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Trending: How to Evaluate Legal Technology that Improves Efficiency

This is the first ‘clinic’ from Dera Nevin, who each month will address common questions from readers about the evaluation and implementation of legal technology. Buyers of legal technology can play a critical role in improving the purchase of legal technology by ensuring the strategic questions are asked and fully answered within a business requirements document before going to market, she says.

19/02/2019

Updated: Linklaters Nakhoda launches deal platform ISDA Create – and what that really means

In recognition of the fact that data extraction and analysis is far harder than often billed and very much a long, not a short game, Linklaters’ technology arm Nakhoda is working towards “breaking the loop” in the creation of yet more unstructured data, the first incarnation of which is a new online document negotiation platform launched in conjunction with ISDA. We speak to Nakhoda founder Edward Chan and COO Partha Mudgil.

15/02/2019

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Legal tech CRM win: Birketts selects OnePlace

East Anglian law firm Birketts has selected OnePlace as its client relationship management system. Here is that news, which you’ll find exclusively on Legal IT Insider today:

31/01/2019

It’s a new year and the first Legal IT Insider newsletter of 2019 is out with a ton of news and content!

Eversheds Sutherland & CC restructure tech teams: Both Eversheds Sutherland and Clifford Chance have recently restructured their legal technology teams, separating client-facing innovation from back office IT. We bring you the details.

Fulcrum solves eBilling crisis at Bradford & Barthel: Fulcrum Global Technologies has built West Coast employment firm Bradford & Barthel a customised eBilling solution in place of Thomson Reuters’ eBillingHub, after the firm says it was left with no developers following Thomson Reuters’ (TR’s) closure of eBillingHub’s headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of its widescale restructuring programme.

30/01/2019

Brexit, data protection and law firm IT systems – what now?

With all the talk surrounding Brexit and the various scenarios that could happen, it is essential to look at the potential effect on data transfer and what that might mean for law firms and their IT systems. Tim Hyman of 2twenty4 Consulting set outs the options.

18/01/2019

Elevate’s Halebury acquisition: John Croft and Denise Nurse discuss customers, competition and how two + two = five

Acquisitive law company Elevate last week announced that it has bought senior flexible resource law firm Halebury. We caught up with Elevate’s president John Croft and Halebury’s co-founder Denise Nurse to find out about the key drivers for the acquisition; how the combined entity will benefit clients, and who Elevate now regards as competition.

16/01/2019

The legal tech market: 2018 and beyond

Crikey, what a year it’s been. A year of some progress and a lot of nonsense, 2018 can be summarised as a time when expectation far outpaced reality in legal tech land. The buzz around AI has meant that many law firms have bought solutions that they, particularly their partners, believe will be a panacea for all of their problems, and have inevitably been disappointed.

24/12/2018

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Taking stock: 12 IT leaders tell us about their achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead

As 2019 approaches, 12 technology and innovation leaders from firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Eversheds Sutherland, Linklaters and Taylor Wessing tell us about their biggest achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead.

24/12/2018

Blog of the Week: The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors

“As Justin Kan’s Chief of Staff, I am actively involved in operating Atrium and investing in early-stage startups. Founders ask me many questions, but there’s one they ask me more often than any other: ‘how do investors evaluate startups?'” By Anuj Abrol, chief of staff to Justin Kan at Atrium – our thanks to Anuj for allowing us to reproduce his excellent blog in full below.

21/12/2018

GCs from Siemens, Barclays, Shell, Vodafone and more talk transformation: A catch up from SOLID

One of the best conferences I’ve been to this year was David Cowen’s Ted Talk style summit SOLID in London at the start of November, which I fully intended to write about immediately afterwards, but time has gleefully run away from me sticking two fingers up in the process. With talks from GCs at Siemens, Shell, Barclays and more, here are the highlights.

19/12/2018

The final issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter for 2018 is here – and it’s a whopper!

