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Blockchain: Separating the fact and fiction

When it comes to the business of law and the technology that law firms rely on to operate, blockchain has until very recently been of limited relevance, with CIOs and their teams only interested at the very fringes – the majority will tell you off the bat that blockchain is massively overhyped, and to a great extent they are right. But in contrast with the fact that blockchain in 2018 officially entered the trough of disillusionment (according to Gartner), there are several very good practical reasons why in 2019 it should be on everyone’s radar.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 21st Feb 2019 at 2:46 pm No comments

LoopUp opens offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Madrid

Office openings don’t normally set our world on fire but as a litmus test of growth it’s interesting to note that London headquartered audio conferencing provider LoopUp has opened five new offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Madrid.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Feb 2019 at 11:39 am No comments

Accounting tech: KPMG Australia releases Business Visitor Assist app in first time instruction for Neota

Following its first instruction from accounting giant KPMG, Neota Logic will announce today (21 February) that KPMG Australia has used the Neota Logic AI automation platform to build their Business Visitor Assist Application.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Feb 2019 at 9:21 am No comments

Joy Rush appointed as CEO: now the work begins

In an announcement that comes as no surprise (in a good way) and well before the end of her expected interim year, ILTA has confirmed that Joy Heath Rush will assume the position of chief executive officer (CEO) effective immediately.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Feb 2019 at 9:35 am 2 comments

“Seismic shift”: Emily Foges on Luminance’s new partnership with EY Law

EY Law has entered into a global framework agreement with Luminance. Having trialled the legal AI platform in its M&A centre in Belfast, EY has rolled the service out for large scale document review across its entire legal advisory and legal managed services offerings, comprising more than 2,100 lawyers in 84 jurisdictions.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Feb 2019 at 7:57 pm 2 comments

Trending: How to Evaluate Legal Technology that Improves Efficiency

This is the first ‘clinic’ from Dera Nevin, who each month will address common questions from readers about the evaluation and implementation of legal technology. Buyers of legal technology can play a critical role in improving the purchase of legal technology by ensuring the strategic questions are asked and fully answered within a business requirements document before going to market, she says.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 19th Feb 2019 at 7:19 pm 2 comments

Breaking news: Axiom to float and spin off managed solutions business

Axiom Global today (19 February) announced it has taken the long anticipated first step towards an initial public offering: filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission form S-1; the registration statement form most commonly used by domestic companies selling securities to the public for the first time.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Feb 2019 at 4:54 pm No comments

Women of Legal Tech: Gabriela Isturiz

Don’t miss Monica Bay’s profile of one of our favourite women in legal tech, Gabriela Isturiz, co-founder and president of Bellefield Systems, who also co-founded eBillingHub.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Feb 2019 at 2:50 pm No comments

UK top 200 firm Anthony Gold selects Repstor’s SharePoint/O365 matter management solution

UK top 200 London law firm Anthony Gold has selected SharePoint/Office 365 document and email management system Repstor custodian for legal. “The O365-based software, which benefits from the familiarity of Outlook, will restore order to email filing, enhance remote collaboration and provide more granular content security,” a release out today (19 February) tells us.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Feb 2019 at 11:22 am No comments

UK Top 50 Law firm IT profiles: Pinsent Masons

As part of a huge project to profile all of the top 200 legal IT teams/law firm IT capability, our contributing editor Amy Carroll spoke to Pinsent Masons about the structure and strategy of their team which, like many others, are increasingly engaged in client-facing solutions.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 19th Feb 2019 at 9:08 am No comments

Solomonic: HSF rolls out across UK disputes + Innovate UK gives funding

Congratulations to Solomonic, as HSF completes the first stage of a development partnership that will see it roll out Solomonic’s litigation analytics platform across the UK disputes team. That, as Innovate UK announces that it will fund a partnership between Solomonic and top ranked Warwick Business School. All go, isn’t it?

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Feb 2019 at 5:10 pm No comments

At Inspire Legal, collaboration and education stand out as pressing problems of the legal industry

Following Legaltech19, ALT and Inspire Legal there is a big focus on legal conferences and the value they offer, or don’t. Alma Asay, chief innovation officer, legal solutions at Integreon, gives her appraisal of the ‘unconference’ Inspire Legal, which she says inspired attendees to focus on problems first, solutions second.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Feb 2019 at 3:36 pm No comments

Weightmans secures “six figure” government grant for PI costs forecasting tool

Innovate UK has awarded national law firm Weightmans and software developers Frontier Labs a six figure sum for a research development project to help better predict the cost of personal injury matters in order to inform the money that their insurance clients put aside for payouts.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Feb 2019 at 12:27 pm No comments

Logic Programming Associates joins Barclays Eagle Labs incubator

The team that created the first Prolog system for small machines and co-founded leading document automation platform Contract Express have joined the Barclays Eagle Labs lawtech incubator in Notting Hill, London. Logic Programming Associates (LPA), which in 2004 launched expert systems tool VisiRule, will be working with the Labs legal partners and other startups to “develop worthwhile commercial applications” for the sector.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Feb 2019 at 11:37 am No comments

BLM selects iManage RAVN Extract to complete “data triangle”

BLM’s IT director Abby Ewen tells Legal IT Insider how the RAVN tool is being used to predict outcomes as part of a three-pronged approach to analysing the firm’s data.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Feb 2019 at 9:29 am No comments