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Ward Hadaway selects BigHand Outline for legal template management

UK top 100 law firm Ward Hadaway has selected template management system BigHand Outline to standardise document templates and streamline document creation in the firm.

BigHand Outline operates as an extension of Microsoft Word, which allows firms to manage their templates centrally.

Jonathan Smith, director of IT at Ward Hadaway, said that COVID-19 has accelerated the project, commenting: “Since COVID-19 hit and remote working was enforced, our BigHand Outline project has gained even more importance in the firm. Our lawyers and support staff need to be able to access document templates quickly and easily, regardless of physical location.”

In October Ward Hadaway announced that it was set to deploy BigHand Quantum to provide financial data transparency. According to our records, Ward Hadaway previously used business intelligence solution Aderant Spotlight.

Konexo and Diligent launch ‘client first’ global partnership

Konexo, the alternative legal service and compliance provider launched by global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, has partnered with governance software company Diligent Corporation.

Diligent’s technology-led support for data and board management will allow around the clock remote access for clients and stakeholders. Konexo’s corporate secretarial team will provide a range of services including entity management expertise to complement governance practices.

Konexo will use Diligent’s software to extract management information for client stakeholders to create bespoke regular reporting, group structure charts and automated data validation.

Liam Healy, SVP and managing director at Diligent Corporation, said: “By combining Diligent’s market-leading technology with Konexo’s corporate secretarial expertise, organizations can centralize and manage their subsidiary data and simplify entity governance throughout the entire organization. Through this powerful new partnership, we can offer cost efficiencies and insightful management reporting that helps organizations better mitigate risk.”

Contract Logix Announces Significant Increase in Usage During Covid-19

Contract management provider Contract Logix has announced significant growth in the use of eSignatures and digital contract transformation (DCX) as a result of Covid-19. The company says there has been a rise of 682% in contracts executed in its software using eSignatures. The company has also seen triple-digit increases in the number of contracts, documents, contract requests, and tasks that customers manage with its software. They suggest that this is because more and more companies are trying to harness the data in their contracts to gain actionable business insights which may be critical to recovery in a post-Covid economy.

Wendy Mullins, general counsel for The Molpus Woodlands Group, a timberland investment management customer, said: “Molpus currently manages almost 2 million acres of timberland investments in seventeen states.  We are always looking for innovative approaches to bringing efficiencies and streamlining approaches to our internal workflows. We implemented Contract Logix’s solution many years ago to improve contract and transaction management.  With the nationwide issues presented by the pandemic, Contract Logix has allowed our legal team to seamlessly switch to remote work and helped us coordinate, communicate, and collaborate efficiently and effectively. We believe it is just as important to work smart as to work hard and Contract Logix allowed us to keep doing that.”

Relativity Releases Aero UI

Relativity has announced the general release of its next generation interface, Aero UI.

Aero UI is a new interface for RelativityOne but Relativity says it more than just a redesign: they have rearchitected the platform to provide modern aesthetics; next-gen viewer; workflow-based navigation; faster performance and automated workflows.

“We built Aero UI with all users in mind to simplify the inherently complex processes of managing large volumes of data, without compromising access to the most advanced technology in the industry,” said Chris Brown, chief product officer at Relativity. “Aero UI embodies a bold move towards a default simple and optionally advanced interface with a focus on improving time-to-value for users. This simply powerful mindset goes beyond Aero UI; it’s the catalyst driving a paradigm shift in how Relativity builds experiences for and – more importantly – with our customers.”

Dottir Attorneys Founder Antti Innanen Moves to Focus on Sister Brand Dot as CEO.

Antti Innanen, the founder of Helsinki law firm Dottir and a well-known legal tech and design evangelist, has announced that he is leaving the firm behind to solely focus on Dottir’s sister brand Dot.

Dottir Attorneys was founded in 2016 by Innanen, who stated on LinkedIn this week: “Leaving the best law firm in the world is not easy. I have loved (and will continue to love) these people with all my heart. I am feeling sad that I have to leave all this behind.”

Dot is a legal design and legal tech company which will now operate as its own entity, with Innanen commenting: “Design and technology will change the legal industry. This change deserves a platform of its own and my full attention.” He will act as the CEO of Dot and desires to lead the company to becoming a “world-class tech & design agency”.