The final issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter for 2018 is here – and it’s a whopper!

Grab a (large) cup of coffee and take some time out, it’s the final issue of 2018 and it’s a whopper. Our biggest stories include:
Thomson Reuters reorg leads to eBillingHub office closure
eBillingHub’s main office in Pittsburgh is being shut down and the team made redundant as part of the ongoing wholesale restructure at Thomson Reuters, we can reveal. The closure is driven by a location strategy under which Thomson Reuters is cutting a third of its real estate in order to “reset” the organisation, following the $17bn sale of Thomson Reuters finance and risk division to Blackstone Group.
Comment: The legal tech market – 2018 and beyond
Crikey, what a year it’s been. A year of some progress and a lot of nonsense, 2018 can be summarised as a time when expectation far outpaced reality in legal tech land. The buzz around AI has meant that many law firms have bought solutions that they, particularly their partners, believe will be a panacea for all of their problems, and have inevitably been disappointed.
Richard Hodkinson joins Freeths as CTO
Richard Hodkinson has joined Freeths as its first-ever chief technology officer, as the UK top 60 law firm engages in a transformation programme that will see it overhaul its underlying technology stack before moving on to more strategic planning.
CIO Moves at K&L Gates and NRF
There have been more big-name moves in legal CIO land, particularly in the United States, where K&L Gates CIO Neeraj Rajpal has moved on and been replaced for the time being by Bart Gabler, formerly director of pricing and project management, as acting CIO.
Hempsons swaps out Workshare for DocsCorp
Hempsons has replaced incumbent Workshare products with the DocsCorp productivity suite: compareDocs for document comparison, cleanDocs for metadata management and email recipient checking as well as adding pdfDocs for PDF creation and editing, we can reveal.
Exclusive: Mo Ajaz launches opensource knowledge portal
National Grid’s global head of legal operations Mo Ajaz has launched an opensource network for heads of legal and the wider legal ecosystem to share learning on the business of law, which he describes as the Mumsnet for lawyers. is a not for profit platform that prohibits sales and encourages shared learning for the mutual benefit of the profession.
Legal Tech Win! TLT selects Intapp Time
After a pitch process involving Tikit Carpe Diem and Intapp Time, UK top 50 law firm TLT has selected Intapp Time, we can reveal.
Taking stock
As 2019 approaches, 12 technology and innovation leaders from some of the biggest global and UK law firms tell us about their biggest achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead.
Top 200 Law Firm Profiles: TLT
As part of a huge project currently underway here at Legal IT Insider to profile all of the legal teams in the UK Top 200, here to kick us off is TLT, where we spoke to operations director Jeff Wright about key IT roles at the firm, how the technology strategy underpins the firm’s growth, and where it is investing its time and money
Top stories of 2018!
What do you think were the biggest stories of 2018? We can tell you what ours were by volume of traffic, and you may (or may not) be surprised! Counting down from 10 to 1….
Thomson Snell live on 3E; Intapp Open + iPhelion
Kent firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has just gone live on Thomson Reuters Elite 3E, Intapp Open and iPhelion Outline, as it replaces sunsetted product Thomson Reuters Envision.
New law profile: SYKE
Alistair Maiden founded legal engineering business SYKE after leaving Asda, where he was head of contracts. Here he tells Legal IT Insider more about SYKE and shares his insights as to why legal tech implementations fail and how to avoid the pitfalls.
The changing role of the legal CISO
Freshfield’s Mark Walmsley on what it takes to be a chief information security officer as cybercrime soars, and on inspiring the next generation.
Here’s our latest digest of the more important eDisclosure / eDiscovery news from industry veteran Jonathan Maas’ BONG! email updates over the past month.
Wins and Deals!
On top of all the latest wins, deals and people moves, for the first time ever you’ll be able to download the annual Wins & Deals and People Moves! We’ve collated all of the wins and deals of 2018 and all of the people moves, in an annual report that will shortly be ready to be downloaded.
Phew, mince pie anyone?
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Our next issue (No #319 – January) will be out on Wednesday 23 January 2019
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