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ThoughtRiver’s founder tells us why they’ve won a £400k award for the development of ‘thinking AI’

Contract intelligence vendor ThoughtRiver has been awarded funding from Innovate UK for a £400,000 project to develop what it refers to as ‘thinking AI’. We find out from founder and CEO Tim Pullan exactly what that means.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Dec 2018 2 comments

Legal tech win: Higgs & Sons selects Aderant

UK top 150 law firm Higgs & Sons has selected Aderant Expert as its practice management system, in the second Lexis Axxia swapout in Aderant’s favour that we’ve written about in the past month. 

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Dec 2018 No comments

Ouch: Gartner Says 81% of Legal Departments Are Unprepared for Digitisation

Eight out of 10 corporate legal departments are unprepared to support their organisations’ digital initiatives, according to a Gartner report out today (12 December) which analysed the impact of legal engagement and governance strategies on business outcomes. We should add that this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Dec 2018 No comments

Tech investment gives KPMG the edge over traditional law firms

UK head of legal services Nick Roome tells Legal IT Insider how the application of technology in all its guises is underpinning the dramatic growth of KPMG’s legal services division.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Dec 2018 No comments

Legal tech win: CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats signs with Intapp lifecycle platform

Leading French law firm CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats (CMS FL) is set to implement the Intapp Professional Services Platform, which spans the entire client life cycle, covering all areas from new business development, unified business acceptance and time management.

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

Former Barclays GC joins as director of legal function co-sourcing at EY Riverview Law

Comments have been flooding in on LinkedIn in response to the appointment of ex-Barclays Bank GC Rob Dinning as director of legal function co-sourcing at EY Riverview Law.

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

Walker Morris replaces in-house CMS with Lexis Visualfiles

Top 100 UK multi-disciplinary law firm Walker Morris is to swap out its in-house case management system for Lexis Visualfiles. It comes as we’re finalising the parameters for our CMS report, which will be written by leading legal IT consultant Neil Cameron, see here for details.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Dec 2018 2 comments

Three UK top 100 law firm leaders win a place in the 2018 TechWomen100

The 2018 TechWomen100 Awards winners include three UK top 100 law firm leaders: huge congratulations goes out to Shilpa Bhandarkar from Linklaters; Robyn Weatherley from Mishcon de Reya and Emma Wright from Kemp Little.

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

Planning Your Next Legal IT Strategy Discussion: A Service Delivery Framework (Part I)

The pressure on legal service providers to transform comes from many directions and lawyers are grasping for newly proclaimed AI solutions to disrupt their practice. But before responding to requests for shiny new technologies – hammers for a world where everything is magically a nail – IT and law firm business leaders must understand and plan for change. Where is your business going? Where are your clients going? Your IT strategy must align with where you are now and where you will be, not where you were when the current strategic plan was designed X years ago. Peter Krakaur from UnitedLex sets out a nine-layer framework in this first of three blogs for Legal IT Insider.

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

CIO Moves at K&L Gates and NRF

There have been more big-name moves in legal CIO land, particularly in the United States, where K&L Gates CIO Neeraj Rajpal has moved on, as has Edie Dillon, CIO at Norton Rose Fulbright.

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

The Friday Office Dog Blog

Yes, in the run up to Christmas we’re reigniting the office dog blog and there will be a prize for the best photo, which will be selected on the basis of no criteria whatsoever by the Legal IT Insider team and terms & conditions don’t apply. The winner will receive a bottle of champagne.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Dec 2018 No comments

Favourite blog of the week

Industry commentator Ron Friedmann collaborated on a white paper with LOD (Lawyers on Demand) to look at law firm FOMO and whether they should (we’d add ‘blindly’) adopt more legal technology. “Beyond defining the problem you must recognize that technology alone rarely suffices to solve it. Process, culture, and incentive changes typically are required. The seven questions below can help you make sure you think about the problem properly,” he says.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Dec 2018 No comments

Elevate boosts its contract lifecycle management capability with acquisition of Sumati

Another week, it seems, another acquisition for Elevate, which today (5 December) announced the acquisition of Sumati Group, a leading provider of contract lifecycle management (CLM) managed services

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

Thomson Reuters reorg leads to eBillingHub office closure

eBillingHub’s main office in Pittsburgh is being shut down and the team made redundant as part of the ongoing wholesale restructure at Thomson Reuters, we can reveal. The closure is driven by a location strategy under which Thomson Reuters is cutting a third of its real estate in order to “reset” the organisation, following the $17bn sale of Thomson Reuters finance and risk division to Blackstone Group.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th 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