Legal IT News bulletin: UnitedLex selected by DXC; Elite partners with Gap; new CEO at NextLaw Labs

UnitedLex selected by DXC

UnitedLex has been selected by DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) to lead a global law function transformation.

The announcement follows the April 2017 formation of DXC, which brought together Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPES). Under the five-year agreement, the industry’s largest-ever managed-services legal transaction, UnitedLex will help create one unified, strategic team to support DXC, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services and solutions provider, and its nearly 6,000 clients.

Working closely with DXC’s General Counsel Bill Deckelman and other key executives, UnitedLex has established a unique platform of proven technologies, highly skilled attorneys, contract and commercial professionals, and subject matter experts to support DXC’s business strategy and provide greater measurability and accountability across the entire legal ecosystem. Primary focus areas for the engagement include client transactions of all sizes, litigation, immigration, and legal operations. The UnitedLex team supporting DXC is comprised of more than 250 senior professional resources.

Thomson Reuters Elite Announces Newest Services Partnership with Gap Consulting

Thomson Reuters Elite has launched a new Services partnership with Gap Consulting, a highly experienced Microsoft Gold Cloud CRM partner specializing in full life cycle Dynamics 365 customer engagement deployments.

Gap Consulting will be providing services to clients of 3E Business Development (formerly Business Development Premier), part of the 3E Enterprise Business Management Solution, which is built on Dynamics 365.

As we reported in 2016, three years after the launch of Business Development Premier, Brodies was the first client to go live on the CRM solution.

Patrick Hurley, VP of customer advocacy at Elite, tells us that Gap will bring greater resource and experience of both the legal and non-legal sector – useful as law firms increasingly take notes from outside of the sector.

Dentons names Marie Bernard as new CEO of NextLaw Labs

Dentons has named Marie Bernard as the new CEO of Nextlaw Labs, an accelerator of early-stage technology startups focused on the legal industry.

Dan Jansen, who currently serves as the CEO of both Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures, effective immediately will focus on Nextlaw Ventures as CEO. Ventures had a successful first investment round in which it invested in ten legal tech companies located in the US and abroad. Seeking to build on that success, Jansen will spend his time preparing for a second round of investment so Dentons can continue to support its brand for innovation.

In her new role, Bernard, who will be based in Berlin, will work closely with Dentons’ leaders across the globe to develop Nextlaw Labs 2.0, helping to bring competitive advantage to Dentons, as well as design, develop and deliver “innovations as a service” to Dentons’ clients.

Jansen will remain very closely involved with Nextlaw Labs, as a strategic advisor, and continue to manage relationships with Nextlaw portfolio companies.

Bernard was most recently Europe Director of Innovation at Dentons, has served as Strategic Advisor to Nextlaw Labs, and she has been recognized in the Fastcase 50 as one of the world’s leading innovators in law. She will work closely with Dentons, clients and industry leaders to help shape the future of the legal industry.