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Chats with legal chatbots – episode 1: The Global Legal Hackathon and LawDroid

“The big thing in 2018 will be for law firms to start introducing chatbots onto their websites never mind getting actual content on there first for the chatbot to reference.” In his first ‘chat with chatbots’, Brian Inkster puts LawDroid through its paces. And gives up.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th Jul 2018 3 comments

The July/August 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!

Top stories include… Whoop, whoop the new Legal IT Insider Top 200 is out now + NetDocuments on 26 June had a major peak time outage of three hours and forty-three minutes in the United States, which was caused by human error in the deployment of a new global directory. The cloud-provider has launched new live status pages for the US, Europe and Australia + Big Law firms could be years away from a full move to Microsoft Office 365 – despite the fact that much of Microsoft’s investment is focussed on its cloud-hosted suite of services and most BigLaw firms have the move on their roadmap – because Microsoft is continuing to refuse to hand over the encryption keys. We speak to Microsoft, Linklaters and Perkins Coie.

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Jul 2018 No comments

The June 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!

Top stories in the latest Insider newsletter include: Gateley select LexisOne + The Law Society moves to Office 365 & Azure cloud + Duncan Eadie joins Charles Russell Speechlys

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Jun 2018 No comments

England’s top judge lashes out at ‘Science Museum’ grade court IT

England and Wales’ top judge has moaned that HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) IT systems “more obviously belong in the Science Museum” than courtrooms across the land, The Register reports.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Jun 2018 No comments

The May 2018 issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now – read it here free!

The May 2018 Insider is classic – we announce CyLok: the Legal Cybersecurity Readiness Index – Legal IT Insider has been working with industry security experts including Accenture + we have a Groundhog Day moment as David Lumsden takes over as Enable CEO from founder Liam Flanagan + We LOVE this article by Keith Lipman “Adventures in the Pessimistic DMS Garden” + much more

Added by Charles Christian on the 30th May 2018 No comments

Tech Comment: The Case for SD-WANs

Atchison Fraser from Talari looks at how a new generation of software-defined wide area networking technology  (SD-WANs) is changing the way law firms communicate

Added by Charles Christian on the 10th May 2018 No comments

April Legal IT Insider out now – and free to read

SharePoint triumphs – All change at Peppermint – Major DMS & PMS swap outs – the inside skinny on Contract Analysis software – And is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a lawyer-data scientist hybrid! WTF?!?

Added by Charles Christian on the 25th Apr 2018 No comments

Exclusive: Calling lawyers – your chance to fly to Mars with Elon Musk and SpaceX

Legal IT Insider has just discovered the SpaceX commercial space flight business, headed by American serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, is recruiting for a lawyer to be part of the first crew to fly to Mars, as part of the company’s ambitious plans to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet.

Added by Charles Christian on the 1st Apr 2018 2 comments

March Legal IT Insider out now – and free to read

It may almost be Easter but the world of legal technology does not stop for chocolate eggs and we’ve another packed issue of the monthly Legal IT Insider newsletter for you.

Added by Charles Christian on the 29th Mar 2018 No comments

The Midweek Movie with Chris White, Global CIO of Clyde & Co in conversation with Intapp

Chris White, Global CIO at Clyde & Co discusses his experience working with Intapp – and the impact that Intapp has had on time recording and conficts management.

Added by Charles Christian on the 14th Mar 2018 No comments

Cybersecurity Comment: Boyd Legal warn that people need to plan their digital estates before they die

Scots are leaving their loved ones open to distress and hassle by overlooking their online lives in their will – according to both legal and cyber security experts. The warning comes despite an Edinburgh headquartered law firm recording a significant upsurge in the number of clients asking for advice on how to include their digital estate, such as online financial accounts, passwords and even access to social media pages.

Added by Charles Christian on the 7th Mar 2018 No comments

Comment: Identifying the cybersecurity problems and solutions for law firms

As cyber attacks on all sides continue to increase, law firms must take positive action to contain the onslaught. Humans will always push boundaries, but boundaries need not be broken using a combination of knowledge, education, training and state-of-the-art technology. If these methods are avoided and cyber security isn’t prioritised at board level, then attacks on law firms will only continue to increase.

Added by Charles Christian on the 7th Mar 2018 No comments

Martyn Wells: 211 miles, 10 days, 1 stage 3 cancer patient

A skin cancer patient who has had six operations over the last 12 months is preparing to take on a 211-mile walking challenge later this year. Martyn Wells, who was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in March last year, has committed himself to walking the length of the Severn Way path in just 10 days, starting September 1, 2018.

Added by Legal IT Newswire Form on the 7th Mar 2018 No comments

The Big Story from the latest Insider: When TAR Is Not Enough – by Vince Neicho

The countdown to the new English disclosure rule is on. The consultation period expires tomorrow – at the end of February – ushering in a two-year pilot period in which the new rule will govern most proceedings in the Business and Property Courts. With the clock ticking down, I had the honour of moderating a panel for ACEDS on 7th February, which generated insightful, last-minute discourse on the new standards.

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Feb 2018 No comments

The Insider celebrates its 310th birthday – February issue here now – and free to read

We’re all about the core systems this month, as, hot off the press from Thomson Reuters Elite’s Vantage user conference comes the news that Wedlake Bell will transition from Envision to 3E – hang on, didn’t Wedlake Bell announce to some fanfare in 2014 that it had selected LexisNexis’ enterprise resource management system LexisOne?

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Feb 2018 No comments
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