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Clifford Chance implements centralised data protection system with Commvault

Top five global law firm Clifford Chance has implemented a centralised, global data centre protection system using NASDAQ-listed data and information management solutions company Commvault.

The 2,992-lawyer firm previously used Symantec in London, while Commvault covered its other facilities. However, having taken the strategic decision to adopt a global, centrally managed data protection system for its data centres, Clifford Chance conducted a rigorous tendering procedure and last year selected Commvault as its single worldwide solution.

Ian Llewellyn, Clifford Chance’s Infrastructure Manager (pictured), said: “Our global central management allows us to implement global backup standards and manage them centrally. That wasn’t something we could do before, so this ties in with our strategy to standardise all our applications and systems globally.”

See below a short case study from Commvault detailing the process, key drivers and outcome.

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

NewLaw: Pinsent Masons appoints new leadership to contract lawyer arm to take it to ‘next level’

Pinsent Masons has appointed a new head and expanded its contract lawyer arm Vario, saying that the venture has been an even greater success than anticipated.

Matthew Kay (pictured), Vario’s first appointment from outside Pinsent Masons, joins from recruitment, communications, advertising and resourcing company TMP Worldwide, where he was business development director. Prior to TMP, Kay led the European service delivery for HR Outsourcing at Accenture.

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

eDiscovery provider Everlaw receives $8.1m in funding from Silicon Valley VC

eDiscovery software-as-a-service provider Everlaw has closed an $8.1M Series A funding round, led by Silicon Valley seed, venture and growth-stage capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Andreessen Horowitz, which is an investor in companies including Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Box, Slack, Optimizely and Zenefits, has placed partner Steven Sinofsky on the Everlaw board as a director.

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

Searches UK acquired by Fitzalan Partners

There’s more change and consolidation within the conveyancing sector as commercial and residential property search company Searches UK is acquired by online conveyancing marketing specialist Fitzalan Partners, part of aim-listed outsourced marketing provider NAHL Group.

Fitzalan generates confirmed leads for conveyancing and home surveys by targeting homebuyers and sellers through its four web-based platforms Fridaysmove, In-Deed, Homeward Legal and Surveyor Local.

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

Mobile Helix enters formal partnership with iManage and launches two-factor authentication for LINK

Mobile Helix is to enter into a formal partnership with iManage, as the Manhattan-headquartered company also launches two-factor authentication for its mobile app, LINK, which enables lawyers to access their documents, emails, calendar and other web apps from one place.

LINK, which already partners with NetDocuments and Microsoft SharePoint and has offered WorkSite (now rebranded as iManage Work) on an ad hoc basis, is now releasing a generally available iManage Work connector.

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

Intapp announces more Open services partners

Intapp has been steadily announcing more services partners that have been certified on Intapp Open. Intapp Open is an application for new business intake (NBI) and conflicts management adopted by over 100 law firms worldwide. The program certifies service providers in technical consulting, process consulting and business consulting based on their experience with Intapp software, as well as their overall proficiency in NBI and conflicts.

Added by Charles Christian on the 12th Jan 2016 No comments

Updated: Cuatrecasas and Sackers roll out NetDocuments

Leading European independent law firm Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira and UK top 100 law firm Sackers have swapped their on premises document management solution for NetDocuments’ cloud-based solution.

As one of Europe’s top five law firms, Cuatrecasas, which has 1600 staff across 24 offices, required a solution that would complement and integrate with the firm’s existing technology, while providing extremely high standards for security and compliance across international offices and a diverse client base.

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DMA Law unifies post-merger legal software system with SOS Connect

A North East law firm formed by merger has integrated its software systems by signing up to Solicitors Own Software’s practice management and matter management solution SOS Connect.

Headquartered in Darlington, DMA Law is a full service firm with six offices across the North East that was created from the merger of McCardles and Donnelly Adamson.

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Office launches, deals, product updates and a sponsored tiger sanctuary (with added tiger pix)

With Christmas now a distant memory, we bring you a mixed bag of the first deals and product updates of 2016, kickstarted by the news that Phoenix Business Solutions has launched its second site in Europe with the opening of an office in Frankfurt.

The office – Phoenix’ sixth office after London, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, New York and Sydney – will provide full iManage and Phoenix product sales, consultancy, support, development and managed service offerings.

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

Practico and Matter Mojo get ringing endorsement from Microsoft for their Cloud + Office365 technology

The real ‘game changer’ is having our Office apps, Skype and MatterMojo available through the cloud on any device. That has helped people who are regularly in court or at client offices to work freely, without restriction, and still feel connected to the team in the office.

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David Bowie RIP – The Ediscovery Years

One aspect of the late David Bowie’s career you might not see in the media coverage today is the fact that during the 1960s, when he was still singing as David Jones and playing the coffee-bars of London, was that for a short time he had a day-job at the London litigation support (and now ediscovery) bureau Legastat.

Added by Charles Christian on the 11th Jan 2016 2 comments

Next selects Linetime’s Liberate matter management system

Next’s legal team has selected Linetime’s Liberate matter management system in order to improve the way it delivers services to the business.

Like many smaller in-house functions, Next’s seven-strong legal team previously used traditional paper files and stored emails and other electronic information on personal and shared drives.

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Chief strategy officer role gains pace with appointments by Mishcon and Norton Rose Fulbright

The news that Mishcon de Reya has appointed Axiom’s respected UK managing director Nick West as its chief strategy officer (CSO) places the firm at the forefront of a trend that began in the US in around 2014 and is expected to cross the Atlantic – a development welcomed by business transformation consultants.

Part of a wider move by law firms to become more corporate in structure, West’s appointment comes just over a year after Norton Rose Fulbright appointed former Huron Consulting Group director John Cussons as director of strategic development – a notable appointment that has so far largely gone under the radar.

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

Ediscovery & Litigation Support Sector Consolidation – Advanced Discovery buys Millnet – another UK vendor goes

Advanced Discovery just announced the acquisition of Millnet, the largest and longest established UK-headquartered ediscovery, litigation support and legal document services firm. The acquisition supports Advanced Discovery’s strategy to meet clients’ growing global eDiscovery needs. Clients will now have access to eDiscovery services across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Added by Charles Christian on the 8th Jan 2016 2 comments

DocsCorp kickstarts 2016 European growth plans with hire of Sarah Smithies

DocsCorp now has 10 members of staff in Europe with the hire of former Microsystems EU client relations manager Sarah Smithies and is looking to hire a further four members of staff over the next 12 months, bringing the European office in line with the US.

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