It’s been a long and at times rocky road, but national full-service law firm, Blake Morgan has successfully consolidated all of its practice management systems into Peppermint CX, creating a single view of the client and removing the need for multiple records in multiple systems.
Richard Punt, the former head of Allen & Overy’s contract lawyer business Peerpoint, has joined Thomson Reuters as chief strategy officer.
It’s all about the big name movers and shakers in this issue as Andy Sparkes takes over as director of legal markets and Matt O’Callaghan joins Peppermint Technology from Microsoft. Legal engineering firm Wavelength is bringing on board as head of strategy and policy Sophia Adams Bhatti, who was previously director of legal and regulatory policy at the Law Society of England and Wales. And Syke Legal Engineering is hiring Adrian Stafford from LexisNexis. Oh yes, and if you haven’t heard, which most people haven’t, Chris Bull is joining Deloitte Legal as legal operations architect.
Eversheds Sutherland is set to launch its own alternative legal services provider business targeting revenues of £100m, as law firms increasingly look to outside ventures to deliver tech-led, lower cost services.
Leading legal IT adviser Chris Bull has joined Deloitte Legal as legal operations architect, working with the team leading the development of the next phase of the Big Four giant’s legal services offering, as Deloitte also, we can reveal, looks for a chief technology officer.
Women in eDiscovery, a nonprofit organization that brings together women interested in technology related to the legal profession, has appointed two new regional directors. And Alex Su leaves eDiscovery automation company Logikcull for AI provider Evisort.
Alberta-based 50 lawyer firm, McLeod Law has selected NetDocuments to be its document and email management platform. To address stringent document location requirements, the firm will use the NetDocuments ndFlexStore to physically store documents and emails in the cloud, in Microsoft Azure datacenters, in local on-premises stores, or in any combination while simultaneously leveraging NetDocuments’ global cloud platform.
Phoenix Business Solutions, which in April was acquired by Morae Global Corporation, has appointed Mitratech’s EMEA managing director Jason Heyman as global sales director. Heyman will initially be responsible for sales activity and reporting across EMEA and APAC, with further plans to increase this reach to the US region in the coming months.
Leading Danish law firm Bech-Bruun says that it has taken up the digital challenge with its introduction of a new subscription service that allows clients to draft their own legal documents using “BB SmartDraft”.
Stephanie Vaughan is joining iManage as global legal practice director for iManage RAVN, a role which iManage says will see her engage with customers to help them understand and adopt artificial intelligence technology, leveraging her hybrid background as lawyer in Allen & Overy’s market innovations group (MIG).
Wright Hassall’s IT director Martyn Wells is gearing up to take on Britain’s toughest walking trail despite a major setback. Wells, who was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in March 2017, has been raising funds to support the work of Macmillan nurses over the last 18 months and will push himself further than ever before by taking on the 245 mile Cape Wrath Trail in 10 days starting on August 31.
Ben Weinberger has joined Dentons’ growing in-house consultancy arm Nextlaw In-House Solutions as legal operations director.
Belgian legal tech company Lexigogo BVBA today (20 June) announces the release of a major update of its mobile video contracting app Lexigogo, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Lexigogo is the world’s first mobile app that allows people and businesses to video-record simple agreements they make with each other in a legally binding way and without the need for written contracts.
Global law firm Kennedys has chosen performance management company Clear Review to support its transition from traditional annual appraisals to a culture of continuous performance development.
By all measures, this past CLOC conference in Las Vegas was its largest and most ambitious yet, boasting dozens of education-rich panels. It also showcased a vendor floor of technology and service vendors (including law firms) and made meeting rooms available so that delegates could speak to, learn from and potentially engage these vendors. Part education conference, part trade show, CLOC has become a fixture on the calendar for those interested in technology that impacts legal services delivery.
Elevate has secured a $25m minority investment from Los Angeles-based private equity firm Kayne Partners, in order to scale operations and enhance its Cael enterprise legal management software.
Eversheds’ Andrew McManus shares the highs and lows of the firm’s mobile app journey. When Andrew McManus joined Eversheds Sutherland in 2014, the firm’s IT strategy was focused purely on the delivery of major applications. “It was all about the classic IT projects that took for ever to come to fruition,” he said, speaking at Fliplet’s Apps & Law event earlier this month. “There was no agility and no flexibility. We were in the same position that most law firms were in five years ago but there was a clear sense that there had to be a better way.”
Three-minute watch: Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill catches up with Silvia Hodges Silverstein, CEO of The Buying Legal Council. We discuss recent research from BLC that found a 24% uptick in spend on alternative legal service providers among the largest corporates but a similar uptick in spend on law firms.
Two-minute watch: Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill chats to Chris Bird, general counsel of Wellcome. Wellcome is at the very start of a legal technology journey: at the Buying Legal Council London conference, we discuss Chris’s recent revelations regarding his company’s data needs.
Legal pricing continues to dominate the headlines as Brisbane-based law firm Mullins, a longstanding client of BigHand, makes the decision to extend its relationship with the adoption of financial business intelligence tools BigHand Quantum and BigHand Evaluate, we can reveal.
It’s been a bit quiet on the Thomson Reuters Elite Enterprise upgrade front of late but we can reveal that Am Law 100 law firm Crowell & Moring has selected 3E following an extensive and competitive review process.