In news yet to cross the Atlantic for many, the iManage to NetDocuments swapout by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and King & Spalding has formed the basis of a US lawsuit against HBR Consulting by eSentio Technologies. eSentio seeks millions of dollars in compensation, alleging that a former employee breached his restrictive covenants in winning the NetDocuments conversion work for HBR.
In a major double hire by PwC, two of Radiant Law’s co-founders, Andrew Giverin and Jason McQuillen, have joined the Big Four accountant to build out its ‘new law’ capability, after a difference of opinion over direction at Radiant led to the departure last year of three members of its senior team.
TOP STORIES INCLUDE: • eSentio sues HBR Consulting over NetDocuments swap out at Akin Gump and King & Spalding • Contract risk analysis platform ThoughtRiver raises over $1million in funding • RBRO says its business as usual in UK for iManage customers after departure of senior execs • Workshare says we won’t be beaten by the competition on speed or accuracy
AND welcome to the Insider’s new (and FREE to read) Legal Tech Startup Directory – 18 pages of listings and analysis on over 50 innovative companies who have broken with the law firm herd mentality and are set to change the face of legal practice in the UK, Europe, US and APAC regions. You can also discover which startups describe themselves as “Just Eat for Lawyers” and “LinkedIn meets Tinder”
The Insider’s definitive Buyers Guide to UK eDisclosure systems is available now. Researched and written by Andrew Haslam and published in conjunction with Legal IT Insider – and now in its fifth edition, the Guide has become an industry bible. The latest edition features 101 suppliers and 76 products, including ten new suppliers – although this is balanced out by the ten vendors who have left/been acquired, as well as three name changes. The 16 MB, 426 page PDF can be downloaded directly from the Legal IT Insider website.
In an example of how the iManage Cloud is opening up iManage Work to far smaller law firms than has been its traditional client base, specialist London law firm Darwin Law has selected Tiger Eye to complete its document management system implementation, delivered via the iManage Cloud.
Legal outsourcing and contract management provider Exigent has built on its collaboration with leading Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault by launching a new contract automation tool, Chameleon DocBuilder.
In March, document and workflow collaboration platform ClauseMatch gained the full attention of the FinTech sector after Barclays signed up with the startup, which took part in Barclays’ accelerator programme. Focussed on overhauling the contract negotiating process, it should also be on your radar. Here, ClauseMatch, which is in Legal IT Insider’s brand new startup directory out this week (note: Thursday 27 April), tells us more about how the platform works and who is behind it.
Herbert Smith Freehills is set to extend its alternative legal services (ALT) business to Johannesburg, in South Africa. Expected to launch later this year, the business will be housed in the firm’s existing Johannesburg office. It will combine a mix of legal expertise, process efficiency and technology to handle high-volume or document-intensive work more efficiently and cost effectively for clients.
With efficiency and innovation at the top of every client conversation, technology and process is becoming a major differentiator in terms of how much work a client is prepared to give a law firm. However, speaking at Gleneagles Legal Leaders Forum 2017, leaders from Barclays and Juniper Networks made it clear that firms are often not getting their basic invoicing right, and that there is a critical disconnect between client relationship partners and those in the firm that can action meaningful change.
As law firms increasingly foray into the world of tech development, last week (21 April) leading Australia law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth announced it has patented a new optical character recognition (OCR) analysis technology developed by its innovation and development team.
The technology, which has received a patent from IP Australia, identifies documents with low quality searchable text and will be used as part of a new service being launched by Corrs called JustOCR.
In the latest sign that law firms want to be seen to be doing something over nothing when it comes to AI, international law firm Simmons & Simmons has announced it is working with Neota Logic to explore ways in which its “award-winning Artificial Intelligence software platform” can be used in the delivery of the firm’s services.
Batchelors Solicitors and Grant Saw Solicitors have each invested in Tikit P4W and TikitConnect for practice, case management, and CRM.
As part of Howard Kennedy’s roadmap to overhaul and improve its existing technology, the top 65 law firm is to roll out RAVN Connect Enterprise and Tikit Carpe Diem as it enters the last stages of a proof of concept with Salesforce-based CRM solution OnePlace and Introhive.
French-founded online legal document generator Wonder.Legal has launched in the US, targeting both businesses and individuals with the promise of instant letter, contract and agreement creation and taking on established players Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom on price.
The BakerHostetler 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report is now out, providing detailed analysis of the 450-plus cyber incidents that the Cleveland-headquartered firm’s privacy and data protection team handled in 2016.