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Gleneagles – thanks for all the snow

This article was first published in Legal IT Insider’s March issue

The overriding theme of Legal Leaders IT Forum in Gleneagles at the end of February was innovation and change, drawing together legal leaders and visionaries to discuss how they are delivering legal services better.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Apr 2016 No comments

UK background check startup Onfido raises £25m

Background check technology is big news at the moment and UK startup Onfido – which uses a machine learning platform to verify new hires are who they say they are – has just raised £25m in funding. Find out more here.

UK’s Onfido raises $25M as it brings its background checking platform to the US

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Apr 2016 No comments

Security Comment: Why are people still using Dropbox for business?

Dropbox has featured frequently in the news recently with headlines about a number of security breaches. Some have been direct “hacks” of their data, whilst others have been exploits using email addresses and passwords leaked from other services to access Dropbox accounts. Dropbox have been updating their services to improve their own security but that doesn’t address the leaked data from elsewhere. Dropbox can’t be blamed for people using the same password on numerous services but that’s what users do and probably always will.

Added by Charles Christian on the 14th Apr 2016 4 comments

Comment: Transatlantic compliance – understanding today’s picture and best practice next steps

Epiq Systems’ general counsel Jayne Rothman walks us through the changes to legislation governing the transfer of personal data between the European Union and the United States, including the creation of the EU-US Privacy Shield framework, which this year replaced Safe Harbour. She says: “A complicated picture just got more complex,” adding, “Clearly, businesses cannot afford to simply wait for decisions on legality.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Apr 2016 No comments

UPDATED: Ethien appoints former OC and Freshfields partner as head of business solutions and partners with RAVN

New managed legal services, technology and advisory firm Ethien has hired Osborne Clarke consultant and former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Paul Taylor as its head of business solutions as it also announces a new strategic partnership with RAVN Systems.

Taylor, who joined OC as a partner in its digital business team in 2007, will work with Ethien’s law firm and in-house legal clients to develop solutions that help improve quality and efficiency and reduce risk within legal services delivery. He will also act as Ethien’s general counsel.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Apr 2016 No comments

HighQ SmartLaw – what does the future of legal services look like?

HighQ has set up a new ‘SmartLaw portal’ to open up a debate on what lawyers and law firms need to do to prepare for the future of legal services.

In a blog launching the portal, HighQ’s business transformation and innovation architect Ryan McClead says: “We believe that a SmartLaw firm is focused on three keys to success: their clients, their culture, and their intelligent use of technology.” The portal contains resources and opinions on what the future holds for law as well as a quick quiz for firms to assess what their ‘SmartLaw score’ is and how they measure up against other firms. The answers are not stored and nothing can be traced back to the person taking the quiz.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Apr 2016 No comments

Spot the difference? Legal IT Insider now has a dedicated Startups section and free Legal IT Newswire

To be honest, I’ve been a bit slow to flag up and brag about a number of changes to Legal IT Insider’s website but you may notice two brand new features that we are particularly excited about.

In recognition of the huge interest and energy within the legal IT startup market we now have a dedicated ‘Startups’ section on the Legal IT Insider website and will shortly be bringing you news of events planned around this rapidly evolving sector.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Apr 2016 No comments

Taylor Vinters partners with contract intelligence startup ThoughtRiver

Just four months after it invested in legal technology startup Pekama, Taylor Vinters has announced a strategic partnership with contract intelligence startup ThoughtRiver and will this week begin beta testing its platform across the law firm’s international client base.

ThoughtRiver’s contract intelligence software applies a contract risk evaluation tool that scans and interprets information from written contracts used in commercial risk assessments and produces visualisations of the potential risks and other issues.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Apr 2016 No comments

Comment: “You know the client” – SRA’s policy head talks innovation and cloud

It’s quite unfashionable to like the regulator, but there’s something about the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plain speaking executive director for policy that makes everything seem unfashionably straight forward.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Apr 2016 No comments

Intapp hires first internal UK recruiter to cater for growth plans

Intapp has hired its first in-house recruiter in the UK as Nigel Lawrence joins the California-headquartered time recording company from Cogence Search.

The hire, which follows Intapp’s acquisition of Manchester-based time recording supplier Rekoop in January, is seen as justified by how quickly the company has already grown in the UK and its future growth plans.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Apr 2016 1 comment

Panama Papers: SRA contacts law firms as head of government investigation identified as former partner

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has sought assurances from law firms linked to the leaked Panama Papers that they are looking into the matter fully as it emerges that a former partner at one of those firms, Simmons & Simmons, is helping to lead the government investigation.

Simmons has been identified by the media as giving English law advice in relation to the formation by Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca of offshore fund Blairmore Holdings, while Holman Fenwick Willan has also been linked to the leak, which has seen Mossack Fonseca achieve the ignominious record of being the source of the largest data leak in history.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Apr 2016 No comments

Legal IT update: Wins, wins and wins

In the second week of the new financial year the main story is wins and deals as Clyde & Co selects HighQ Publisher; Brown Rudnick opts for BigHand Create as its document production solution; Marshall, Gerstein & Borun chooses Nikec Binder; LeCorpio’s IP management solution is selected by Hyperloop; LawBase’s case management system is implemented by three government departments in North America; and business standards company BSI acquires Espion. We also bring news of a promotion at Venio Systems and other industry updates and events.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Apr 2016 No comments

Something for the Legal IT Weekend with SmartTimeApps

The Ambulance Chaser’s Last Case

Added by Charles Christian on the 8th Apr 2016 No comments

An interview with… Ascential’s group legal director Nilema Bhakta-Jones

We love this interview with Nilema Bhakta-Jones, group legal director of Ascential, a business-to-business media company that publishes titles such as Retail Week and Health Service Journal and in February floated on the London Stock Exchange at a value of £800m. Bhakta-Jones is an advocate for innovation and change and, speaking to Legal IT Insider, she talked about progress in tech within the legal sector – at last! – but how that is still strongly overshadowed by developments in the sectors in which Ascential operates.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Apr 2016 No comments

The Mossack Fonseca leak: a good week for big data analytics

It’s being described as the biggest leak in history from a law firm that previously most people had never heard of and from which politicians, banks and high profile investors around the world are trying to distance themselves.

But amid the Mossack Fonseca scandal, which has already seen Iceland’s prime minister stand down and looks set to run on and on, one company that has rightly been keen to stress its involvement is Nuix, Australian eDiscovery and big data analytics provider.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Apr 2016 No comments