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On the Sofa with Mike Lynch, founder of Invoke Capital

Mike Lynch has been described as Britain’s Bill Gates, having in 1996 co-founded global software giant Autonomy, a spin off from computer finger print recognition firm Cambridge Neurodynamics. Lynch has more recently founded and is CEO of machine learning and AI investment company Invoke Capital Partners, which investments include due diligence tool Luminance, created in partnership with Slaughter and May. Legal IT Insider caught up with Lynch, a keynote speaker at Legal Leaders IT Forum in Gleneagles in March 2017, to hear his reflections on how technology is changing the legal landscape.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Dec 2016 1 comment

Guest cybersecurity post by Tim Hyman: GDPR and why the Data Protection Officer should be your new BFF

GDPR is only 18 months away and any firm that has already started an Impact Assessment will know that they need all the time available to prepare. This a business project, owned at board room level but best managed and delivered by the IT/Risk team.

Added by Charles Christian on the 6th Dec 2016 No comments

Survey Results: South African Attorneys Continue to Embrace Technology

An increased appetite for online services, smarter use of technology, and the entrenchment of digital research, are just some of the continuing shifts among the attorneys’ profession in South Africa. This is according to a new survey of close to 750 South African attorney firms, conducted by LexisNexis South Africa content and technology solutions provider in partnership with Law Society of South Africa.

Added by Charles Christian on the 1st Dec 2016 No comments

Guest post: Uber-Style Feedback for BigLaw?

In this compelling guest post for Legal IT Insider, John Alber, respected former strategic innovation partner at Bryan Cave and now ILTA futurist, asks, why should BigLaw be immune from the granular, regular feedback we’ve come to expect from modern businesses in other service sectors?

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th Nov 2016 No comments

Privacy is the New Black: Data Protection and the GDPR

Privacy is the new black but with the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force, businesses need to understand the high level requirements and not leave it to the legal department to ensure compliance. There’s too much at stake.

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th Nov 2016 No comments

South African Legal Tech: The Korbitec acquisition one year on

November 2016 marks one year since legal content and technology solutions provider LexisNexis South Africa (LNSA) acquired Korbitec, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions for South African property professionals. The successful acquisition has significantly extended LexisNexis’ reach into the conveyancing field, which is a critical component of the South African legal market where conveyancing firms represent 25% of the landscape. According to Billy Last, CEO of LNSA, the timing last year was perfect to close a deal his firm had been chasing for 13 years.

Added by Charles Christian on the 17th Nov 2016 No comments

Comment: Agile working: can lawyers learn from uberisation?

Agile working, as it is known in legal circles, has become standard practice for several categories of employer: particularly those which fully appreciate that it can help to make their organisation more efficient and effective, delivering improved business performance together with greater customer satisfaction. But although it is now more than two years since legislation was introduced which extended the right to request agile working, recent research from Timewise revealed that only 6% of jobs advertised in the UK mentioned agile working.

Added by Charles Christian on the 15th Nov 2016 No comments

Comment: Is predictive coding becoming a game changer for the legal industry?

With the extension of costs budgeting to all multi-track claims with a value of less than £10 million and the May 2016 decision of the English High Court in Brown v BCA Trading Limited [2016] EWHC 1464 (Ch), in which it permitted a party to use predictive coding technology in a contested application, it goes without saying that knowing how and when to use predictive coding will provide both lawyers and their clients with a clear tactical advantage. Morgan Lewis partner Tess Blair and associate Afzalah Sarwar look at the benefits of the technology and say parties can no longer afford to ignore it.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Nov 2016 No comments

The October-November issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now – read it here free!

Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – October/November 2016 #297 – TOP STORIES INCLUDE:
• Law firms courting FinTech startups – Slaughter and May + Addleshaw Goddard already in – who’s next – and for how much?
• So sad about hacking: Pessimistic cybersecurity – a necessary evil? The Insider talks to Mike Lynch + Howard Russell + Marcel Henri + Dan Carmel
• Neota Logic partners with Clifford Chance + BLP offering bespoke document automation + RPC providing in-house litigation support
• NetDocuments & iManage continue to duke it out in the DMS market as more firms abandon OpenText & SharePoint sinking ships + Have we seen the high-tide of InterAction in the CRM sector as OnePlace wins another deal + momentum building for Elite 3E as firms switch from TRE Enterprise & Envision

Added by Charles Christian on the 9th Nov 2016 No comments

E-Disclosure People: Jonathan Maas on why he is launching his consultancy now

In 1982 the first Next store opened, unemployment was at 3 million, Argentina invaded the Falklands, Canada received its independence*, the Smiths were formed, Prince William was born, Channel 4 started broadcasting, Lord Denning stopped judging and I started in the City.

Added by Charles Christian on the 12th Oct 2016 4 comments

Diary Date: Norwich – Thursday 13 October

If you are in Norwich (UK) next week, on Thursday 13th October, call by the Maddermarket Theatre at 7:30pm where the Insider’s Charles Christian’s new playlet (it’s about 20 minutes long) is receiving its first public performance as part of Reduck Productions’ monthly Scratch Shot event. Called “The Hot Chick,” it is set in the world of sci-fi and fantasy conventions. It’s theatre Jim, but not as we know it! (Tickets £5.00)

Added by Charles Christian on the 7th Oct 2016 No comments

Innovation hubs part II: Space or mindset required?

Reed Smith’s introduction of dedicated innovation hubs in its London and New York office has sparked some interesting debate over whether space is really necessary in order to innovate.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Oct 2016 No comments

Comment – Rolling In The Deep – What’s next after email?

A number of comments and pieces on Legal Technology Insider have recently referenced the question “What’s after email” … quite often in a way that says “we are/our product is”. But, I hear you ask, what has that got to do with “Rolling In The Deep”? Well, if you remember the chorus from Adele’s lyrics, then you may know … and I’ll come back to that.

Added by Charles Christian on the 6th Oct 2016 No comments

Cybersecurity for Law firms: Like the REM classic, it’s the end of the password as we know it

You’ve got the ISO 27001 accreditation, you’ve completed Cyber Essentials and you’ve pledged assurance to your clients that you are committed to protecting their data. You might have even won business as a result your new found status. The top firms are on the wagon and why shouldn’t you be.

Added by Charles Christian on the 5th Oct 2016 No comments

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

Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – September 2016 #296 – TOP STORIES INCLUDE: Goodbye iManage? Now Dentons prepares a proof of concept for running NetDocuments cloud-based DMS for 7300 lawyers. Global CIO Marcel Henri adds that the firm is moving to a “pessimistic security model” to lock down data for cybersecurity purposes, including “phishing attacks,” rather than stay with legal industry standard of “optimistic” security. + Norton Rose Fulbright to spend £75 million of SAP – Bold or Bat Crazy? Discuss.

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Sep 2016 No comments
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