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BigHand support staff survey: Just 3% say they have all the information they require first time

An extensive survey by BigHand of over 800 legal support staff globally gives a rare insight into the daily challenges and working experiences of support teams, with only a staggering 3% of respondents saying they receive all the information they need to complete a task first time.


Mover and shaker: Steph Abbott, HSF

Congratulations to Steph Abbott, who has taken on the role of director of knowledge & learning at Herbert Smith Freehills, heading the function globally. Abbott, who is based in Australia, was previously a director at Janders Dean, which works closely with HSF.



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Updated: Akin Gump adopts Filetrail as part of wider cultural IG change

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has adopted FileTrail GPS to help manage the way it retains, stores and ultimately destroys its data. The move – notably underpinned by a significant cultural change piece – is being led by assistant general counsel for information governance, Christopher Egan, who joined Akin Gump from the US Department of Justice in November 2017.


Intapp acquires OnePlace: The analysis

We speak to Intapp’s CEO John Hall and OnePlace founder and CEO Tim Smith about the acquisition, which as we exclusively revealed in the May Orange Rag, will see OnePlace retained as the brand for the legal sector, and DealCloud within financial services.


Simkins: How we modernised our cost recovery with nQueue

When Simkins had the opportunity to modernise its cost recovery system the choice boiled down to Equitrac, PaperCut or nQueue. Nick Wright, IT manager at Simkins LLP describes the journey and the outcome.


Gordon McAlpine joins Mason & Cook to lead global tech product launch

BigHand’s co-founder and legal tech veteran Gordon McAlpine has joined resource management consultancy Mason & Cook as a non-executive director to oversee the growth strategy of its technology product – Vantage. He will be responsible for the global launch and continued growth of the software arm of the business.


von Briesen & Roper: Simple Innovation

von Briesen & Roper’s strapline is “We do things differently” and, according to CIO William Caraher, that statement also applies to their approach to technology – but it’s the simplest innovations that have been the most effective.



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PLMJ hacked

In news that has yet to make it out of Iberia, Portugal’s largest law firm, PLMJ, this year became the latest firm to fall victim to a cyberattack after its network was compromised and information relating to the the Benfica football corruption investigation published Wikileaks-style on a football blog.


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.


Clarilis to underpin TLT white label document automation service

TLT has extended its existing relationship with Clarilis, which on top of helping TLT to automate its own contracts internally will now form the basis of a white labelled document automation service for clients.


Top 50 Law Firm Profiles: Herbert Smith Freehills

As part of our project to profile the IT capability of the top 100 legal IT teams/law firm IT capability, Legal IT Insider spoke to Haig Tyler, CIO at Herbert Smith Freehills about their strategy and structure as well as the key technology recently introduced at the firm.



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HighQ’s new corporate legal platform: The extended interview

In March we revealed that HighQ was about to launch a new platform for corporate legal teams that will include work and collaboration tools for enterprise legal management, document management, matter management, legal intake and self-service, contract management and vendor management. Here is the extended interview with CTO Stuart Barr to coincide with HighQ’s annual user conference.


Trending: The “One” & only “Place” to be “Global” tech giant Intapp’s latest acquisition

Intapp today announced it has acquired OnePlace, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for marketing and business development teams. Intapp and OnePlace are joining forces to address the growing need for a unified front office solution spanning the client life-cycle that helps firms cultivate key relationships, drive growth, and better compete in their modern marketplace.


Luminance, Lexoo and Seedlegals shortlisted by #TheEuropas Awards for hottest startups

Shake off the trauma of Eurovision2019 and that eye patch, legaltech has for the first time been recognised in The Europas Awards, which in partnership with TechCrunch recognise the hottest tech startups in Europe – Luminance, Lexoo and Seedlegals are all on the shortlist in the ‘Hottest B2B/SaaS Startup’ award and voting is open now.


Airbus to extend use of Seal Software in feted digital transformation drive

As part of its long running and highly regarded company-wide digital transformation drive, Airbus has opted to further its use of Seal Software’s contract discovery and analytics technology in what will be viewed as a big vote of confidence in the technology.


“Simplification was key”: Eversheds goes live with Fulcrum’s SAP SuccessFactors

Eversheds Sutherland has gone live with Fulcrum Global Technologies’ version of SAP SuccessFactors. The firm has rolled out the cloud-based HR platform’s Employee Central module to around 3,000 employees across the UK, France, Luxembourg, Middle East and Asia as it seeks to streamline operations across its international office network.


Workshare launches brand new Transact interface

Based on feedback from customers including Simmons & Simmons and Clifford Chance, Workshare Transact now has a brand new interface that includes a deal dashboard and collapsed checklist view. Here’s what’s new.


Brian Taaffe joins legal BI vendor Iridium Technology

Iridium Technology has bolstered its North American consulting team with the hire of Brian Taaffe, who joins from Prosperoware.


Deloitte and Relativity expand strategic alliance to offer compliance monitoring application

And in further Big Four news Deloitte has expanded its strategic alliance with Relativity to offer Relativity Trace, a compliance monitoring application. Trace will help clients more proactively detect and mitigate violations of industry regulations and organizational e-communication policies.


“Businesses are transforming how they operate”: Thomson Reuters and EY enter strategic tax alliance

In what may well be a taste of further things to come, EY and Thomson Reuters have expanded on the relationship that recently saw EY acquire Pangea3 and today (21 May) announced a strategic alliance in the tax space as clients demand “integrated and agile technology.”


Clients demand DMARC is set to reject

Clients are increasingly demanding that law firms have fully implemented email authentication protocol DMARC before they send them instructions. But outside the top ten, few law firms have fully implemented the email accreditation.


Legaltech win: Hogan Lovells selects Anaqua

Hogan Lovells’ respected IP practice has selected Anaqua in a big private practice win for the intellectual asset management software provider.


Legaltech win: Houthoff selects DocsCorp

Dutch independent law firm Houthoff has selected DocsCorp’s desktop productivity suite after a review.




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