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Will DWF kickstart a new wave of IPOs?

After an initial flurry of interest in the public markets following the IPO of uber-acquisitive Slater & Gordon, way back in 2007, law firm listings have been few and far between.  A handful – Gately, Keystone, Gordon Dadds and Knights – are trading on AIM.  But no firm has taken the plunge on the main market.  Until now. We ask investors if there is likely to be a wave of IPOs to free up the kind of capital DWF now has to invest.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 2nd Apr 2019 at 8:36 am No comments

Six new BigLaw firms sign up to Reynen Court

In a model that will ultimately succeed or fail on the number of law firms backing it, six more leading law firms have joined Reynen Court to support the development and launch of its services automation platform.  The six new members are Cleary Gottlieb; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Debevoise & Plimpton; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Slaughter and May and Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 1st Apr 2019 at 2:32 pm No comments

Thirsk Winton selects Linetime’s PMS

North West London firm Thirsk Winton has selected Linetime’s Liberate solution as its firm wide practice management system. Headquartered in Woodford Green with another office in Mayfair, Thirsk Winton provides a range of commercial and private client services with a focus on property related work.

Added by Legal IT Newswire Form on the 1st Apr 2019 at 12:25 pm No comments

Breaking news: Intapp acquires ERM provider gwabbit

Intapp has acquired Introhive competitor gwabbit, a West Coast-headquartered enterprise relationship management solution that captures and updates data from emails.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 1st Apr 2019 at 11:48 am No comments

#GlenLegal19: Finding the right model for tech innovation

When Daniel Pollick joined DWF from DLA Piper last year, he had concerns about how he would work with the firm’s innovation arm, DWF Ventures. “I thought it was going to be like the worst kind of shadow IT,” he told delegates at the #GlenLegal19 Legal Leaders IT Forum. In fact, as he and DWF Ventures managing director Jonathan Patterson revealed, it’s very different.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 1st Apr 2019 at 9:37 am No comments

Seal Software’s $15m injection from DocuSign: The analysis

DocuSign’s $15m investment in Seal Software is an immediately obvious move that will help DocuSign continue to build out its intelligent agreement framework and will open doors and relationships to Seal during a stage of its growth where it continues to burn through cash. Here’s our in-depth take on the investment and strategy.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 29th Mar 2019 at 8:05 am No comments

Allen & Overy introduces Fuse cohort 3

Allen & Overy has announced the new cohort members to enter Fuse, their collaborative tech innovation space. Four of the last cohort will remain in situ.

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 28th Mar 2019 at 1:10 pm No comments

DocuSign invests $15m in Seal Software

In a significant deepening of DocuSign’s global partnership with Seal Software, the San Francisco-headquartered company has injected $15m – Seal’s first corporate investment. As of its last company accounts Seal was majority owned by Toba Capital, which in June 2018 extended its investment in Seal by a further $30m. It is not yet known if the $15m is primary or secondary investment to buy out some of Toba’s share.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 28th Mar 2019 at 1:00 pm No comments

LexisOne redundancies at SAGlobal

Following our coverage of LexisOne’s sale to SAGlobal, we’ve received a comment on the Legal IT Insider website as follows: “Extremely surprised that there is no further follow up article around the raft of redundancies announced at SAG for the unfortunate ones who came across from LexisOne.” Here is what we now know.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 28th Mar 2019 at 9:59 am 2 comments

The March 2019 Legal IT Insider Newsletter – issue #321 – is out now

With more legal tech breaking news and insights than you can shake a stick at, welcome to the March edition of the Orange Rag! And our top story is after the first exhaustive side-by-side evaluation of iManage Work 10 in the cloud and NetDocuments, Clifford Chance has selected iManage, we can reveal, following what CIO Paul Greenwood is at pains to stress was such a close-run selection process that it had to be extended.

Added by Charles Christian on the 27th Mar 2019 at 12:01 pm No comments

CC selects iManage Cloud after “close” contest

After the first exhaustive side-by-side evaluation of iManage Work 10 in the cloud and NetDocuments, Clifford Chance has selected iManage, we can reveal, following what CIO Paul Greenwood is at pains to stress was such a close-run selection process that it had to be extended.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 27th Mar 2019 at 12:00 pm No comments

Comment: Achieving a Successful DMS Project

Firms must adopt their DMS — owning the technology, which 98% do already, is insufficient.  In part I of this series, I discussed the concrete business drivers that should help firms make the business case for adoption and the particulars of client governance mandates.  It’s one thing to point out a problem that everyone knows about, however—but another to offer a solution, says Prosperoware’s founder Keith Lipman.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 27th Mar 2019 at 8:46 am 1 comment

The #GLH2019 semi-final winners

The non-profit Global Legal Hackathon, now in its second year, has announced the 12 teams that have been invited to New York City on May 4th to compete in the final round of #GLH2019 – the winners are all below and include entrants from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Poland, Romania and the USA, with two entrants apiece from Brazil and Germany. 

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 26th Mar 2019 at 12:15 pm No comments

Comment: What is a legal technology practice stack and why does that matter?

“Almost all the work that I do in evaluating, buying and implementing legal technology for use by lawyers is directed at strengthening the practice stack,” says Dera Nevin.  “I distinguish the practice stack from enterprise technology or stand-alone (ad hoc) technology. I define the practice stack as being the technology toolkit containing features and functions unique or tailored to the delivery of legal services…Let’s dig into what the legal practice technology stack is by first looking at what it is not.”

Added by Tate Chennis Colbran on the 26th Mar 2019 at 9:20 am No comments

#GLH19: Observations from the semi-final judging process

It’s been great fun judging the semi-final of the Global Legal Hackathon #GLH19 and I’m honestly blown away by the quality of many of the entries. The GLH team will pull the results together today, so without giving anything away, here are two observations that jumped out from the entries.

Added by Caroline Hill on the 25th Mar 2019 at 9:25 am No comments