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InCloudCounsel launches in the UK – we find out more from UK MD Bridget Deiters

Silicon Valley-based alternative legal services provider InCloudCounsel is to launch in Europe, with its new London office led by former Kirkland & Ellis corporate and capital markets associate Bridget Deiters.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Jan 2019 No comments

Elevate’s Halebury acquisition: John Croft and Denise Nurse discuss customers, competition and how two + two = five

Acquisitive law company Elevate last week announced that it has bought senior flexible resource law firm Halebury. We caught up with Elevate’s president John Croft and Halebury’s co-founder Denise Nurse to find out about the key drivers for the acquisition; how the combined entity will benefit clients, and who Elevate now regards as competition.

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

Legaltech Accelerators: Slaughter and May; MDR LAB and LexisNexis announce updates

Slaughter and May today (15 January) announced that it has selected a new round of businesses to join its technology entrepreneurs programme, Fast Forward in a week that has seen announcements from Mishcon de Reya and LexisNexis about MDR LAB and the Legaltech Accelerator Programme respectively, with one startup in the latter programme having entirely revised their business model after a 12-week period.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 15th Jan 2019 No comments

The changing role of the legal CISO

Freshfield’s Mark Walmsley (pictured) talks about what it takes to be a chief information security officer (CISO) as cybercrime soars, and on inspiring the next generation.

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

Deloitte Legal appoints magic circle veteran as managing partner to head tech-focused legal offering

Deloitte has hired Allen & Overy partner Michael Castle as its new managing partner for Deloitte Legal in the UK, having last year announced that it will offer legal advice alongside technology-enabled delivery and process optimisation.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Jan 2019 No comments

Legal tech wins & deals: SOS; Linetime; Aderant; Elevate; OpenText, ONIT; Reynen Court and FileTrail

In the UK it’s been all about the practice management system over the past week with wins for Aderant, SOS Connect and Linetime in the same week that we broke the news that Oracle is launching a dedicated legal PMS. Elsewhere, Elevate has bought flexible legal service law firm Halebury and in the US we bring you a mixed bag of wins including the news that Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP will be the first law firm to deploy OpenText Magellan; OpenText’s AI-backed analytics platform.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Jan 2019 No comments

K&L Gates former CIO joins ‘blockchain for law’ Integra Ledger as innovation chief

In a hugely significant hire for the blockchain community, K&L Gates’ former chief information officer Neeraj Rajpal has taken on the new role of chief innovation officer at blockchain technology infrastructure provider Integra Ledger.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Jan 2019 No comments

Brodies swaps out Elite Enterprise for Aderant Expert

UK top 60 law firm Brodies has selected Aderant Expert, swapping out its soon to be sunsetted Thomson Reuters Elite Enterprise practice management system. Brodies was the first UK client to go live on Elite’s Business Development Premier integral CRM solution, which it will continue to use.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Jan 2019 No comments

Exclusive: Clifford Chance and Latham each inject over $2m into Reynen Court

Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins have each injected north of $2m into startup services automation platform Reynen Court, which has heavyweight law firm backing to become the legal tech app store that will enable law firms to access new tech in a secure and integrated way.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Jan 2019 2 comments

Breaking news: Onit secures $200m from K1 Investment Management

Enterprise legal and contract management software provider Onit has secured a whopping $200 million from West Coast private equity firm K1 Investment Management which it says it will use to scale operations to meet increasing client demand for its process automation technology and enhance its scalable platform.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 No comments

Elevate acquires Halebury and converts to become an ABS

Elevate has acquired senior flexible resource law firm Halebury, in the process converting to become an alternative business structure (ABS) to facilitate the acquisition of the UK regulated practice. 

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 1 comment

US legal IT movers and shakers: Ron Friedmann joins LAC Group as chief knowledge and information officer

Industry consultant and well-known US commentator and blogger Ron Friedmann has joined LAC Group to fill the newly-created executive role of chief knowledge and information officer. We speak to the former Fireman & Company partner about his new role.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 No comments

A&O appoints former TalkTalk chief architect as CTO

Allen & Overy has at last found a replacement for former chief technology officer Ian Storer, with the out of sector appointment of John O’Donovan, who joins from TalkTalk, where he was chief architect.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 No comments

Legal IT Insider Deadlines 2019

See here for our 2019 Orange Rag editorial deadlines and note that our wins and deals section will be turned into a report at the end of year with visualisations and analysis of the number of wins per vendor. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 8th Jan 2019 No comments

Exclusive/Trending: Oracle launches legal global practice management system

As much of the UK formally returns to work today (7 January) we kick off 2019 with a bang, with the revelation that Oracle is launching a dedicated legal global practice management system that will initially be targeted at UK headquartered law firms, with the intention to later expand out to the United States.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Jan 2019 11 comments