Grab a (large) cup of coffee and take some time out, it’s the final issue of 2018 and it’s a whopper. Phew, mince pie anyone?

05/12/2018

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Risk and Reward in Contract Analysis: Why AI is Not Enough

As corporations recognise that their data is much more than an impenetrable mass, rather a mineable source of insights that can yield BI and inform strategic decisions, they are driven to analyse it in a unified manner. In the contracts space, there has been a lot of chatter about AI and its ability to transform processes. While new tools will undeniably speed up and strengthen analysis, the technology is not a panacea, say FTI’s Ryan Drimalla.

04/12/2018

The October issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – includes new Accountancy Tech Report

In this packed issue of the Legal IT Insider, we not only bring you latest breaking news and hottest stories but also our brand new Accountancy Tech Report.

24/10/2018

The September 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!

Well, we’re back with a bang in the first issue after the summer with loads of breaking news, exclusives and commentary.

26/09/2018

Context is king: Why the legal sector can’t afford to have blockchain tunnel vision

Blockchain is a technology that could shake up the way legal services are delivered, managed and paid for. It’s an avenue being considered by law firms and legal departments looking to use technology more effectively to streamline operations and innovate. But to fully understand its usefulness, it has to be viewed and regulated as part of the existing industry, not in isolation, says Block.one’s general counsel Lee Schneider.

19/09/2018

Chats with legal chatbots – episode 1: The Global Legal Hackathon and LawDroid

“The big thing in 2018 will be for law firms to start introducing chatbots onto their websites never mind getting actual content on there first for the chatbot to reference.” In his first ‘chat with chatbots’, Brian Inkster puts LawDroid through its paces. And gives up.

30/07/2018

The July/August 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!

Top stories include… Whoop, whoop the new Legal IT Insider Top 200 is out now + NetDocuments on 26 June had a major peak time outage of three hours and forty-three minutes in the United States, which was caused by human error in the deployment of a new global directory. The cloud-provider has launched new live status pages for the US, Europe and Australia + Big Law firms could be years away from a full move to Microsoft Office 365 – despite the fact that much of Microsoft’s investment is focussed on its cloud-hosted suite of services and most BigLaw firms have the move on their roadmap – because Microsoft is continuing to refuse to hand over the encryption keys. We speak to Microsoft, Linklaters and Perkins Coie.

26/07/2018

The June 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!

Top stories in the latest Insider newsletter include: Gateley select LexisOne + The Law Society moves to Office 365 & Azure cloud + Duncan Eadie joins Charles Russell Speechlys

27/06/2018

England’s top judge lashes out at ‘Science Museum’ grade court IT

England and Wales’ top judge has moaned that HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) IT systems “more obviously belong in the Science Museum” than courtrooms across the land, The Register reports.

11/06/2018

The May 2018 issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now – read it here free!

The May 2018 Insider is classic – we announce CyLok: the Legal Cybersecurity Readiness Index – Legal IT Insider has been working with industry security experts including Accenture + we have a Groundhog Day moment as David Lumsden takes over as Enable CEO from founder Liam Flanagan + We LOVE this article by Keith Lipman “Adventures in the Pessimistic DMS Garden” + much more

30/05/2018

Tech Comment: The Case for SD-WANs

Atchison Fraser from Talari looks at how a new generation of software-defined wide area networking technology  (SD-WANs) is changing the way law firms communicate

10/05/2018

April Legal IT Insider out now – and free to read

SharePoint triumphs – All change at Peppermint – Major DMS & PMS swap outs – the inside skinny on Contract Analysis software – And is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a lawyer-data scientist hybrid! WTF?!?

25/04/2018

Exclusive: Calling lawyers – your chance to fly to Mars with Elon Musk and SpaceX

Legal IT Insider has just discovered the SpaceX commercial space flight business, headed by American serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, is recruiting for a lawyer to be part of the first crew to fly to Mars, as part of the company’s ambitious plans to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet.

01/04/2018

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