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• Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co, one of India’s leading law firms, has selected Autonomy iManage’s system iManage WorkSite for its document and email management capabilities, advanced search and automatic classification capabilities for all their matters.

• At the recent ALB Australasian Law Awards in Sydney, Aderant presented the award for Innovative Use of Technology. Three firms – Minter Ellison, Mallesons Stephen Jacques and Freehills– were nominated for the award, which Minter Ellison won for two uses of technology.

One was liift, a technology platform developed by a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers and business analysts from Minter Ellison's Adelaide office that links systems, events, responsible parties, key documents, and legal expertise into one manageable workspace. It enables law firms to deliver tangible and immediate benefits to clients through improved communication, operational efficiency, accountability, and governance.

The second was a free, membership-based online resource for construction, property, and infrastructure industry professionals – – that Minter Ellison launched in June 2008. The interactive web site delivers detailed information about construction law concepts, real life case studies, and the combined knowledge and experience of the firm’s 16 specialist construction partners and 45 lawyers.

• In other Aderant news, the company has just announced the will host a regional Momentum User Conference – Momentum APA – September 10th & 11th in Sydney. The conferenceswill feature encore presentations of Momentum User Conference content as well unique content designed to address the unique needs law and professional services firms throughout Asia.

• The technology consultancy Swerdlove has announced the appointment of Michael Baer. Baer has a deep understanding of financial analysis and reporting systems, covering profitability analysis using full costing; business analysis modelling and the implementation of business solutions. “In tough economic times having the services of a financially experienced voice of reason will be helpful to firm’s seeking an external view point. To obtain the best possible outcomes in our sector firms must look beyond relying solely on internal viewpoints. Working with our existing people, products and resources, Michael will dramatically improve Swerdlove’s capability to deliver on new types of work and projects.” said Derek Giles, managing director. Baer will be responsible for the continued evolution of the company’s financial consulting strategies.