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LawTechUK sandbox will “accelerate and embed” innovation

The legal sector has widely welcomed a new initiative between Tech Nation, the Lawtech Delivery Panel and the Ministry of Justice, to support digital transformation, including the launch of a LawTech Sandbox. We bring you industry reaction.

22/05/2020

Over half of legal sector workers say they need more help to work productively from home

A survey of British working habits since the coronavirus lockdown began has found that more than three quarters (77%) of workers in the legal profession believe the lockdown has proven they can work effectively from home but over half say their company ought to be doing more to help.

22/05/2020

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Webinar with Wilson Allen: Billing post-COVID-19 and the roadmap to becoming paperless

On 28 May at 4pm BST we will speak to Shishir Shetty, vice president of technology services at Wilson Allen, and Nick Hodgson, finance director at Bevan Brittan – a client of Wilson Allen’s Proforma Tracker – about the challenges that law firms are facing; managing year end; and what firms can do now, given that the recovery from COVID-19 is expected to be a long and bumpy road. Sign up here.

21/05/2020

Deloitte hires Emily Foges to head legal managed services

Luminance’s CEO Emily Foges is joining Deloitte Legal to head its growing legal managed services business. Her hire follows the recent arrival of former TalkTalk Technology general counsel and Riverview Law head of managed services and projects, Sonia Williamson, who joined in March as a director to build Deloitte Legal’s contract management capability. Foges will be replaced at Luminance by acting CEO Jason Brennan, who joined last June from Epiq as president of the Americas.

20/05/2020

Comment: Strategic alignment – are you all on the same page?

As the legal industry grapples with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it may seem premature for law firms, law companies and legal tech vendors to consider how best to compete once life returns to whatever ‘normal’ the future may hold. Yet life will go on – and all legal services businesses will need to equip themselves to survive (and thrive) in the post-pandemic environment.

19/05/2020

Legal IT news, wins, deals, movers, shakers and launches

UK businesses spend £1.59m on DSARs / Settlement reached in first ever English Technology and Construction Court Zoom trial /
Legal mental health charity releases latest COVID data /
Foundation Software hires director of innovation from Sidley / Epona announces that Culhane Meadows is in full production /
Lupl launches / Caselines announces patent application for redaction tool / Matters.Cloud partners with FreeAgent / Neota Logic forms APAC client advisory board / Casestudy – DocsCorp and SeeUnity / QuisLex ranked #1 band in new Chambers ALSP ranking / ILTA opens Distinguished Peer Awards

18/05/2020

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Is it a Reynen Court? Is it a Teams? Is it a HighQ? No, it’s a Lupl

The biggest story of the week is the launch of Lupl, which describes itself as the world’s first open industry platform for legal matters – leaving many in the industry (including us if we’re completely honest) somewhat confused and wondering if it’s a new Reynen Court, or Microsoft Teams or Thomson Reuters HighQ (because clearly we need a box to put stuff in). Turns out, it’s none of them.

15/05/2020

PH Balance: A look at the Paul Hastings hardship fund

Am Law top 50 law firm Paul Hastings has received public praise for its COVID-19 relief fund for employees. We asked managing director for innovation and knowledge, Nicola Shaver, to tell us how the fund arose and how it works.

15/05/2020

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\\\Collabor8.Live – With CIOs of Winston & Strawn & Baker McKenzie Live

In a brand-new series of on-camera interviews, Legal IT Insider editor in chief, Caroline Hill, will speak to CIOs and lawyers across the globe to map out the way lawyers use technology and how firms’ strategy is supporting that.

TODAY we are honored to kick off the series with simultaneous live interviews with Baker McKenzie’s global CIO Daniel Surowiec and Winston & Strawn’s CIO David Cunningham.

15/05/2020

Funding rounds: SirionLabs; LawGeex; Qorus, Malbek and LexCheck raise total of $75m

While many big law firm AI projects have been put on hold, a raft of funding round announcements this week go to show that private equity money is flowing for the right investments. This is where they think you will be spending your cash.

14/05/2020

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Zoom sued by bible group in new class action

Zoom is being sued for breach of contract and privacy violations in a new class action by a Saint Paulus church group in San Francisco, which claims that its bible class was ‘Zoombombed’ by a “known offender” who shared deeply disturbing pornographic video footage.

14/05/2020

G&Tea Webinar: Back to work open forum and discussion

With COVID-19 lockdowns being eased globally, law firms, legal tech vendors and corporates are starting to think about sending staff back to the office, but should they, in what time frame, and with what protections in place? This is your discussion forum but we’re excited to welcome The Law Society’s director of strategic relationships, Stephen Denyer, as well as acclaimed legal tech commentator Zach Abramowitz.

13/05/2020

Scottish firm Patten & Prentice hit by cyber attack

Scottish law firm Patten & Prentice Solicitors has allegedly been hit with a cyber attack that we understand to be a REvil group ransomware attack, with a screenshot posted on the dark web of the Greenock-based firm’s internal folder structure.

13/05/2020

Grubman Shire hack: Global media attention grows

The world’s media has turned its attention to New York law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, which has been hit by a ransomware attack that is threatening to unveil confidential information about the firm’s A-list client base.

12/05/2020

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Edward Wilson appointed as CEO of Autologyx

Edward Wilson has been appointed as CEO of digital operations platform Autologyx. He takes over from founder and now chief technology officer Ben Stoneham.

12/05/2020

MinterEllison closes $2bn real estate deal – over the phone

Australia’s largest property deal of 2019 between Urbanest and Scape Australia has completed over a telephone call, in what legal and consulting firm MinterEllison says shows how business is adapting to working in the current COVID-19 environment.

12/05/2020

\\\Collabora8.IT-Reimagining legal services post-COVID-19: Join our webinar with Mitchell Kowalski

\\\Collabor8.IT – Business continuity webinar: We talk leadership priorities with Litera’s CEO Avaneesh Marwaha

Collabor8.IT – TalkingTech

\\\Collabor8.IT – Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill spoke with Michele DeStefano, professor of law at the University of Miami and founder of LawWithoutWalls (LWOW) on the topic of ‘What now for innovation post COVID-19.’

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