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Guest post: Legislating for Black Swans – legal considerations for business crisis management

Steve Whiter of Appurity looks at the communications technologies that are being deployed to help law firms and their clients mitigate the impact of crises.

01/09/2017

Comment: Greg Bufithis on how to run a Legal IT conference – the lessons for ILTACON & LegalTech

The message is not whether or not ILTACON and LegalTech are dead but that the world has moved on and both of these tech conferences need to get out into the wider world. But more importantly: law firms and in-house counsel … and legal technology vendors … need to break away from their safe, cloistered view of the market.

13/08/2017

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Comment: Greg Bufithis on how to run a Legal IT conference – the lessons for ILTACON & LegalTech

The message is not whether or not ILTACON and LegalTech are dead but that the world has moved on and both of these tech conferences need to get out into the wider world. But more importantly: law firms and in-house counsel … and legal technology vendors … need to break away from their safe, cloistered view of the market.

13/08/2017

The #ILTACON Meltdown: ILTA/VSLUG veteran Rick Hellers sends an open letter to the ILTA leadership

Vendors and service providers who used to be treated as peers — as they should be considering how much they add to the conversation — are now ghettoized and treated as cash cows. An organization whose mission is to encourage partnership, education and support now seems to focus more on pushing attendance at ILTACON and bringing in sponsorship dollars.

11/08/2017

Australia to see first “Cyborg Rights” lawsuit?

No, this is real news, not a fake news story to promote the upcoming Blade Runner movie… The good people at Sydney Criminal Lawyers report that Australia may soon get its first “Cyborg Rights” lawsuit after a “biohacker” implanted the chip from a public transport travel card under his skin.

26/07/2017

Australia to see first "Cyborg Rights" lawsuit?

No, this is real news, not a fake news story to promote the upcoming Blade Runner movie… The good people at Sydney Criminal Lawyers report that Australia may soon get its first “Cyborg Rights” lawsuit after a “biohacker” implanted the chip from a public transport travel card under his skin.

26/07/2017

The July/August issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now

In our biggest issue ever, we speak to senior management at law firms including Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Pinsent Masons, Macfarlanes and Mishcon de Reya, all of who are winning business as a result of their new delivery models. What really jumps out is the number of law firms that over the past year have developed internally built, tech-based tools that are in some cases forming the basis of new business lines.

26/07/2017

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Guest post: Cyber attacks and cloud computing

Derek Fitzpatrick, EMEA general manager at Clio argues that in light of the recent nation state cyber attack that embroiled DLA Piper in its wake, firms should seriously consider moving to the cloud for the extra security and data protection it provides.

21/07/2017

Guest post: Ransomware exposes a flawed desktop computing model – and why iOS is better

Over the last two months, the concept of ransomware has blasted into the public conscious with massive and disruptive cyberattacks. Both ransomware attacks were accompanied by a heavy dose of intrigue, and, for those willing to listen, a stern warning of what is to come. Seth Hallem, co-founder and CEO of Mobile Helix, looks at recent ransomware attacks, which point to fundamental issues that are inherent to the design of the Windows operating system, corporate intranets, and the Internet. Through this lens, mobile operating systems and, in particular, iOS are a seismic upgrade in protecting devices and networks from this type of attack, Seth says.

11/07/2017

“My hope was to raise enthusiasm”: The online courts hackathon wins hearts and minds

When Professor Richard Susskind first conceived of the idea of conducting a hackathon to help develop the new online courts system, his primary ambition was to raise awareness and enthusiasm among the legal technology community – and that has certainly been achieved.

04/07/2017

Legal IT News: All the latest wins, deals and products launches

Catch up on all the news and commentary of the past seven days including analysis of the global cyber attack that has seen DLA Piper go off the grid and iManage’s significant win of Allen & Overy as an iManage Work client.

03/07/2017

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The June issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now

TOP STORIES INCLUDE: Allen & Overy signs up with iManage + HighQ hires, losses, lessons learned + Data security: Lessons from Foley’s insider trading case + Saturated with AI news? So are we, but we bring you two must-read reports from Slaughter and May and McKinsey.

28/06/2017

Guest post: Is the era of ERP for law firms finally here?

