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Legal IT News: Launches, wins and deals

This week we have product launches and upgrades from LexisNexis, LockPath and Ad Coelum Technology, with new wins and deals from Zylpha, HotDocs, Plan-Net, Lexis (again) and ThinkSmart, some of which have already appeared in full in our new Legal IT Newswire. Who says nothing is for free?!

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Apr 2016 No comments

Gleneagles – thanks for all the snow

This article was first published in Legal IT Insider’s March issue

The overriding theme of Legal Leaders IT Forum in Gleneagles at the end of February was innovation and change, drawing together legal leaders and visionaries to discuss how they are delivering legal services better.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Apr 2016 No comments

UK background check startup Onfido raises £25m

Background check technology is big news at the moment and UK startup Onfido – which uses a machine learning platform to verify new hires are who they say they are – has just raised £25m in funding. Find out more here.

UK’s Onfido raises $25M as it brings its background checking platform to the US

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Apr 2016 No comments

Comment: Transatlantic compliance – understanding today’s picture and best practice next steps

Epiq Systems’ general counsel Jayne Rothman walks us through the changes to legislation governing the transfer of personal data between the European Union and the United States, including the creation of the EU-US Privacy Shield framework, which this year replaced Safe Harbour. She says: “A complicated picture just got more complex,” adding, “Clearly, businesses cannot afford to simply wait for decisions on legality.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Apr 2016 No comments

UPDATED: Ethien appoints former OC and Freshfields partner as head of business solutions and partners with RAVN

New managed legal services, technology and advisory firm Ethien has hired Osborne Clarke consultant and former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Paul Taylor as its head of business solutions as it also announces a new strategic partnership with RAVN Systems.

Taylor, who joined OC as a partner in its digital business team in 2007, will work with Ethien’s law firm and in-house legal clients to develop solutions that help improve quality and efficiency and reduce risk within legal services delivery. He will also act as Ethien’s general counsel.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Apr 2016 No comments

HighQ SmartLaw – what does the future of legal services look like?

HighQ has set up a new ‘SmartLaw portal’ to open up a debate on what lawyers and law firms need to do to prepare for the future of legal services.

In a blog launching the portal, HighQ’s business transformation and innovation architect Ryan McClead says: “We believe that a SmartLaw firm is focused on three keys to success: their clients, their culture, and their intelligent use of technology.” The portal contains resources and opinions on what the future holds for law as well as a quick quiz for firms to assess what their ‘SmartLaw score’ is and how they measure up against other firms. The answers are not stored and nothing can be traced back to the person taking the quiz.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Apr 2016 No comments

Spot the difference? Legal IT Insider now has a dedicated Startups section and free Legal IT Newswire

To be honest, I’ve been a bit slow to flag up and brag about a number of changes to Legal IT Insider’s website but you may notice two brand new features that we are particularly excited about.

In recognition of the huge interest and energy within the legal IT startup market we now have a dedicated ‘Startups’ section on the Legal IT Insider website and will shortly be bringing you news of events planned around this rapidly evolving sector.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Apr 2016 No comments

Comment: “You know the client” – SRA’s policy head talks innovation and cloud

It’s quite unfashionable to like the regulator, but there’s something about the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plain speaking executive director for policy that makes everything seem unfashionably straight forward.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Apr 2016 No comments

Intapp hires first internal UK recruiter to cater for growth plans

Intapp has hired its first in-house recruiter in the UK as Nigel Lawrence joins the California-headquartered time recording company from Cogence Search.

The hire, which follows Intapp’s acquisition of Manchester-based time recording supplier Rekoop in January, is seen as justified by how quickly the company has already grown in the UK and its future growth plans.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Apr 2016 1 comment

Legal IT update: Wins, wins and wins

In the second week of the new financial year the main story is wins and deals as Clyde & Co selects HighQ Publisher; Brown Rudnick opts for BigHand Create as its document production solution; Marshall, Gerstein & Borun chooses Nikec Binder; LeCorpio’s IP management solution is selected by Hyperloop; LawBase’s case management system is implemented by three government departments in North America; and business standards company BSI acquires Espion. We also bring news of a promotion at Venio Systems and other industry updates and events.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Apr 2016 No comments

An interview with… Ascential’s group legal director Nilema Bhakta-Jones

We love this interview with Nilema Bhakta-Jones, group legal director of Ascential, a business-to-business media company that publishes titles such as Retail Week and Health Service Journal and in February floated on the London Stock Exchange at a value of £800m. Bhakta-Jones is an advocate for innovation and change and, speaking to Legal IT Insider, she talked about progress in tech within the legal sector – at last! – but how that is still strongly overshadowed by developments in the sectors in which Ascential operates.

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

The Mossack Fonseca leak: a good week for big data analytics

It’s being described as the biggest leak in history from a law firm that previously most people had never heard of and from which politicians, banks and high profile investors around the world are trying to distance themselves.

But amid the Mossack Fonseca scandal, which has already seen Iceland’s prime minister stand down and looks set to run on and on, one company that has rightly been keen to stress its involvement is Nuix, Australian eDiscovery and big data analytics provider.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Apr 2016 No comments

Taylor Wessing and Neota Logic collaborate on new client app

In what could be the first of many ventures, Taylor Wessing has collaborated with Neota Logic to produce a new app to guide clients through the People with Significant Control Rules (PSC) scheduled to come into force on 6 April.

The venture, led by Saleh Abukmeil, product manager for Taylor Wessing, sees Taylor Wessing’s clients offered an app, accessible from any device, to help decide if they are affected by the new rules and need advice. The PSC requires UK companies and LLPs to keep a statutory register showing who the ultimate beneficial owners and controllers are and the details of their holdings.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Apr 2016 No comments

Legal IT: Wins, deals, launches and industry updates

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for hires, new deals and product launches, particularly given the disruption of Easter, which saw an ‘exit stage left’ stampede well before Good Friday.

We bring news of some classy hires from Wilson Legal Solutions and legal outsourcing provider QuisLex, together with product launches and upgrades from LexisNexis, DocsCorp; DocAuto; Morae Legal; BigHand and Evolve Law. Plus wins and deals from Eclipse Legal Systems; Frankfurt-headquartered startup BusyLamp; and Essex solicitors Fisher Jones Greenwood, as well as other industry news.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Apr 2016 No comments

CuroLegal launches AI-assisted online outsourcing platform

Ohio-based legal innovation consultancy CuroLegal has announced the launch of an AI-assisted online platform for its outsourcing division, Custom Counsel, after partnering with, a Stanford CodeX-backed Silicon Valley startup.

Custom Counsel, which was acquired by CuroLegal in 2015, offers lawyers easy access to the entire range of legal support, including freelance attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants. These professionals are available on demand to other lawyers and have an average of 13 years of experience in the legal industry.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Apr 2016 No comments