The June Orange Rag Newsletter is Here!

Hi and welcome to the June Orange Rag newsletter, in a month where we’ve been overrun with legaltech news and legaltech conferences. Newswise, Herbert Smith Freehills has hired two IT directors covering UK, US, EMEA, Asia and Australia and it’s fantastic to see that both are women, as female legal IT director numbers remain notoriously low. Linklaters has gone live on the iManage Cloud; is in the process of rolling out Copilot; and has hired a new head of AI. Ashurst has rolled out Harvey globally. And we take a look at some of the big lawsuits issued this month, as well as disputes that are under the radar.  You’ve either been conference mad and wondering how to get any work done in June, or pushing back on going to conferences: surely the protagonists need a hashtag for the anti-conference rebellion?   On the subject of hashtags, it’s a fun fact that one of the legaltech investors we mention in this month’s Orange Rag is famed as having invented the hashtag. Chris Messina is co-founder of the Ride Home AI Fund, which is one of the investors in US gen AI startup Casemark, which has raised $1.7m in seed funding.  Each month I have an internal debate as to whether to include fund raising and M&A activity in our ‘Wins and Deals’ section, but this month I have given it its own section, and there are no less than 10 different deals for you to look at.  As always please contact me with your thoughts and views and don’t forget to send press releases to