Is the era of ERP for law firms finally here? Absolutely, says Martin Telfer, EMEA chief of Fulcrum Global Technologies, as he sets out the trends in the legal industry and corporate world that drive that conclusion.

23/06/2017

kCura: UK war with hosting partners?

kCura’s recent decision to bring the UK launch of its SaaS eDiscovery platform RelativityOne forward to the summer of 2017 is not intended to create a war with its local hosting partners but, according to at least one senior figure in the industry, that is precisely the effect it will have.

22/06/2017

When KM meets AI: An interview with Fireman & Co senior consultant Sally Gonzalez

Sally Gonzales joined Fireman & Company in May as the Toronto-headquartered legal management consultant’s newest senior consultant. Recognised as an authority in knowledge management and strategic technology planning, here Gonzales, who has held senior IT and KM roles at firms including Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright, Akin Gump and Jones Day, tells us what led to her move to Fireman; how KM has evolved in the legal space; the major KM trends ahead; and discusses some of the biggest questions around AI. “I think we are on the cusp of KM 4.0,” she says.

21/06/2017

When KM meets AI: An interview with Fireman & Co senior consultant Sally Gonzalez

Sally Gonzales joined Fireman & Company in May as the Toronto-headquartered legal management consultant’s newest senior consultant. Recognised as an authority in knowledge management and strategic technology planning, here Gonzales, who has held senior IT and KM roles at firms including Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright, Akin Gump and Jones Day, tells us what led to her move to Fireman; how KM has evolved in the legal space; the major KM trends ahead; and discusses some of the biggest questions around AI. “I think we are on the cusp of KM 4.0,” she says.

21/06/2017

GDPR – A chief privacy officer’s inside perspective

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is highly complex and imminently due to transform global privacy law – and its triggering mechanism is so low it applies to almost everyone. As a lawyer and Chief Privacy Officer for data governance firm Evidon, Todd Ruback works with many of the leading law firms on GDPR matters, and provides a practical, insider’s perspective of the GDPR’s commercial impact, common misconceptions and how firms can help clients navigate it successfully.

13/06/2017

GDPR – A chief privacy officer's inside perspective

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is highly complex and imminently due to transform global privacy law – and its triggering mechanism is so low it applies to almost everyone. As a lawyer and Chief Privacy Officer for data governance firm Evidon, Todd Ruback works with many of the leading law firms on GDPR matters, and provides a practical, insider’s perspective of the GDPR’s commercial impact, common misconceptions and how firms can help clients navigate it successfully.

13/06/2017

Guest post: Why we acquired Ravel Law

To be successful in today’s competitive legal environment, lawyers need to make faster, more informed decisions, based on data that is incorporated into their natural workflow, says Jeff Pfeifer, vice president of product management at LexisNexis, in a post for Legal IT Insider that, while undoubtedly self-promotional, gives an insight into some of the thinking behind Lexis’ acquisition of Ravel Law and its vision of the data-driven lawyer.

12/06/2017

Mitch Kowalski

Teaching Law in a Legal Tech World

As the pressure on law schools grows to incorporate tech teaching, acclaimed author and legal innovation professor Mitchell Kowalski says in this, his latest Legal IT Insider post, that to ignore the growing number of technological tools does a grave disservice to the profession.

09/06/2017

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Comment: The Tikit iManage era is over – and no-one is surprised

The news that Tikit has jumped into bed with NetDocuments as its preferred strategic document management solution partner – ending all iManage sales going forward – should really be a surprise to no-one.

07/06/2017

Guest post: Buying Legal – getting to grips with data

With general counsel having to rise to the challenges of becoming “mini CEOs”, The 3rd annual Europe Conference of the Buying Legal Council brought together an impressive array of GCs, law firms and suppliers to discuss how they “get to grips” with their data. Nick Williams, legal services director for Proxima Group gives us the highlights.

06/06/2017

Guest post: Law Firm Resource Management

Having applied technology and modern working practices to most areas of legal practice over the last 30 years, there are two remaining areas of law firm activity that have received little or no management attention. One of these is the actual process of ‘coal-face’ legal service delivery (which through Continuous Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma is finally taking off); the other is the proper management of law firm fee-earner resources.

30/05/2017

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