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.
A raft of new partnerships and deals has seen document automation specialist BamLegal led by Catherine Bamford enter a partnership with startup legaltech business Wavelength as Vissensa signs a multiyear agreement with the International Bar Association and Howard Kennedy rolls out Linetime Liberate’s case management system.
Elsewhere, five-office Somerset and Dorset practice Pardoes has signed up with DPS Software, while we also bring news of the launch of new eDiscovery provider Cognicion; a partnership between Nuix and FRONTEO USA; and the new business stats from Ascertus. In other news, free conveyancing portal Free2Convey now integrates with any case management system, while less is more on the new appointment front as NextLaw Labs hires its first chief technology officer, Dean Khialani.
Recent high-profile data breaches of internal IT systems at major international firms are causing clients to increase the scrutiny of their outside counsels’ cybersecurity efforts. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to ensure law firms are doing everything they can to safeguard their clients’ data against ever-evolving threats. While end users can often be the weak spot when it comes to security, it’s equally important that law firms embrace modern best practices around the storage and management of client data in their document management systems (DMS).
Next trades from more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire and around 200 stores in 40 countries overseas. Online, Next Directory serves customers in around 70 countries outside the UK. The in-house legal team at Next looks after the interest of all of the companies within the Next group.
New Case Study: Harnessing big data for business growth – How Bi24 supports leading law firm Wright Hassall in its ambitious business growth plan
Easy access to data and insights has changed the way teams work at Wright Hassall, providing users across the entire organisation from Managing Partners to support staff with the ability to perform on-demand, self-service reporting whenever they need to. Data can now be pooled between different applications to drive greater insights across work in progress cases and ensure better returns on investment for marketing activities.
New case study on how the Government of the British Virgin Islands benefits from enhanced efficiency with bespoke Eclipse Proclaim Case Management Software solution
The 2016 edition of the Allvision – Insider Guide to UK eDisclosure Systems is now available – FREE download
The definitive Guide to UK eDisclosure systems is now available, as Allvision and Legal IT Insider publish the 2016 edition of what has become the industry bible to the UK ediscovery industry. The Guide remains stable at around 100 suppliers and 70 products but these figures include 13 new suppliers, balanced out by 11 who have left/been acquired, as well as two name changes.
Speech Recognition + Dictation: Nuance Dragon Anywhere, for mobile devices now available for Android and iOS in the UK
Nuance Communications just announced the UK availability of Dragon Anywhere for Android and iOS, bringing the productivity features of Dragon desktop speech recognition to mobile devices for the first time.
New Case Study: Essex conveyancing specialist see volumes rise by 105% since introduction of innovative case management system.
Marcus Baum LLP are a specialist conveyancing operation based in Southend on Sea. Founded in 1995, they have recently opened additional offices in Rayleigh and Leigh on Sea, where they also now handle probate matters. They employ over 40 staff in their dedicated property operation and have been using Redbrick Solutions case management technology for several years.
“One of the managing partners had seen a demo of Dragon some years back and we knew we had to move with the times and that things were moving on from digital dictation. We wanted to see how much potential speech recognition had in terms of unlocking productivity.”
Andy Tipton, Product Developer at Appurity Connect, considers the implications of cloud technology within the legal profession. How can law firms maintain compliance and productivity when they’re working in the cloud?
When law firms merge, there is little chance they will both be using the same case management system, time recording software or email solution, let alone the same version of all the necessary third-party applications. That would be too easy. This was the situation that senior management and the experienced IT teams at leading law firms Shakespeares and SGH Martineau had to cope with following the successful merger of the two in June 2015, although the planning started much earlier.
Today sees the introduction of some changes to the Insider website navigation to make it easier for visitors to keep track of the stories that really matter to them.
Interesting case study from BigHand about Brisbane-based Mullins Lawyers, who have become the first law firm in the southern hemisphere to implement the BigHand SmartNote system, which combines speech recognition with effortless iManage integration.
“We were looking for a new security vendor and had a number of requirements,” said Chris White, Chief Information Officer at Clyde & Co. “Outstanding security to reassure our clients; reliable and efficient vendor support, strong functionality supporting the firm today and in future and, lastly cost efficiency.”
The 2015 edition of the eDisclosure Systems Buyers Guide is now available! Compiled and edited by Andrew Haslam and published by Allvision in conjunction with Legal IT Insider, the latest edition is bigger than before (up from 73 to 100 suppliers, and 57 to 70 products), better than before (addition of Allvision training courses and the results of the 2014 CAR Survey) and still as humorous. (Well as funny as ediscovery ever can be!) The latest edition has already been described by one leading US commentator as “the best resources on eDisclosure available.”
Here’s an interesting case study featuring UK law firm Shoosmiths and their migration from OpenText to a Microsoft SharePoint-base document management system with the assistance of ClearPeople.