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How to Evaluate Legal Technology that Improves Efficiency

This is the first ‘clinic’ from Dera Nevin, who each month will address common questions from readers about the evaluation and implementation of legal technology. Buyers of legal technology can play a critical role in improving the purchase of legal technology by ensuring the strategic questions are asked and fully answered within a business requirements document before going to market, she says.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 19th Feb 2019 1 comment

Updated: Linklaters Nakhoda launches deal platform ISDA Create – and what that really means

In recognition of the fact that data extraction and analysis is far harder than often billed and very much a long, not a short game, Linklaters’ technology arm Nakhoda is working towards “breaking the loop” in the creation of yet more unstructured data, the first incarnation of which is a new online document negotiation platform launched in conjunction with ISDA. We speak to Nakhoda founder Edward Chan and COO Partha Mudgil.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Feb 2019 2 comments

Legal tech CRM win: Birketts selects OnePlace

East Anglian law firm Birketts has selected OnePlace as its client relationship management system. Here is that news, which you’ll find exclusively on Legal IT Insider today:

Added by Caroline Hill on the 31st Jan 2019 2 comments

It’s a new year and the first Orange Rag of 2019 is out with a ton of news and content!

Eversheds Sutherland & CC restructure tech teams: Both Eversheds Sutherland and Clifford Chance have recently restructured their legal technology teams, separating client-facing innovation from back office IT. We bring you the details.

Fulcrum solves eBilling crisis at Bradford & Barthel: Fulcrum Global Technologies has built West Coast employment firm Bradford & Barthel a customised eBilling solution in place of Thomson Reuters’ eBillingHub, after the firm says it was left with no developers following Thomson Reuters’ (TR’s) closure of eBillingHub’s headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of its widescale restructuring programme.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 30th Jan 2019 No comments

Brexit, data protection and law firm IT systems – what now?

With all the talk surrounding Brexit and the various scenarios that could happen, it is essential to look at the potential effect on data transfer and what that might mean for law firms and their IT systems. Tim Hyman of 2twenty4 Consulting set outs the options.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Jan 2019 1 comment

Elevate’s Halebury acquisition: John Croft and Denise Nurse discuss customers, competition and how two + two = five

Acquisitive law company Elevate last week announced that it has bought senior flexible resource law firm Halebury. We caught up with Elevate’s president John Croft and Halebury’s co-founder Denise Nurse to find out about the key drivers for the acquisition; how the combined entity will benefit clients, and who Elevate now regards as competition.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Jan 2019 No comments

The legal tech market: 2018 and beyond

Crikey, what a year it’s been. A year of some progress and a lot of nonsense, 2018 can be summarised as a time when expectation far outpaced reality in legal tech land. The buzz around AI has meant that many law firms have bought solutions that they, particularly their partners, believe will be a panacea for all of their problems, and have inevitably been disappointed.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 24th Dec 2018 No comments

Taking stock: 12 IT leaders tell us about their achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead

As 2019 approaches, 12 technology and innovation leaders from firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Eversheds Sutherland, Linklaters and Taylor Wessing tell us about their biggest achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 24th Dec 2018 No comments

Blog of the Week: The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors

“As Justin Kan’s Chief of Staff, I am actively involved in operating Atrium and investing in early-stage startups. Founders ask me many questions, but there’s one they ask me more often than any other: ‘how do investors evaluate startups?'” By Anuj Abrol, chief of staff to Justin Kan at Atrium – our thanks to Anuj for allowing us to reproduce his excellent blog in full below.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Dec 2018 No comments

GCs from Siemens, Barclays, Shell, Vodafone and more talk transformation: A catch up from SOLID

One of the best conferences I’ve been to this year was David Cowen’s Ted Talk style summit SOLID in London at the start of November, which I fully intended to write about immediately afterwards, but time has gleefully run away from me sticking two fingers up in the process. With talks from GCs at Siemens, Shell, Barclays and more, here are the highlights.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Dec 2018 No comments

The final issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter for 2018 is here – and it’s a whopper!

Grab a (large) cup of coffee and take some time out, it’s the final issue of 2018 and it’s a whopper. Phew, mince pie anyone?

Added by Charles Christian on the 5th Dec 2018 No comments

Risk and Reward in Contract Analysis: Why AI is Not Enough

As corporations recognise that their data is much more than an impenetrable mass, rather a mineable source of insights that can yield BI and inform strategic decisions, they are driven to analyse it in a unified manner. In the contracts space, there has been a lot of chatter about AI and its ability to transform processes. While new tools will undeniably speed up and strengthen analysis, the technology is not a panacea, say FTI’s Ryan Drimalla.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Dec 2018 No comments

The October issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – includes new Accountancy Tech Report

In this packed issue of the Legal IT Insider, we not only bring you latest breaking news and hottest stories but also our brand new Accountancy Tech Report.

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th Oct 2018 No comments

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

Well, we’re back with a bang in the first issue after the summer with loads of breaking news, exclusives and commentary.

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

Context is king: Why the legal sector can’t afford to have blockchain tunnel vision

Blockchain is a technology that could shake up the way legal services are delivered, managed and paid for. It’s an avenue being considered by law firms and legal departments looking to use technology more effectively to streamline operations and innovate. But to fully understand its usefulness, it has to be viewed and regulated as part of the existing industry, not in isolation, says Block.one’s general counsel Lee Schneider.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Sep 2018 No comments