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Comment: Ideas from Microsoft Ignite 2021

By Peter Buck “Microsoft seeks to power the global workforce through Teams, push the Cloud everywhere, and distribute application building deep into all companies.” Ignite 2021 was a fifteen-billion-dollar bag of innovation that eclipsed hundreds of competitive products. Let me explain. Starting first with financials, then explore the rise of application builders, review my bag […]

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Comment: The Managed Services Boom – Past, Present and Future

By Jeff Catanzaro, Executive Vice President at Integreon In 2020, delivery of managed services for corporate legal experienced a tremendous boom. Even the most traditional corporate legal departments confronted their own limitations as everyone began full-time work from home.  In many cases, companies also faced staff reductions and had to address other real business impacts […]

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Video: The Insider with Caroline Hill – Guest Chris Grant

Chris Grant has seen all sides of law firm innovation, having worked at Barclays, helping to oversee law firm panel pitches, and at Barclays Ventures Eagle Labs, where he was lawtech director. Here he talks to Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill about the progress (or lack of) – when it comes to law firm […]

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Comment: Poor Document Quality – Does it matter?

By Joanne Humber, marketing consultant, LCT4 I recently posted on LinkedIn my experience of receiving a badly formatted document that I had been sent by the solicitor acting for the people buying my house.  It was truly a disgrace and if I were their client, that is the last time I would instruct them. However, […]

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Video: Caroline Hill talks to Jonathan Patterson and Simon White

A discussion about the cutting edge work that DWF is doing in data analytics within the legal and insurance industry. DWF recently launched Ivy, which draws on historic DWF data to assess the recommended value of an insurance claim. Based on the assessment, claims are being triaged, with many now entirely automated.

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Comment: Optimising resources and time to results during early data assessment and investigations

By Simon Price, European VP, Legal Tech, OpenText The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we work, with many companies forced to re-evaluate their business models and employee working practices. Whilst remote working environments have historically been frowned upon by many companies due to concerns around security and productivity, the continuing business impact of the pandemic […]

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KennedysIQ and DWF launch new client tools out of Manchester funded partnerships

Kennedys’ tech arm Kennedys IQ continues to build on its partnership with the University of Manchester, now offering clients the ability to apply machine learning to assess medical evidence and recommend a damages figure for insurance claims in the MoJ Portal. The Portal Manager can be used for claims made through both the MoJ Portal and the […]

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Comment: What’s up with WhatsApp for the legal sector?

By Steve Whiter, Director, Appurity Probably the most well-known (and most used) text and voice messaging apps, WhatsApp is beloved by both personal and business users alike. With both end-to-end encryption and relatively robust levels of privacy, it is particularly prevalent within businesses that demonstrate high levels of mobile usage. Indeed, it is used by millions […]

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The Inside View – Interview with Tom Livne founder of Verbit

Legal IT Insider editor in chief Caroline Hill speaks to Verbit founder and CEO Tom Livne about the hybrid AI and human-based transcription company’s $60 million Series C fundraising. We find out what Verbit’s growth plans are now and how it will expand the work it is doing in both transcribing and providing analytics on court depositions.

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The Inside View: Ron Friedmann talks to us about his new senior director analyst role at Gartner

Ron Friedmann is one of the best-known names in the legal sector, particularly in the United States. Formerly chief knowledge and information officer at LAC Group and before that a partner at legal it consultancy firm Fireman & Company, Ron talks to Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill about his new role of senior director analyst in the legal and compliance team at Gartner.

Ron’s experience in the legal IT sector goes back to 1989 at WilmerHale, where he was head of practice support – the first non-practicing lawyer hired by a large law firm to manage the use and development of technology to improve law practice. Unsurprisingly one area of his remit at Gartner will be legal technology. Instead of working with law firms as he has done before, Ron’s clients are now corporate counsel and the general counsel looking for research and analysis to help deliver mission critical services, including manage outside counsel. He will also be focusing on alternative legal services providers.

