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What’s hot & what’s not: wins & deals

Added on the 6th Nov 2017 at 7:39 am
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Our definitive monthly guide to all the latest wins and deals.

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT   In a major Am Law 100 swapout for NetDocuments, 750+  attorney law firm Sheppard Mullin will replace its incumbent iManage DMS for NetDocuments’ cloud platform across its 15 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Donna Paulson, CIO at Sheppard Mullin, said: “At the end of the day, our cloud initiative is not just about solving our current DMS challenges, it’s about aligning with best-in-class technologies and service providers that have a proven track record of delivering world-class security solutions and continuous product innovation to take our firm into the future.”

In other NetDocuments deals… Alberta law firm Duncan Craig, which has a total of 150 lawyers and support staff, has selected the NetDocuments cloud platform to replace its current DMS. Three Minnesota law firms – McCollum Crowley, Bassford Remele, and Zimmerman Reed – are all heading to the DMS cloud with NetDocuments. And, London law firm Silver Shemmings Ash has gone live with NetDocuments document and email management system. The implementation was handled by Hoffbrand Consulting.

Meanwhile iManage reports that Arent Fox LLP, with approximately 400 attorneys, will migrate its existing iManage Work implementation to the iManage Cloud and add two iManage cloud-based applications to protect critical client data: iManage Security Policy Manager and iManage Threat Manager.

Over in EMEA, Phoenix Business Solutions is enjoying a surge in iManage work with both upgrades to existing iManage sites and competitive swapouts from legacy DMS to iManage. These include Capital Law replacing Thomson Reuters Elite Envision with iManage Work 10, Geldards upgrading iManage to Work 10, SA Law deploying iManage 10 and Phoenix Workspace Control, Stone King replacing Thomson Reuters Elite MatterSphere DMS with iManage Cloud, and the inhouse legal team at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank implementing iManage Work 10.

Phoenix add that over the last quarter a raft of original Tikit clients have moved their iManage support to Phoenix, the latest switches include Foot Anstey, DLA Piper Denmark, DAHL Denmark, Hewitsons, Peters & Peters, Clarke Willmott, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmit, Barlow Robins Solicitors, Enyo Law, Maitland Group, and Gartlan Furey.

UK & EMEA    DocsCorp announced their products have replaced Workshare’s at Dirkzwager, one of the largest firms of lawyers in the Netherlands. The deal comes on the heels of other significant Workshare swap outs in the Benelux region for DocsCorp, including Stibbe and Lexence. As part of the deal, metadata cleaning tool cleanDocs and PDF application pdfDocs has been deployed enterprise-wide and is now available to all users at Dirkzwager. Additionally, compareDocs will be used for document comparison workflows firm-wide.

Leading Finnish firm Borenius has also deployed DocsCorp pdfDocs across all of its offices after a review. The Helsinki-headquartered firm had been using a combination of pdfDocs, Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat but chose to retain only pdfDocs to provide better PDF editing options for all of its employees. And Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft in Germany purchased contentCrawler from DocsCorp for OCR and compression.

Tikit announced that a further three firms – Hedges Law, McCormacks and Morgans Sports Law – have recently invested in P4W, TikitConnect and Carpe Diem. This brings to 27 the number of new clients that have signed up for P4W in 2017.

International law firm Eversheds Sutherland LLP has selected the Lexis InterAction Business Edge CRM solution, from LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions, to optimise the firm’s business development efforts and to support the growth of this newly merged entity. Business Edge will automatically provide the business development teams with firm-wide ‘lawyer to client’ engagement dashboards to assist and support the firm’s focus areas.

Metamorph Law Limited, an alternative business structure (ABS) has adopted Lexis Visualfiles as its legal workflow and case management solution of choice provided by LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. Metamorph Law deployed the Visualfiles platform in four months from project initiation to go-live.

Scottish firm DJ Alexander Legal, is implementing Proclaim practice management software from Eclipse Legal Systems. The firm said that with over 30 years’ experience of lettings and estate agency services in Edinburgh and Glasgow, providing clients with a range of legal services, particularly conveyancing, was the next logical step in order to offer a tailored and seamless service for property clients across the UK. Legal start-up Phoenix Legal is implementing the Eclipse Compact solution from Eclipse to support its boutique personal injury claims practice. And, Liverpool-based Harvey Howell Solicitors is implementing Proclaim practice management software solution to support its Private Client and Family work, whose clients range from police federations and hospitals through to local and national charities and palliative care teams.

