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Welcome to the May Orange Rag, where our exclusive top story this month is the news that leading UK law firm Browne Jacobson has selected Peppermint for its firmwide case and matter management system. I spoke with Browne Jacobson’s IT head Abby Ewen about the selection process and significance of that selection for the firm.

We also bring you the news that offshore law firm Collas Crill has swapped out LexisOne for Elite 3E. I spoke exclusively with Natalie Kuebler, founder and director of legal management consultants Alt-V Law, who ran that process, which was delivered in 14 months from start to finish.

And, excitingly, we bring you all the videos we recorded during the British Legal Technology Forum, where we had a media lounge and spoke about topics ranging from new product releases, to why we all need to focus more on people, and the continuing challenges around diversity.

May has been quite the month for big news announcements, driven in part by the fact that Microsoft carefully timed some major news stories around its Build conference in Seattle.

Our biggest story traffic-wise this month was the news from iManage that it has launched a Copilot integration. For firms using or testing Copilot, they have been chomping at the bit for this, although DMS integration will open up a whole can of worms that they have yet to properly work through yet. NetDocuments, also at Build, announced a Copilot integration, which clients such as Hogan Lovells are looking at with interest. Litera this month announced a go-to-market Copilot partnership with Microsoft, while DWF went live on Copilot. Take a look at our dedicated Microsoft Copilot section for all the latest news, including the ability now to create custom copilots within SharePoint. Marcel Lang, chief operating officer at SharePoint-based DMS Epona, explained the significance to us. It begs the question, how many times can you say the word Copilot in one paragraph? A lot, it turns out.

Our top stories section also includes the very new news that UK data visualisation startup StructureFlow has raised a $6m Series A; a quick recap of our second biggest story this month that Shawn Curran and his AI team have set up their own independent company; that Aderant has launched AI cloud platform Stridyn; and that influential UK legal tech body Litig have launched a questionnaire for law firms to send to suppliers that have AI /generative AIN in their products. That is publicly available and there is a link here.

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Caroline Hill