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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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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

Top stories include: CMS say no thanks to Elite 3E and consolidate on older Enterprise + Vendor litigation: Litera patent claims against DocsCorp dismissed “with prejudice” + Ediscovery: has the kCura launch of its UK Relativity SaaS platform pitched into a hosting war with its partners? + New ITS + CSN partnership say they can rollout Elite 3E fast and 40% cheaper + We also keep score on the Elite versus Aderant competition & the latest happenings on Planet iManage


Ediscovery in Hong Kong: Dispelling some litigation & innovation myths

At a recent conference in Hong Kong, attendees were asked about how to improve the dispute resolution process for all parties. Data generated from a live, technology-enabled poll of the audience led to a thought-provoking discussion on the priorities and limitations to innovation in the dispute resolution process, specifically in Hong Kong.


Billing: Will Alexa help improve time keeping on 3E?

Thomson Reuters Elite’s announcement last week (4 May) that you can now use Alexa to record and post time on 3E went slightly under the radar but received some interesting feedback on social media, warranting a closer look.



eDiscovery highlights in April with Chris Dale

Respected eDiscovery consultant and blogger Chris Dale provides us with a romp through eDiscovery highlights in April, touching on GDPR; Ministry of Justice failures; contract management; the Panama Papers; social media as evidence; the internet of things; TAR or predictive coding?; and the ILTA 2017 scholarships in honour of Browning Marean.


PwC on GDPR: Tech is the missing link

PwC’s legal team has released a new paper on preparations for the GDPR, finding that technology is often the missing link.


The April 2017 issue of the Legal IT Insider is out now

TOP STORIES INCLUDE: • eSentio sues HBR Consulting over NetDocuments swap out at Akin Gump and King & Spalding • Contract risk analysis platform ThoughtRiver raises over $1million in funding • RBRO says its business as usual in UK for iManage customers after departure of senior execs • Workshare says we won’t be beaten by the competition on speed or accuracy

AND welcome to the Insider’s new (and FREE to read) Legal Tech Startup Directory – 18 pages of listings and analysis on over 50 innovative companies who have broken with the law firm herd mentality and are set to change the face of legal practice in the UK, Europe, US and APAC regions. You can also discover which startups describe themselves as “Just Eat for Lawyers” and “LinkedIn meets Tinder”


Gleneagles: The Client Point of View

With efficiency and innovation at the top of every client conversation, technology and process is becoming a major differentiator in terms of how much work a client is prepared to give a law firm. However, speaking at Gleneagles Legal Leaders Forum 2017, leaders from Barclays and Juniper Networks made it clear that firms are often not getting their basic invoicing right, and that there is a critical disconnect between client relationship partners and those in the firm that can action meaningful change.


BakerHostetler’s 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report: Key findings

The BakerHostetler 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report is now out, providing detailed analysis of the 450-plus cyber incidents that the Cleveland-headquartered firm’s privacy and data protection team handled in 2016.


Comment: Data Analytics in Law is Loom-ing

I often hear litigators claim that legal innovation holds nothing for them; that good litigators are simply those who outwork the other party. But what if they could now trade working harder for working smarter? In the fast and furious world of legal technology, another Canadian success story is emerging: Toronto-based, Loom Analytics is now playing a lead role in the application of data analytics to legal services, says Mitchell Kowalski.


Do you want AI with that – Andrew Haslam’s annual review of the New York LegalTech show

Each year I try to identify a theme for the article to bind the different strands together. This year is reflected in the slightly tongue in cheek headline “Do you want AI with that?” as in the fast food industry where “do you want fries with that?” became a standard upsell to any order, so AI seems to be tacked on to every presentation (and a lot of demonstrations) at the event. As you will see, the theme throughout the show, was the use of AI within the legal industry. The overwhelming conference preoccupation with AI meant that there was a bit of a disconnect between the makeup of the exhibition (which was, as ever, dominated by eDiscovery suppliers), and the key notes, briefing sessions, conversations and side events going on during the three days.


Wow! We’ve really upset the President!

Please note the date! (OK, we know some humour-deficient people will not realise this is a joke.) And thank you Janders Dean for the Internet meme.


Saturday News Special: Aaron & Partners unveils AaronBot – the artificial intelligence partner for law firms

UK law firm Aaron & Partners LLP today announces the launch of AaronBot – an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) robot designed to replace underperforming law firm partners. Following on from the success of its ‘Expel Your Partner’ app – launched exactly two years ago today – AaronBot’s complex AI algorithm allows it to quickly recognise and replicate standard partner behaviours, such as shouting at trainees, never making tea or coffee in the office and taking credit for other people’s work.


The March 2017 issue of the Legal IT Insider is out now

Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – March 2017 – Issue #301. Top stories include… End of an era as Tikit and iManage part ways after 15 years: customers exit stage left to applause from Tikit competitors + In-house Legal: Barclays invests in new tech to rationalise bank’s external legal spend – one law firm has now had its invoice rejected 47 times! + Big Law: Slaughter and May has stake in AI business & Freshfields launch innovation group + Gleneagles Legal Leaders Forum: we have a full report on what corporate clients think about law firms + Mike Lynch on investing in Machine Learning tech companies: the real world is full of “noise” – non-meaningful data


Comment: Peter Campbell of Australian law firm Hall & Wilcox on six key questions to understanding legal tech developments

There is massive hype and conjecture about where technology is taking legal services but I think we need to remind ourselves that technology alone isn’t going to make the difference. Technology has the capacity to be an enabler of change, but the technology itself is not a differentiator, nor does it create a strategic advantage by itself.


Startup Corner: The Success of Legal Tech Startups Outside the M25

Is there life on Mars? Or at least a thriving law tech startup scene outside the M25? Yes says Encompass co-founder Roger Carson



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