North East commercial firm Mincoffs Solicitors have contracted with Linetime to implement the full Liberate software suite, providing integrated accounts, case and matter management, and CRM firm-wide. Following a competitive selection process that included other wellknown software suppliers, Mincoffs chose Linetime for its wide range of tightly integrated products that are both sophisticated yet easy to use.

East Midlands firm Sills & Betteridge Solicitors, which has eight offices, has signed up to integrated practice and case management with SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software after a decade of growth. Martyn Hall, practice director, says the aim is to go live with SOS Connect early next year, after its integration with the firm’s new document management and existing conveyancing case management systems.

Converge TS has been chosen by legal expenses insurance and claims services specialist MSL to provide a fully managed disaster recovery service and 24/7 technical upport following a vigorous tender process to select a new provider. MSL was named the Claims Management Company Team of the Year in 2017.

Harrogate and Leeds-based Berwins report that since implementing the BigHand Now desktop and mobile application, the firm has enjoyed substantial workflow efficiencies in delegation and progress tracking.

Cristie Data has won a five year contract with Stone King LLP to help the firm transform the way it protects its data. Cristie Data will provide Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and managed cloud backup to Stone King. The five year deal also delivers enterpriseclass virtual replication for Stone King’s production environment, enabling the firm to rapidly restore its business applications and data to a dedicated private cloud in one of iomart’s secure UK data centres.

Clarion Solicitors has awarded iTrain Direct Limited a contract to deliver iManage training.

nQueue, a provider of cost recovery and document scanning and routing technology, announced long-time customer Rosling King LLP, has refreshed its cost recovery technology by installing nQueue’s Embedded software on its multi-function devices. The firm has also rolled out nQueue’s Print Anywhere to improve its printing security and InfoRoute scan technology.

NORTH AMERICA    Johnson Controls–Hitachi Air Conditioning has selected the ANAQUA unified IP platform in order to globalize the joint venture’s IP management systems. Johnson Controls–Hitachi, which has approximately 15,000 employees in over 20 locations across four continents, was established as a joint venture between Hitachi Appliances and Johnson Controls in 2015. As the worldwide joint-company took shape, the company became concerned about global operating efficiency and security implications and decided to move all their IP management matters to Anaqua.

Recently formed law firm Johnston Pratt PLLC has chosen Innovative Computing Systems for legal technology services and support. Johnston Pratt PLLC was formed in June this year and consists of partners and associates who split from Kane Russell Coleman & Logan.

Armstrong Teasdale, an AMLAW 200 firm with ten offices across the United States, is migrating its ediscovery projects into an iCONECT XERA system, to be managed by iCONECT partner Avansic. Lawgical Choice, the ediscovery and litigation support subsidiary of Armstrong Teasdale, will now use this integrated platform for its processing, ECA, document review, analytics and production.

Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP, in Binghamton NY, has purchased DocsCorp’s full range of desktop productivity tools including cleanDocs for metadata cleaning, compareDocs for document comparison, and pdfDocs for PDF creation and editing.

APAC    Sparke Helmore, which has eight offices and 400 lawyers across Australia, has selected Intapp Time for total time management. “As we plan our migration to a new financial and practice management system, we’ve made the decision to select Intapp Time as part of our solution,” said Lee Hodge, CIO, Sparke Helmore. “Under the old system, lawyers have been frustrated by the lack of support for mobile time entry and the time they spend recreating timesheets after the fact.”

Rajah & Tann Asia, one of the largest legal networks in the region with over 600 lawyers in ten countries, has adopted Luminance’s artificial intelligence technology to enhance its due diligence processes for M&A transactions following a competitive selection process and a pilot of the technology.

Simpson Grierson, a leading commercial law firm in New Zealand, purchased DocsCorp’s complete desktop range (pdfDocs, cleanDocs and compareDocs) to replace their Workshare legacy products. Also in New Zealand, global law firm DLA Piper purchased pdfDocs from DocsCorp.

Continuing its pioneering approach to open innovation, Australia’s leading independent law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has announced the adoption of the latest digital conveyancing technology by the firm’s market-leading property practice. Corrs is adding InfoTrack PlanIT to the firm’s suite of secure cloudbased solutions, following extensive collaboration with developers InfoTrack. PlanIT allows for the management of document production, distribution, execution, reporting and settlement for off-the-plan apartment and master-planned communities.

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