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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 10 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 No comments

Insider founder Charles Christian named as “Top 100 Business Influencer”

Insider founder Charles Christian was this week named by Sage UK as one of the UK’s Top 100 Business Influencers in his capacity as an individual “whose commentary and social influence help to drive ideas and change within the small business sector”.

Added by Charles Christian on the 29th Sep 2017 No comments

September issue of the Legal IT Insider out now

Everyone loves the Legal IT Insider… the Insider and Legal Week have entered into an exclusive technology media partnership! The partnership will see LITI editor Caroline Hill speak at the Legal Week Connect conference and advise on the programme. Legal IT Insider will be promoting and raising awareness of the event. “We look forward to working with Legal IT Insider on this ambitious project and welcoming Caroline as a regular columnist for Legal Week,” said John Malpas, publisher of Legal Week. “Her deep knowledge of the UK legal technology market will enrich our coverage of a fast-evolving market.”

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Sep 2017 No comments

The Equifax Chatbot – Get a grip

Good to see amid the prevailing chatbot hysteria that TechCrunch has put the boot in on claims that Joshua Browder’s chatbot can automatically sue Equifax for up to $25,000, with the US news site pointing out the various procedural and legal impediments to the claim.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Sep 2017 1 comment

Artificial Intelligence: The client perspective

For law firms, investing in AI technologies seems an obvious strategy, says this report from Herbert Smith Freehills. But the technology is a means to an end. Clients won’t pay for AI investments but they do want their legal providers to take a lead in offering progressive services and solutions to recast the value gleaned from their relationships.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Sep 2017 No comments

Guest post: Where are all the Legal Tech Incubators?

If Charles Caleb Colton is correct and “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” then flattery has been very slow in coming to the legal technology space, says our regular contributor Mitchell Kowalski. Despite claims by some commentators that 2016 – and then 2017 – are break-out years for legal tech, there has not been a similar break-out of platforms to grow such technologies. With all the hype around legal technology, why aren’t we awash in early stage legal tech innovation assistance?

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Sep 2017 2 comments

Guest post: Legislating for Black Swans – legal considerations for business crisis management

Steve Whiter of Appurity looks at the communications technologies that are being deployed to help law firms and their clients mitigate the impact of crises.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 1st Sep 2017 No comments

Comment: Greg Bufithis on how to run a Legal IT conference – the lessons for ILTACON & LegalTech

The message is not whether or not ILTACON and LegalTech are dead but that the world has moved on and both of these tech conferences need to get out into the wider world. But more importantly: law firms and in-house counsel … and legal technology vendors … need to break away from their safe, cloistered view of the market.

Added by Charles Christian on the 13th Aug 2017 3 comments

The #ILTACON Meltdown: ILTA/VSLUG veteran Rick Hellers sends an open letter to the ILTA leadership

Vendors and service providers who used to be treated as peers — as they should be considering how much they add to the conversation — are now ghettoized and treated as cash cows. An organization whose mission is to encourage partnership, education and support now seems to focus more on pushing attendance at ILTACON and bringing in sponsorship dollars.

Added by Charles Christian on the 11th Aug 2017 No comments

Australia to see first “Cyborg Rights” lawsuit?

No, this is real news, not a fake news story to promote the upcoming Blade Runner movie… The good people at Sydney Criminal Lawyers report that Australia may soon get its first “Cyborg Rights” lawsuit after a “biohacker” implanted the chip from a public transport travel card under his skin.

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Jul 2017 No comments

The July/August issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now

In our biggest issue ever, we speak to senior management at law firms including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Pinsent Masons, Macfarlanes and Mishcon de Reya, all of who are winning business as a result of their new delivery models. What really jumps out is the number of law firms that over the past year have developed internally built, tech-based tools that are in some cases forming the basis of new business lines.

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Jul 2017 No comments

Guest post: Cyber attacks and cloud computing

Derek Fitzpatrick, EMEA general manager at Clio argues that in light of the recent nation state cyber attack that embroiled DLA Piper in its wake, firms should seriously consider moving to the cloud for the extra security and data protection it provides.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Jul 2017 No comments

Guest post: Ransomware exposes a flawed desktop computing model – and why iOS is better

Over the last two months, the concept of ransomware has blasted into the public conscious with massive and disruptive cyberattacks. Both ransomware attacks were accompanied by a heavy dose of intrigue, and, for those willing to listen, a stern warning of what is to come. Seth Hallem, co-founder and CEO of Mobile Helix, looks at recent ransomware attacks, which point to fundamental issues that are inherent to the design of the Windows operating system, corporate intranets, and the Internet. Through this lens, mobile operating systems and, in particular, iOS are a seismic upgrade in protecting devices and networks from this type of attack, Seth says.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Jul 2017 1 comment

“My hope was to raise enthusiasm”: The online courts hackathon wins hearts and minds

When Professor Richard Susskind first conceived of the idea of conducting a hackathon to help develop the new online courts system, his primary ambition was to raise awareness and enthusiasm among the legal technology community – and that has certainly been achieved.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jul 2017 3 comments
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