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Workshare appoints new CEO led by private equity backer SEP

Workshare has brought in a new CEO in an appointment understood to have been driven by its private equity backer Scottish Equity Partners. Michael Garrett took over from Anthony Foy in October.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Nov 2018 No comments

Don’t be held to ransom: LSSA sets out data conversion expectations

The LSSA has published a white paper on data conversion which provides guidance for law firms and users of legal software considering or undertaking a data conversion from one software system to another. It details how data conversions may vary, what should be expected of a new system supplier and the responsibilities of system suppliers, with LSSA chair Julian Bryan warning law firms not to be “held to ransom.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Nov 2018 No comments

Client Conversations: Eversheds Sutherland’s IT Director talks to us about the launch of their latest app

Eversheds Sutherland has launched its latest app, Client Conversations, to bring together key information about the firm’s global offices, legal capability, products and technology solutions. The app is designed to support a dialogue with clients and prospective clients by giving the user easy access to critical information about the business and latest product launches.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Nov 2018 No comments

Women in IT paid 30% less than men according to new research

Research conducted by one of the UK’s largest accountants suggests that men in the IT industry earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles. We’re not convinced by their interactive tool though.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Nov 2018 No comments

Gowling WLG blockchain reward token scheme is a hit at ILTA Insight

From our highly scientific poll conducted in a bar after ILTA Insight 2018, the speaker who left the biggest impression at the conference was Gowling WLG’s head of architecture and innovation Jody Jansen, who talked about a firmwide incentives scheme rolled out this summer, which is designed to introduce employees to the basics of blockchain while rewarding them with tokens for free drinks.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Nov 2018 No comments

Were you locked out of MS Office 365 thanks to multi-factor authentication outage? Us too.

Anyone else spend the day locked out of their Office 365 account yesterday (19 November) thanks to a global update-gone-wrong in Microsoft’s cloud-based multi-factor authentication?

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Nov 2018 1 comment

Ascertus takes OGR Stock Denton Live on iManage Cloud

North London-based commercial law firm OGR Stock Denton has successfully gone live on the iManage Cloud, with Ascertus Limited as the implementation partner.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Nov 2018 No comments

“Those that don’t innovate will be left behind”: We speak to Orrick about its new corporate venture fund

Silicon Valley-headquartered law firm Orrick has launched a new corporate venture fund to invest in legal tech start-ups around the globe. The firm will commit approximately $250,000 per deal, alongside lead financial partners, whilst acting as a beta customer to help portfolio companies hone their products. We speak to Don Keller, partner in Orrick’s technology companies group, about the fund.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Nov 2018 No comments

Mishcon de Reya invests in MDR LAB start-up Thirdfort

Mishcon de Reya has invested in Thirdfort, one of its MDR LAB 2018 legal tech start-ups, which works with lawyers to securely hold money during property transactions.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Nov 2018 No comments

“Are there more acquisitions on the cards? Yes”: Elevate buys LexPredict

Elevate has expanded its AI and data science capabilities with the acquisition of enterprise and technology firm LexPredict. The move is the legal company’s latest deal since it received a round of debt financing from Morgan Stanley in April. More acquisitions are expected to close imminently. We speak to Elevate’s president John Croft about the acquisition and road map.

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

Orrick launches global legal tech venture fund

Orrick is the latest law firm to launch a corporate venture fund, from which it says it will make investments in promising legal tech companies globally.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Nov 2018 No comments

Legal tech deal: Elevate Acquires LexPredict

After securing growth financing this Spring, Elevate today (14 November) announced the acquisition of enterprise consulting and technology firm LexPredict, in a move that combines Elevate’s legal services offering with LexPredict’s data science team and contract analytics software.

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

Aderant Handshake wins: Wiggin, Sacker & DMH Stallard join Blank Rome and four more

Leading UK media, technology and IP firm Wiggin has today (13 November) signed on the dotted line with Aderant Handshake’s knowledge management solution, we can reveal, joining seven other new law firms wins including Sackers and DMH Stallard in the UK, and US top 100 firm Blank Rome.

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

Chapman and Cutler: Sale of Closing Room to NetDocuments could just be the start

Chapman and Cutler’s sale of deal management application Closing Room to NetDocuments is a rare example of a law firm selling technology to a legal tech vendor. But practice innovations and technology partner Eric Wood, the mastermind behind the app, believes that this is a model with potential as the firm eyes the possibility of developing its role as a software enterprise.

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

Legal IT Latest: All the wins, deals, launches and acquisitions you need to know about, in brief

Catch up on all our latest stories and comments in brief as well as wins and deals for DocsCorp, HighQ, Zylpha and Lexsoft, which has been selected by Womble Bond Dickinson for its knowledge management solution T3.

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