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Don’t take unnecessary risks – practice safe Sentry

As new product launches go, ‘practice safe Sentry’ is catchy, referring to the release by Canadian-headquartered content management solutions provider RBRO Solutions of its real-time, web-based monitoring solution for iManage Work environments.

Sentry gives administrators “unprecedented” access to information from their document management system in real time from a very simple but powerful user interface. Administrators are able to set up rules for monitoring activity and Sentry gives them the ability to take immediate action when rules are breached.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Mar 2016 No comments

Public Counsel, the largest Pro Bono law firm in the US, benefits from Helm360’s Terminus Pro

Public Counsel, a prominent Los Angeles law firm, and software vendor Helm360 just announced the successful results from the recent implementation of Terminus Pro at Public Counsel. Helm360’s business intelligence and reporting solution configured for ProLaw, has helped the nation’s largest pro bono law firm to improve productivity.

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Mar 2016 No comments

Comment: A Perfect Storm – why law firm mergers flounder on the iceberg of system conversions

I know of firms who plan a merger and, to assist with planning, the support and technical functions gather sage advice from people in other firms who have done the same, and who all say “It’s unrealistic”, “Double your estimate” and “you’re having a laugh”… And then the advice is listened too, but ignored as the same old unrealistic plans get set by people with no experience of such things anyway.

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Mar 2016 1 comment

Law Society report shows £25.7bn legal sector grows almost three times faster than wider UK economy

The first ever investigation of the wider economic value of UK’s legal services sector has found that 8,000 new jobs are created and £379m is added to the economy for every one 1% growth in the UK’s £25.7bn legal services sector.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Mar 2016 No comments

Comment: Artificial Intelligence – Application in Legal

In this extensive article on artificial intelligence in legal that should become a go-to resource for anyone with an interest in the subject, Ben Gardner, data & information architect at Linklaters asks: ‘Is AI a threat or an opportunity?’ He says it is both. To those focused on the routine, it is a threat, to those focused on innovating/bespoke it is an opportunity. The advice, therefore, should be to understand these new technologies and explore what opportunities they create. This should not be limited to iterative improvements to the current process but more importantly to identifying opportunities for transformational change.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Mar 2016 3 comments

New Ebook from Bellefield on Wearable Tech for Lawyers

At the ABA Tech Show in Chicago last week, time capture specialists Bellefield just released a new ebook: The Ultimate Guide: Wearable Tech in the Legal Enterprise. It is a first-of-its-kind for the legal IT industry and you can download it free of charge here.

Added by Charles Christian on the 21st Mar 2016 No comments

Guest post: The end of low-qualified lawyers?

Deloitte’s 2016 report [Developing legal talent: Stepping into the future law firm] has garnered some attention for suggesting a ‘tipping point’ is coming to the legal profession as early as 2020. In truth, as interesting as the report is, it has not really produced new evidence to support the claim that, “[Legal services businesses] will need access to lawyers who have a broader skill set and are not just technically competent lawyers.” This seems to be the guts of their case:

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Mar 2016 No comments

Coding for good: Freshfields wins 24-hour hackathon

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been announced as the winner of a 24-hour hackathon that saw 150+ coders work through the night on Friday (18 March) to build solutions for Hackney Community Law Centre.

Organised by Legal Geek, which, led by founder Jimmy Vestbirk is building a ‘disruptor’ law tech community through a series of events, the LawTech Hackathon saw teams battle it out to conceive, build and pitch technical solutions for current issues that affect the delivery and access to legal services in the London borough and beyond.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Mar 2016 No comments

“It was a thrill for our lawyers to act like a start up” – Gilbert + Tobin gives inside view of hackathon

Gilbert + Tobin’s chief operating officer Sam Nickless has given a fascinating inside view of the innovative firm’s inaugural hackathon at the end of January, in which more than 50 lawyers and technologists spent 24 hours devising and coding solutions for legal and process issues identified by Westpac Bank’s in-house legal team.

In a post today (18 March) on LinkedIn – including a video of the event – Nickless describes how the Sydney-headquartered firm assembled hackathon teams of mixed ages and seniority, from summer clerks to partners. Mixed in were technologists from G+T’s innovation team as well as from LegalVision, a tech start up that G+T invested in last year that provides online, fixed fee legal services.

The ambition was to find solutions that help streamline the interactions Westpac’s business units have with its in-house legal team.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Mar 2016 No comments

Comment: The importance of security in a digitalised world

The Financial Conduct Authority has, very sensibly, declared that technology and big data are set to be the key focuses for the regulator in the year ahead.

On 1 March, in a lecture outlining the FCA’s view of the general insurance sector, Simon Green, Director of General Insurance & Protection, declared that “underinvestment in IT structures, legacy systems and a lack of integration following mergers” are having a significant impact on the capability of businesses to protect their information.

This is undoubtedly true, and it is reassuring to know that the FCA fully appreciates the growing threat of cybercrime. The legal sector, and indeed business more widely, relies heavily on digital systems to store sensitive information and therefore firms of all sizes would be well advised to take note of this warning from Mr Green.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Mar 2016 No comments

Comment: Advice to Elite Enterprise firms – start migration by “slicing the salami” rather than going for Big Bang

Find pieces of the project you can implement first. Look at what is on the edges of the accounting system. What system modules do timekeepers use versus the back office? Can you push out implementing some of the new modules to a second phase? I metaphorically call this process “slicing the salami.” How many slices can you cut the salami into to make the conversion more manageable?

Added by Charles Christian on the 16th Mar 2016 2 comments

Deloitte Insight: Over 100,000 legal roles to be automated

Over 100,000 jobs in the legal sector have a high chance of being automated in the next twenty years according to extensive new analysis by Deloitte.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Mar 2016 3 comments

Comment: Brexit – legal consequences for commercial parties

In this specialist paper on the potential implications of Britain’s exit from the EU, Allen & Overy looks at data protection legislation and asks, ‘is a change of approach required?’

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

UPDATED: NextLaw Labs invests in eBilling startup Apperio as part of £1.7m Series A investment

Dentons’ technology investment arm NextLaw Labs has announced that it has invested in Apperio, a legal tech startup focusing on legal tenders and eBilling, which was one of Legal IT Insider’s ‘Startup Corner’ companies at the end of 2014. NextLaw Labs is one of four investors in a Series A investment round that has seen Apperio raise a total of £1.7m.

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

Ediscovery consolidation: kCura acquires Content Analyst, developers of high-performance advanced text analytics tech

kCura, developers of the ediscovery software Relativity, just announced their acquisition of Content Analyst Company LLC, developers of the CAAT analytics engine. Widely adopted by various U.S. intelligence agencies and the e-discovery community, Content Analyst’s proprietary technology – now in its third generation – has been helping customers quickly gain insight into massive volumes of unstructured data since 2004.

Added by Charles Christian on the 14th Mar 2016 1 comment