In an example of timing so bad you couldn’t make it up, Microsoft has just prepared a position paper for the English Law Society to allay fears that storing data in the cloud (when using Office 365) could in anyway be a risk to the confidentially of lawyer/client communications. Read the guidance here Office 365 – A view on UK legal sector guidance then compare and contrast with our previous story on the Dublin warrant case.
The story so far… On December 4th 2013 the Hon James C. Francis IV, Magistrate Judge in the State District of New York, signed a search warrant for the seizure of emails and other records in a particular MSN email account. This email account was stored on servers located in a data centre in Dublin, Ireland. What are the implications for companies storing their data on the Microsoft Cloud? If this ruling stands up to the appeals procedure, the U.S. government will have successfully asserted its right to obtain, by subpoena or warrant, information created and stored outside the United States, where such information is stored on servers belonging to U.S. corporations. It follows that European corporations whose data is stored on Microsoft’s cloud within European data centres could see that data become subject to investigation by U.S. authorities without recourse to existing agreements between the U.S. government and European sovereign governments.
Leading Essex law firm Mullis & Peake LLP has implemented the Proclaim Practice Management Software Solution from Eclipse Legal Systems. Established in Romford, Essex, over 100 years ago, Mullis & Peake LLP has grown into one of the area’s largest law firms employing over 50 staff. The Proclaim Solution will be utilised across all work areas including Commercial, Property, Elderly Client, Family, Court of Protection and Employment.
Worried what Eclipse will do next, now they are part of Capita? Unpleasantly surprised by the progress both Peppermint and LexisOne are making in the market? Well we’re going to spoil the start of your week with more bad news. Yes, just what you always wanted, another vendor entering the UK legal IT market. The company is NewGalexy, a cloud technology and legal process outsourcing (LPO) provider, which this morning has launched two new cloud solutions. One is a contract and document assembly and lifecycle management system for corporate legal departments and the other is a practice management system for small-to-mid sized law firms.
RAVN Systems, specialists in Enterprise Search, Unstructured Big Data analytics and Knowledge Management solutions, just announced the appointment of David Lumsden as Advisor to the Board at RAVN Systems Ltd.
We’re pleased to report that the Legal IT Insider iOS app for the Apple iPhone and iPad works fine on the latest iOS 8.0 upgrade. Our tame app-meisters will be watching out for any anomalous bugs and will also be checking on how it looks on the new iPhone 6.0 models. Otherwise carry on reading and be appy.
Concur Technologies, the cloud-based travel and expense management software provider (it’s legal sector clients include Allen & Overy and CMS) has just agreed to be bought by SAP in a deal worth $8.3 billion. Concur, which was founded in 1993, is used by around 23,000 businesses globally, with a total of 25 million active end users. Last year Concur’s turnover was $546 million, resulting in a loss of $24 million. SAP says it will fund the acquisition through a €7 billion credit facility.
We’ve got a raft of APAC legal IT and ediscovery to report next week, including more from this week’s Janders Dean APAC Legal Knowledge & Innovation Conference however we’re starting this morning (Sydney time) to ease our APAC readers into the weekend with the results of last night’s 2014 Legal Innovation Index awards which were announced at the Janders Dean event…
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by Associate Editor Caroline Hill
Taylor Wessing UK IT director Stuart Walters (pictured) will next month (October) leave the Anglo-German firm for Olswang, where he takes on a larger role as international IT director. Walters replaces Clive Knott, who left Olswang in January and in April took on a role as IT Director for HowardKennedyFsi, which in May completed its merger with boutique law firm CKFT.
The Spain-based international law firm Garrigues just selected HighQ Collaborate, through technology supplier Tikit, for partner and client collaboration and file sharing. Garrigues sought a platform to enable them to set up data rooms and facilitate collaboration between lawyers and clients.
An opportunity has arisen for an IT Analyst to join our IT team in London. Working mainly on the IT helpdesk, the post-holder will assist in the day-to-day operational support of the firm’s IT systems and users. The role will encompass user support (both in person and over the telephone), systems operational support, application support, development and testing, change control and documentation.
We’re into the final furlong of our Legal Industry Video Awards, today featuring entry #50 from UK legalit vendor Redbrick Solutions, who have submitted a short animation (with little green men) to introduce the company and its products to customers. This video has been entered in Category 3 : Vendor Marketing & Promotional Video of the Year Award
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BigHand, the leading vendor of digital dictation workflow, mobility and speech recognition software in the global legal and professional services sector, has announced the return of their Annual User Conference which we will see them host two full day events in Manchester on November 11th and in London on November 13th 2014.