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Turbo charging London’s law-tech ecosystem: Barclays launches start-up and scale-up incubator

In a bid to turbo charge London’s law-tech ecosystem Barclays today (23 April) launched a new law-tech incubator in partnership with the Law Society. The venture is backed by major law firms including Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; and Baker McKenzie as well as Legal Geek and leading universities UCL and The University of Liverpool.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Apr 2018 at 11:27 am No comments

CLOC and LawGeex release The Anatomy of a Director of Legal Operations

With CLOC’s Las Vegas institute now in full swing you can expect a fair amount of legal operations related news, kicked off by a piece of LinkedIn-based research and a useful infographic produced by CLOC – ok, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium – and contract review automation provider LawGeex, which you will recall we just wrote about thanks to their enormous $12m latest funding round.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 23rd Apr 2018 at 5:33 am No comments

Enable wins Stibbe as first client in mainland Europe

As we first revealed in the March edition of the Orange Rag, Enable Business Solutions has won its first client in mainland Europe: Stibbe has signed up to both Word-based legal pitch solution PitchPerfect and ExperienceManager, as Enable expands its global presence, led by firms in the United States.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 20th Apr 2018 at 10:06 am No comments

Exclusive: Ashurst brings in new CTO from GE Capital

In a heavyweight hire from outside of the legal sector, Ashurst has appointed GE Capital International’s IT director Noel Jordan as its new chief technology officer, as current CTO Bruna Pellicci prepares to leave the firm at the end of July.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Apr 2018 at 2:00 pm No comments

Case study: Seddons uses DocsCorp cleanDocs and contentCrawler to support GDPR goals

We get feedback from you that client case studies are valuable – we don’t charge to publish them, as is the case with all our editorial, which is published only on editorial merit. Here is a case study from DocsCorp, describing how London-based Seddons uses cleanDocs and contentCrawler software to ensure optimal data security, searchability and to support their GDPR compliance goals. Note that one key factor was the ability to prevent misaddressed emails in cleanDocs.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Apr 2018 at 6:36 am No comments

Cybersecurity: Soon-to-launch Crypviser instant messaging app to offer blockchain security

Earlier this week the French government announced it was to develop its own secure messaging app because it was concerned about the integrity of the Telegram and WhatsApp platforms. The issue with both of them is they ultimately rely upon central servers that could be compromised by hackers (whether criminal or government agencies) or via court orders. To address this issue Dusseldorf-based Crypviser has developed what it claims is the world’s most secure messaging platform that no government can block, stop or spy on because all verification is based on blockchain technology. This could be a platform that will appeal to a lot of law firms concerned about maintaining the confidentiality of their communications.

Added by Charles Christian on the 18th Apr 2018 at 3:26 pm 2 comments

Former OpenText Am Law 100 site Shook Hardy & Bacon selects NetDocuments

Am Law 100 firm Shook Hardy & Bacon has opted to swap out its legacy OpenText document management system for NetDocuments’s cloud-based platform, in another significant win for the Utah-headquartered DMS provider.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Apr 2018 at 11:00 am No comments

Fieldfisher’s LexisOne lead Lindsay Barthram joins Wilson Legal Solutions

In a big hire for the UK office of Pennsylvania-headquartered legal tech software and services business Wilson Legal Solutions, Fieldfisher’s head of business transformation Lindsay Barthram (pictured) has joined as director of consulting services for EMEA. The move is potentially a big deal for LexisNexis: Barthram, who at Fieldfisher helped oversee the successful rollout of LexisOne, will notably be evangelising for the Microsoft Dynamics-based ERP, which has yet to take off in the market and with the recent decision by Wedlake Bell to back out of its LexisOne selection in favour of Thomson Reuters Elite, has looked on decidedly shaky ground.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Apr 2018 at 10:29 am No comments

Legal SaaS AI platform LawGeex raises $12m – yes, $12m – in new funding

Contract review automation vendor LawGeex has closed a whopping $12 million funding round led by venture capital fund, Aleph. The investment brings LawGeex total funding to date to $21.5 million. Previous investors, including Lool Ventures, also participated in this round. Legal IT Insider speaks to LawGeex VP of marketing, Shmuli Goldberg, about the strategy behind this latest huge cash injection.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Apr 2018 at 3:00 pm No comments

Kingsley Napley IT director Thereza Snyman joins Baskerville Drummond

Former Kingsley Napley IT director Thereza Snyman has joined leading independent legal IT consultancy Baskerville Drummond as a consultant, focussing on the likes of strategy and security, as well as vendor management and change management. Snyman will be replaced at Kingsley Napley by now head of IT Ash Cooper, who Snyman recruited in March 2017 as IT operations manager with a view to him eventually succeeding her.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Apr 2018 at 2:13 pm No comments

Former flagship Timeslice site Travers Smith selects Aderant Expert

Big news today (17 April) for Aderant, which will shortly announce that Travers Smith has selected Aderant Expert as its new practice management system.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 17th Apr 2018 at 7:37 am No comments

Deadline for the April issue Legal IT Insider newsletter is THIS Friday 20 April

For all you lawtech PRs out there – the deadline for the April issue of the Insider newsletter is 12 noon THIS Friday 20th April – be there or be a footnote in the May issue.

Added by Charles Christian on the 16th Apr 2018 at 4:29 pm No comments

AI in the UK: House of Lords select committee asks, are you ready, willing and able?

A report out today (16 April) from the House of Lords select committee on artificial intelligence finds that while the UK has a “unique opportunity” to shape the development of AI, it is essential that ethics take centre stage, with the report recommending the creation of a cross-sector AI Code to help mitigate the risks.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Apr 2018 at 2:37 pm 2 comments

Sparke Helmore latest APAC firm to choose Aderant Expert

Sparke Helmore Lawyers, a market-leading firm with more than 750 people in eight offices across Australia, has selected Aderant Expert for its legal practice and financial management software solution. Aderant Expert’s adaptability and agility sealed the deal for Sparke Helmore as the firm needed a flexible solution as it continues to grow.

Added by Legal IT Newswire Form on the 16th Apr 2018 at 9:57 am No comments

The 2018 Buyer’s Guide to UK eDisclosure Systems is available now!

This year’s version of the most definitive Guide to UK eDisclosure systems is online, as Andrew Haslam and Legal IT Insider publish the 2018 edition of the “industry bible”. There have been 78 modification to the entries, with the Guide showing 98 suppliers and 73 products. The 17.7 MB, 435 page PDF can be downloaded here.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 16th Apr 2018 at 6:00 am No comments
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