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In this issue:
Clifford Chance reduces tech toolkit from 25 to three
Clifford Chance has reduced the technology toolkit that it presents fee-earners with day-to-day from around 25 different systems to three – Kira Systems; Relativity; and transaction management platform Workshare Transact – with engagement said to be “through the roof” as a result.
The new Legal IT Insider Top 200 is out now!
Whoop whoop, the brand new and updated version of our Top 200 is out now on the website!
NetDocuments major outage and new live status pages
NetDocuments on 26 June had a major peak time outage of three hours and forty-three minutes in the United States, which was caused by human error in the deployment of a new global directory. The cloud-provider has launched new live status pages for the US, Europe and Australia – which make it really easy to work out downtime and we applaud their efforts – but those pages currently need a bit of work.
BigLaw “may not be able to access O365 for years”
Big law firms could be years away from a full move to Microsoft Office 365 – despite the fact that much of Microsoft’s investment is focussed on its cloud-hosted suite of services and that most BigLaw firms have the move on their roadmap – because Microsoft is continuing to refuse to hand over the encryption keys. We speak to Microsoft, Linklaters and Perkins Coie.
Converge appoints Mark Fowle as chairman
Converge Technology Specialists (Converge TS) has made a further C-Suite appointment following the injection of private equity funding at the start of the year, we can reveal, with serial tech entrepreneur Mark Fowle set to join the business as non-executive chairman.
UnitedLex ULX Partners: What exactly is it?
With the law firm partnership model continuing to act as a block when it comes to freeing up capital for investment in technology and more efficient processes, UnitedLex’s new ULX Partners law firm insourcing venture is piquing interest on both sides of the Atlantic, and the legal services provider is currently in discussions with law firms in the UK, including one magic circle firm. But what exactly is ULX Partners anyway?
Profile: Jamie Whalebone, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the start of the year created a centralised legal operations team led by Jamie Whalebone. Here he talks to editor Caroline Hill about his role, the role of the new team and their toolbox.
CIO leavers (and joiners) corner
The past 12 months has seen a fairly unprecedented number of CIO moves, with changes at the top of at least six of the top 50 law firm IT teams, so we thought a little recap might be useful for all you Movers and Shakers aficionados out there.
Travers Smith hires new chief technology officer
In our most read and one of the most commented on stories on in July, Travers Smith has decided on a replacement for retiring IT director Ann Cant, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s hugely popular interim chief technology officer Oliver Bethell set to join the UK top 50 firm in September as CTO.
Tricostar in double CMS win
Tricostar has been awarded two contracts for their legal case management system (TCM), using the G-Cloud Framework,
Client comment: “We are about managing costs, not innovation”
Want some insight into how much the client cares about your law firm’s cutting-edge innovation efforts? Not much, according to a recent spontaneous LinkedIn debate sparked by Juniper Networks chief of staff and worldwide head of legal operations Hans Albers.
MDR LAB: What is it really good for?
Mishcon de Reya on 17 July staged its second MDR LAB Demo Day, when the start-ups and scale ups in its annual 10-week incubator present what they have learned, although chief technology officer Nick West and his team will now be working out whether, going forward, the format ought to be repeated or shaken up.
Luminance 2018 wins
Luminance has been on fire in 2018, signing 60 new law firm clients. While we haven’t published every win individually because we’re not an extension of Luminance’s press team but here are the 21 that have been announced so far this year with some other interesting stats to boot.
Legal Geek launches WomeninLawTech Mentoring Scheme
Lexoo’s legal product manager Ivy Wong on 18 July led the launch of LegalGeek’s #WomeninLawTech Mentoring Scheme, which our editor Caroline Hill is taking part in as a mentor.
Wins, deals and people moves
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