Legal IT News: Launches, wins and deals

This week we have product launches and upgrades from LexisNexis, LockPath and Ad Coelum Technology, with new wins and deals from Zylpha, HotDocs, Plan-Net, Lexis (again) and ThinkSmart, some of which have already appeared in full in our new Legal IT Newswire. Who says nothing is for free?!

Product launches and upgrades

LexisNexis has released Lexis DiscoveryIQ, a new eDiscovery software platform said to disrupt the conventional eDiscovery workflow by placing an emphasis on early case assessment and the use of advanced visual analytics. The benefits for litigation teams are earlier insight into litigation data, better litigation strategies and reduced costs of litigation.

The Lexis DiscoveryIQ platform challenges the traditional model of “linear review” – in which information flows from one stop in the eDiscovery process to the next – by reimagining the role of early case assessment as the key to eDiscovery.  The new platform is enhanced by data analysis and advance visual analytics from Brainspace.

“Linear review used to be the solution to eDiscovery,” said Tess Blair, partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. “It’s now the problem. It’s inefficient, very expensive and inaccurate. The paradigm has to shift to better reflect the technologies we have today and how we can achieve better outcomes in eDiscovery.”

LockPath has announced significant enhancements to its automated governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) Keylight Platform. In version 4.4 of Keylight, LockPath extends the functionality of its patented Dynamic Content Framework across the entire platform, giving users the ability to create custom tables and fields and to import and modify large sets of records, with no coding required.

“We recognize that organizations have unique structures, maturity levels and nuances to their GRC programs.” said Chris Caldwell, LockPath CEO. “Keylight was designed to accommodate GRC programs in any stage. This new release reinforces that idea, as Keylight now moulds to existing processes and adapts to change better than ever.”

Ad Coelum Technology has built a new workflow capability in its cloud-based matter management system MatterMojo, which allows law firms and legal departments to manage clients, matters, inception and risk via a portal.

In the configuration area of MatterMojo, you are now able to create new ‘workflow definitions’, which can have many ‘milestone definitions’, which can have many ‘task definitions.’ From a matter, it will then be possible to create workflows, milestones and tasks automatically based on these definitions.

Tim Cheadle, CEO, commented “We have now started the journey to bridge the gap between matter management and case management. This is a significant milestone and the business is growing by the day”.

Wins and deals

Battens Solicitors has chosen electronic document bundling software from legal systems innovator Zylpha. The legal practice, which has offices in Yeovil, Sherborne, Dorchester, Weymouth and London will use Zylpha to prepare, paginate and distribute court bundles and other legal documents. It will also use the software to organise documents for commercial and residential property sales and auctions, which are published online.

David Polson, IT support & systems developer of Battens noted, “Battens Solicitors pride ourselves on delivering an exceptionally high quality service and we expect the same from our suppliers. Zylpha’s electronic document bundling solution has met and exceeded our expectations. Because more and more of the documents we work with on a daily basis are being sent and received electronically, our staff need to have the right tools to work with them. The implementation of Zylpha’s software has boosted our internal efficiency dramatically and has enabled us to more rapidly respond to the needs of our clients and adapt to the changing demands of the UK court system.”

HotDocs Market, the cloud-based document assembly service and online marketplace from HotDocs, has announced that the State Bar of Wisconsin now offers ‘WisDocs Estate Planning’ automated legal content via HotDocs platform.

The State Bar of Wisconsin is initially launching WisDocs Estate Planning with a series of wills, revocable trusts, marital property agreements, durable powers of attorney, advance care planning, and a variety of other estate planning forms.  The product offering will continue to grow, providing additional forms to its 25,000+ member association. The State Bar of Wisconsin is the first mandatory state bar association to join the publisher list on HotDocs Market

Kristin Ruby, content distribution manager for the State Bar of Wisconsin, commented: “We are thrilled to expand our legal resource offerings to now include WisDocs Estate Planning, our fully automated document assembly system. We are confident this resource will add real value for our members and help them in their practices.

Osborne Clarke has engaged IT service provider Plan-Net to provide its 1,350 staff, including more than 700 lawyers, with full out of hours IT support coverage in a three-year managed service contract. The service will operate week nights, weekends and bank holidays and will be delivered via 24/7 shared service desk Plan-Net 24.

Adrian Hiscock, IT service manager at Osborne Clarke, which has a significant presence across the UK and international offices covering all the major European economies as well as the US and Hong Kong, said: “Our ambition as a firm is to continue to grow globally so we needed a quality solution that could grow with us and ensure our users can be productive at all times and in all locations. We felt the track record of the firm and its structured engagement with us, which is underpinned by a clear, high-end and formal SLA agreement, will mean our lawyers and staff will benefit from high level customer service and knowledge of legal technology. In addition Plan-Net’s service will closely align to our in-house daytime operation so the end-user experience should be seamless. An added benefit to working with Plan-Net for out of hours support is that it will alleviate the carried over workload on our day-time support team, allowing that service to improve too.”

LexisNexis has announced partnerships with Microsystems EagleEye and WordRake to incorporate their technology within legal drafting and review software Lexis Draft Pro.

Lexis Draft Pro now integrates practical technology and legal content to impact the quality of a legal document, mitigate risk and automate traditional proofreading approaches.

“Lexis Draft Pro builds on analytical software developed by LexisNexis in conjunction with Microsoft to deliver a solution with the busy lawyer in mind. We are proud to integrate the quality of software from the likes of Microsystems and WordRake into one quality software for our customer’s ease-of use,” said Glenn Cooksley, head of drafting at LexisNexis Pacific.

Digital transaction management provider ThinkSmart has implemented its Transaction Automation Platform at CLOC, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

As CLOC prepares for its inaugural Annual Corporate Legal Operations Institute conference in San Francisco, the organisation sought a solution to manage the event’s corporate contract sponsorships and invoices.

Several members of the CLOC leadership team already utilised Transaction Automation Platform in their daily professional environments. “CLOC advocates best practices using technology as a way to optimise legal operations departments to become more productive and efficient,” said Connie Brenton, chief of staff and director of legal operations at NetApp, who is a member of the CLOC leadership team.

Industry news and events

Global document automation software provider, HotDocs, has announced the date for its European user group, which will take place on Tuesday 14th June in London. Anyone interested in further information about the event should email Remember, you can load your legal IT events onto our free events page.

TRU Staffing Partners, a search firm representing talent and opportunities in the e-discovery, litigation support and cybersecurity space, has announced the recipients of the highly sought-after 2016 scholarships for legal technology training and education. To see a full list of the recipients of the scholarships take a look at TRU’s blog.