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#GLH19: Observations from the semi-final judging process

It’s been great fun judging the semi-final of the Global Legal Hackathon #GLH19 and I’m honestly blown away by the quality of many of the entries. The GLH team will pull the results together today, so without giving anything away, here are two observations that jumped out from the entries.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Mar 2019 No comments

Planning Your Next Legal IT Strategy Discussion (Part III): Focus on Talent

This is the final installment of a 3-part series offering a framework for law firm leaders to discuss and plan a sustainable IT strategy that enables internal and external digital clients of today and tomorrow. In this final installment, Peter Krakaur, vice president of legal business solutions at UnitedLex focuses on staffing and talent model disruption as an indispensable ingredient to enable a technology strategy that will drive successful future legal practices and business models.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 25th Mar 2019 No comments

Lexis Advance bot will provide “personalised, conversational research guidance” for users

While in New York at the start of the year LexisNexis unveiled some of the work it is doing to enhance its research capability, including the introduction of what is referred to internally as an ‘interactive intelligent agent’ within Lexis Advance. This update falls into the category of ‘ones that got away’ thanks to the chaos of Legaltech New York, but we asked Serena Wellen, the senior director who is leading this project for Lexis, to tell us more. Here is what she has to say.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Mar 2019 No comments

Dentons’ Nextlaw in-house arm hiring for new legal ops role

The growth within private practice of senior legal operations roles continues apace as Dentons’ in-house consultancy business Nextlaw In-House Solutions begins recruiting for the newly created role of legal operations director.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Mar 2019 No comments

#GlenLegal19 Speaker Presentations

Presentations from the speakers of #GlenLegal19 are now available!

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 21st Mar 2019 No comments

PMS Wins! PracticeEvolve continues expansion streak

One-stop-shop practice management system provider PracticeEvolve has continued to invest globally and added eight new roles in its Australia headquarters, we’re told, capping off a busy start to 2019 with five new clients going live on their PMS technology in the first two months of the year.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Mar 2019 1 comment

Rippe & Kingston and Iridium Technology enter partnership

Rippe & Kingston and Iridium Technology have announced a strategic partnership to provide advanced financial insights for firms running the Rippe & Kingston Legal Management System, which includes revenue and expense management, timekeeping, practice management and analytical reporting tools.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Mar 2019 No comments

Solomonic talks data

Litigation data and analytics startup Solomonic was recently rolled out by Herbert Smith Freehills across its UK disputes team and they are working closely with Stewarts Law. Don’t know much about Solomonic yet? You do now.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Mar 2019 No comments

Risk and tech: Looking Glass report shows budget and skills gap the biggest issue for GCs

Less than half (43%) of general counsel and board members (35%) believe their organisations are sufficiently prepared for the impact of rising political risk and despite acknowledged increased cyber risk there is a tangible skills gap when it comes to investing in the right technology, according to a new Looking Glass report from Clyde & Co and Winmark that is definitely worth a read.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Mar 2019 No comments

Comment: Cyber Governance 101 – Who to trust?

IT Directors are facing a predicament – budgets for IT services including cybersecurity are on the rise in 2019, but the cybersecurity industry continues to promote the myth that the complex, expensive solutions are the only way to mitigate the threat from the omnipotent, superuser hacker. Do IT teams then simply allocate significant proportions of budget to these silver bullet solutions that will tackle these unknown threats? Erm, no.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 19th Mar 2019 No comments

Expert Systems: Littler’s CKO talks adoption

“I don’t want lawyers to code any more than I want coders to run litigation,” – Littler Mendelson’s chief knowledge officer Scott Rechtschaffen discusses at SOLID San Francisco why he likes no code expert systems and gives an example of a risk assessment tool built by the firm as well as how he has expanded the number of lawyers building applications to help clients.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Mar 2019 No comments

Comment: The transformational effect of small changes

Digital transformation – nothing short of “harnessing the power of digital technology to rethink every aspect of the organisation” (according to McKinsey) – is the hottest of hot topics, says Autto’s co-founder Max Cole. Recently, the government launched a grant competition – Transforming Accountancy, Insurance and Legal Services (TAILS) – aimed at digital transformation in the professional services arena, and Autto was one of the winners. But adopting technology without fully and clearly understanding what it is going to solve is a hiding to nothing, he says.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 18th Mar 2019 No comments

Deadline Alert! The deadline for the March issue of the Insider is this Friday – 22 March

The deadline for you to get all wins, deals, and people moves to us for the next (March) issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is THIS Friday – 22 March. Please flag all exclusives so we can give them profile elsewhere in the newsletter.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Mar 2019 No comments

Something for the Legal IT weekend: Meridius Matters

Never knowingly lost for words, it’s appropriate then that Intapp’s former marketing guru turned consultant Dan Bressler has launched a new media platform to provide ‘insight, intelligence and inspiration’ in the form of interviews with senior industry players and his own thought leadership.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Mar 2019 No comments

Clifford Chance launches first tool out of devolved digital business Applied Solutions

Clifford Chance has launched the first tool from its devolved Applied Solutions digital product business: SMCR Manager is an interactive tool supporting the Senior Managers and Certification Regime for firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). 

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 15th Mar 2019 No comments