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Ashurst Advance teams up with LSO Cognia Law to scale offering

Ashurst’s Glasgow-based legal services centre Ashurst Advance has teamed up with legal service outsourcing provider Cognia Law to bolster its capability and enable it to scale its offering.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Jun 2019 at 11:42 am No comments

Updated: PwC unveils first cohort of scale ups in LawTech programme

Big Four giant PwC has unveiled the eight scale up companies that will take part in its inaugural Scale LawTech programme, with a heavy emphasis – you may not be surprised to hear – on AI-backed compliance and contract review and management solutions. 

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Jun 2019 at 11:08 am No comments

AI or Excel on steroids? The ethics of AI as a tool, and its future regulation

From a technological perspective, AI is simply a series of computing techniques that are designed to mimic human behaviour. In that sense, AI has been around since the 1950s, Bristows IT partner Chris Holder told delegates at the 2019 Legal Leaders #GlenLegal IT Forum. “I would question whether what many CIOs are currently purchasing is true AI, or whether it is actually just excel on steroids,” he said, in a wide ranging and thoughtful talk on how AI is currently being used, how that will change, and what that means in terms of meaningful regulation and ethics.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Jun 2019 at 6:37 am No comments

Massive US expansion for LEAP as it offers “migration pathway” for 15,000 Lexis PCLaw and Time Matters law firm customers

In a major expansion into the United States for cloud case management provider LEAP Legal Software, the Sydney-headquartered company has entered a joint venture with LexisNexis to offer a migration pathway to the 15,000 law firm customers of PCLaw and Time Matters in the United States, Canada and Australasia. But what does the JV mean in practice?

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Jun 2019 at 11:20 am No comments

LWOW director Erika Concetta Pagano joins Wavelength as head of legal innovation and design

In a big international hire for Wavelength, Erika Concetta Pagano has left her role as both lecturer in law at the University of Miami School and Law and director of LawWithoutWalls to take on the new role of head of legal innovation and design at the UK-headquartered legal engineering firm. Pagano will lead “the development, growth and management of the legal design and innovation aspects” of Wavelength’s business.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Jun 2019 at 10:50 am 1 comment

ACEDS bring in Microsoft’s Rachi Messing to global advisory board

Ediscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) has brought in Rachi Messing from Microsoft to its global advisory board. Messing is a senior program manager at Microsoft, currently working within the corporate, external, and legal affairs group.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Jun 2019 at 3:08 pm No comments

Lat Am Win: Cuesta Campos selects NetDocuments

Cuesta Campos, a top ranked full-service law firm with offices and affiliate firms across Mexico, has chosen NetDocuments as its native cloud-based document and email management platform.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Jun 2019 at 1:11 pm No comments

Freshfields Lab: The team behind the initiative share their plans for a dedicated “client experience space”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has opened its debut Freshfields Lab. The new initiative, launched out of Berlin’s start-up campus known as The Factory (with plans afoot to open a second Lab in London), is focused on developing technology-based solutions for clients as they face increasingly complex challenges around mass claims, global transactions, investigations and cyber risks.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Jun 2019 at 10:37 am No comments

“Police are innovating in silos”: Use of algorithms in the justice system needs “urgent oversight”

A year after the Law Society’s legal and regulatory policy director Sophia Adams Bhatti conceived of the idea for a commission on the use of AI in the criminal justice system, the Society has published its final report, which finds that the ad hoc use of complex algorithms in the justice system needs urgent oversight in the face of “a worrying lack of oversight or framework.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 3:24 pm No comments

BigHand support staff survey: Just 3% say they have all the information they require first time

An extensive survey by BigHand of over 800 legal support staff globally gives a rare insight into the daily challenges and working experiences of support teams, with only a staggering 3% of respondents saying they receive all the information they need to complete a task first time.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 1:59 pm No comments

Mover and shaker: Steph Abbott, HSF

Congratulations to Steph Abbott, who has taken on the role of director of knowledge & learning at Herbert Smith Freehills, heading the function globally. Abbott, who is based in Australia, was previously a director at Janders Dean, which works closely with HSF.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 7:07 am No comments

Updated: Akin Gump adopts Filetrail as part of wider cultural IG change

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has adopted FileTrail GPS to help manage the way it retains, stores and ultimately destroys its data. The move – notably underpinned by a significant cultural change piece – is being led by assistant general counsel for information governance, Christopher Egan, who joined Akin Gump from the US Department of Justice in November 2017.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 6:24 am No comments

Intapp acquires OnePlace: The analysis

We speak to Intapp’s CEO John Hall and OnePlace founder and CEO Tim Smith about the acquisition, which as we exclusively revealed in the May Orange Rag, will see OnePlace retained as the brand for the legal sector, and DealCloud within financial services.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Jun 2019 at 6:59 am 5 comments

Simkins: How we modernised our cost recovery with nQueue

When Simkins had the opportunity to modernise its cost recovery system the choice boiled down to Equitrac, PaperCut or nQueue. Nick Wright, IT manager at Simkins LLP describes the journey and the outcome.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 31st May 2019 at 6:23 am No comments

Gordon McAlpine joins Mason & Cook to lead global tech product launch

BigHand’s co-founder and legal tech veteran Gordon McAlpine has joined resource management consultancy Mason & Cook as a non-executive director to oversee the growth strategy of its technology product – Vantage. He will be responsible for the global launch and continued growth of the software arm of the business.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th May 2019 at 8:50 am No comments