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Legal IT: Wins, deals, product launches and people moves

In this roundup of the latest legal IT industry news, we bring you wins, deals, product launches and upgrades and people moves from Phoenix and HighQ, Epiq Systems, DocsCorp, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LockPath, ReadyTalk and more.

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Something for the Legal IT Weekend via SmartTimeApps.com

How many lawyers does it take to change a lightbulb?

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Lights, Camera – and Cut the corporate video mistakes

The ideal length of your video is shorter than you think. In the digital age, with shorter attention spans, research shows that 20% of people will switch a video off after 10 seconds if it doesn’t engage them. After a minute 45% of your remaining viewers will have stopped watching and 60% after two minutes. The ideal length for a corporate video is between 30 and 90 seconds, so aim for 60 seconds and deliver your key message early!

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Jomati report: Law firms are finally embracing alternative working practices including legal project management

The clear differences in working practices between traditional law firms and alternative legal providers are starting to disappear, a study out today (5 February) by Jomati Consultants has found, with a notable upsurge in the adoption of legal project management (LPM) and process improvement techniques, despite continuing fee earner resistance.

The extensive report, called ‘Re-engineering legal services: how traditional law firms are – finally – learning to embrace alternative working practices’, finds that there are three areas in which law firms are increasingly adopting working practices more typically associated with new legal market entrants: the establishment of low cost centres (LCCs), which operate in a manner similar to legal process outsourcers; the adoption of LPM and process improvement which – in turn – offer clients greater price certainty; and the development of law firm-owned contract lawyer services, which closely resemble those already offered by established alternative providers.

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Zoopla’s GC Ned Staple talks tech and new online grocery business FarmDrop

Ned Staple, GC and company secretary at Zoopla, talks to us about tech, the need for e-billing, and the £3m Series A funding of his online business, FarmDrop, founded with ex-Morgan Stanley stockbroker Ben Pugh and food industry specialist Ben Patten, which enables consumers to buy directly from producers.

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‘Relief’ but an urgent need for clarity after EU-US Privacy Shield announced

Organisations on both sides of the Atlantic welcomed the news yesterday (2 February) that the European Commission and United States have at last agreed a new framework for transatlantic data flows but warn that further clarity and a rebuilding of trust is now key.

The EU-US Privacy Shield, which replaces the old Safe Harbour framework, will govern the transfer of personal data for commercial purposes from companies in the EU to companies in the U.S. It puts in place stronger obligations on companies in the U.S. to protect that information and stronger monitoring and enforcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including through increased cooperation with European data protection authorities.

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Updated: Businesses face further uncertainty as EU and U.S. miss Safe Harbour 2 deadline

Update: a decision has now been reached on Safe Harbour 2, full story to follow shortly.

European businesses with operations in the United States face continued uncertainty and increased risk of enforcement after the European Commission and U.S. missed the deadline to agree a new data sharing pact following the demise of Safe Harbour protection last year.

The European Commissioner Vĕra Jourová confirmed last night (1 February) that further concessions are needed from the U.S. before a new agreement on the safe transfer of data between the UK and US can be agreed.

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Legaltech New York: Releases from Rocket Matter, Mitratech, Actiance and DocAuto

Who needs Manhattan. This week we bring you latest releases from Legaltech New York as they come in, without all that walking around.

It’s the official opening of LTNY this very day (2 February) and cloud-based legal practice management software company Rocket Matter is launching two new integrations aimed at boosting law firm revenue generation, collections, and financial accountability.

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HighQ and RAVN announce strategic partnership

HighQ and RAVN Systems have announced a strategic partnership that will see them offer integrated products to the legal and financial sectors.

HighQ’s Collaborate transaction management platform provides tools to help law firms, banks and other professional services organisations work efficiently on large deals, transactions and projects using their advanced file sharing, task management and workflow features.

With the integration of RAVN’s Applied Cognitive Engine (ACE), mutual customers can now take advantage of RAVN’s artificial intelligence solution to improve transactional efficiency by automatically reading, interpreting and summarising key information from documents and unstructured data.

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Legal IT: Wins, deals, product launches and people moves

With Legal Tech New York (LTNY) kicking off tomorrow (2 February) there have already been a flurry of product launches and upgrades announced over the past few days as the latest wins and deals of 2016 continue to flood in.

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Three leading IT Directors identify their top strategic priorities and market trends for 2016

Without a doubt our most commented on feature in the January Legal IT Insider, here Daniel Pollick, chief information officer and director of business infrastructure at DLA Piper, Colin Smith, director of information technology at Pinsent Masons and Andrew Powell, director of IT at Nabarro (soon to take up the role of head of IT at Macfarlanes) highlight their key strategic priorities and wider market trends for 2016/17.

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Something for the Legal IT Weekend – New Cartoon

Following the hallowed tradition of biting the hand that feeds it (and IT) – US-based timekeeping software specialist SmartTimeApps has launched a new cartoon series poking fun at law firm time recording habits…

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Clyde & Co outsources data centres as 2016/17 ushers in change

Clyde & Co is mid-way through a pitch process that will see it outsource the running of its global data centres to a third party as it also prepares to open its first data centre in the U.S and in the APAC region.

The top 20 firm is repositioning its global infrastructure so that each key region has its own data centre, building on its existing data centres in the UK and Middle East.

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LegalTech New York Preview: LTC4 to launch Ediscovery Module

The Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition (LTC4) just announced that its widely anticipated draft eDiscovery/eDisclosure Core Competency (ECC) Learning Plan will be released at LegalTech New York to LTC4 members for peer group review. The launch will take place on Wednesday 3rd February, 5 – 7 PM at Le Parker Meridien 119 West 56th Street, New York.

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Law Society of Scotland to launch e-conveyancing portal

Following a tender last April for the development of a digital conveyancing portal, The Law Society of Scotland has formed a partnership with the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) and BDP Estate Agency Software.

The online system, Altis, which is due to go live this spring, aims to speed up the Scottish conveyancing process as well as provide a secure and transparent environment to store all the information relating to clients and their properties.

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