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Freshfields Lab: The team behind the initiative share their plans for a dedicated “client experience space”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has opened its debut Freshfields Lab. The new initiative, launched out of Berlin’s start-up campus known as The Factory (with plans afoot to open a second Lab in London), is focused on developing technology-based solutions for clients as they face increasingly complex challenges around mass claims, global transactions, investigations and cyber risks.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 5th Jun 2019 at 10:37 am No comments

“Police are innovating in silos”: Use of algorithms in the justice system needs “urgent oversight”

A year after the Law Society’s legal and regulatory policy director Sophia Adams Bhatti conceived of the idea for a commission on the use of AI in the criminal justice system, the Society has published its final report, which finds that the ad hoc use of complex algorithms in the justice system needs urgent oversight in the face of “a worrying lack of oversight or framework.”

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 3:24 pm No comments

BigHand support staff survey: Just 3% say they have all the information they require first time

An extensive survey by BigHand of over 800 legal support staff globally gives a rare insight into the daily challenges and working experiences of support teams, with only a staggering 3% of respondents saying they receive all the information they need to complete a task first time.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 1:59 pm No comments

Mover and shaker: Steph Abbott, HSF

Congratulations to Steph Abbott, who has taken on the role of director of knowledge & learning at Herbert Smith Freehills, heading the function globally. Abbott, who is based in Australia, was previously a director at Janders Dean, which works closely with HSF.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 7:07 am No comments

Updated: Akin Gump adopts Filetrail as part of wider cultural IG change

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has adopted FileTrail GPS to help manage the way it retains, stores and ultimately destroys its data. The move – notably underpinned by a significant cultural change piece – is being led by assistant general counsel for information governance, Christopher Egan, who joined Akin Gump from the US Department of Justice in November 2017.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 4th Jun 2019 at 6:24 am No comments

Intapp acquires OnePlace: The analysis

We speak to Intapp’s CEO John Hall and OnePlace founder and CEO Tim Smith about the acquisition, which as we exclusively revealed in the May Orange Rag, will see OnePlace retained as the brand for the legal sector, and DealCloud within financial services.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 3rd Jun 2019 at 6:59 am 5 comments

Simkins: How we modernised our cost recovery with nQueue

When Simkins had the opportunity to modernise its cost recovery system the choice boiled down to Equitrac, PaperCut or nQueue. Nick Wright, IT manager at Simkins LLP describes the journey and the outcome.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 31st May 2019 at 6:23 am No comments

Gordon McAlpine joins Mason & Cook to lead global tech product launch

BigHand’s co-founder and legal tech veteran Gordon McAlpine has joined resource management consultancy Mason & Cook as a non-executive director to oversee the growth strategy of its technology product – Vantage. He will be responsible for the global launch and continued growth of the software arm of the business.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 30th May 2019 at 8:50 am No comments

Mobile apps: a new age of “self-service” law?

Eversheds’ Andrew McManus shares the highs and lows of the firm’s mobile app journey

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 29th May 2019 at 5:21 pm No comments

LTC4 in major overhaul

Legal tech competency company LTC4 has completely overhauled its business model, ditching its annual membership and introducing the ability to pay for learning plans as you go.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 29th May 2019 at 5:17 pm No comments

Is no news good news?

On 8 May we announced that Allen & Overy has signed an agreement for the use of Eigen Technologies’ natural language processing tech.  A&O is the second magic circle firm to have confirmed its adoption of Eigen’s NLP product after Linklaters became its first client in 2015.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 29th May 2019 at 3:24 pm No comments

von Briesen & Roper: Simple Innovation

von Briesen & Roper’s strapline is “We do things differently” and, according to CIO William Caraher, that statement also applies to their approach to technology – but it’s the simplest innovations that have been the most effective.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 29th May 2019 at 2:57 pm No comments

PLMJ hacked

In news that has yet to make it out of Iberia, Portugal’s largest law firm, PLMJ, this year became the latest firm to fall victim to a cyberattack after its network was compromised and information relating to the the Benfica football corruption investigation published Wikileaks-style on a football blog.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 29th May 2019 at 2:16 pm No comments

The May 2019 Legal IT Insider Newsletter – issue #323 – is out now

Well well well, how is it the end of May, that’s what we want to know. In this bumper issue of the Orange Rag we bring you all the latest news, analysis and commentary from all the leading players.

Added by Charles Christian on the 29th May 2019 at 11:57 am No comments

Clarilis to underpin TLT white label document automation service

TLT has extended its existing relationship with Clarilis, which on top of helping TLT to automate its own contracts internally will now form the basis of a white labelled document automation service for clients.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 28th May 2019 at 10:06 am No comments