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Something for the Legal IT Weekend via SmartTimeApps.com

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Or, let’s give a tech project to a bunch of lawyers who will spend the next six months debating which colour font to use!

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Added by Charles Christian on the 12th Feb 2016 at 12:55 pm No comments

iManage hires former Ince & Co IT director Frank White

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iManage has hired former Ince & Co IT director Frank White as subject matter expert in legal.

White, who joined Ince in 1995 as an IT manager and rose through the ranks to become global IT director in June 2006, has been brought in to help iManage understand the needs of its customers and deliver better products.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Feb 2016 at 7:18 am 1 comment

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: Joint Committee says “significant amendments” needed

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A Joint Committee made up of Members of both Houses of Parliament has said that the government is right to bring together the numerous statutory provisions governing intrusive powers under the umbrella of the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill but that significant amendments are needed.

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which will bring together powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA); Telecommunications Act 1984; Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; Intelligence Services Act 1994, Terrorism Act 2000 and Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006, is intended to govern the use and oversight of investigatory powers by law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Feb 2016 at 1:01 pm No comments

Cyber security: Major funding rounds for Hexadite and Digital Shadows

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As cybercrime detection and prevention continue to dominate the corporate agenda, the past two days have seen major investments in cyber incident response start up Hexadite and cyber situational awareness company Digital Shadows.

Hexadite, which automates cyber responses from alert to investigation, announced yesterday (10 February) that it has closed an $8 million Series A funding round from Hewlett Packard Ventures, Ten Eleven Ventures, and YL Ventures, which also invested in Hexadite’s $2.5m seed round.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Feb 2016 at 10:05 am No comments

The Third Wave of Ediscovery – is a paradigm shift underway?

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True cloud is the sensible approach for legal departments to quickly and easily reduce data volumes and get instant access and insights about discovery data—giving them the power to truly “know now” about the merits of a case. True cloud also represents a radical new democratization of e-discovery: Legal professionals, regardless of their technical skill, can now leverage the full power of the cloud, bringing speed, flexibility, affordability and sustainability to the business challenge of managing exponentially growing volumes of variable and disparate data.

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Added by Charles Christian on the 10th Feb 2016 at 5:27 pm No comments

Legal IT Events Roundup

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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 1 comment

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
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