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Taylor Wessing talks Microsoft Azure: “The role of IT has changed”

Taylor Wessing has collaborated with Microsoft on a video documenting its journey into Azure, as the top 20 law firm reaches the half-way point in its three-year migration plan. You can watch the 2:50 minute video below, in which chief information officer Kevin Harris and co-head of the international corporate practice, David Mardle, describe some of the wholesale cultural changes that have already resulted from the shift. We spoke separately to chief information officer Kevin Harris and enterprise architect Richard Skinner about how they got to this stage of their cloud-first journey, including overcoming fears around client approval – the burning issue for many firms and a barrier to cloud adoption.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Oct 2017 at 10:20 am No comments

Top Singapore body calls out to startups in growing bid to become legal tech hub for Asia

The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) is looking to position Singapore as the legal tech hub of Asia, building on a programme launched earlier this year to attract, support and in many cases fund start-ups, and capitalising on a new UK government international legal services drive that puts Singapore at the heart of its plans.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Oct 2017 at 11:18 am No comments

TRENDING: Greg Bufithis on The Panama Papers, Ediscovery and Murder in the Afternoon

And, of course … e-discovery software. Its use to support investigative reporting is now common because it allows journalists the ability to analyze large data sets quickly and accurately. More and more reporters are trawling documents – whether emails, text messages, or files – to uncover the stories within. This is much the same process attorneys go through while building a case. Finding key documents and weaving them into a story is what sophisticated e-discovery was designed for.

Added by Charles Christian on the 19th Oct 2017 at 10:46 am 10 comments

Legal Geek knocks it out of the park with 2017 conference

In what he described as a ‘movement not an event’, Jimmy Vestbirk yesterday (18 October) delivered a hugely successful Legal Geek conference to 1200 delegates, bringing together an international gathering of legal tech startups, visionaries and vendors.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Oct 2017 at 3:10 pm No comments

Tech deals: Dye & Durham acquires remaining 49% of Easy Convey

Canadian legal tech provider Dye & Durham has acquired the remaining 49% of UK-based e-conveyancing provider Easy Convey, bringing Dye & Durham’s holding to 100 percent and providing an exit for outgoing managing director Dominic Cullis.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Oct 2017 at 11:06 am No comments

Law Society: New partnership with Seedrs to help members crowdfund legal tech

The Law Society of England and Wales has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with Seedrs, which will entitle its members to preferential rates on the partnership services that Seedrs offers.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Oct 2017 at 4:01 pm No comments

Eversheds Sutherland selects cloud-based Lexis InterAction CRM to support newly merged firm

International law firm, Eversheds Sutherland LLP, has selected Lexis InterAction Business Edge, a comprehensive cloud-based CRM solution, from LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions

Added by Charles Christian on the 17th Oct 2017 at 9:08 am No comments

The Great Legal Reformation: Notes from the Field – an excerpt

The following is an excerpt from our regular contributor Mitchell Kowalski’s new book, The Great Legal Reformation: Notes from the Field which is now globally available via Amazon. We’ll be reviewing the book very shortly; if you’ve/when you read it, let us know your thoughts.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Oct 2017 at 5:56 am No comments

NetApp becomes first LTC4-certified in-house legal team

More good news for LTC4, which announces today (16 October) that long time LTC4 champion NetApp has become the first in-house legal department to receive LTC4 certification.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Oct 2017 at 2:04 pm No comments

Australian lawtech deal: Sparke Helmore Selects Intapp Time Ahead of Financial System Migration

Intapp today announced that Sparke Helmore, a major law firm with eight offices across Australia, has selected Intapp Time for total time management. Sparke Helmore will use Intapp Time as it looks to transform time recording capabilities for some 400 lawyers.

Added by Charles Christian on the 16th Oct 2017 at 8:30 am No comments

Allen & Overy Hires First Global Head of eDiscovery from EY

Allen & Overy just announced the appointment of Scott Robson as its first Global Head of eDiscovery. Scott, who will be based in A&O’s London office, joins from EY where he was an Executive Director in the Forensic Technology & Discovery Services (FTDS) group within the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) practice.

Added by Charles Christian on the 12th Oct 2017 at 3:59 pm No comments

Comment: Unique challenges law firms face with regard AML/KYC compliance

Money laundering is of course nothing new. 2000 years ago, Chinese merchants in a bid to hide their wealth from rulers, would invest in businesses in different provinces. Since then the methods used by criminals has become ever more sophisticated, as have the methods used to prevent their crime; today, that’s in the form of ever more complex regulations that are being changed and updated fast.

Added by Charles Christian on the 12th Oct 2017 at 9:36 am No comments

ROSS Intelligence announces $8.7m Series A funding

As it makes a series of key hires and looks to expand into new product lines ROSS Intelligence has announced an $8.7 million Series A funding round led by iNovia Capital with participation by Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, Y Combinator Continuity Fund, Real Ventures, Dentons’ NextLaw Labs and Apple’s deep learning lead, Nicolas Pinto. We speak to CEO Andrew Arruda about what’s in store.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Oct 2017 at 1:27 am No comments

Rajah & Tann Asia selects Luminance AI technology for M&A

Rajah & Tann Asia has adopted Luminance’s artificial intelligence technology to enhance its due diligence processes for M&A transactions following a competitive selection process. This marks another major win in Asia for the fast-growing AI platform.

Added by Charles Christian on the 11th Oct 2017 at 9:35 am No comments

Peggy Wechsler to become the first LTC4 ‘Lion’

If she wasn’t one of the biggest names in legal tech before we revealed she had been exited from ILTA she is now, so it’s no wonder LTC4 says it is “pleased to announce” that Peggy Wechsler has become the first LTC4 ‘Lion’.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Oct 2017 at 6:58 am 2 comments
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