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Legal tech CMS deals: PracticeEvolve wins Muckle and Battens

Muckle LLP has selected PracticeEvolve’s case management and workflow toolkit for their plot sales team. The solution will integrate with the established Aderant practice management and iManage document management solutions as part of the best of breed technology platform deployed within the practice.


Law Society of Scotland launches new accreditation for legal technologists

The Law Society of Scotland has launched a new specialism of Accredited Legal Technologist in response to the development of a range of new roles within the legal sector, such as legal process engineer, legal analyst and legal technologist.



Clarion Solicitors selects Ascertus for move to the iManage Cloud

Leeds-based law firm Clarion Solicitors has chosen Ascertus Limited as its implementation partner to migrate the firm from its on-premises version of iManage Work document management system to the iManage Cloud.


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?


Christina Blacklaws joins Mason & Cook as NED to support UK and international growth

Christina Blacklaws, the past president of the Law Society of England & Wales has joined work allocation experts Mason & Cook, as a non-executive director. She will focus on supporting the firm in achieving its growth strategy both in the UK, and internationally. This will include the expansion of the firm’s existing consulting services and the growth of their technology product – Vantage.


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.


Martyn Wells gains UK national recognition for completing Cape Wrath Trail

Martyn Wells’ brave battle with cancer and his extraordinary fundraising activities have been picked up by the national press after he completed the Cape Wrath Trail on 9 September. Congratulations to Martyn for, as he modestly describes it, spreading the message of cancer awareness.



Legal tech win: 700 lawyer US firm Husch Blackwell to optimise service delivery with BigHand Now

Husch Blackwell LLP has procured BigHand’s task delegation and management solution, BigHand Now, to help optimise its legal support team processes.


Hill Dickinson selects email DLP tool Tessian to avoid a “costly mistake”

It’s another big UK win for Tessian as Hill Dickinson selects them to help prevent data loss from misdirected emails. And yes, we know that misdirected emails accounted for the most incidents reported to the ICO in 2017. Here is the release.


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ThoughtRiver appoints VP of sales plus announces Tableau integration to become contract review platform

ThoughtRiver has announced the appointment of Richard Cobb as vice-president of sales as it also announces an integration with Microsoft Tableau, in a move that it hopes will take it from being a pre-screening point solution to a contract review platform.


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Lineal licenses ayfie’s linguistic technology to “supercharge” eDiscovery

London-headquartered litigation and cybersecurity support provider Lineal has begun licensing ayfie’s text analytics engine Inspector to improve their technology-assisted review process.



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The Law Society’s Technology, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law Report – key findings

The Technology, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law report is out today (16 September) following The Law Society’s research into whether technology is the key to improving access to law, justice and rights. Here are the key findings.


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“Law cannot go on as it has”: Meera Klemola from Observ Agency talks legal design

We speak to Meera Klemola, co-founder of Observ Agency, about the growing adoption of legal design within law firms and corporate legal departments, and why people working in the legal technology sector should care about it.


Legal Design Summit in Helsinki: From strategy to culture

We’re reporting from the Legal Design Summit in Helsinki and will update you with highlights of some of the sessions and our interviews, so keep an eye on this post. The Summit brings together specialists in law, design and digital services. This year the event is free and not for profit, so well done to the team led by CEO Pilvi Alopaeus.


Hogan Lovells selects Foundation Software for global experience management

In a hugely significant win for Foundation Software Group, global law firm Hogan Lovells has selected its experience management platform to capture, search, and leverage its global experience data, in the first half of a two-stage CRM review process.


Travers launches open source matter-centric email management tool

UK top 50 law firm Travers Smith has formally launched matter centric email management tool MatMail, which it has open-sourced for the legal market on the basis that the source code is not sold or used for profit but only “to give busy people their time back.”


LexisNexis announces fourth cohort of legal tech accelerator

LexisNexis has today (10 September) unveiled the fourth cohort of its legal tech accelerator programme – here are the details of the nine participants.


BigTech News: 50 states & territories launch antitrust probe into Google PLUS LinkedIn loses right to block data scraping

It’s been a bad week in BigTech Land as Google faces a major US antitrust probe from 50 states and LinkedIn loses an appeal to block startup hiQ Labs scraping and analysing data from its profiles.


Eversheds Sutherland’s ALSP hires GD Financial Markets co-founder Brett Aubin as MD

Following Eversheds Sutherland’s launch in May of alternative legal services business Konexo, the new division has appointed as managing director Brett Aubin, who is a founder of Gordon Dadds Financial Markets LLP.


Why Wavelength sold to Simmons

Up there with the biggest stories this year is the acquisition of Wavelength by Simmons & Simmons, which sparked a good few questions, mostly as to why Wavelength would sell at a time when every law firm and their dog needs and doesn’t have legal engineers and data scientists. We spoke to CEO and co-founder Peter Lee.


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?


Permira makes “significant investment” in Axiom

In what must be assumed to be a u-turn on its plans to float, Axiom today (5 September) announced that it has taken a “significant investment” from Permira, albeit the sum is as yet undisclosed.


Product review: ZERØ email management

At #ILTACON19 the Legal IT Insider team were run off our feet with product demos and industry updates. Here industry analyst and consultant Neil Cameron takes an invaluable in-depth look at automatic email management solution Zero.



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