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“It will allow us to maintain our competitive edge”: Ince Gordon Dadds becomes UK’s largest listed legal entity

London Stock Exchange-listed law firm Gordon Dadds on Monday (29 October) confirmed the acquisition of Ince & Co in a £43m deal that will create the first top 50 legal firm on the public markets and facilitate investment in better technology and working practices. We speak to Ince chairman Peter Rogan about the listing.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 31st Oct 2018 at 7:07 am No comments

What a surprise: more consolidation in the ediscovery sector as Consilio buys DiscoverReady

Consilio just announced it has acquired DiscoverReady, a premier ediscovery, document review, and compliance solutions provider. The combined company will operate more than 70 offices, review centers, and data centers around the world in 11 countries.

Added by Charles Christian on the 30th Oct 2018 at 3:47 pm No comments

Worth a watch: CloudCoCo’s spoooktacular Halloween video

You’ve got to love a bit of seasonal silliness and we do love this Halloween video from cloud transformation and managed IT services provider CloudCoCo. Send your own videos and we’ll publish them!

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th Oct 2018 at 2:50 pm No comments

Start spreading the news: Tessian opens in New York

Spurred on by a year that has seen it raise $13m in Series A funding and revenue grow by over 500%, Tessian (formerly CheckRecipient) has opened its first outside of the UK in New York. The Park Avenue South office is headed by Ben Freeman, who has relocated from Tessian’s London office.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th Oct 2018 at 7:38 am No comments

Trending… Legal tech circa 2018 and what you can expect from Legal IT Insider

One innovation head tells us they had the popcorn out all last week during a war of words on Twitter, which erupted after Kira Systems’ founder Noah Waisberg at Legal Geek called for the legal tech press at large to become more discerning in its coverage of ‘AI’ and emerging technology and try to help avoid some of the hype. A valid call, I thought it would be worth reminding you of a few things you can expect from Legal IT Insider, given that some of the frustration in that war of words surrounded paid for product endorsements and the like.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 29th Oct 2018 at 9:57 am 2 comments

Legal IT Insider Accountancy Tech Report: Download it here!

With quotations from BDO, EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Moore Stephens, as well as Hogan Lovells, Tikit, Litera Microsystems, Enable Business Solutions, DocsCorp, HighQ and more, here is our brand new accountancy tech report. It details the similarities – but mostly the differences – between law and accountancy when it comes to attitude to tech and capability. You can download the full report for free here.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 26th Oct 2018 at 5:00 am No comments

Elite to split as part of TR restructure

Thomson Reuters Elite is in the process of splitting along company-wide customer segments as opposed to product lines and cutting its headcount in line with the wider Thomson Reuters restructuring in a move that while welcomed by many, is creating significant internal tension as staff find out if they still have a role.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Oct 2018 at 11:49 am No comments

The October issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – includes new Accountancy Tech Report

In this packed issue of the Legal IT Insider, we not only bring you latest breaking news and hottest stories but also our brand new Accountancy Tech Report.

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th Oct 2018 at 10:56 am No comments

DLA restructures back office admin and support across North America with BigHand Now

DLA Piper has successfully completed an entire US back office administration and support restructure using task delegation and workflow tool BigHand Now, which has been rolled out to over 2,000 users across all 28 of DLA’s North American offices.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Oct 2018 at 12:26 pm 1 comment

British Legal Awards 2018 judgment day

It was a pleasure to judge the British Legal Awards yesterday (22 October) with some of the greats of the legal industry led by Ashurst disputes partner and chair of the City of London Law Society Edward Sparrow. The list of finalists and judges is here.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Oct 2018 at 11:28 am No comments

Eversheds Sutherland brings in former Barclays lawtech strategist

Eversheds Sutherland has hired ex Barclays lawtech strategy adviser and head of legal automation Darren Jones into its company commercial practice group, in a bid to ensure that technology is an integrated part of its client service.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 22nd Oct 2018 at 6:03 pm No comments

50 female founders in legaltech

Here is a potentially useful resource: Kristen Sonday, founder and CEO of US A2J platform Paladin has put together a ‘Fifty Female Founders in Legaltech’ list and asks that the market support them, given the lack of diversity among legal tech founders. The list is growing and reached 57 at last check.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 22nd Oct 2018 at 6:32 am No comments

Legal tech education: Neota partners with three new universities

An outright leader when it comes to helping legal educators to bring their students’ education into this century, Neota Logic will today (19 October) announce three new education partnerships, with The University of Limerick, Ulster University and London South Bank University, which has launched a new law and technology option for students.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Oct 2018 at 12:02 pm No comments

SAVE THE DATE – The 4th Annual Legal Leaders IT Forum – GlenLegal 2019

The Legal IT Insider team are excited to announce the dates of The 4th Annual Legal Leaders IT Forum – GlenLegal 2019. Chaired by Mike Rebeiro , head of digital and innovation at Macfarlanes and Rick Howell, CIO at Perkins Coie, the conference will be held on Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th March 2019, once again hosted in the awesome surroundings of the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Oct 2018 at 9:01 am No comments

Legal Geek 2018 – The in-house view

Huge congratulations to Jimmy Vestbirk for pulling off the biggest yet Legal Geek conference, with around 2,000 people networking in the new and enlarged Brick Lane venue. Here are some of the highlights of the in-house stage in the morning.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Oct 2018 at 11:06 am No comments