In a key win for Thomson Reuters Elite, UK top 30 law firm Charles Russell Speechlys is to upgrade from its current Enterprise practice management system to 3E.
December is a month when major news can be missed under end-of-year to do piles and old fashioned hangovers but there are two US data security cases involving law firms that broke in December and that every law firm in the world ought to pay attention to. The U.S. federal charges against three Chinese nationals for making over $4m out of insider trading after hacking two New York law firms, and the claim against Chicago law firm Johnson & Bell alleging inadequate data security. Here are the facts you need to know.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become slicedbread’s largest client to date, with the news that the top 20, 796-lawyer firm has implemented its sharedo case management and workflow platform, with enhanced artificial intelligence and data analytics capabilities.
NetDocuments has won King & Spalding as a client, with the global top 40 firm set to replace its on-premises iManage document management system (DMS) with a cloud-based DMS and email management system.
While case studies are, by their nature, self-promotional, this one from BigHand, which will be published tomorrow (10 January), has some interesting detail as to how Browne Jacobson is implementing task delegation tool BigHand Now and task management module BigHand Capacity Manager, to remove paper-based processes and improve work allocation across its teams.
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Led by the US the legal IT market came back to work with a bang last week, with Pro-Boards LLC causing some excitement with its new LegalBoard keyboard. In other news out of the US, Advologix has integrated with Accounting Seed and DH2i Company saw expansion in Asia Pacific, to say nothing of significant new client wins for Thomson Reuters Elite and Aderant. In Toronto, innovative Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault acquired Wortzmans, while in the UK, Encompass has partnered with 192.com. And if you still have the New Year blues, we have a couple of new entries on our jobs board. Just saying.
The rise of gamification within the legal sector is again in evidence (five years after Deloitte predicted gamification as a top 10 tech trend) as Taylor Wessing becomes the first law firm to trial a new video game to assess its trainees’ personality and aptitude.
Aderant has won UK top 30 law firm Stephenson Harwood as a client from Thomson Reuters Elite after a year that saw the addition of 28 new firms to its flagship Expert practice management platform.
Leading Iberian firm and SAP accounting client Uría Menéndez has selected Thomson Reuters Elite 3E and associated time and billing solutions after an extensive 18-month evaluation process that put SAP, 3E and Microsoft Dynamics AX through their paces.
The Madrid headquartered firm, which has 600 lawyers across 17 offices worldwide, in December signed up with Elite to implement 3E alongside integration platform Workspace and eBillingHub – but Uria will retain its SAP general ledger.
Legal project management is spreading to the ordinarily highly conservative Channel Islands legal market as top four firm Bedell Cristin looks to technology to help it increase its competitive edge.
Led by managing partner David Cadin (pictured), Bedell Cristin is working with legal industry management consultancy Janders Dean to break down its legal processes, following the management buyout of its fiduciary business Bedell Trust in 2016, which leaves Bedell Cristin as a standalone law firm for the first time in 40 years.
Legal innovation author and adviser Mitchell Kowalski reflects back on some of the legal technology highlights of 2016 and asks – what to do with it all? Despite the hype, there are some serious challenges for legal tech in 2017 and beyond: who will get it right?
CMS von Erlach Poncet, the Swiss arm of CMS, has signed up to Aderant and iManage as part of a dual project to overhaul its legacy infrastructure, as other leading firms in the Swiss market look set to evaluate their own core systems.
As King & Wood Mallesons’ pioneering global verein unravels, leading legal IT consultant Neil Cameron puts the verein structure under a microscope. He outlines what a verein is, who first used it (the accountants – but not any more) and its benefits, before casting a more critical eye over the issue of liability sharing and conflicts of interest, and inevitably the KWM lesson. Clients need cohesion and Cameron concludes that it is becoming apparent that the verein structure is not sufficient to ‘cement’ firms with different cultures and motivations, or encourage discrete law firms to ‘semi-merge.’ Unless vereins make key changes they are, he says, “doomed to failure.”
Grab a coffee – this is not a two-minute skim – but if you read nothing else on vereins this year, read this.
Moving from a long-established, traditional work culture, in which staff are employed for a fixed number of hours in a workplace that might be the same building for years or decades, to a mobile paradigm of employment, might appear daunting. The reality is different for the adaptable and prepared.
Andrew Arruda co-founded IBM Watson-backed legal research provider ROSS Intelligence in 2014 with fellow University of Toronto student Jimoh Ovbiagele, since when the company, which relocated to Palo Alto in 2015, has signed eight major US law firms, the most recent of which was Bryan Cave.
With ‘real’ AI still something of a rarity in the legal market, Legal IT Insider caught up with Arruda to find out how ROSS is developing and whether its use cases measure up to initial expectations.