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Ashurst tells Microsoft ‘take us to the cloud’

Ashurst led by global head of IT Bruna Pellicci has formed a Microsoft legal working group designed to put the software giant at the centre of law firm efforts to move their infrastructure into the cloud. The working group, which has now met twice and includes law firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, RPC, BLM, Bird & Bird and Clyde & Co, has brought in senior representatives from Microsoft in a bid to help answer recurring law firm cloud challenges such as the security issues raised by client RFPs.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 27th Jul 2017 at 12:23 pm 3 comments

Kennedys launches Ideas Lab as part of a drive to build technological innovation for clients

Global law firm Kennedys has launched its Ideas Lab as part of its drive to continue to develop and deliver 21st century legal services. The Ideas Lab is the brainchild of partner Richard West, Head of R&D Karim Derrick and solicitor Tom Gummer.

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Jul 2017 at 11:23 am No comments

Australia to see first “Cyborg Rights” lawsuit?

No, this is real news, not a fake news story to promote the upcoming Blade Runner movie… The good people at Sydney Criminal Lawyers report that Australia may soon get its first “Cyborg Rights” lawsuit after a “biohacker” implanted the chip from a public transport travel card under his skin.

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Jul 2017 at 5:56 pm No comments

The July/August issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now

In our biggest issue ever, we speak to senior management at law firms including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Pinsent Masons, Macfarlanes and Mishcon de Reya, all of who are winning business as a result of their new delivery models. What really jumps out is the number of law firms that over the past year have developed internally built, tech-based tools that are in some cases forming the basis of new business lines.

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Jul 2017 at 12:40 pm No comments

Big Two IP management vendors Anaqua & Lecorpio merge

Anaqua Inc last night announced it is merging with Lecorpio. The newly combined company will focus on powering corporations and law firms with the tools to streamline operations, gain insight, and maximize the value of IP assets. The merged entity will accelerate delivery of the next generation of smart IP platforms to its 1000 combined customers worldwide, representing some of the most innovative global business and IP professionals. With combined resources, experience, and expertise, the company will leverage technologies such as big data analytics to drive informed IP and business decisions.

Added by Charles Christian on the 26th Jul 2017 at 9:59 am No comments

Word from the managing partner: Andrew Jenkinson, Reed Smith on agile working

In April, Reed Smith became the latest law firm to bring in agile working to enable its staff to take more control over the way they work, as associate billable hours increase from 1500 to 1600 a year. Here, London managing partner Andrew Jenkinson describes the decision-making process behind the move, how decisions are socialised and executed, and what is next on the agenda for the UK office of the top 30 global law firm.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Jul 2017 at 11:26 am No comments

Tech education in law – have your say

In the July Legal IT Insider out on Wednesday (26 July), we have what will be the first in a series of articles looking into the technology training being provided – or not provided – by UK law schools. Here’s a chance to have an input.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 24th Jul 2017 at 8:27 am No comments

Dentons to combine with leading Scottish law firm Maclay Murray & Spens

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, announced today that it is to combine with leading Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. The combination, which is expected to complete later in 2017 following approval by the partnerships of both firms, will offer clients the services of around 800 fee earners in the UK, including 200 partners, operating from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Milton Keynes and Watford.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Jul 2017 at 1:25 pm No comments

Guest post: Cyber attacks and cloud computing

Derek Fitzpatrick, EMEA general manager at Clio argues that in light of the recent nation state cyber attack that embroiled DLA Piper in its wake, firms should seriously consider moving to the cloud for the extra security and data protection it provides.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 21st Jul 2017 at 9:18 am No comments

Eclipse launches new prospect capture and client onboarding solution

Eclipse Legal Systems has launched a new prospect capture and client onboarding solution called Eclipse Capture to help ensure potential clients don’t slip through the net.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Jul 2017 at 12:26 pm No comments

Guest post: Getting your data right – unlocking the value

In this post on data & legal engineering, Wavelength Law’s chief scientific officer, Dr Ben Gardner, continues on the theme of utilising new data structures to deliver legal engineering solutions within law firms and legal departments.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 20th Jul 2017 at 6:20 am No comments

Wonga Group selects ContractPod for contract management

Wonga Group has selected NewGalexy’s cloud-based contract management tool ContractPod to enable its legal team to generate contracts more efficiently using automated templates.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Jul 2017 at 9:57 am No comments

Data security: Lessons from Foley’s insider trading case

Law firm data security has once again been hurled into the spotlight thanks to the prosecution in May of Walter ‘Chet’ Little, a former Foley & Lardner partner who allegedly used his unrestricted accessed to the firm’s document management system for insider trading alongside fellow defendant Andrew Berke. The case for need to know security is building, backed by regulatory changes, client expectation and insurance cover, and it is starting to look far less optional, says Caroline Hill.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 19th Jul 2017 at 6:50 am No comments

In brief: Elevate Services partners with BusyLamp

Respected legal sector consultancy and tech provider Elevate Services has partnered with corporate legal operations software provider BusyLamp to deliver a “state-of-the-art eBilling, matter management, invoice review and legal operations services” that will enable legal operations organizations to jump-start their matter and spend management transformation.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Jul 2017 at 3:10 pm No comments

Phoenix enters strategic partnership with thedocyard

Fresh from its AUD$500,000 innovation funding injection by the Australian government, Queensland headquartered deal management platform provider thedocyard has entered a strategic partnership with Phoenix Business Solutions, which will see Phoenix act as its UK, American and Australian reseller.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 18th Jul 2017 at 9:25 am No comments
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