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Legal IT News: All the latest wins, deals, moves, launches and comments

Before launching into the past few days’ deals, hires and comments it’s worth sharing the observations of a CIO we spoke to last week, who said: “There used to be a lull when you got back to work after Christmas, but that seems to be a thing of the past!”

While that’s not yet reflected in the number of new deals here, we feel your pain. Remember the next Orange Rag is out on 24 January – get your news in quick – and we are just about to publish the full programme for our Gleneagles CIO conference at the end of Feb, which is, quite frankly, blimin’ amazing. If you haven’t already registered, get in there quickly.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Jan 2018 No comments

The Singapore Academy of Law shows the rest of the world how to launch a legal IT innovation programme

In an example of an unusually high-level and joined up legal tech innovation programme, The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) today (10 January) formally launched its Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP), a two-year pilot that forms part of a wider bid for Singapore to become the tech hub of Asia.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Jan 2018 No comments

View from the market: AI has truly come of age

In 2017, artificial intelligence in the legal profession truly came of age. This makes it a hugely exciting time to be innovating in the sector, says Emily Foges, CEO of Luminance.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Jan 2018 2 comments

Legal IT News: All the latest wins, deals and moves

As we ease gently into 2018 (yeh, right) private equity news has dominated the past week, with investment or acquisitions in the UK and US for Converge TS and Xact Data Discovery (XDD) respectively. Plus catch up on other news and views you may have missed.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2018 No comments

Intel hit by class action lawsuit in the wake of ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ security flaw revelations

As the computer industry scrambles to patch security vulnerabilities in their processor chips in the wake of revelations over ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ security flaws, Intel Corp has this week been hit with a class action lawsuit in the US claiming that all Intel x86-64x core processors (CPUs) manufactured since at least 2008 suffer a security defect that renders them unfit for purpose, given that patching will “dramatically” reduce their performance.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Jan 2018 No comments

A platform for change: Dentons global chief innovation officer John Fernandez on his new role

Appointed as Dentons first-ever global chief innovation officer on December 13, we caught up with John Fernandez to find out some of the objectives of the new role and how he will progress Dentons’ innovation agenda.

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

Trending for comments: Guest post: The Legal IT Department of the Future

Our world is changing fast but is this a massive opportunity for legal IT professionals or the end of life as we know it? asks Derek Southall, head of innovation and digital at GowlingWLG, founder of Hyperscale Group and chair of

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jan 2018 2 comments

Exclusive: UK mid-market investor Tenzing buys into Converge TS

Following a rash of US private equity legal tech deals at the end of 2017 we kick off 2018 with a UK private equity exclusive, with UK-based lower mid-market investor Tenzing Private Equity shortly to announce its investment in Converge Technology Specialists (Converge TS).

Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Jan 2018 No comments

Cloud computing a big target for ransomware in 2018, predicts MIT

Cloud computing businesses will be a big target for hackers in 2018 according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which also warns that there will be more huge data breaches along the lines of Equifax in the year ahead.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 2nd Jan 2018 No comments

The Legal IT Insider Top 200 DMS report is now available to download as a free PDF!

In our October newsletter we published an extensive report setting out which law firms in the US Top 200 use which document management system, and we analysed the market share of the key players, in […]

Added by Jeremy Hill on the 14th Dec 2017 No comments

Significant US win for Luminance as Ice Miller signs up for its ‘plug & play’ technology

Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller has signed up with Luminance to streamline and speed up its due diligence processes for M&A transactions in a significant US win for the Cambridge-headquartered company, which only recently opened it first US headquarters in Chicago.

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

Updated: Dentons names John Fernandez as first global chief innovation officer

Dentons has named John Fernandez its first global chief innovation officer. Fernandez has served as Dentons’ US chief innovation officer and is also the global chair of Nextlaw Labs; Dentons’ startup investment vehicle.

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

It’s the last Legal IT Insider newsletter of 2017 – issue 308 out now!

Top stories in November/December Legal IT Insider newsletter include: the changing of the guard as Simon Kosminsky retires from Mishcon de Reya & Rob Cohen quits Charles Russell Speechless to form consultancy – plus Insider editor Caroline Hill says “Cut the spin and hype, let’s get a grip on IT in 2018!”

Added by Charles Christian on the 6th Dec 2017 No comments

RegTech Comment: Do compliance managers need AI help bearing the AML burden?

All over the world, anti-money laundering (AML) regulations are becoming ever more stringent and complex. In this climate, compliance managers need to have support with the heavy lifting relating to AML legislation, which is where innovative regulatory technology (RegTech) comes in. Artificial intelligence RegTech in particular is beginning to play a key role in assisting compliance teams in meeting regulatory requirements.

Added by Charles Christian on the 5th Dec 2017 No comments

Comment: Four ways texting can make life easier for lawyers

Attorneys and businesses in the legal field are always on the lookout for the most effective form of communication for both potential and existing clients. Currently, many if not most law firms are using live chat to communicate with their clients. While online chat does provide a fast and easy communication method for lawyers to connect quickly and proactively, most chat platforms time out after only a few minutes of activity and records of the conversation aren’t kept in one thread once they time out.

Added by Charles Christian on the 21st Nov 2017 2 comments
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