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Legal IT catch up – My marketplace or yours?

It’s all about the marketplace, as Priori adds three big legal tech vendors to its roster; ALSP Factor launches partnership programme (aka marketplace) Factor Connect, and Prelimine LLC, the litigation-focused Microsoft Word application developer, announces a partnership with ‘app store for legal’ Reynen Court. Oh yes and Slaughter and May launches a new client innovation network, which isn’t […]

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ICYMI: First UK Interview with Disco Post-IPO

We speak with Disco’s general manager for EMEA, Stephen Dearing, about what the legal tech unicorn company plans to do now, in an exclusive first UK interview post the IPO.

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Eversheds Sutherland appoints first-ever chief transformation officer as BigLaw expands the C-Suite

Eversheds Sutherland has appointed the former director of transformation for insurance giant QBE Insurance as its first-ever chief transformation officer, effective from August 2021. Ronan Hanrahan will lead a centralised project and change management function. He will report directly to managing partner Keith Froud and join the firm’s International Operations Leadership Team. Froud said: “This is […]

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University of Oxford/SRA report finds lack of financial capital the biggest barrier to investment in legal tech

A major independent study into innovation in the legal sector has revealed that while the majority of law firms are making increasing use of day-to-day technology, a lack of financial capital is still regarded as the biggest barrier to investment in technology. Of law firms’ future plans for technology, it is interesting to note that […]

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Dictalogic wins UK top 200 firm Morrisons as Microsoft injects a further $25k

Cloud digital dictation challenge rDictalogic has won UKTop 200 law firm Morrisons Solicitors as a client and received the second tranche of a $55k credit note from Microsoft Azure, on which Dictalogic is built. Morrisons, according to our UK top 200, is a BigHand dictation customer. Dictalogic uses Microsoft’s cognitive speech engine to convert speech […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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AbacusNext acquires Zola Suite as PMS consolidation continues apace

Legal practice management provider AbacusNext has acquired SaaS PMS 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.