It’s a new year and the first Legal IT Insider newsletter of 2019 is out with a ton of news and content!

Eversheds Sutherland & CC restructure tech teams
Both Eversheds Sutherland and Clifford Chance have recently restructured their legal technology teams, separating client-facing innovation from back office IT. We bring you the details.

Fulcrum solves eBilling crisis at Bradford & Barthel
Fulcrum Global Technologies has built West Coast employment firm Bradford & Barthel a customised eBilling solution in place of Thomson Reuters’ eBillingHub, after the firm says it was left with no developers following Thomson Reuters’ (TR’s) closure of eBillingHub’s headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of its widescale restructuring programme.

Dentons signs three-year global deal with iManage
Dentons has signed a three-year deal that extends its relationship with iManage, with plans to adopt iManage Work 10 in all locations globally, with the option to deploy in the cloud or on premise.

What now for LexisOne?
The sale in January of legal ERP LexisOne by LexisNexis to SAGlobal inevitably caused a few shockwaves in the market and sparked a fairly lively debate on the Legal IT Insider website over the future direction of the practice management system market.
We spoke to SAGlobal’s CEO for the Americas, Whit McIsaac, about the Microsoft partner’s strategy, roadmap and why customers should feel reassured that the LexisOne IP is in good hands.

Thomson Reuters’ wholesale restructure: the facts you need to know
Thomson Reuters has for 12 months now been conducting a wholesale restructure that has many outsiders, and more than a few insiders, feeling confused about how the new look company now operates and where its legal solutions business Elite fits in. We speak to Lucinda Case and Kaye Sycamore – who has joined as head of software and solutions, global large law.

CLOC: New president Mary O’Carroll talks strategy and politics
Editor Caroline Hill finds out from CLOC’s newly-appointed president what 2019 and beyond looks like, whether internal politics are an issue, and whether the Silicon Valley borne organisation plans to broaden out its board of directors.

Inside the multi-million government project to “unlock AI”
The UK government last year launched a heavyweight research project into the potential for AI in the insurance and legal sectors. Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill spoke in depth to the Oxford professor leading the legal sector research about the remit of the project and what they are trying to achieve.

UK Top 50 IT profiles: Clifford Chance and Pinsent Masons
As part of a huge project to profile all of the top 200 legal IT teams, our contributing editor Amy Carroll speaks to Clifford Chance and Pinsent Masons about the structure and strategy of their teams which, like many others, are increasingly engaged in client-facing solutions.

Business Drivers for Document Management
Prosperoware’s founder and CEO Keith Lipman says law firms and lawyers exist to create documents for clients—but do not own them. Clients do. And like many owners, clients have many concerns about how others interact with their property, particularly stemming from cybersecurity and privacy needs.

How to Evaluate Legal Technology that Improves Efficiency
In what is to become a monthly clinic in which Dera Nevin answers some burnings questions around legal tech procurement and use, this month she says: “I dislike much of the marketing around legal technology. As a long-time evaluator and buyer of legal technology, I find that the information that I am given about products does not help me understand how the technology will likely impact those I buy and implement it for… let’s dig into what to look at when evaluating efficiency technology and deciding whether it is appropriate to buy, and where and how to implement.

Blockchain: Separating the fact and fiction
When it comes to the business of law and the technology that law firms rely on to operate, blockchain has until very recently been of limited relevance, with CIOs and their teams only interested at the very fringes – the majority will tell you off the bat that blockchain is massively overhyped, and to a great extent they are right.
But in contrast with the fact that blockchain in 2018 officially entered the trough of disillusionment (according to Gartner), there are several very good practical reasons why in 2019 it should be on everyone’s radar. Here’s why.

Don’t miss our monthly digest of the more important eDisclosure / eDiscovery news from industry veteran Jonathan Maas’ BONG! email updates over the past month.

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