Channel News: Who is doing what with who?

Associate editor Caroline Hill reports…


Purple Skies signs Mishcon de Reya as new ISO 27001 client
Purple Skies Consulting, which launched in January 2014 to help law firms with their information security, has signed a deal with Mishcon de Reya to manage the top 40 UK law firm’s ISO 27001 certification. The leading London and New York-based private client law firm, which has approaching 300 lawyers and in 2013/14 unveiled a profit per equity partner figure of £975,000, is a new client for Purple Skies. Purple Skies was set up by managing director Gillian Walton, who until 2013 worked at Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she was the lead business analyst on a project to obtain certification of ISO 27001 for the top 20 law firm. Walton says “We have over 13 years’ experience working for law firms and understand the importance of minimal disruption to the firm. This allows the law firm to concentrate on continuing to provide a high level of service to its clients whilst we manage the process of governance.”


Quill Pinpoint and ETSOS team up to provide integrated conveyancing solution
Practice management and legal accounts software provider Quill Pinpoint has teamed up with online conveyancing platform ETSOS. Now, through a single interface, conveyancers can request an unlimited number of searches and reports as an integral part of matter progress, and automatically save against case files for end-to-end audit trail purposes. Quill’s Managing Director, Julian Bryan, said: “Our integration initiative will help practices to drive up client care standards because of the efficiencies introduced. There’s no switching windows, cross referencing multiple screens or rekeying information from one system into another, which is typical practice for firms running disparate packages.”


QuisLex Opens London Office

New York-founded legal support services group QuisLex announced on 6 January that it is opening a London office at 15 Old Bailey, in response to increasing demand for its services from the UK and EU legal markets. With existing offices in Chicago and Hyderabad in India, the new office will focus on existing law firm, financial institution and manufacturing clients as well as generating new clients in the UK and EU. Sirisha Gummaregula, QuisLex’s Chief Operating Officer said:  “Our decision to open a London office was driven by increased client needs in litigation, regulatory, and compliance work that benefits from our proven ability to execute.”


Kroll Ontrack teams up with NetJapan
Data recovery provider Kroll Ontrack and backup and recovery solutions group NetJapan this month announced a global strategic partnership. The partnership will combine Kroll Ontrack’s recovery software Ontrack PowerControls for Microsoft Exchange Server with NetJapan’s ActiveImage Protector backup and disaster recovery solutions.


Phoenix Business Solutions joins the Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition (LTC4)
Phoenix Business Solutions has assisted the UK steering group for Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition (LTC4) in its development of the core competencies and certification process. Phoenix’s head of training, Joanne Humber says, “We made the decision to align ourselves with LTC4 because of our strong belief in the importance of upskilling lawyers and support staff.  Clients are asking for value from their legal advisors; firms which meet the LTC4 competency standards will not only improve internal efficiency, they will also provide their clients with better service.”


Japan’s NGB Corporation and CPA Global reaffirm long-standing IP services partnership
Japanese intellectual property solutions company NGB Corporation and international IP management group CPA Global have used the 40th anniversary of their collaboration to reaffirm their longstanding partnership. Founded in Tokyo in November 1959, NGB signed an agreement with CPA Global in December 1974 for the Jersey-based company to provide patent renewals, and later trademark renewals, for NGB’s Japanese clients in international markets. Over the years, the strategic partnership has expanded to cover a broader range of outbound and inbound IP services.


DW Legal in name change – one step beyond!
DW Legal just announced it is changing its name to BeyondReview. This marks a transition for the company from a full service managed review company into a true data-driven discovery services company. Mark Willis, CEO & President of the Willis Group, the majority owner of BeyondReview, said “The change is significant in that it reflects a significant change in capability for a company that has already been involved in some of the largest, most complex managed document reviews in history. It also marks the first use of visual classification technology as part of an integrated eDiscovery process.”