Winter Scott requires a smooth, responsive and efficient running IT infrastructure so its staff members can successfully conduct international business. Unfortunately this was not the case since the practice had migrated of all its IT hardware and software into a public cloud facility.
As the Christmas countdown begins and the mulled wine (ok just wine) flows, we bring you news of a new version of cleanDocs; a new 64-bit version of Workshare 9; a partnership between NAVEX Global and Baker & McKenzie; a post-merger IT overhaul for Royds Withy King; a Belfast launch for LEAP; expansion in Asia Pacific for Neota Logic; and a spotlight on the latest post-Brexit news.
Legal IT News: Fronteo, Kroll Ontrack, Cosmolex, Handshake Software, Workshare, Ascertus, Riverview, Tikit and more
Much of our news this week comes from the United States, where we bring you all the latest eDiscovery, practice management, matter management and CRM updates. In the UK there’s a new launch from Workshare and all the latest wins and deals, while in Singapore, there’s a new partnership for Opus 2 International.
Following its acquisition by private equity houses The Carlyle Group and Revolution Growth in January 2016, it was perhaps little surprise that LDiscovery last week acquired Kroll Ontrack for $410m, as consolidation across the eDiscovery sector continues apace.
Having discontinued its outsourced library deal with Integreon last year, DAC Beachcroft gives an insight into what went wrong and the benefits of switching to U.S. specialist library management group LAC Group, which this year rebranded its library as a service platform as LibSource.
The past week has seen the announcements that Charles Russell Speechlys has implemented Veeam Availability SuiteT v 9, as UK portal Free2Convey releases new collaboration tool Docs4Home, and Instant On IT is appointed by Field Court Chambers to provide IT support, services and guidance. In news out of the United States, iManage has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), FTI Consulting has appointed Sophie Ross as global chief executive officer of the firm’s technology segment, and InOutsource has hired Rabiya Hirji-Young as senior risk management consultant.
After DLA Piper’s Australian arm merged with the international firm in 2011 it noticed a sharp increase in mobile roaming costs, which were difficult to control. The business now saves AUS$202,000 annually. This is how.
The past week has brought news of a new chief marketing officer for kCura as it prepares to launch its new cloud-based Relativity offering, with hires elsewhere for Prosperoware and DocsCorp. Consilio has been awarded a U.S. patent for its Enhanced Bloomberg Chat Review solution, while we bring news of wins and deals for Encompass Verify and Thomson Reuters Elite; a high level Legal Procurement Forum in Australia; and industry updates from Aderant, Dentons and Quill Pinpoint.
Legal IT News: Kim Technologies, Holman Fenwick, Encompass, Tiger Eye, Iphelion, Kroll, PwC and more
This week has brought news of a new CEO for Kim Technologies (which powers Riverview Law virtual assistants), as well as a new COO for UK top 30 firm Holman Fenwick Willan. Encompass Corporation has partnered with Equifax, iManage partner Tiger Eye Consulting has launched new knowledge management solution Blueprint, Iphelion has released the latest version of its template management and document assembly tool Outline and Kroll Ontrack has launched a new corporate legal projects offering, while in wider industry news, PwC Legal has become integrated in the wider UK business. There’s also news of a win for Eclipse Legal Systems and certifications for Everlaw and Netmaster Solutions.
The past week has seen Wilson Legal Solutions announce that it is bolstering its fledgling London office with three hires as Linex Systems rebrands as Vable; Eclipse Legal Systems announces UCL Consultants as a new case management client and Thomson Reuters Legal publishes its ninth annual research survey among finance directors.
In the US, Jonathan Sachs, formerly with Kroll Ontrack, has joined Catalyst Repository Systems; Morae Legal has launched a new eDiscovery offering; and John F. Kennedy University has selected TutorPro’s student technology portal.
Not to be forgotten, in Australia Herbert Smith Freehills has launched a new Alternative Legal Services centre in Melbourne.
IT is not just an operational feature of Chadwick Lawrence’s business, but is part of strategic discussions at board level and plays a key role in informing its corporate strategy. As part of its ambition to take the practice forward, Chadwick Lawrence recognised the need to be more ‘on the front foot’ with technology.
