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The changing role of the legal CISO

Freshfield’s Mark Walmsley (pictured) talks about what it takes to be a chief information security officer (CISO) as cybercrime soars, and on inspiring the next generation.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 15th Jan 2019 at 7:00 am No comments

Deloitte Legal appoints magic circle veteran as managing partner to head tech-focused legal offering

Deloitte has hired Allen & Overy partner Michael Castle as its new managing partner for Deloitte Legal in the UK, having last year announced that it will offer legal advice alongside technology-enabled delivery and process optimisation.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Jan 2019 at 9:48 am No comments

Legal tech wins & deals: SOS; Linetime; Aderant; Elevate; OpenText, ONIT; Reynen Court and FileTrail

In the UK it’s been all about the practice management system over the past week with wins for Aderant, SOS Connect and Linetime in the same week that we broke the news that Oracle is launching a dedicated legal PMS. Elsewhere, Elevate has bought flexible legal service law firm Halebury and in the US we bring you a mixed bag of wins including the news that Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP will be the first law firm to deploy OpenText Magellan; OpenText’s AI-backed analytics platform.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 14th Jan 2019 at 7:03 am No comments

K&L Gates former CIO joins ‘blockchain for law’ Integra Ledger as innovation chief

In a hugely significant hire for the blockchain community, K&L Gates’ former chief information officer Neeraj Rajpal has taken on the new role of chief innovation officer at blockchain technology infrastructure provider Integra Ledger.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Jan 2019 at 2:32 pm No comments

Updated: “Blockchain for Lawyers” eBook – worth a read

A new eBook pitched as ‘blockchain for lawyers’ but in fact relevant to anyone in the sector with an interest in the topic has been published by blockchain startup Legaler and it’s worth a read.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 11th Jan 2019 at 10:12 am 1 comment

Brodies swaps out Elite Enterprise for Aderant Expert

UK top 60 law firm Brodies has selected Aderant Expert, swapping out its soon to be sunsetted Thomson Reuters Elite Enterprise practice management system. Brodies was the first UK client to go live on Elite’s Business Development Premier integral CRM solution, which it will continue to use.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 10th Jan 2019 at 10:10 am No comments

Exclusive: Clifford Chance and Latham each inject over $2m into Reynen Court

Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins have each injected north of $2m into startup services automation platform Reynen Court, which has heavyweight law firm backing to become the legal tech app store that will enable law firms to access new tech in a secure and integrated way.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 9th Jan 2019 at 1:26 pm 2 comments

Breaking news: Onit secures $200m from K1 Investment Management

Enterprise legal and contract management software provider Onit has secured a whopping $200 million from West Coast private equity firm K1 Investment Management which it says it will use to scale operations to meet increasing client demand for its process automation technology and enhance its scalable platform.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 at 5:46 pm No comments

Elevate acquires Halebury and converts to become an ABS

Elevate has acquired senior flexible resource law firm Halebury, in the process converting to become an alternative business structure (ABS) to facilitate the acquisition of the UK regulated practice. 

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 at 11:57 am 1 comment

US legal IT movers and shakers: Ron Friedmann joins LAC Group as chief knowledge and information officer

Industry consultant and well-known US commentator and blogger Ron Friedmann has joined LAC Group to fill the newly-created executive role of chief knowledge and information officer. We speak to the former Fireman & Company partner about his new role.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 at 11:39 am No comments

A&O appoints former TalkTalk chief architect as CTO

Allen & Overy has at last found a replacement for former chief technology officer Ian Storer, with the out of sector appointment of John O’Donovan, who joins from TalkTalk, where he was chief architect.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 8th Jan 2019 at 10:18 am No comments

Legal IT Insider Deadlines 2019

See here for our 2019 Orange Rag editorial deadlines and note that our wins and deals section will be turned into a report at the end of year with visualisations and analysis of the number of wins per vendor. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 8th Jan 2019 at 6:19 am No comments

Exclusive/Trending: Oracle launches legal global practice management system

As much of the UK formally returns to work today (7 January) we kick off 2019 with a bang, with the revelation that Oracle is launching a dedicated legal global practice management system that will initially be targeted at UK headquartered law firms, with the intention to later expand out to the United States.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 7th Jan 2019 at 12:00 pm 10 comments

CLOC’s CEO Connie Brenton resigns

In a shock departure from legal operations powerhouse CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) founder Connie Brenton has resigned alongside board member Jeff Franke. The resignation comes just three weeks ahead of CLOC’s 2019 London Institute, which last year was chaired by Brenton. You can read the letter announcing her departure here in full.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jan 2019 at 12:11 pm No comments

The legal tech market: 2018 and beyond

Crikey, what a year it’s been. A year of some progress and a lot of nonsense, 2018 can be summarised as a time when expectation far outpaced reality in legal tech land. The buzz around AI has meant that many law firms have bought solutions that they, particularly their partners, believe will be a panacea for all of their problems, and have inevitably been disappointed.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 24th Dec 2018 at 7:05 am No comments