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Something for the Legal Weekend: White Collar Boxing for Charity


Lorna “Hurricane” Hegarty, who works at Douglas Wemyss Solicitors in Leicester, will make her boxing debut this Saturday when she steps into the ring to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The legal executive, who has never boxed before, hopes to raise thousands of pounds by slugging it out in the charity event.

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Nov 2015 at 12:01 pm No comments

LexisNexis and BLP win ‘supplier of the year’ and ‘best use of technology’ at The British Legal Awards


LexisNexis and Berwin Leighton Paisner have won ‘supplier of the year’ and ‘best use of technology’ respectively at The British Legal Awards (BLAs) 2015.

LexisNexis was recognised for its implementation of proofreading tool LexisDraft within City law firm RPC – the BLAs 2015 law firm of the year – while Berwin Leighton Paisner won the best use of technology category for its work with RAVN ACE, having become the first law firm to sign up to the ‘artificial intelligence’ solution, as revealed by Legal IT Insider on 15 September 2015.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 27th Nov 2015 at 7:22 am No comments

Throwback Thursday – Eee, when I were a lad we didn’t need smartphones


Let’s go back in time 30 years to 1985… if you wanted access to the functionality you have in a modern smartphone, you’d have needed to lug this lot around with you – and, presumably, a portable generator!

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Nov 2015 at 4:19 pm No comments

Risk Management: Survey suggests compliance professionals finding compliance now major source of risk – new due diligence platform may help


Compliance is becoming so complex that today’s compliance professionals are concerned about how the function will protect businesses in future. That is according to new research from The Risk Advisory Group which surveyed more than 200 compliance professionals across a range of global businesses. Called The Compliance Horizon, the survey reveals that the majority (83%) of compliance professionals feel that compliance has become more complex in the past two years.

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Nov 2015 at 2:35 pm No comments

RBRO Solutions announces partnership with HighQ

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RBRO Solutions and HighQ have signed a global resell agreement that will give their customers access to one another’s flagship products.

RBRO, which provides content management solutions and integration tools to enable organisations to get more out of iManage WorkSite, now has the ability to sell the HighQ Collaborate solution in the global market.

The deal will in turn allow customers of HighQ, which provides an enterprise-grade, privately hosted cloud platform in which organisations collaborate and share information, to benefit from RBRO’s Link2DMS product offering.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 26th Nov 2015 at 8:30 am No comments

Plexus Law management buyout from Parabis funded with £4.2m from new British challenger bank


The management buyout of insurance defendant claims firm Plexus Law from the now defunct Parabis Group was supported by £4.2 million of debt finance from new British challenger bank OakNorth Bank, which is backed by Mambu, the SaaS banking platform provider.

‘NewLaw’ provider Parabis Group – which was acquired in 2012 by private equity house Duke Street Capital – went into pre-pack administration at the start of this week (22 November) and is being broken up seven ways led by restructuring consultants AlixPartners.

Plexus’ management buyout team includes Parabis Group’s founders, Andrew McDougall, Nick Addyman and Tim Roberts, who were enabled to go ahead with the deal thanks to funding from OakNorth, a new British bank for small and medium sized growth companies.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Nov 2015 at 1:31 pm No comments

Case Study: Law Firm Merger Tech Training at Shakespeare Martineau


When law firms merge, there is little chance they will both be using the same case management system, time recording software or email solution, let alone the same version of all the necessary third-party applications. That would be too easy. This was the situation that senior management and the experienced IT teams at leading law firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau had to cope with following the successful merger of the two in June 2015, although the planning started much earlier.

Added by Charles Christian on the 25th Nov 2015 at 10:42 am No comments

Ten ways to transform your legal department


Mitratech’s chief executive Jason Parkman has published a comprehensive ‘10-steps guide’ for corporate legal departments that he promises will “transform your legal department from a company cost center into the best-run business unit in the organization.”

Corporate counsel are increasingly looking to embrace technology, generate revenue, and manage their risk exposure and brand, particularly in the face of the rise of internet exposure and social media.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Nov 2015 at 9:54 am No comments

Big Data is a behaviour – not just a technology say Berg


Law firms have always used data to make better business decisions. But now it’s getting easier and quicker to collate data into meaningful insights from which partners can make executive decisions. Ian Brownhill, Finance Director (pictured) at Manchester-based law firm Berg, has recently implemented a new approach to data management by extracting data across the firm’s core business applications to draw new insights from the combined information.

Added by Charles Christian on the 25th Nov 2015 at 9:47 am No comments

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
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