Nov 2015 at 11:45 am No comments

Olswang launches equIP programme to support UK startup community


Olswang has joined the ranks of major law firms positioning themselves to attract and develop promising technology startups with a new free-to-join programme called equIP.

EquIP provides discounted and fixed-fee legal advice and support to UK tech scale-ups and entrepreneurs, with a focus on providing intellectual property (IP), corporate and commercial advice.

The new offering is targeted at experienced teams leading disruptive, IP-rich tech start-ups in need of guidance on building robust governance and compliance practices to ensure the success and longevity of their business.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Nov 2015 at 10:40 am No comments

Online jobs marketplace LexStep launched to demystify legal recruitment

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Two Magic Circle lawyers have left their legal careers at Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters to launch online recruitment marketplace LexStep, after finding the recruitment process for lawyers seriously wanting.

Associates Michael Hagai from A&O and Alexander Isaacs from Linklaters formally launched LexStep in October and already list Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills among the US, UK and international firms to offer their jobs on the site.

LexStep enables lawyers to create a profile on the site listing their legal qualifications and the practice areas they want to work in as well as the locations where they are willing to be based.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Nov 2015 at 6:55 am 1 comment

Ravel Law’s CEO Daniel Lewis talks free legal research and that ground breaking Harvard Law School partnership


This is worth reading. Speaking in an interview with the Huffington Post last week, Ravel Law’s chief executive officer, Daniel Lewis said: “Ravel means the same thing as unravel – and we liked the visual element of unraveling the law. Our mission in doing that is to develop the legal profession’s most innovative tools for case research, judge analysis, and legal data visualization.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Nov 2015 at 6:30 am No comments

Thomson Reuters signs deal to publish Bloomsbury Professional titles as eBooks on ProView

Thomson Reuters and Bloomsbury Publishing have today (20 November) signed an agreement that will see a selection of Bloomsbury’s legal print titles distributed as eBooks through Thomson Reuters Proview.

Under the agreement, Thomson Reuters will distribute ten legal titles from the Bloomsbury Professional range. The titles cover a range of topics and practice areas from financial services, tax and Irish land law through to the Scottish legal system, sexual offences and sports law.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Nov 2015 at 11:17 am No comments

Litigation funder Bentham IMF moves into portfolio funding


Litigation funder Bentham IMF has announced that it has assembled a portfolio of dispute-based investments with a group of law firms around the US and in London in a move away from purely single matter funding for the New York-headquartered company.

Bentham has traditionally committed capital to single matters based on specific case merits and prospects for financial recovery. Now it has also begun to provide funding to law firms based on their existing track record and ‘basket’ or portfolio of cases, as well as to support their overall mission in particular areas of client representation.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Nov 2015 at 8:12 am No comments

Data Recovery: the Worst Data Disasters of 2015 – You were still using an Amiga 600 !!


It is that time of the year again when Kroll Ontrack announces its annual list of the top 10 data disasters from across Europe and the US for 2015. Who knew the Amiga 600 (circa 1992) was still state-of-the-art computing in Poland!

Added by Charles Christian on the 19th Nov 2015 at 6:10 pm No comments

Throwback Thursday: That Was The Legal IT Year That Was – 2001


For today’s trawl through the archives of the Legal IT Insider we go back to the year 2001 and the now largely forgotten scandal of the Lernout & Hauspie speech recognition technology accounting scandal.

Added by Charles Christian on the 19th Nov 2015 at 12:04 pm No comments

Bird & Bird launches ‘first of a kind’ digital marketing law guide app


Bird & Bird has created what is understood to be the first app designed by a law firm to help in-house marketing teams and agencies with the legal issues surrounding international digital marketing campaigns.

The app, which incorporates the laws of nine European countries including the United Kingdom, covers topics such as email marketing, promotions, use of social media, comparative advertising, information requirements and commercial communication.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Nov 2015 at 10:38 am 1 comment

Legal sector’s most sensitive data at risk from poor file sharing habits

Despite the wide availability of data rooms and secure file sharing solutions almost half of lawyers are still using email to send classified documents and information to colleagues, a recent survey has found, with many admitting to accidentally sending documents to the wrong person.

Confirming what IT directors and partners in charge of risk already know and fear, the survey by German IT security provider Brainloop revealed that almost half of legal professionals commonly send and share sensitive data and information over email. Forty-six percent of lawyers said that email is the preferred choice for internal sensitive communications, while 42% said that they would still use email to send sensitive information to clients or business partners.

Other distribution methods highlighted in the survey included USB drives (8%), consumer-grade file sharing (5%) and Instant Messaging apps (3%). Less than a quarter of respondents said that business-grade file sharing solutions are commonly used for sending sensitive information externally and just one in 10 said they use business-grade file sharing solutions for internal communications of a sensitive nature.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Nov 2015 at 3:51 pm No comments

The sky is falling for law firms (or not)

Another great blog from 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, posted by former Kia Motors in-house counsel Casey Flaherty. We are still giggling at this: “The hilarious David Cambria of Archers Daniels Midland compares AFAs to teenage sex – more people are talking about it than doing it, many of those doing it are not doing it well, and the consequences for making a mistake while doing it can be catastrophic.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Nov 2015 at 10:04 am No comments
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