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Video: Understanding the lawyer brain in order to effect change, with Dr. Larry Richard

If I could encourage you to listen to one person in order to understand how lawyers tick and why change and innovation is hard – plus why the awful “non-lawyer” label exists- it’s Dr. Larry Richard. We have to understand where we are really at, before we can work out how to get to where […]

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Read the July/August Orange Rag Here!

Hi and welcome to the last Orange Rag newsletter before we break for the summer – albeit travel plans are looking a bit thin on the ground for most of us. Whereas many of us would by now be looking forward to getting together at ILTA in August, it’s more likely than not that you […]

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Disco busts through IPO pricing estimate at $32 a share

eDiscovery vendor CS Disco, Inc. yesterday (20 July) announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 7,000,000 shares of its common stock at $32.00 per share. When Disco first set terms for the IPO in mid-July, the price was said to be between a range of $26 and $29 a share. The $32 is […]

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Video: The Insider talks R&D with Clifford Chance’s April Brousseau

The director of Clifford Chance’s newly-formed Research and Development Hub, April Brousseau, talks with Caroline Hill on Litera TV about her new role, and how the magic circle firm is centralising its product development and capabilities through the Hub to develop digital solutions that help solve internal lawyer and client issues.

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New research shows major compliance gaps in hybrid working arrangements

Access Legal has released new research which reveals that the vast majority of law firms plan to work in a hybrid way going forward, but that many compliance essentials are being overlooked.

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Webinar: Microsoft Teams for Legal – How to Best Design Teams and Channels

Many firms are struggling with how to deploy and structure Microsoft Teams with proper Teams and Channels. Prosperoware has been at the forefront of deploying Teams in legal and in this webinar will share and demonstrate tried and tested best practices. Join us on 5 August at 5.15pm BST, 12.15 ET to discuss: Structuring Teams […]

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ICYMI – Webinar Replay: Work the Same from Anywhere with nQ Zebraworks

We have seen the evolution of working from the office, to working from home, to working from anywhere. But now, nQ Zebraworks says, the focus needs to be on working in the same way from anywhere. Firms have transitioned well to working from home, but what are the tools that are needed now as firms navigate a far […]

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Major new reports sizes lawtech market opportunity at £22bn

A major new report out today (15 July) finds that there is a £22bn annual market opportunity for lawtech across legal services and business. The Shaping the Future of Law report from government-backed initiative LawtechUK highlights the growth opportunity of UK lawtech as a “critical untapped sector for the economy that benefits wider society.”

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Womble Bond Dickinson says BigHand Pricing leads to better recoveries and margins

Womble Bond Dickinson has implemented BigHand Pricing and Profitability to help drive transparency of matter pricing. In the ‘cradle to grave’ matters that the transatlantic firm has managed through the tool, we’re told that there is conclusive evidence of better recoveries and a better margin on matters that would otherwise not have been economic. BigHand Pricing […]

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Exclusive: Aderant selects new CEO

Aderant’s president Chris Cartrett will next year take over as CEO, we can reveal, taking over from Deane Price, who is pursuing other opportunities within Aderant’s parent company Roper Technologies.

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Comment: Could better work allocation be the antidote to law’s hidden mental health crisis?

With junior lawyers more likely than ever to report being stressed, the IBA among others has urged firms to concentrate on the “provision and encouragement of remote working, better workload/work allocation processes, and improved work-life balance”. That requires the ability to allocate work in a fair, transparent and unbiased way, says William Dougherty.

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Thomson Reuters unveils Practical Law dynamic tool set including powerful new search feature

Thomson Reuters today (12 July) unveils its next generation Practical Law Dynamic Tool Set, which includes five new features including semantic search – a departure for the first time from key word search, meaning it will surface the most relevant content more quickly. The new tool set also includes the ability to visualise search results […]

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ICYMI: Osborne Clarke to build software engineering team in “new chapter” for tech

s a new chapter for technology at Osborne Clarke, the UK top 100 law firm is to build a sizeable software engineering team, saying that the pure ‘buy’ approach to technology is no longer sufficient to achieve and retain a competitive advantage.

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Webinar: Work the Same from Anywhere with nQ Zebraworks

We have seen the evolution of working from the office, to working from home, to working from anywhere. But now, nQ Zebraworks says, the focus needs to be on working in the same way from anywhere. Firms have transitioned well to working from home, but what are the tools that are needed now as firms navigate a far […]

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New workflow report shows task management in need of urgent modernisation

An extensive report out today (8 July) reveals the impact that the pandemic has had on support staff numbers and work allocation, with task management clearly in need of urgent modernisation.

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Bryter appoints new EMEA VP of sales

Bryter has appointed Christian Werling as its new EMEA Vice President of Sales. Based in Dusseldorf, Werling has over 20 years of experience in analytics, big data and fintech.

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Video: The Insider brings you a ConnectLive debrief

Editor Caroline Hill speaks to iManage’s CEO Neil Araujo about the highlights of ConnectLive 2021 and the past year. iManage has grown in staff and adopted Microsoft Azure as its global cloud platform, as it attains Microsoft Co-sell status. What does all of this mean for customers? And what does ‘making knowledge work’ really mean?

