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Martyn Wells’ 211 mile walk for Macmillan Cancer Support

Huge congratulations to Wright Hassall IT director Martyn Wells, who while fighting Stage IV Malignant Melanoma is more than halfway through his 211 mile, 10-day walk along the Severn Way to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. And you can help him finish the journey.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Sep 2018 at 6:05 pm 1 comment

Legal AI as a service: McCarthyFinch partners with Deloitte and Accenture as its competes at 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield

Legal technology innovator McCarthyFinch was on the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield yesterday (5 September), one of the 20 chosen companies out of a thousand to compete to be recognised as the world’s best early-stage startup. McCarthyFinch showed off its virtual lawyer that it says can be trained and plugged into any legal process, from financial compliance to contract automation. Oh yes, and it has also just announced new partnerships with Accenture and Deloitte.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 6th Sep 2018 at 11:34 am 1 comment

Acquisitions ahoy: Thomson Reuters acquires OLAP Vision

Heads up Thomson Reuters could well be on the legal sector acquisition trail again as it today (5 September) announced that it has acquired long-term Elite partner OLAP Vision, a Toronto-based producer of budgeting and forecasting, profitability, and financial reporting products.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Sep 2018 at 8:29 pm No comments

Noah Waisberg tells Legal IT Insider how Kira will be spending that cool $50m Series A investment

In the largest Series A legal tech investment to date, Insight Venture Partners has taken a $50m minority stake in Kira Systems, which will use the funds to dramatically accelerate its ambitious growth plans. We talked strategy and growth plans with Kira founder Noah Waisberg, who deserves double congratulations because his wife had their third child yesterday (4 September).

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Sep 2018 at 12:08 pm No comments

Legal Tech Move: New head of legal for Repstor

Repstor, the ECM software and matter management specialist, has appointed a new head of legal & professional services. Leigh Smith joined this summer from global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, which together with Repstor has developed Office 365/SharePoint matter management solution ES/Unity. At Repstor, Smith will spearhead ES /Unity engagements among corporate in-house legal teams.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Sep 2018 at 10:23 am 1 comment

Series A Extraordinaire: Insight Venture Partners takes a $50m minority stake in Kira Systems

Insight Venture Partners has taken an extraordinary $50m minority stake in Kira Systems, which plans to use the funds to accelerate its growth and consolidate its position within the burgeoning contract review market.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Sep 2018 at 7:41 am No comments

ICO legal sector data breach reports surge by 112% in two years

Back to school and we kick off with the cheery news that legal sector data security incidents as reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office have risen by a significantly above average 112% in two years, with the justice sector up 128%. Human error (as opposed to a cyber incident) accounted for the vast majority of incidents, led by data being emailed to the wrong recipient.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Sep 2018 at 11:07 am No comments

Updated: RPC’s director of infrastructure Julie Berry moves to UK top 20 accountant Saffery Champness as a partner

RPC’s longstanding director of infrastructure Julie Berry has left to join chartered accountant Saffery Champness as IT partner after 27 years at the UK top 50 law firm.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Sep 2018 at 7:41 am 2 comments

Trending: Gareth Thomas joins OnePlace as VP of sales for EMEA

Having recently lost sales director Guy Phillips to NetDocuments,  Salesforce-based CRM provider OnePlace has hired iManage RAVN sales director Gareth Thomas as its regional vice president of sales, EMEA to lead its growth plans in […]

Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Sep 2018 at 7:40 pm 2 comments

Profile: Jamie Whalebone, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the start of the year created a centralised legal operations team led by Jamie Whalebone. Here he talks to editor Caroline Hill about his role, the role of the new team and their toolbox.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Sep 2018 at 9:53 am No comments

$10m funding injection: Apperio’s founder talks strategy, new London HQ, and doubling the team

London-based legaltech startup Apperio this week secured a $10m (£7.5m) series A funding round led by Revolut-backer Draper Esprit. Founder and CEO Nicholas d’Adhemar tells us about the strategy and plans behind the funding.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 31st Aug 2018 at 10:44 am No comments

A bridge between strategy and tech: Julian Tsisin on his new role at Seal Software

Fresh from its $30m funding injection led by Toba Capital, contract discovery and analytics provider Seal Software in July appointed Google’s respected legal ops lead Julian Tsisin to help expand its offering in the legal sector. We caught up with Tsisin at ILTA in Washington to find out a bit more about his role.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th Aug 2018 at 1:47 pm No comments

Legal tech win: The John Lewis Partnership selects Lexis Draft

In a big win for LexisNexis, the John Lewis Partnership legal team has selected Lexis Draft as its preferred solution for legal drafting and proofreading.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 29th Aug 2018 at 10:26 am No comments

EDZ Systems launches data consolidation platform Intelligent RMS

As the summer hols start to feel like they’ve gone on forever, this week we will be highlighting a number of releases that jump out and this is one. EDZ Systems has announced the launch of Intelligent RMS, a software solution designed to make law firms and corporate legal departments more informed, adaptable and strategic by bringing together all of their data on one intelligent platform. One former AmLaw CFO says: “In 20 years I haven’t seen such a valuable solution.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 29th Aug 2018 at 9:47 am 2 comments

BigLaw “may not be able to access O365 for years”

Big law firms could be years away from a full move to Microsoft Office 365 – despite the fact that much of Microsoft’s investment is focussed on its cloud-hosted suite of services and that most BigLaw firms have the move on their roadmap – because Microsoft is continuing to refuse to hand over the encryption keys.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 28th Aug 2018 at 8:12 am 2 comments