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“I must share my complaint. It’s about conference organizers. As a vendor, we sponsor a lot of these things. Many of these organizers give us attendee lists that have names, firms, titles, addresses, phone numbers – but no email address. WTF? Double WTF because they KNOW we are looking to contact them via email as it’s the least intrusive and most efficient method.”

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Added by Charles Christian on the 10th Feb 2016 at 12:41 pm No comments

Knowledge Management Priorities in Large Law Firms – 2016 Survey

“Each year, Mary Abraham, Oz Benamram and I organize a meeting of global legal KM professionals to discuss trends, issues, and opportunities. In prep for it, we conduct a survey of invitees in November, December, and January. We use the survey to build our agenda, share some results publicly, and provide respondents with detailed results. I report here on 2016 knowledge management priorities in large law firms.” Legal market veteran and Fireman & Company consultant Ron Friedmann reports in his Strategic Legal Technology blog.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Feb 2016 at 9:43 am No comments

Guest post: A desk liberation that has led to a security nightmare

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During the Autumn Statement back in November Chancellor George Osborne placed significant importance upon the investment in the use of technology within the justice system, including the digitalisation of courtrooms and the moving of paper-based systems online. Whilst the plans for digitalising the justice system has been in the pipeline for several years, we are now beginning to see these come into force and are witnessing the knock on effect for law firms.

In recent years, the digital landscape has had a revolutionary impact not only in terms of the way employees can now work, but also where they can work. Lawyers have been increasingly liberated from their desks and are accessing documents not only from their office desktop, but also their laptops, phones and tablets. The office is now, in essence, wherever they are.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Feb 2016 at 7:03 am 1 comment

Managed services and technology advisory start-up Ethien partners with HighQ

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New London-based advisory, managed services and technology company Ethien has announced that it has joined the HighQ Alliance Network.

Ethien has yet to formally launch but has for the past year been building its business, led by co-founder and CEO Andy Loach, a former COO of Addleshaw Goddard’s respected Transaction Services Team.

Most recently Loach was a member of the strategic advisory board of Sabrefish, a spin off from global systems integrator Salmon. Salmon was founded and run by Ethien’s now chairman Chris Harvey until its sale to WPP in 2013, when he separated the insurance business of Salmon to become Sabrefish.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Feb 2016 at 12:45 pm No comments

IT Training Comment: Poor technology skills – what’s the risk?

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IT training is resisted and yet it is critical. Lack of knowledge is not just time consuming, annoying and frustrating it poses considerable risk to a law firm. The head of document production at a top 100 London law firm who sees problem documents every day believes “someone is going to get sued” before firms realise that their lawyers need far better basic technology skills in order to reduce risk.

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Added by Charles Christian on the 9th Feb 2016 at 10:33 am 2 comments

Third party litigation funding: Bentham reports 60% leap in U.S. investment opportunities

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The U.S. business of IMF Bentham has reported a 60% leap in investment opportunities over the past year as the third party commercial litigation funding giant this year opens an office in Toronto and hires new chief marketing officer Gretchen Koehler.

Bentham IMF in the U.S., which doubled in size in 2015, has over the past year seen the successful or partial conclusion of six funded matters, including three portfolio deals with law firms, and several large-scale disputes with additional recoveries expected going forward.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Feb 2016 at 7:24 am No comments

Streeter Marshall goes live with SOS Connect in Elite swapout

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Surrey law firm Streeter Marshall has switched legal software suppliers and gone live with SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software (SOS). With 75 people based at offices in Croydon, Purley and Warlingham, Streeter Marshall carries out a range of work on behalf of SMEs, families and private clients.

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Added by Charles Christian on the 8th Feb 2016 at 1:29 pm No comments

Legal IT: Wins, deals, product launches and people moves

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In this roundup of the latest legal IT industry news, we bring you wins, deals, product launches and upgrades and people moves from Phoenix and HighQ, Epiq Systems, DocsCorp, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LockPath, ReadyTalk and more.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Feb 2016 at 7:38 am No comments

Something for the Legal IT Weekend via SmartTimeApps.com

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How many lawyers does it take to change a lightbulb?

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Added by Charles Christian on the 5th Feb 2016 at 12:01 pm No comments

Lights, Camera – and Cut the corporate video mistakes

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The ideal length of your video is shorter than you think. In the digital age, with shorter attention spans, research shows that 20% of people will switch a video off after 10 seconds if it doesn’t engage them. After a minute 45% of your remaining viewers will have stopped watching and 60% after two minutes. The ideal length for a corporate video is between 30 and 90 seconds, so aim for 60 seconds and deliver your key message early!

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Added by Charles Christian on the 5th Feb 2016 at 11:43 am No comments

Jomati report: Law firms are finally embracing alternative working practices including legal project management

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The clear differences in working practices between traditional law firms and alternative legal providers are starting to disappear, a study out today (5 February) by Jomati Consultants has found, with a notable upsurge in the adoption of legal project management (LPM) and process improvement techniques, despite continuing fee earner resistance.

The extensive report, called ‘Re-engineering legal services: how traditional law firms are – finally – learning to embrace alternative working practices’, finds that there are three areas in which law firms are increasingly adopting working practices more typically associated with new legal market entrants: the establishment of low cost centres (LCCs), which operate in a manner similar to legal process outsourcers; the adoption of LPM and process improvement which – in turn – offer clients greater price certainty; and the development of law firm-owned contract lawyer services, which closely resemble those already offered by established alternative providers.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Feb 2016 at 8:14 am 1 comment

Zoopla’s GC Ned Staple talks tech and new online grocery business FarmDrop

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Ned Staple, GC and company secretary at Zoopla, talks to us about tech, the need for e-billing, and the £3m Series A funding of his online business, FarmDrop, founded with ex-Morgan Stanley stockbroker Ben Pugh and food industry specialist Ben Patten, which enables consumers to buy directly from producers.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Feb 2016 at 7:19 am 1 comment

Hey partner: Tikit extends partnership with HighQ as Handshake Software teams up with Mobile Helix

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Tikit this week announced that it has extended its technology partnership with HighQ and entered into its first North America-wide partnership, as SharePoint solutions provider Handshake Software said yesterday (3 February) that it has partnered with Mobile Helix, creator of mobile app LINK.

LINK, which enables lawyers to securely access their documents, emails, calendar, intranet and web apps in one place, will now be available to Handshake Software Microsoft SharePoint customers. The encrypted mobile app now includes second-factor authentication – primarily through a finger print – for greater security.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Feb 2016 at 6:45 am No comments

Litera announces new partnerships in Latin and North America

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Litera Corporation today (3 February) announced new partnerships with TOTVS in Latin America and SoftMart in Pennsylvania as part of its continued efforts to expand globally and provide ‘follow the sun’ technology delivery and support. […]

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Feb 2016 at 4:41 pm No comments

eDiscovery at LTNY: New CEO for Cicayda as Zapproved breaks the terabyte-per-hour processing barrier

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Cloud-based eDiscovery provider Cicayda has appointed industry veteran Billy Hyatt as its new chief executive officer, taking over from co-founder Roe Frazer, who will now head up business development and new eDiscovery consulting group Frazer Law.

Hyatt has been chief sales officer at Cicayda since 2014, when he joined from Standard CP, which he co-founded after leaving Thomson Reuters in 2013, where he held the role of manager for large law software solutions.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Feb 2016 at 12:07 pm No comments
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