We have a new video interview to ease you into the weekend featuring Nathan Hayes, IT Director of Osborne Clarke, discussing how innovation is enabling client success at the firm. The video is part of the Intapp: In Conversation series with law firm leaders.
Thomson Reuters just announced that it has acquired Business Integrity, a leading provider of document assembly and contract creation tools to the legal market. Effective immediately, the company is part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Devon law firm Tozers has signed a “six-figure deal” for SOS Connect integrated practice management and matter management from Solicitors Own Software. The firm is switching to SOS Connect after around 20 years with one of its competitor legal software providers. Insider records indicate this was the old Civica Galaxy Legal system.
Lloyds Bank’s technology-savvy general counsel Kate Cheetham has received the green light to begin a pitch process for an e-billing system after awarding LexisNexis the contract to roll out Visualfiles across the 320-lawyer in-house legal team.
The bank had already been using Visualfiles across a third of its in-house legal team but following a competitive pitch which LexisNexis won, the case management system will now be rolled out to all lawyers across 15 locations.
Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter (September 2015 #286) – Top stories include: Veyo comes under further scrutiny following LSSA conveyancing portal launch – vendors complain of “no dialogue” + The “rise of the machines” in law firms – and will lawyers’ coffee machines shortly have artificial intelligence? + Who’s in and Who’s out – all the latest wins and deals from around the UK, American, APAC and EMEA legal markets, including another firm goes with LexisOne + Intapp & Rekoop still battling it out for leadership of the UK time recording market + a SharePoint DMS at Shoosmiths wins prizes + Redcentric wins £2million real with the Legal Aid Agency + three new entrants into the market + People & Places including Intapp puts together its ales and management dream team + Rekoop hires the legal IT worlds favourite Dutchman Juul Leijnse to head push into Europe + Quote of the Month: “I waited seven years for two pieces of what, I though, were pretty basic functionality. I Retired and we still didn’t have it!” …the former GC of one US corporation on the dearth of modern software for in-house legal teams
Large law firms are increasingly vulnerable to a cybersecurity attack, with the number of reported attacks up to double the figure from last year, according to the American Bar Association (ABA) legal technology survey report 2015, published last week.
The extensive report, which received answers from an average of 907 lawyers to each of the six sections of the report, found that out of firms of 100-499 and 500 or more lawyers, 23% reported experiencing a security breach compared with 10% and 17% respectively in 2014.
After being slow to come around to the idea of flexible working practices, we’ve recently made huge gains and have arguably become one the most forward-thinking industries in this area. For many legal professionals, even turning up to the physical office is now no longer necessary. It’s a solution that many firms are turning to in order to bolster business’ growth and staff morale thanks to the huge advances in VoIP and cloud-based working of the past few years that allow for seamless and immediate correspondence. Finally, the ‘usability’ of the software has caught up with the technology.
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Time capture specialist Rekoop has signalled its commitment to Europe with the appointment of its first sales director for the region and the opening of a new office in Amsterdam. Juul Leijnse joins from BigHand, where he was European Channel Sales Director, and he will now spearhead Rekoop’s efforts to build on its success to date.
Aside from costs, one of the most commonly asked questions for Probate Practitioners is “how long will it take to take to obtain the Grant?” Of course, this is never an easy question to address and there is rarely a simple answer. However, what is generally the case is that the most time-consuming part of the administration process for a Personal Representative is often in simply establishing the assets and liabilities of the deceased. This is the part of the process which can often be the most onerous and upon which everything else depends. Accordingly, although there is rightly a great focus on encouraging clients to prepare a will, of almost equal importance is to encourage them to record and leave clear information about their assets for the benefit of their Executors or family. It is within this context that we might view the increasing murmur within the private client industry around so called “digital assets”.
NetDocuments just announced it has signed 600 new customers in the past 18 months, with over 15% of the Am Law firms now using NetDocuments document and/or email management services. NetDocuments has also expanded its global datacenter infrastructure to the APAC region with the addition of two datacenters hosted by NEXTDC in Australia. (NEXTDC has ISO27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification.)
The Law Society of England & Wales has just announced it has endorsed typing and transcription providers Document Direct as its exclusive outsourced transcription partner. Document Direct was established in 2005 by CEO Martyn Best and now delivers its typing and transcription service to over 140 clients in the UK, Ireland and across the globe.
Here’s an interesting new startup – CUJO (www.getcujo.com) which launched on Indiegogo last week. CUJO is a connected device for your home that analyzes all your home network packets and ensures your Internet appliances (including Internet of Things stuff when that starts to appear) have not been compromised by hackersReaders may like to note that long time legal tech entrepreneur Yuri Frayman (he recently sold his Frayman Group software business to Intapp) is the co-founder & chairman of CUJO.