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“Our members weren’t consulted”: LSSA angered by Law Society’s Clio endorsement

The Legal Software Suppliers Association has reacted angrily to the news last week that The Law Society of England and Wales has endorsed Clio as its first cloud case management system, with the body under fire for not conducting a formal selection process.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Oct 2018 at 10:24 am No comments

Countdown to Legal Geek – last day to buy tickets

Legal Geek is counting down the days to its third conference on the 17th October, at the Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR. Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill will be speaking on the second stage, come and watch if you can. Here is a link to buy tickets – last day today (15 October).

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Oct 2018 at 10:23 am No comments

How LawWithoutWalls Can Help You Unlock Client Solutions

We asked Leah Cooper (pictured), founder and CEO of Leah Cooper Consulting and a LWOW sponsor this year, to tell you all about it.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Oct 2018 at 3:43 pm No comments

A&O licenses Avvoka’s contract lifecycle technology

Allen & Overy (A&O) has agreed to fully license and roll out Avvoka’s contract lifecycle platform across its global network, in a massive win for the 2016-founded startup – a win that is being credited in large part to Avvoka’s involvement in A&O’s tech innovation space Fuse.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Oct 2018 at 11:16 am No comments

Deloitte RPA report admits surprise at lack of vision and IT readiness

Deloitte’s Fourth Global Robotics Survey is out this week with stats that demonstrate a significant uptake in support for the use of Robotic Process Automation in the workplace and a maturing of expectations from the technology but the report also expresses surprise at the lack of vision and ambition for automation and a ‘lack of IT readiness’.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Oct 2018 at 2:48 pm No comments

Converge TS to provide hosted platform for newly-launched legal data strategists

Newly formed legal tech data strategist firm Focis has selected Converge TS to provide a fully managed infrastructure as a service platform to host their clients’ data.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Oct 2018 at 11:37 am No comments

ServiceNow to acquire natural language query tech of FriendlyData

Enterprise cloud service management company ServiceNow, which counts US global law firm Latham & Watkins among its clients, has agreed to acquire the natural language query technology of two-year old San Francisco startup FriendlyData, which will make it easier for non-technical users of the Now Platform to ask questions in plain English.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Oct 2018 at 7:21 am No comments

Top banks and law firms sign up to Mindful Business Charter on World Mental Health Day

Three of the UK’s biggest banks and nine top law firms have joined together in an unprecedented alliance to change avoidable working practices that can cause mental health and wellbeing issues for employees. 

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Oct 2018 at 2:11 pm No comments

A&O welcomes the FCA, Bank of England and cohort of major banks to Fuse as part of regtech pilot

There’s nothing like keeping your clients close and Allen & Overy’s tech accelerator Fuse has again given it the opportunity to do just that, as it welcomes the Financial Conduct Authority, Bank of England and a cohort of leading banks into its City premises as part of a regtech pilot.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Oct 2018 at 11:31 am No comments

BT appoints head of legal governance systems and change to drive internal tech strategy

David Griffin has joined BT as head of legal governance systems and change, reporting to Chris Fowler, who in July this year took up the role of BT’s general counsel for technology and transformation, as BT legal looks set to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering its services.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Oct 2018 at 7:18 am No comments

Updated: Law Society of England & Wales officially endorses Clio in cloud first

The Law Society of England and Wales’ official endorsement of Eclipse Legal Systems at the start of 2015 caused significant upset among its competitors but we suspect this time it will be Eclipse’s nose that’s put out of joint as today (9 October) Canada-headquartered cloud case and practice management provider Clio receives a significant boost by becoming the first completely cloud-based legal case management solution to earn the endorsement of the Law Society.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Oct 2018 at 11:20 am No comments

Macfarlanes IT director to run half marathon in full ice hockey kit – help!

Macfarlanes IT director Andrew Powell will on 14 October run the Royal Parks Half Marathon in full ice hockey kit to raise money for Action for Children and also the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. UK children’s charity Action for Children is also Legal IT Insider’s elected charity and does the most incredible work protecting vulnerable and neglected young people. Here’s how you get behind Andrew, he’ll need your support.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Oct 2018 at 6:39 am No comments

Barclays Eagle Lab resident Thirdfort receives $400k in pre-seed funding

Barclays Eagle Lab legal tech resident Thirdfort has received £400,000 in pre-seed funding. The startup, which first came to prominence as part of Mishcon de Reya’s MDR LAB accelerator, focuses on revolutionising home buying and selling using technology. Here Today’s Conveyancer first broke the story.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Oct 2018 at 3:38 pm No comments

Real estate tech: Mishcon and Kira announce collaboration

We’ve flagged before some of the innovative work that Mishcon is doing around document review and automation in the real estate space and today (8 October) the UK top 50 firm will announce that it is working with Kira Systems on building machine learning models for real estate transactions.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Oct 2018 at 3:24 pm No comments

How to deal with mental health discrimination at work

October 10 2018 is World Mental Health Day which is designed to educate, raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental health. Hannah Parsons, principal associate solicitor at DAS Law, explains what people need to know if they feel they are being treated unfairly at work because of their mental health.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Oct 2018 at 10:35 am No comments