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The April 2017 issue of the Legal IT Insider is out now

TOP STORIES INCLUDE: • eSentio sues HBR Consulting over NetDocuments swap out at Akin Gump and King & Spalding • Contract risk analysis platform ThoughtRiver raises over $1million in funding • RBRO says its business as usual in UK for iManage customers after departure of senior execs • Workshare says we won’t be beaten by the competition on speed or accuracy

AND welcome to the Insider’s new (and FREE to read) Legal Tech Startup Directory – 18 pages of listings and analysis on over 50 innovative companies who have broken with the law firm herd mentality and are set to change the face of legal practice in the UK, Europe, US and APAC regions. You can also discover which startups describe themselves as “Just Eat for Lawyers” and “LinkedIn meets Tinder”

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Apr 2017 at 11:57 am No comments

In brief: Darwin Law selects Tiger Eye for iManage Cloud rollout

In an example of how the iManage Cloud is opening up iManage Work to far smaller law firms than has been its traditional client base, specialist London law firm Darwin Law has selected Tiger Eye to complete its document management system implementation, delivered via the iManage Cloud.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 27th Apr 2017 at 6:39 am No comments

Exigent and McCarthy Tétrault launch new contract automation tool

Legal outsourcing and contract management provider Exigent has built on its collaboration with leading Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault by launching a new contract automation tool, Chameleon DocBuilder.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 26th Apr 2017 at 7:28 am No comments

Startup Corner: ClauseMatch in Focus

In March, document and workflow collaboration platform ClauseMatch gained the full attention of the FinTech sector after Barclays signed up with the startup, which took part in Barclays’ accelerator programme. Focussed on overhauling the contract negotiating process, it should also be on your radar. Here, ClauseMatch, which is in Legal IT Insider’s brand new startup directory out this week (note: Thursday 27 April), tells us more about how the platform works and who is behind it.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Apr 2017 at 10:30 am No comments

Herbert Smith Freehills launches alternative legal services team in SA

Herbert Smith Freehills is set to extend its alternative legal services (ALT) business to Johannesburg, in South Africa. Expected to launch later this year, the business will be housed in the firm’s existing Johannesburg office. It will combine a mix of legal expertise, process efficiency and technology to handle high-volume or document-intensive work more efficiently and cost effectively for clients.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Apr 2017 at 10:00 am No comments

Gleneagles: The Client Point of View

With efficiency and innovation at the top of every client conversation, technology and process is becoming a major differentiator in terms of how much work a client is prepared to give a law firm. However, speaking at Gleneagles Legal Leaders Forum 2017, leaders from Barclays and Juniper Networks made it clear that firms are often not getting their basic invoicing right, and that there is a critical disconnect between client relationship partners and those in the firm that can action meaningful change.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Apr 2017 at 5:50 am No comments

Law firm tech development: Corrs patents own OCR analysis technology

As law firms increasingly foray into the world of tech development, last week (21 April) leading Australia law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth announced it has patented a new optical character recognition (OCR) analysis technology developed by its innovation and development team.
The technology, which has received a patent from IP Australia, identifies documents with low quality searchable text and will be used as part of a new service being launched by Corrs called JustOCR.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 24th Apr 2017 at 6:27 am No comments

Simmons announces it is working with Neota Logic

In the latest sign that law firms want to be seen to be doing something over nothing when it comes to AI, international law firm Simmons & Simmons has announced it is working with Neota Logic to explore ways in which its “award-winning Artificial Intelligence software platform” can be used in the delivery of the firm’s services.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Apr 2017 at 11:12 am No comments

Batchelors and Grant Saw Solicitors invest in Tikit P4W

Batchelors Solicitors and Grant Saw Solicitors have each invested in Tikit P4W and TikitConnect for practice, case management, and CRM.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Apr 2017 at 10:53 am No comments

Howard Kennedy continues major new tech drive

As part of Howard Kennedy’s roadmap to overhaul and improve its existing technology, the top 65 law firm is to roll out RAVN Connect Enterprise and Tikit Carpe Diem as it enters the last stages of a proof of concept with Salesforce-based CRM solution OnePlace and Introhive.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Apr 2017 at 7:18 am No comments

Wonder.Legal takes online legal document service to the US

French-founded online legal document generator Wonder.Legal has launched in the US, targeting both businesses and individuals with the promise of instant letter, contract and agreement creation and taking on established players Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom on price.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Apr 2017 at 1:04 pm No comments

BakerHostetler’s 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report: Key findings

The BakerHostetler 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report is now out, providing detailed analysis of the 450-plus cyber incidents that the Cleveland-headquartered firm’s privacy and data protection team handled in 2016.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Apr 2017 at 8:18 am No comments

HighQ appoints chief revenue officer

HighQ has appointed former Service Management Group’s global head of sales, Paul Hunt to the newly-created role of chief revenue officer, based in Kansas City, Missouri, in the latest addition to its senior leadership team.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Apr 2017 at 5:10 pm No comments

DocsCorp white paper: Invisible documents a serious risk to enterprise content management

DocsCorp has published a white paper called “Invisible Documents: A Serious Risk to Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Compliance and Productivity.” It presents an up-to-date analysis of how hidden files, which do not show up in searches, undermine investment in an ECM while also posing a serious threat to a company’s professional reputation.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Apr 2017 at 8:06 am No comments

NautaDutilh selects Ascertus for iManage support

Following the announcement that Tikit will no longer be supporting iManage Work as of November 2017, leading Benelux firm NautaDutilh has awarded its contract for support and maintenance of the iManage Work Product Management system to Ascertus.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Apr 2017 at 5:47 am No comments
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