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Spear phishing: Defence strategies of the future with Tessian

Phishing, spear phishing, whaling, spoofing and social engineering – all these things essentially mean your employees are at risk on email.

Tessian’s customer data shows a 75% spike in attacks over the last six months, meaning that security leaders are having to work harder than ever to train their employees to spot more advanced attacks, with every email attack looking different.

But it’s not all bad news. While each email attack looks different, there are patterns and tools to help you stay ahead of hackers in 2021.

We were joined by Cai Thomas, Customer Success Manager at Tessian; David Thomson, Head of IT at Stevens & Bolton; David Fazakerley, CIO at CTS; and Duncan Eadie, Head of IT Strategy at Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP to discuss:

– What advanced attack techniques they think are coming next and how to prevent them; and
– How they’ve managed to downtrend inbound risk with a radically different approach to training and awareness.

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Advanced legal data loss prevention with Egress November 2020

In this webinar with Egress, we look at human layer security and how people, without meaning to, put company data at risk. One of the main causes of data breaches is misdirected emails, and we have a demo of Egress’s advanced legal data loss prevention solution, which uses contextual machine learning as opposed to a more clunky rules based approach. With staff now working from home and sending more email than ever, clients are increasingly putting pressure on law firms to protect their data and intelligent technology is making that an easier task. We will also take a look at Egress’s new Investigate365, which scans for policy violations.

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The Inside View – Daniel Lewis from LexisNexis talks Market Standards

Editor Caroline Hill spoke to Daniel Lewis, VP of practical guidance at LexisNexis, about the new M&A analytics tool Market Standards and what is on the roadmap.

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The Inside View – Interview with Josh Becker

Editor Caroline Hill asked Lex Machina CEO Josh Becker to reflect on the rise and rise of legal analytics, on the eve before he left legal tech to run for CA State Senate.

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The Inside View – Interview with Eric Laughlin, CEO of Agiloft

Editor Caroline Hill speaks to Agiloft’s CEO Eric Laughlin about the contract lifecycle management company’s recent $45m investment, including a deep dive into the funding and what we can expect to see on Agiloft’s roadmap. Laughlin most recently served as global leader of legal managed services at EY, where he managed the Pangea3 and Riverview Law teams. Prior to EY he was managing director of the corporate segment within Thomson Reuters. Bootstrapped since its inception in 1990 and profitable, Agiloft’s investment from FTV is the company’s first round of external funding and will be used to accelerate its product development and expand its vertical and geographic market presence.

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Streamline your workflow & emerging trends with BigHand

Workflow has moved from a nice-to-have to a top priority for law firms, as the realisation sets in that 1) remote working is here to stay; 2) that simply being able to work remotely is no longer enough – you need to achieve true productivity, and 3) the current economic climate is fast-tracking the changing roles of support staff and firms need visibility and data to make informed long-term decisions.

​​​​​​​In this live and interactive webinar with BigHand, we discussed what firms are doing to streamline their workflow, trends that are emerging and the benefits they are seeing. We also had a demonstration of BigHand’s workflow tool BigHand Now, providing attendees with the opportunity to ask questions and understand more about how it helps with task delegation, efficiency gains and business continuity.

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The Inside View – Interview with Michael Grupp

Nominations are now closed for the European Women of Legal Tech Awards 2020, for the women who are having a major impact on the digital transformation of the industry. We speak to Michael Grupp, CEO and founder of BRYTER and a co-sponsor of WOLT, to find out the latest on the awards, and what they are bringing to the industry.

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AI for Contracts with Lionbridge and Gravity Stack

In this webinar we have a great scoop and new product demo combined!

Lionbridge discussed its new go-to-market and product partnership with Gravity Stack (Reed Smith’s legal tech subsidiary). Gravity Stack developed Lionbridge’s new Relativity Translator app and the pair are working on a joint “AI for Contracts” offering.

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The Inside View – Interview with George Socha

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The Inside View – Interview with Isabel Parker