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The Law Society’s Technology, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law Report – key findings

The Technology, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law report is out today (16 September) following The Law Society;s research into whether technology is the key to improving access to law, justice and rights. Here are the key findings.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Sep 2019 at 3:53 pm No comments

“Law cannot go on as it has”: Meera Klemola from Observ Agency talks legal design

We speak to Meera Klemola, co-founder of Observ Agency, about the growing adoption of legal design within law firms and corporate legal departments, and why people working in the legal technology sector should care about it.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Sep 2019 at 12:05 pm No comments

Legal Design Summit in Helsinki: From strategy to culture

We’re reporting from the Legal Design Summit in Helsinki and will update you with highlights of some of the sessions and our interviews, so keep an eye on this post. The Summit brings together specialists in law, design and digital services. This year the event is free and not for profit, so well done to the team led by CEO Pilvi Alopaeus.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Sep 2019 at 12:42 pm No comments

Hogan Lovells selects Foundation Software for global experience management

In a hugely significant win for Foundation Software Group, global law firm Hogan Lovells has selected its experience management platform to capture, search, and leverage its global experience data, in the first half of a two-stage CRM review process.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Sep 2019 at 7:12 pm No comments

Travers launches open source matter-centric email management tool

UK top 50 law firm Travers Smith has formally launched matter centric email management tool MatMail, which it has open-sourced for the legal market on the basis that the source code is not sold or used for profit but only “to give busy people their time back.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Sep 2019 at 10:10 am No comments

LexisNexis announces fourth cohort of legal tech accelerator

LexisNexis has today (10 September) unveiled the fourth cohort of its legal tech accelerator programme – here are the details of the nine participants.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Sep 2019 at 8:27 pm No comments

BigTech News: 50 states & territories launch antitrust probe into Google PLUS LinkedIn loses right to block data scraping

It’s been a bad week in BigTech Land as Google faces a major US antitrust probe from 50 states and LinkedIn loses an appeal to block startup hiQ Labs scraping and analysing data from its profiles.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Sep 2019 at 1:11 pm 1 comment

Legal tech win: Clark Willis selects BigHand to help mobilise workforce

Clark Willis, a fast-growing law firm in the North East, has chosen BigHand’s subscription-based digital dictation solution, BigHand Professional, to bolster its flexible working practices.

Added by Legal IT Newswire Form on the 10th Sep 2019 at 10:09 am No comments

Eversheds Sutherland’s ALSP hires GD Financial Markets co-founder Brett Aubin as MD

Following Eversheds Sutherland’s launch in May of alternative legal services business Konexo, the new division has appointed as managing director Brett Aubin, who is a founder of Gordon Dadds Financial Markets LLP.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Sep 2019 at 9:54 am No comments

Why Wavelength sold to Simmons

Up there with the biggest stories this year is the acquisition of Wavelength by Simmons & Simmons, which sparked a good few questions, mostly as to why Wavelength would sell at a time when every law firm and their dog needs and doesn’t have legal engineers and data scientists. We spoke to CEO and co-founder Peter Lee.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Sep 2019 at 10:55 am 1 comment

Syke hires Salesforce specialist to build CLM practice

In its first mainstream technologist hire, legal engineering company Syke has brought in Adam Dessurne – formerly head of client lifecycle management at 4C – to head and build its enterprise CLM practice.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Sep 2019 at 1:57 pm No comments

Farrer & Co: Lessons learned from shift to IaaS in Azure

Just over 18 months ago, Farrer & Co began a project to move its entire infrastructure into Azure – becoming one of the first UK law firms to do so. We caught up with IT director Neil Davison and head of IT systems Andy Beech, as well as Nick Martin, managing director of cloud consultancy SystemsUp, to find out how the project is panning out. Has each of the stages gone as expected? What have been the unexpected challenges? We expected there would be a few bumps in the road and, of course, there have been. But have they been overcome, and if so how?

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Sep 2019 at 9:28 am No comments

Permira makes “significant investment” in Axiom

In what must be assumed to be a u-turn on its plans to float, Axiom today (5 September) announced that it has taken a “significant investment” from Permira, albeit the sum is as yet undisclosed.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Sep 2019 at 6:09 pm No comments

Product review: ZERØ email management

At #ILTACON19 the Legal IT Insider team were run off our feet with product demos and industry updates. Here industry analyst and consultant Neil Cameron takes an invaluable in-depth look at automatic email management solution Zero.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Sep 2019 at 9:59 am No comments

Clio raises US$250m in Series D funding (that’s more than private equity invested in legal tech in 2016)

Cloud legal practice management system provider Clio has raised US$250m in Series D funding from TCV and JMI Equity, in one of the largest private transactions in the legal technology sector. Just as an interesting FYI, this sum is more than the total sum invested by private equity in the legal tech sector in 2016.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Sep 2019 at 1:09 pm No comments