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On the sofa with Ian Churchill, CEO of BigHand

BigHand’s new chief executive started life as an accountant at KPMG and joined BigHand in 2015 from business process outsourcing giant Capita, where he ran a series of public sector software businesses and was responsible for Capita’s schools’ business, providing software solutions to 22,000 schools across the UK. Legal IT Insider caught up with him to get his first impressions of the legal sector – its similarities and differences to the public sector – and what his strategy is going forward.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Jun 2016 No comments

Kelley Drye swaps out OpenText DMS for NetDocuments

After a year-long review, respected New York law firm Kelley Drye & Warren has swapped out its legacy on-premise OpenText document management system for NetDocuments’ software-as-a-service cloud-based DMS offering.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Jun 2016 No comments

Fireman & Company and Gimbal Canada join forces

Respected US legal management consulting firm Fireman & Company has joined forces with lean practice management and process improvement specialists Gimbal Canada in a joint venture aimed at providing an entirely holistic service to law firms and corporate legal departments.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jun 2016 No comments

Coca-Cola Enterprises rolls out Blueprint co sec software

Coca-Cola Enterprises has adopted Blueprint OneWorld company secretary software to help with its Companies House electronic filing needs together with maintaining statutory registers, and producing minutes, forms and resolutions.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jun 2016 No comments

OnePlace hires former Lexis Interaction sales head Guy Phillips as it launches in London

Fast-growing client intelligence solution provider OnePlace has hired former LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions international sales director Guy Phillips as it formally opens its first London office in light of client demand.

OnePlace, a solution built on the Salesforce platform that now counts firms such as Bird & Bird among its clients, is opening a Gray’s Inn Road office, where Phillips and heavyweight VP of consulting and success Vijay Motiramani will be based. The office will be hiring consulting and support staff.

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

Eversheds to review DMS and look at new tech

As part of a wider digital agenda Eversheds’ IT director Andrew McManus is undertaking a review of the top 15 firm’s document management system, with a view to potentially combining two or more systems.

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

Guest Post: No surprises on either side as OpenText acquires Recommind

If I say that OpenText’s acquisition of Recommind, announced on 2 June, is unsurprising, that does not make it uninteresting or unimportant. There have been rumours of an acquisition by the one and of the other for some time, although the names had not been paired in my hearing. As so often with these things, it seems an obvious fit once mentioned.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Jun 2016 2 comments

Legal IT News: Aderant; nQueue; Worldox; Epiq; Clio and more

It’s been a busy deal week with Aderant announcing its go live at Maynard Cooper & Gale, implementation of nQueue’s iA Print Anywhere solution at Dentons and launch of Worldox Cloud Canada hosted by LexCloud. Meanwhile Epiq has started offering Relativity in China, Foundation Software Group has launched a new knowledge management platform with support from firms such as Sidley Austin, and Clio has released a new integration with Halo NBI. That’s not to mention NetDocuments’ release of ndOffice 1.8, a new director of operations for nQueue, and a smattering of industry news.

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

OpenText acquires Recommind

Having first entered into a strategic alliance with Recommind in 2008, listed software giant OpenText has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the eDiscovery and analytics leader for $163m.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Jun 2016 No comments

Startup Corner: XRef, Apperio, ROSS and Salladore

It’s been a busy month for legal tech startups, with news of major wins for legal draft supplier XRef Software Solutions; a big hire for eBilling startup Apperio; the first public commercial relationship for IBM Watson-backed ROSS intelligence; and the launch of new capacity management tech Salladore.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 2nd Jun 2016 No comments

Rocket Matter introduces gamification in time and billing

Sick of Candy Crush? Cloud-based practice management system provider Rocket Matter has rolled out a gamification system for law firms that are new to its time and billing program.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 2nd Jun 2016 No comments

Dentons Nextlaw Global Referral Network – the platform

Dentons in May upset the referral apple cart by announcing that it has created the only free law firm referral network. Named Nextlaw Global Referral Network, it is based on a new technology platform that will allow member law firms to easily connect and track referrals.

The new network is headed by CEO Jeff Modisett, who has been with Dentons since 2011 as a part time attorney, as he was also the chief legal officer of Silicon Valley-based financial startup Loyal3.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 1st Jun 2016 No comments

Inaugural meeting of the UK MatterSphere user group

The first meeting of the UK MatterSphere user group took place at Thomson Reuters premises in London on 13 May. With 30 people in attendance, the firms present at the gathering represented almost 6,000 MatterSphere seats.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 1st Jun 2016 No comments

Legal IT: Wins, deals, product launches, name changes and industry news

Following a bumper round of industry news in the May Legal IT Insider we have an, err, bumper round of different industry news this week. Don’t forget to check out our free Legal IT Newswire service, where you can load your own press releases and catch up on, you guessed it, industry news.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 31st May 2016 No comments

As CPD overhaul looms, CLT launches online Competence Gateway

With the continuing professional development (CPD) regime due to be overhauled once and for all in November, Central Law Training has launched a ‘one-stop-shop’ online repository to help UK solicitors manage and record their learning development.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 27th May 2016 No comments