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It’s Time for Better BI: Five Core Features

Business Intelligence (BI) surfaced as a solution to strategic blind spots; however, these trends make evident BI is not enough. BI solutions are engineered to pull data from existing source systems—but our source systems were built for a different era, one pre-dating the era where every client arrangement is unique and complex, for instance. Brian Taaffe from Prosperoware explains that what is needed is BI that captures and engineers structure around the data that we don’t have but that’s required of this new era in the business of law.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Dec 2018 No comments

Friday Christmas countdown: The office dog blog competition, erm, heats up

Never mind conversations about how tech will help the legal services industry remain at the top of its game internationally or whether the new ‘legal tech app’ Reynen Court is the real deal, this is where it’s at: our festive office dog blog, in which legal pooches vie for the top spot and a bottle of champers for their owner.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Dec 2018 No comments

NRF meets client demand with new legal ops grad scheme

“In the face of a skills shortage, we have made the decision to mould these people ourselves”: Norton Rose Fulbright commercial director David Carter talks to Legal IT Insider about the firm’s new business and legal operations grad scheme.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Dec 2018 No comments

Trending: Reynen Court closes Series A with investment from Clifford Chance and Latham

Whoa, this just in from Reynen Court, which we previously dubbed ‘the legal tech app store’ and now has completed its Series A investment with participation from Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins:

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

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

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