The February Legal IT Insider Newsletter – issue #320 – is out now – 30 glorious pages

Well hello, Project X
“Game-changing” is an overused term wheeled out by copy writers when they run out of different ways to say “new”, but in the case of Thomson Reuters’ legal workflow solution “Project X” – which we now know is called Panoramic and today (27 February) finally sees the light of day after three years in development – that term is justified.

HealthTrust Europe to create first-time ALSP panel
In what should serve as another enormous wake up call to traditional UK law firms, central purchasing body HealthTrust Europe is to put together a first-time panel of tech-led alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) from which the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust will be able to source legal services ranging from high volume, process orientated work to deep specialists. The value of the legal work that the Trust puts out to tender has been previously quoted as anything from £30m to £90m.

“Own the eDiscovery process” Microsoft unveils compliance center
Microsoft Office 365 has been moving ever closer to helping corporates own the eDiscovery process but what the debut at Legaltech19 of the new Microsoft 365 compliance center showed us, is that the software giant is now a serious threat to external early case assessment providers. The compliance center, which is being rolled out in order to help corporations better manage their data privacy risks and avoid the risks associated with sending data out to third parties, enables managers to safeguard sensitive data, manage the data governance process and use new in-built eDiscovery tools.

Highlights of February
We look at some of the biggest news stories of the month including Axiom Global’s announcement on 19 February that it will take the long-anticipated first step towards an initial public offering, in doing so splitting off its enterprise contracts intelligence solution Knowable and Axiom Managed Solutions (AMS) into two new independent companies, effective 12 February, 2019.

Claimbot wins Manchester and Clausana wins London. We bring you details of the UK winning offerings.

New tech alert – Agnes Intelligence
At Inspire Legal in New York at the end of January we met the co-founder of Agnes Intelligence, which recently came in fourth place in IBM’s North America Watson Build Championship. Agnes Legal is the result of a partnership between John Snyder, a top New York City litigator, and John Macartney, a data scientist and pioneer in the field of concept clustering. Together they are turning their large brains to the problem of eDiscovery.

Shadow IT: Are you in or out?
Legal IT Directors talk to Legal IT Insider contributing editor Amy Carroll about whether unauthorised tech projects are to be embraced or avoided at all costs. A growing number of IT Directors at law firms view shadow IT as a positive force, which democratises technology and drives innovation. But this is a topic of stark contrasts, with many heads of legal tech holding very widely differing views.

Solomonic talks data
Litigation data and analytics startup Solomonic was recently rolled out by Herbert Smith Freehills across its UK disputes team and they are working closely with Stewarts Law. Don’t know much about Solomonic yet? You do now.

BLM: “You don’t get AI in a box”
BLM’s IT director Abby Ewen this month talked to Legal IT Insider about the UK top 40 law firm’s selection of iManage RAVN and it’s worth flagging a couple of points she made about the ‘dos and don’ts’ of using AI technology.

Intapp hires high performance coach
When Intapp announced on 5 February that it has hired a high-performance coach as practice group leader in its professional service firm leaders and partners group, our initial reaction was, say what?! We speak to Darryl Cross.

In his digest of the more important disclosure / discovery news, industry veteran Jonathan Maas’ brings you the best of his BONG! email updates over the past month.

AND of course there are all the latest wins, deals, movers and shakers!


PayneGroup launches template tool
PayneGroup has just released new template creation and management software designed for small to mid-sized organisations. It’s called KIT, which stands for ‘keep in touch’.

HSF rolls “goes large” with Contract Express PLUS rolls out innovation hours programme
We’re clearly a bit enamoured with Herbert Smith Freehills this month, catch up on the latest tech roll outs and fee-earner initiatives.

Glenn LaForce joins Shearman
The start of this year saw Handshake Software’s chief strategy officer and EVP Glenn LaForce join Shearman & Sterling as global director of knowledge and research. How is the Handshake Aderant marriage?

Declan Tyrell joins Google
Technology consultant Declan Tyrell has left Oracle for a new role at Google, starting in March.

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