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Piecing the puzzle together: Integreon’s partnership with Seal

Alternative legal services provider Integreon in October announced a new partnership with Seal Software, in what will start as a LIBOR repapering offering but is expected to expand far beyond that.  We spoke to Integreon’s CEO Bob Rowe and Integreon’s senior VP of contracts, compliance and commercial services, Jeff Catanzaro about their plans.


Private equity: Eigen raises $37m Series B funding

In a figure that will prompt further questions over how…



Comment: Death of the billable hour

I was recently on a panel to discuss the death of the billable hour and thought I’d share (with his permission!) a behind-the-scenes conversation with Hans Albers, general counsel and head of legal operations at Juniper Networks, who is also president of the Association of Corporate Counsel.


Comment: Culture eats technology for breakfast at SOLID

Last week I was honoured to open David Cowen’s London Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption (SOLID) among fellow speakers such as BT’s head of legal vendor management Neil Willson; Accenture’s deputy general counsel Christina Demetriades; John Lewis Partnership’s director of legal  Hannah Hullah; and American Express’s director and counsel for legal services Emer Kelly, to name a few. Here are the highlights.


Ashurst launches flexible resource platform with Elevate and Cognia Law

Ashurst has today (8 November) formally launched a new flexible resourcing platform – Ashurst Advance Reach – working in collaboration with law companies Cognia Law and Elevate.


As MoJ invests £2m in legal tech we need to fixate on details not ideals

There was much excitement in the legal and business press on Monday 4 November because the Ministry of Justice has awarded £2m to a company that (not meaning to be rude) I’ve never heard of to support the development and use of technology in the UK legal sector.


What we learnt about the Disclosure Pilot 10 months in

Just last week Vince Neicho, Vice President of legal services at Integreon, moderated a panel discussion for ACEDS UK on how the Disclosure Pilot in the UK is performing. Hosted by Law firm RPC on behalf of ACEDS UK and sponsored by Integreon, the event attracted a broad spectrum of attendees including lawyers, barristers and eDiscovery experts. Here he unveils the key findings.



Comment: The False Promise of Lawyer Timekeeping Analytics Technologies?

What does the rising number of legal technology applications that are focusing on lawyer timekeeping analytics tell us? Will the emergence of this technology finally bring about a challenge to the billable hour and help to reduce the cost of legal services?


Comment: The future of legaltech

The legal services profession is slowly but surely waking up to the potential of new technologies to disrupt and transform, says Katie Chung, assistant director at private equity firm Dunedin.


Farrer & Co: Lessons learned from shift to IaaS in Azure

Just over 18 months ago, Farrer & Co began a project to move its entire infrastructure into Azure – becoming one of the first UK law firms to do so. We caught up with IT director Neil Davison and head of IT systems Andy Beech, as well as Nick Martin, managing director of cloud consultancy SystemsUp, to find out how the project is panning out. Has each of the stages gone as expected? What have been the unexpected challenges? We expected there would be a few bumps in the road and, of course, there have been. But have they been overcome, and if so how?


TRENDING Corrected: Reynen Court under the microscope: The beta launch and road map

Editor in chief Caroline Hill and industry analyst and consultant Neil Cameron report on the beta platform launch and road map of Reynen Court, which for many has generated as many questions as answers as to how its services automation platform works.



TORONTO PART ONE: The Incubator Scene

Toronto has one of the most vibrant technology scenes in the world and in legal technology has given birth to the likes of Clio, Kira Systems and Diligen as well as one of the first, if not the first, global master of laws in innovation, law and technology at the University of Toronto Faculty of Laws. Caroline Hill talks to some key people about the thriving government-funded incubator scene including the pros and the dangers of government funding.


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

The July/August issue of the Orange Rag is out now and should provide you with plenty of food for thought over the summer! The Orange Rag is back at the end of September. Keep your eyes on the website for continued daily news and updates. Editor Caroline Hill will be at ILTA in August – please drop her a line if you want to meet up.


The May 2019 Legal IT Insider Newsletter – issue #323 – is out now

Well well well, how is it the end of May, that’s what we want to know. In this bumper issue of the Orange Rag we bring you all the latest news, analysis and commentary from all the leading players.


Phoenix grows up: A look at its marriage to Morae

For iManage, knowing that its biggest implementation partner was up for sale must have been an unnerving experience and it’s no wonder that Phoenix Business Solutions’ founder and CEO Mat Crocker tells us that he regarded the company’s acquisition this week by Morae Global Corporation as a marriage that needed iManage’s blessing. We speak to Crocker and Morae’s founder and CEO Shahzad Bashir about the union.


The April 2019 Legal IT Insider Newsletter – issue #322 – is out now

Welcome to the April edition of the Orange Rag – yes, we know it’s the 1st May but you are such fantastic people we thought we’d let you have the Easter holiday week off!


The 2019 Buyer’s Guide to UK eDisclosure Systems is available now!

The Insider’s definitive Buyers Guide to UK eDisclosure systems is available now. Researched and written by Andrew Haslam and published in conjunction with Legal IT Insider – and now in its seventh edition, the Guide has become an industry bible.


Comment: The eureka moment – revolutionising legal marketing with high-tech methods

Today, law firm leaders are well aware of the need to market their firm digitally, and some are ahead of the curve by using innovative methods like video and even ‘voice’ marketing. Deciding which methods work and which are a waste of money is crucial to your success, says Peter Carr from Propero Partners.


Trending: Has EY Law bitten off more than it can chew in Pangea3? Quite possibly

When Thomson Reuters decided to offload its global legal managed services company, I like to think that the conversation went something like this: TR: “Hey EY, wassup, you wanna buy Pangea3? Yeh, you might have heard we’re having a little restructure…” Just because this is EY should we naturally assume that its acquisition was part of some pre-ordained world legal domination plan that is falling nicely into place? Probably not, says editor Caroline Hill.


Seal Software’s $15m injection from DocuSign: The analysis

DocuSign’s $15m investment in Seal Software is an immediately obvious move that will help DocuSign continue to build out its intelligent agreement framework and will open doors and relationships to Seal during a stage of its growth where it continues to burn through cash. Here’s our in-depth take on the investment and strategy.


The March 2019 Legal IT Insider Newsletter – issue #321 – is out now

With more legal tech breaking news and insights than you can shake a stick at, welcome to the March edition of the Orange Rag! And our top story is after the first exhaustive side-by-side evaluation of iManage Work 10 in the cloud and NetDocuments, Clifford Chance has selected iManage, we can reveal, following what CIO Paul Greenwood is at pains to stress was such a close-run selection process that it had to be extended.


Comment: Achieving a Successful DMS Project

Firms must adopt their DMS — owning the technology, which 98% do already, is insufficient.  In part I of this series, I discussed the concrete business drivers that should help firms make the business case for adoption and the particulars of client governance mandates.  It’s one thing to point out a problem that everyone knows about, however—but another to offer a solution, says Prosperoware’s founder Keith Lipman.


Planning Your Next Legal IT Strategy Discussion (Part III): Focus on Talent

This is the final installment of a 3-part series offering a framework for law firm leaders to discuss and plan a sustainable IT strategy that enables internal and external digital clients of today and tomorrow. In this final installment, Peter Krakaur, vice president of legal business solutions at UnitedLex focuses on staffing and talent model disruption as an indispensable ingredient to enable a technology strategy that will drive successful future legal practices and business models.



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