New Case Study: How DLA Piper Leveraged LTC4 Core Competencies and Learning Plans to Achieve Widespread Lawyer Technology Competency
DLA Piper’s vision is to be the leading global business law firm. One of the key elements to the firm’s achieving this goal is to equip the firm’s lawyers with the best technology, and ensure they know how to use it for optimal benefit. Research has shown that the more time attorneys spend using technology, the more their efficiency, quality of work, and productivity increases. In some cases, today’s clients demand proof of technical competency from their firms, so DLA Piper wanted to make sure it could objectively prove its lawyers’ aptitude.
The past week has seen Eclipse Legal Systems announce an in-house win from the new legal team at Network Homes as Rocket Lawyer launches in Europe via a joint venture with European legal publishing house Editions Lefebvre Sarrut and RBRO Solutions restructures its senior management team for the first time since it was founded in 2003.
In other news, Mayer Brown has launched a Brexit Impact Assessment Tool; and Cordery will now use LexisInteraction for the benefit of its compliance clients. In the United States, Scroll has launched a social media and blogging platform for lawyers and we highlight some of the vendors recognised for exceptional customer service in the ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey.
And in a new legal IT publication, RAVN has published a white paper looking at the application of artificial intelligence in the legal world.
Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers build a 21st century law firm using BigHand digital dictation and SmartNote with Speech Recognition to support growth and innovation
The 11th edition findings include ILTA law firm legal IT budgets/spending, technology purchases, purchasing influences, legal cloud computing and AI trends; legal IT challenges
“Holmanet”, the intranet for Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), was described by Paul Jenkins, the global law firm’s head of projects and change as “not meeting the needs of the firm and largely unfit for purpose.” A SharePoint 2007 based application, analytics proved that it demonstrated a severe lack of staff engagement. This is what ClearPeople and 3Kites did about it.
Case Study: Post & Schell Launches paperLESS Scanning Initiatives Using Omtool’s AccuRoute to Achieve More Mobile, Efficient Workflow for Attorneys
While looking to move its Lancaster office, Post & Schell launched a paperLESS initiative and set a goal to provide its lawyers with more mobile access to documents. AccuRoute software from Omtool allowed the firm to scan and route paper documents and reduce paper storage space by 75% when relocating its Lancaster office. Also, AccuRoute integrated with iManage FileSite DMS so Post & Schell could scan, route and store documents and OCR them to be text-searchable. The AccuRoute/iManage integrated process was also used to manage the firm’s incoming postal mail which is now scanned in with AccuRoute, OCR’d and then sent to FileSite so lawyers can click on hyperlinks to access their mail in real-time, without making a trip to the office.
New case study from Cohesity looking at how their platform can help law firms address the issue of legacy data and secondary storage. The US law firm Sheppard Mullin already uses Cohesity, which is now available in the UK via Viadex Ltd.
Epiq Systems has been acquired for around $1bn by OMERS Private Equity and Harvest Partners following almost two years of shareholder activism that in 2014 saw Epiq appoint Credit Suisse Securities to help review its strategic options.
The listed Kansas City-headquartered eDiscovery provider, which saw its first quarter 2016 net income drop thanks in part to its acquisition of Iris Data Services last year, will be combined with legal process outsourcing and litigation services giant DTI, a private company majority-owned by OMERS and managed by OMERS Private Equity.
Here’s a case study from Forcepoint, featuring NETprotocol, and a new Managed Next Generation Firewall service already in use with three NETprotocol law firm customers: Lee & Thompson – Jordans Solicitors – and Hempsons.
Legal IT News: Sunrise Software, Eclipse, Iken and Quill Pinpoint, iCONECT, LexisNexis, Mitratech, Oyez and more
Hot off the press, Sunrise Software today (18 July) announces that Farrer & Co has selected Sunrise IT Service Management Solution (ITSM) to enhance its IT support to the 400-employee firm as we bring you all the latest legal IT wins and deals, product launches and industry news.