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Alternative legal services: Bakers hires chief services officer to spearhead innovation

With alternative legal services and pricing estimated to create an annual revenue impact of $50m at Baker McKenzie, the global law firm has hired Ilnort Rueda as chief services officer to help define and lead the implementation of new services, business models and revenue sources. Rueda joins from US global management firm A.T. Kearney, where he was a partner in the financial institutions practice based in Zurich, Sao Paulo and New York. Prior to that he was an investment advisor at UBS.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Jan 2018 No comments

Legal tech wins: Wansbroughs Solicitors sign up to SOS Connect

Wansbroughs Solicitors has signed up to integrated practice and case management with SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software as it targets a new growth phase in 2018. Wansbroughs is a full-service regional practice based in central Wiltshire with offices in Devizes and Melksham.

Added by Charles Christian on the 15th Jan 2018 No comments

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

Conveyancing: Website fee estimate tools increase enquiry rates eight-fold

Despite a low uptake so far in law firms advertising prices for conveyancing services on their websites under the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) new transparency regime, a study out later today will demonstrate an eight-fold increase in enquiries when a fee estimate tool is added to the website.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th 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

Latest lawtech wins: Russell Cooke swaps out Lexis Axxia for SOS Connect

Top 100 law firm Russell Cooke Solicitors has signed up to SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software after a pitch that included Thomson Reuters Elite 3E and Aderant, led by Lights-On Consulting.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2018 No 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 www.litig.org.

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

Still Trending for Comments: Fieldfisher’s managing partner talks LexisOne: The hiccups, the record H1 revenue, and why LexisOne is better than SAP

Fieldfisher this month announced a record H1 revenue performance of £76.8 million, representing growth of 20%, having rolled out LexisNexis ERP solution LexisOne across its UK, Amsterdam and Silicon Valley offices in June. We caught up with managing partner Michael Chissick to talk about the rollout, the bumps and why he thinks LexisOne is better than SAP.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Dec 2017 10 comments

Exclusive: Osborne Clarke to become first EMEA firm to rollout iManage Work 10 with MS Office 2016 and Windows 10

Osborne Clarke will soon become the first EMEA law firm to implement iManage Work 10 with Microsoft Office 2016 and Windows 10, it will announce later today (19 December). We spoke to IT director Nathan Hayes and iManage’s general manager EMEA, Geoff Hornsby about the steps taken so far, why Osborne Clarke is engaging now in the process, and how as a result, Microsoft has changed its advice to law firms.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Dec 2017 No comments
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