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Register here: University of Greenwich & ILSA digital rights hackathon – deadline 7 July

The university of Greenwich and LETS Lab is collaborating with the Innovation in Law Studies Alliance to run a virtual ‘digital rights’ hackathon starting on 9th July at 2pm BST to 11 July at 6pm BST, with prize money to be won. The last day to register is tomorrow, 7 July.

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Movers & Shakers: David Wood joins Simmons Wavelength

David Wood has joined Simmons Wavelength to support the growth and delivery of productised services.

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Comment: Process – the Stabilizing Force of the Three Legged Stool

Vince Neicho completes his trilogy for Legal IT Insider with a piece on process – highlighting the importance of the oft mentioned, but essential three-legged stool that is Technology, People, and Process.

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AbacusNext acquires Zola Suite as PMS consolidation continues apace

MS provider Zola Suite, as consolidation in that section of the market continues apace.

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Litera acquires Objective Manager

which is used for strategic planning, performance management, and talent engagement in law firms. Objective Manager’s CeO Arlene Adams – founder of Peppermint Technology – is joining Litera.

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David Cunningham joins Reed Smith as first chief innovation officer

In a big name hire for Reed Smith, David Cunningham is joining in the newly-created role of chief innovation officer. Cunningham was most recently CIO at Am Law top 50 law firm Winston & Strawn.

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Taylor Wessing launches LitiGate across its network

UK top 50 law firm Taylor Wessing has launched LitiGate across its network of contentious teams, having been involved over the past three years in developing the litigation case management platform.

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Comment: Digital skills – learning opportunities for lawyers?

For law firms to successfully enact their digital transformation they need the individual lawyers to adopt technology more effectively in their day to day activities. Otherwise, investment is wasted, transformation stalls, costs rise, and market competitiveness is lost, says Mike McGlinchey.

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Wilson Allen becomes strategic technical implementation partner for Foundation

Wilson Allen has expanded and formalised its partnership with Foundation Software – now part of the Litera firm intelligence business unit – moving from working with firms with data preparation to a full-blown technical implementation partner. The Foundation Firm Intelligence platform breaks down data silos, combining information from disparate systems like CRM, time and billing, […]

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Case study: Colin Biggers Paisley gives an in-depth account of its Handshake KM intranet solution roll out

Colin Biggers & Paisley is an Australian legal practice with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and more than 470 staff. This case study provides insight into the practice’s selection process and implementation experience for Aderant’s Handshake Knowledge Management (KM) intranet solution.

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Clarilis appoints Mark Redwood to board as it looks to scale up

Clarilis has appointed former Thomson Reuters president of sales and trading, Mark Redwood, as a non-executive director, we can reveal, as the document automation company looks to scale up its business following its Series B last year. Redwood holds a series of non-executive director roles and was previously chairman of Swedish legal content provider Karnov […]

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Alma Asay joins Crowell & Moring in senior innovation role

Alma Asay has joined Crowell & Moring as senior director of practice innovation and client value. Asay was most recently an evangelist at Litera, which she joined from Integreon in March 2020, having sold her cloud-based litigation management platform Allegory Law to Integreon. In an interesting twist, Litera acquired Allegory last year. At Crowell, we’re […]

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Disco becomes the latest legal tech vendor to file for IPO

eDiscovery vendor CS Disco has become the latest legal tech vendor to file for an IPO – it filed its S-1 form with the SEC on 25 June and proposes to raise up to $100m. Disco has a revenue of $74m and a year-on-year growth of 37%. It says in the IPO prospectus that its […]

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Video: Pride month- Supporting transgender employees in the legal sector

Thank you so much to Amanda Hilton, Luke Williams and David Aird for shedding light on some of the challenges currently facing #lgbt employees – particularly #transgender employees – in the #legalsector #workplace. This is a really important conversation for law firms who need to get their processes and policies in order, and individuals who want to be better allies. David Aird is IT director at […]

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Mishcon de Reya rolls out DraftWise across transactional teams

Mishcon de Reya has rolled out US-based legaltech start-up DraftWise across its transactional teams, with a further review underway into how to use the fledgling firm’s tech within the disputes team. Draftwise recently took part in MDR LAB’s Improve programme.  DraftWise is founded by two ex-Palantir engineers, James Ding and Emre Ozen, and former Clifford Chance lawyer Ozan Yalti in […]

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Movers and shakers: Peppermint appoints new head of product management

Peppermint Technology has appointed Clare Bonsall as its new head of product management – Bonsall was until the end of 2020 senior manager of new product execution at LexisNexis. Bonsall, who we’re told will drive Peppermint’s product strategy while developing new propositions, said: “The recent client acquisitions made by Peppermint, combined with the recent expansion […]

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Webinar: Work the Same from Anywhere with nQ Zebraworks

We have seen the evolution of working from the office, to working from home, to working from anywhere. But now, nQ Zebraworks says, the focus needs to be on working in the same way from anywhere. Firms have transitioned well to working from home, but what are the tools that are needed now as firms navigate a far […]

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EagleTree Capital Acquires Integreon from NewQuest Capital Partners

Global legal managed services provider Integreon has been acquired by EagleTree Capital from its exisiting private equity owner NewQuest Capital Partners. Integreon will be a new standalone platform investment in the EagleTree portfolio, and Integreon’s operations, management team and personnel will remain unchanged following the EagleTree investment. Financial terms were not disclosed.  “EagleTree has a long history […]