April Legal IT Insider out now – and free to read

In this issue:
National Grid adopts SharePoint matter platform ES/Unity: In a massive boost for Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint-based matter and document management solution ES/Unity, National Grid has agreed to be named as one of its first and largest clients, we can reveal. ES/Unity, which launched in March 2017, combines Eversheds Sutherland’s legal experience with Repstor’s case, document and email manager, called Repstor Custodian.
Kingsley Napley to move to Azure PLUS swap out MatterSphere DM: Kingsley Napley’s newly-appointed IT director Ash Cooper is now sole in charge of the London law firm’s move to Azure, put in place as part of a wholesale strategy review led by outgoing IT director Thereza Snyman. He is also running the process to swap out MatterSphere for document management, in a tender including iManage and NetDocuments.
More on Travers Smith’s selection of Aderant Expert: Legal IT Insider catches up with Matt Chandler, head of accounts at Travers Smith, to find out more.
Exclusive: DACB begins iManage Cloud roll out in South America: DAC Beachcroft is moving to the iManage Cloud in its South American offices, we can reveal, in a staggered approach that will also see the UK Top 20 law firm deploy iManage Work in the cloud as new offices open, as the firm executes on its cloud-first strategy put in place by IT director David Aird two years ago.
BigHand acquires DW Reporting – reactions: BigHand’s acquisition of business intelligence and pricing solutions provider DW Reporting in April has been received well by clients, albeit one rival suggests they will struggle to integrate the offering.
Ashurst brings in new CTO from GE Capital: As we first exclusively revealed last week (19 April), in a heavyweight hire from outside of the legal sector, Ashurst has appointed GE Capital Bank International’s IT director Noel Jordan as its new chief technology officer, as current CTO Bruna Pellicci prepares to leave the firm at the end of July.
Intapp wins Slaughters, Mishcon, A&L Goodbody + more: In what at first glance appeared to be one of those generic self-congratulatory growth stories that usually end up in our trash, Intapp in April announced that it has signed 13 new law firm customers in Europe over the past year, including Slaughter and May and Mishcon de Reya.
Peppermint appoints Tony Cox as chief sales officer: Peppermint Technology, which recently appointed Gary Young from KCOM Group as its CEO in place of founder Arlene Adams (see our full story and accounts analysis on page 17) has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Tony Cox as chief sales officer, we can reveal.
PLUS we speak to Peppermint’s new CEO Gary Young, chief finance and operating officer Mike Kent and founder Arlene Adams about the new era for Peppermint Technology as it also files its latest set of accounts.
Contract Analysis Software: The Technology Fundamentals: Over the past few years, contract analysis software has become a mainstream solution that clients increasingly expect and request. Yet despite this growth in adoption, professional services teams and their clients often misunderstand the underlying technology. Here, Kira Systems explains the technologies behind the various contract analysis software on the market.
What do we need? A lawyer-data scientist hybrid! What?: In a feature for Legal IT Insider, Sooraj Shah looks at the trends among the Big Four and law firms when it comes to hiring in the latest data must have – a data scientist – although, chances are, you won’t be able to find one.
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