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The consumerisation of smart contracts: LegalZoom partners with Clause

Ten days ago RocketLawyer caused excitement (admittedly mostly among the blockchain community) by announcing that it will open up self-executing smart legal contracts to its consumer base, and today (17 September) rival LegalZoom announces a not dissimilar highly significant initiative, which sees it partner with Clause to provide self executing contracts to consumers and small businesses.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Sep 2018 at 6:30 pm No comments

Herbies develops in-house data breach software

Will Herbert Smith Freehills be the next firm to launch its own digital services business? The UK top 10 law firm has developed software to help clients respond to data leaks quickly and reduce the financial impact of a cyber-attack, led by Andrew Moir, head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ global cybersecurity practice, who was a software engineer before becoming a solicitor.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Sep 2018 at 2:00 pm No comments

Deadline Alert! The deadline for the September issue of the Insider is this Friday – 21 September

The deadline for you to get all wins, deals, and people moves to us in the next (September) issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is THIS Friday – 21 September – 12 noon UK time. Please email Please flag all exclusives so we can give them the appropriate priority treatment.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Sep 2018 at 7:02 am No comments

Trending: Barclays Eagle Lab launches with not a CIO in sight

The excitable corner of the legal tech universe that is the startup sector yesterday gathered to hear the first cohort of Barclays Eagle Lab in London pitch their wares, followed by Caribbean music, Pina Coladas and even the odd person dancing, but law firm CIOs and mainstream tech heads were notable in their absence.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Sep 2018 at 12:20 pm 2 comments

He’s back! Former Intapp VP of marketing Dan Bressler launches own consultancy

Leaving Intapp to set up your own consultancy business is clearly catching, as former VP of marketing Dan Bressler resurfaces into the professional world with the launch of strategic marketing consultancy Meridius LLC and four large clients under his belt.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Sep 2018 at 3:43 pm 1 comment

Elite Enterprise customer Drinker Biddle selects 3E

Am Law 100 U.S. law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has selected 3E as it transitions from Enterprise, Thomson Reuters Elite will announce today (13 September). As part of the multi-product deal, the firm also will utilize Xcelerate Budgeting and Forecasting.

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Exclusive: iManage RAVN hires former Workshare CRO Nick Thomson as general manager

iManage RAVN has hired Workshare’s former chief revenue officer Nick Thomson as general manager to grow the business and help accelerate adoption, including further expansion outside of the legal sector.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 13th Sep 2018 at 8:00 am No comments

NetDocuments CTO keynote live stream login

Famed for his colourful presentations, NetDocuments chief technology officer Alvin Tedjamulia is on stage to deliver the keynote at the London ndElevate user conference today (12 September). Here are the live stream log in details.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Sep 2018 at 1:52 pm No comments

NetDocuments: Forthcoming data loss prevention tech attaches security to matter or client

NetDocuments has its ndElevate EMEA user conference in London today (12 September) and if ILTA Washington is anything to go by, interest will be high in its new data loss prevention capability, which, available as of Q4, focuses on putting advance security around a matter or client to prevent data loss.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 12th Sep 2018 at 6:10 am No comments

Ashurst appoints former banking partner Christopher Georgiou as co-head of alternative legal services offering

Ashurst has appointed Christopher Georgiou as a partner to co-lead its global Ashurst Advance team, to be based in London. Georgiou will join two-time Legal Leaders Gleneagles speaker Mike Polson as co-head of Ashurst Advance in what the firm says is a demonstration of its clear commitment to significantly expand its successful global alternative legal services offering.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Sep 2018 at 2:31 pm No comments

Updated: Legal tech startup Atrium raises, erm, $65m from Airbnb and Skype early investors

Not to be outdone by Kira Systems’ piddly $50m fundraising last week, Justin Kan’s one-year-old legal tech startup Atrium yesterday (10 September) announced that it has raised $65m and says it is making good progress in realising its vision of transforming the legal industry, or, as TechCrunch’s headline puts it somewhat hysterically, replacing lawyers with machine learning.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Sep 2018 at 10:27 am 2 comments

What’s hot: Tikit announces partnership with FileTrail

Following a run of wins in the US, document and records management provider Filetrail has partnered with Tikit to complement Tikit’s document lifecycle ecosystem. Filetrail in May integrated with NetDocuments, for which Tikit is a preferred strategic document management system partner.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Sep 2018 at 1:19 pm No comments

Clifford Chance hires former Thomson Reuters Practical Law CEO to head digital services business

Following Clifford Chance’s launch in July of its Applied Solutions digital services business, the magic circle firm has hired former Thomson Reuters Practical Law Company US chief executive and legal tech entrepreneur Jeroen Plink (pictured) as CEO. Plink will help drive the business forward globally but notably will be based in New York and focusing on tapping into new opportunities in that market.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Sep 2018 at 10:29 am No comments

Exclusive: Peppermint Technology appoints new CFO

Fresh from its appointment of new CEO Gary Young and chief sales officer Tony Cox, Peppermint Technology has appointed Nicki Grundy as its new CFO, we can reveal, as the Nottingham-headquartered company builds up its c-suite and sales infrastructure, after founder and former CEO Arlene Adams handed over the reins in April.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Sep 2018 at 2:18 pm No comments

iManage broadens out into conflict checking and new business intake with Elegrity acquisition

iManage today (7 September) announced it has broadened its Work Product Management portfolio with the acquisition of Elegrity, a leading San Francisco-based provider of risk and compliance management software and solutions.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Sep 2018 at 1:22 pm No comments