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Guest post: Buying Legal – getting to grips with data

With general counsel having to rise to the challenges of becoming “mini CEOs”, The 3rd annual Europe Conference of the Buying Legal Council brought together an impressive array of GCs, law firms and suppliers to discuss how they “get to grips” with their data. Nick Williams, legal services director for Proxima Group gives us the highlights.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Jun 2017 No comments

Guest post: Law Firm Resource Management

Having applied technology and modern working practices to most areas of legal practice over the last 30 years, there are two remaining areas of law firm activity that have received little or no management attention. One of these is the actual process of ‘coal-face’ legal service delivery (which through Continuous Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma is finally taking off); the other is the proper management of law firm fee-earner resources.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th May 2017 No comments

The May issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now

Top stories include: CMS say no thanks to Elite 3E and consolidate on older Enterprise + Vendor litigation: Litera patent claims against DocsCorp dismissed “with prejudice” + Ediscovery: has the kCura launch of its UK Relativity SaaS platform pitched into a hosting war with its partners? + New ITS + CSN partnership say they can rollout Elite 3E fast and 40% cheaper + We also keep score on the Elite versus Aderant competition & the latest happenings on Planet iManage

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th May 2017 No comments

Ediscovery in Hong Kong: Dispelling some litigation & innovation myths

At a recent conference in Hong Kong, attendees were asked about how to improve the dispute resolution process for all parties. Data generated from a live, technology-enabled poll of the audience led to a thought-provoking discussion on the priorities and limitations to innovation in the dispute resolution process, specifically in Hong Kong.

Added by Charles Christian on the 18th May 2017 No comments

Billing: Will Alexa help improve time keeping on 3E?

Thomson Reuters Elite’s announcement last week (4 May) that you can now use Alexa to record and post time on 3E went slightly under the radar but received some interesting feedback on social media, warranting a closer look.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th May 2017 No comments

eDiscovery highlights in April with Chris Dale

Respected eDiscovery consultant and blogger Chris Dale provides us with a romp through eDiscovery highlights in April, touching on GDPR; Ministry of Justice failures; contract management; the Panama Papers; social media as evidence; the internet of things; TAR or predictive coding?; and the ILTA 2017 scholarships in honour of Browning Marean.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th May 2017 No comments

PwC on GDPR: Tech is the missing link

PwC’s legal team has released a new paper on preparations for the GDPR, finding that technology is often the missing link.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th May 2017 1 comment

The April 2017 issue of the Legal IT Insider is out now

TOP STORIES INCLUDE: • eSentio sues HBR Consulting over NetDocuments swap out at Akin Gump and King & Spalding • Contract risk analysis platform ThoughtRiver raises over $1million in funding • RBRO says its business as usual in UK for iManage customers after departure of senior execs • Workshare says we won’t be beaten by the competition on speed or accuracy

AND welcome to the Insider’s new (and FREE to read) Legal Tech Startup Directory – 18 pages of listings and analysis on over 50 innovative companies who have broken with the law firm herd mentality and are set to change the face of legal practice in the UK, Europe, US and APAC regions. You can also discover which startups describe themselves as “Just Eat for Lawyers” and “LinkedIn meets Tinder”

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

Gleneagles: The Client Point of View

With efficiency and innovation at the top of every client conversation, technology and process is becoming a major differentiator in terms of how much work a client is prepared to give a law firm. However, speaking at Gleneagles Legal Leaders Forum 2017, leaders from Barclays and Juniper Networks made it clear that firms are often not getting their basic invoicing right, and that there is a critical disconnect between client relationship partners and those in the firm that can action meaningful change.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Apr 2017 No comments

BakerHostetler’s 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report: Key findings

The BakerHostetler 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report is now out, providing detailed analysis of the 450-plus cyber incidents that the Cleveland-headquartered firm’s privacy and data protection team handled in 2016.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Apr 2017 No comments

Comment: Data Analytics in Law is Loom-ing

I often hear litigators claim that legal innovation holds nothing for them; that good litigators are simply those who outwork the other party. But what if they could now trade working harder for working smarter? In the fast and furious world of legal technology, another Canadian success story is emerging: Toronto-based, Loom Analytics is now playing a lead role in the application of data analytics to legal services, says Mitchell Kowalski.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Apr 2017 No comments

Do you want AI with that – Andrew Haslam’s annual review of the New York LegalTech show

Each year I try to identify a theme for the article to bind the different strands together. This year is reflected in the slightly tongue in cheek headline “Do you want AI with that?” as in the fast food industry where “do you want fries with that?” became a standard upsell to any order, so AI seems to be tacked on to every presentation (and a lot of demonstrations) at the event. As you will see, the theme throughout the show, was the use of AI within the legal industry. The overwhelming conference preoccupation with AI meant that there was a bit of a disconnect between the makeup of the exhibition (which was, as ever, dominated by eDiscovery suppliers), and the key notes, briefing sessions, conversations and side events going on during the three days.

Added by Charles Christian on the 5th Apr 2017 1 comment

Wow! We’ve really upset the President!

Please note the date! (OK, we know some humour-deficient people will not realise this is a joke.) And thank you Janders Dean for the Internet meme.

Added by Charles Christian on the 3rd Apr 2017 No comments

Saturday News Special: Aaron & Partners unveils AaronBot – the artificial intelligence partner for law firms

UK law firm Aaron & Partners LLP today announces the launch of AaronBot – an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) robot designed to replace underperforming law firm partners. Following on from the success of its ‘Expel Your Partner’ app – launched exactly two years ago today – AaronBot’s complex AI algorithm allows it to quickly recognise and replicate standard partner behaviours, such as shouting at trainees, never making tea or coffee in the office and taking credit for other people’s work.

Added by Charles Christian on the 1st Apr 2017 No comments

The March 2017 issue of the Legal IT Insider is out now

Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – March 2017 – Issue #301. Top stories include… End of an era as Tikit and iManage part ways after 15 years: customers exit stage left to applause from Tikit competitors + In-house Legal: Barclays invests in new tech to rationalise bank’s external legal spend – one law firm has now had its invoice rejected 47 times! + Big Law: Slaughter and May has stake in AI business & Freshfields launch innovation group + Gleneagles Legal Leaders Forum: we have a full report on what corporate clients think about law firms + Mike Lynch on investing in Machine Learning tech companies: the real world is full of “noise” – non-meaningful data

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