It’s been a big legal IT news week, catch up here on some of our biggest stories from the past few days.
BigHand acquires DW Reporting
In a move that will enable law firms to analyse both support staff and fee-earner costs through one supplier, BigHand on 5 April announced the acquisition of business intelligence and pricing solutions provider DW Reporting. We spoke to managing director product strategy and innovation, James Kippenberger, and DWR founder and managing director Dan Wales about the acquisition.
Exclusive: CC signs up to Prosperoware Umbria
Clifford Chance has become the first English firm to sign up to Prosperoware’s client value management solution Umbria, which enables firms to create matter plans, budgets, and pricing, and provides partners with a platform to monitor delivery via interactive web-based dashboards and email alerts. We have all the details.
Ian Storer leaves A&O for UBS
Allen & Overy’s chief technology officer Ian Storer is leaving the magic circle firm for Swiss global financial services giant UBS, we can reveal, as the in-house legal team undertakes a significant transformation exercise.
Legal tech movers and shakers: Miles McGoun joins Intapp
Legal tech veteran Miles McGoun has joined Intapp’s client development practice as associate practice group lead, based in Los Angeles.
McGoun most recently served as senior vice president of professional services market intelligence provider Manzama and it can be expected that at Intapp, he will be working with Intapp Experience, which launched in 2017 and is designed to provide visibility into the work done across practice areas, making it easily searchable.
The Parrot is not dead! A SharePoint DMS success story from Epona
US law firm AEGIS Law just announced they have crossed the one year in production mark, for their implementation of the Epona Matter Center and DMS for Legal.
ISO 27001 accreditations: the recent converts
Thanks to those who followed up our story in the January Orange Rag – A year for ISO 27001: Phoenix achieves certification – with their own ISO accreditation news. Here’s a recap of the latest and updated converts.
DWF to bolster data expertise with Manchester Uni knowledge transfer partnership
DWF is set to launch a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) in conjunction with the University of Manchester: a 30-month, part government-funded project overseen by Mayowa Ayodele, a data scientist from the university, which is designed to allow DWF to take advantage of the latest academic expertise in machine learning and new technologies.
New GlobalKYC data service to assist in asset freezing and recovery
Vortex Centrum Limited, publisher of World Money Laundering Report announces the launch of GlobalKYC.com, a new information service for banks, insurance companies, lawyers, accountants, government departments (including FIUs, prosecutors, asset recovery departments and sanctions-issuing departments) and commercial companies to identify assets that are subject to freezing order, order for seizure or confiscation orders as well as orders for the arrest of assets such as ships and aircraft.
Clifford Chance to teach coding a part of client-focussed Tech Academy
Clifford Chance has launched a global training programme that will provide fee-earners and staff across the firm with a combination of online training and face to face workshops to bring them up to date with the latest technology trends across its various client sectors, as well as providing them with two levels of coding training.
In brief: Fasken adopts Kira
Top Canadian firm Fasken has adopted Kira Systems’ software to assist on a variety of projects including due diligence and analysis of clients’ contractual obligations.
The legal research battleground: O’Melveny signs up with Casetext
Freemium US legal research platform Casetext has announced a new partnership with AmLaw 100 firm O’Melveny & Myers (OMM), which joins a growing roster of firms including Quinn Emanuel, Fenwick & West, DLA Piper, Baker Donelson and Ogletree Deakins to have adopted Casetext’s AI-backed legal research tool CARA AI. We caught up in March with Casetext’s founder and CEO Jake Heller (pictured), who says the 2013-founded company will shortly unveil a major product upgrade that will put it on a par with incumbent legal research leaders LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters Westlaw, as it pushes hard to develop its paid-for technology offering.
And some news from the wires:
eDiscovery: FTI Consulting the first to offer RelativityOne in Hong Kong
FTI Consulting has become the first global firm to offer cloud-based RelativityOne in Hong Kong and across three continents.
The company’s technology segment has expanded its partnership with Relativity to provide eDiscovery software solution in Hong Kong and throughout Asia.
“Global e-discovery matters are complex for a variety of reasons, from data privacy laws to multiple languages and differing cultural norms,” said Daryl Teshima, a Senior Managing Director with FTI Technology. “FTI Technology helps make this difficult process more streamlined, cost-effective and defensible. We do this through our experts on the ground, adhering to a global playbook, and now, by including the Relativity platform in our global portfolio.”