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“I’ve worked in the legal sector since 1980 and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that we are at a turning point. There have been times of significant progress and this is one.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Jul 2018 at 1:24 pm 1 comment

Forsters: Transformation ahoy

In May we reported that Anthony Stables had been appointed as CIO at Mayfair real estate and private wealth firm Forsters, and we subsequently caught up with Stables and Janders Dean about the technology and change management strategy review underpinning his appointment.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Jul 2018 at 12:42 pm No comments

Travers appoints Oliver Bethell as CTO to replace retiring IT director Ann Cant

Travers Smith has decided on a replacement for retiring IT director Ann Cant, we can reveal, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s interim chief technology officer Oliver Bethell set to join the UK top 50 firm in September as CTO.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Jul 2018 at 2:02 pm No comments

Prosperoware closes new funding round with Rittenhouse Ventures

Big news just in from Prosperoware, which has closed an as yet undisclosed funding round led by Philadelphia-based emerging-growth VC Rittenhouse Ventures, which invests in innovative business-to-business software companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. The capital raised will be used to expand Prosperoware’s product applications, marketing and sales activities, and geographic footprint. 

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Jul 2018 at 1:05 pm No comments

In-house guest post: Future-proof your intellectual property portfolio

Business goals and objectives can morph at any time due to new leadership, market shifts, competitor activities or current events.  As a result, your intellectual property (IP) values and directives are also changing constantly.  In-house IP attorneys need tools to “future-proof” and pivot their company’s IP strategy in order to maintain a relevant and robust portfolio aligned to business objectives.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Jul 2018 at 11:30 am No comments

Radiant Law enters North American market with Conduit Law JV

London headquartered managed legal services boutique Radiant Law has entered into a joint venture with Toronto-based flexi legal resource provider Conduit Law, in which Radiant’s processes and technology will be applied to help clients in the North American market handle their commercial contracts in a more efficient way.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Jul 2018 at 6:13 am No comments

Marie Bernard, CEO of Nextlaw Labs talks ‘innovation as a service’

In December 2017, Marie Bernard was named as the new CEO of Nextlaw Labs, to coincide with a change of focus and strategy for Dentons accelerator of early stage technology. Caroline Hill talked to her about innovation as a service and how true collaboration with tech partners and competitors alike is needed to achieve meaningful progress and disruption.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Jul 2018 at 7:17 am 1 comment

Blockchain and the justice system: CaseLines applies for patent

In the wake of a report last year in which the CGI and the influential Police Foundation indicated that technology such as blockchain could be the solution for creating greater levels of efficiency within the justice system, digital evidence management provider CaseLines has applied for a patent to use blockchain within its platform, which has already been rolled out in courts across the UK and UAE.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Jul 2018 at 4:05 pm No comments

Josh Baxter takes over as CEO of NetDocuments in further management shake up

There’s a further shake up of leadership in former largely family founded and run document management system provider NetDocuments, as COO Josh Baxter takes over the top CEO role from Matt Duncan, who will become executive chairman. Long term sales leader Marc Duncan becomes vice president of strategic sales in the Clearlake Capital-backed company.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Jul 2018 at 2:55 pm No comments

AI will create more jobs than it displaces in the professional sector, says wide ranging PwC report

In a wide-ranging report out today (17 July), PwC has published analysis that it says demonstrates that artificial intelligence and related technologies will create as many jobs as they displace in the UK over the next 20 years, with the ‘professional, scientific and technical’ sector forecast to be one of the biggest winners.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Jul 2018 at 10:00 am No comments

The inaugural Changing Lawyer Awards – deadline for applications is 27 July

Nominations for the inaugural Changing Lawyer Awards close on 27 July so make sure you get your application in this week. The awards, which have been launched by Litera Microsystems, recognise individuals, firms, and companies in the legal industry for their role in embracing and driving change, whether through new technology, service models, or behaviour. Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill is among the judges.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Jul 2018 at 11:17 am No comments

More on Weightmans’ litigation decision engine

Weightmans in June announced that it has entered a partnership with the University of Liverpool and Kira Systems to develop an AI-backed decision engine to help identify arguments for settling cases – interesting in itself, there is more to the partnership than that.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Jul 2018 at 7:09 am No comments

Legal tech departure: Chris White says au revoir to Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co’s global CIO Chris White has formally confirmed his departure from the global firm, after over five years at the helm.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Jul 2018 at 5:38 pm No comments

Have a say: Invitation to submit evidence on the use of algorithms in the UK justice system

Algorithms in the justice system. Do you have strong views on the pros and cons? How is technology currently being used in our justice system? What does success look like for those in law enforcement who are trying to do their best? These and many questions will be explored as part of The Law Society of England and Wales Public Policy Commission into the use of technology in the justice system, and they want to hear from you.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Jul 2018 at 1:51 pm No comments

Major Thomson Reuters Launch: Westlaw Edge, West Search Plus, Analytics, Enhanced Citator and More

I think we all suspected that Thomson Reuters had “something big”  in the works … after all, it has been eight years since their last major launch: WestlawNext, says Jean O’Grady. Over the past decade there has been  no shortage of either legal tech start-ups or AI hyperbole to fill the void while TR maintained a stony silence regarding AI and analytics. But at a press conference to announce the launch of Westlaw Edge, they did not disappoint.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Jul 2018 at 11:04 am No comments
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