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Start-up Corner: Event Planning? Add-to-Event go for crowdfunding


Christmas – a time for law firms and vendors to run corporate hospitality events and parties. But where do you find the suppliers to ensure the event is a success? Two brothers – Ben and Tim Maughan –, have just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs in a bid to raise some capital to further develop their event planning business, Add to Event, and transform the way the UK organise events.

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Added by Charles Christian on the 1st Dec 2015 at 10:45 am No comments

Neota Logic’s work with Akerman Data Law Center will “transform the way companies manage their data law risks”

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Neota Logic says that the work it is doing with the new Akerman Data Law Center – a technology-driven data privacy and security law service for corporate counsel and compliance officers – will transform the way companies manage their data law risks and compliance obligations.

Akerman, a top 100 US law firm, announced on 20 November that the data centre, developed in conjunction with Neota and Thomson Reuters Managed Legal Service, will support clients across all industries that are vulnerable to regulatory scrutiny and cyber-attacks, including large enterprises in the retail, banking, insurance and healthcare sectors.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th Nov 2015 at 2:28 pm No comments

Startup Corner: Absolute Barrister same “Game Over” on old UX models


“We didn’t take our legal insight straight to a technical expert but first to designers – they told us nobody had ever employed them in this way. We didn’t send an RFI to twenty companies and select the second cheapest – we understood the technology in depth and sought out the the experts, the geeks, the nerds wherever they are in the world and we didn’t take no for an answer. We got to understand the structure behind the technology and we have partnerships with the very best service providers based on what our clients need.

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Added by Charles Christian on the 30th Nov 2015 at 10:59 am No comments

BigHand’s cloud-based solution for SMEs passes 10,000 users as BigLaw becomes ‘the next story’


Following its launch in April 2013 of cloud-based Professional Edition for smaller law firms, BigHand has announced that the software-as-a-service (SaaS) digital dictation solution supports more than 10,000 users across 700 SMEs worldwide, as it now looks towards expanding its cloud offering to larger law firms.

Previously perceived as an enterprise provider predominantly for larger professional services firms and hospitals with sizeable in-house server infrastructure, BigHand identified that a cloud-based product could deliver significant value for SME’s.

Smaller firms face a combination of ever-increasing pressure on budgets, a competitive requirement to be just as efficient as larger players, and an often limited in-house IT capability. BigHand Professional, an entry level voice workflow product delivered in the cloud on an annual subscription basis and offering compatibility with any smartphone or hardware, has quickly proved popular with UK and international law firms.

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Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th Nov 2015 at 7:02 am No comments

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.

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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.

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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!

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Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Nov 2015 at 4:19 pm 1 comment

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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