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Legal IT news roundup: All the latest wins, deals and people moves

It’s been another busy news week and here’s our digest of all the latest legal tech wins, deals, partnerships, hires, tech consultancies you need to know about to stay ahead.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Nov 2017 at 8:51 am No comments

Updated: Linklaters Australian ally Allens to swap out eDOCS for iManage

Linklaters’ Australian ally Allens is to swap out OpenText eDOCS for iManage Work Product Management after a competitive pitch involving both NetDocuments and iManage. 

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Nov 2017 at 4:40 pm No comments

Cybersecurity Comment: It’s not been a good morning but Microsoft may have the answer

It’s not been a good morning. You see your firm’s name on the ticker tape on Sky News. Then you see some 100,000 confidential client documents are in the public domain. Some of your largest revenue clients are also named. The documents were hacked how long ago? – 6 months – how is that possible? Thank goodness, we are insured. Yes, insurance may cover your immediate problem – but your reputation for discretion and client confidentiality is shattered.

Added by Charles Christian on the 16th Nov 2017 at 1:13 pm No comments

“A market ripe for disruption”: Keystone Law to float on AIM

Keystone Law Group has raised £15m to float on the AIM London Stock Exchange, with a key factor in its oversubscribed listing said to be that it operates in “a significant addressable market, ripe for disruption” and that it already has the necessary infrastructure, including IT.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Nov 2017 at 11:16 am No comments

“Getting the old team back together”: OnePlace hires David Harris from Lexis

OnePlace has made a further senior hire from LexisNexis, bolstering its London office with the appointment of principal solution consultant David Harris as client solutions director.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Nov 2017 at 6:52 am No comments

Exigent appoints Wayne Ramsay as CSO and announces strategic expansion

Exigent has appointed its COO Wayne Ramsay to chief strategy officer as it says it plans to broaden out its pure play legal process outsourcing and contract management and automation offering to include working with the C-suite on more bespoke technology solutions including AI and blockchain.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Nov 2017 at 4:55 pm No comments

aosphere launches three Neota-backed RegTech apps for financial services clients

Allen & Overy’s online legal subscription business aosphere has launched three Neota Logic-backed RegTech apps to help financial services clients reduce risk.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Nov 2017 at 10:29 am No comments

Stikeman Elliott to swap out eDOCS for iManage

Leading Canadian firm Stikeman Elliott is set to swap out its OpenText eDOCS document management system for iManage’s firm-wide Work Product Management platform as well as adopting iManage Records Manager and Threat Manager.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Nov 2017 at 8:12 pm No comments

Legal comparison spin off site JustBeagle launches with £970k seed financing

A member of the team behind consumer legal support forum LegalBeagles has launched a new legal search and comparison site – JustBeagle – having raised £970,000 in seed round financing from high net worth investors.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Nov 2017 at 12:43 pm No comments

Industry research shows 20% of law firms experienced a cyberattack in the past month

New research from CenturyLink EMEA conducted among 150-plus IT decision makers in the legal sector has revealed that one in five law firms have experienced an attempted cyberattack in the past month.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Nov 2017 at 7:25 am No comments

Consolidation: Private equity-backed tech house AbacusNext acquires HotDocs

In another major US private equity-backed acquisition, AbacusNext, a San Diego headquartered technology-as-a-service provider for the professional services industry, has acquired document automation pioneer HotDocs, with CEO and founder Russell Shepherd to exit the company.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Nov 2017 at 7:31 am No comments

Guest post: Collaboration and security: how the language of spymasters is shaping mobility in the legal profession

Steve Whiter of business mobility specialists Appurity considers the issues and opportunities around secure mobile collaboration.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Nov 2017 at 10:10 am No comments

Startup Corner: Legatics in Focus

Legatics is an end-to-end deal platform designed to cut out deal administration and with an immediate focus on automating the conditions precedent process. The company was this year selected to be part of the first wave of startups in Allen & Overy’s tech hub Fuse and was nominated for a Legal Geek startup award. Here’s what you need to know.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Nov 2017 at 6:54 am No comments

Ashurst progresses its cloud agenda

Ashurst has instructed IT infrastructure and services provider Softcat and begun engaging a number of key clients on moving much of its data to the cloud as the UK top 10 firm continues to lead a working party that puts Microsoft at the centre of law firm efforts to shift their infrastructure off premises.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Nov 2017 at 9:46 am No comments

Exclusive: Farrer & Co to move to Azure – here’s the roadmap

Farrer & Co LLP has selected digital transformation consultancy SystemsUp to help it move to a secure Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud platform and a desktop environment based on Office 365 and Windows 10, we can reveal. IT director Neil Davison and SystemsUp managing director Nick Martin talked to us about the process that they have engaged in so far and the two-year road map ahead.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Nov 2017 at 11:40 am 1 comment
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