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eDiscovery latest: AdvancedDiscovery launches in Ireland & hires Greg Deane + news from DiscoverReady, Proofpoint & Exterro

As Brexit looms, leading global eDiscovery and risk management company Advanced Discovery (formerly known as Millnet in the UK) has launched an Irish practice with the opening of a Dublin-based office and data centre, as well as hiring Greg Deane as Advanced Discovery Ireland’s regional director.


Axiom launches BrexitBridge as analysis shows 7.5m+ financial services contracts need an overhaul

Aside from the political headache caused by Brexit, major financial services companies operating across the UK and EU will need to review and update a whopping 7.5+ million contracts in the next 12 months – including trading documents, key supplier agreements, loans and non-trading contracts – according to new analysis from global alternative legal services provider Axiom, which today (15 March) launches BrexitBridge.



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Guest post: In Chicago – Major strides forward for women in legal tech

On Thursday, March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day, and Chicago enthusiastically joined in!  Christy Burke had the privilege to attend three amazing events last week:  ABA TECHSHOW, Evolve Law’s networking event entitled Getting Women a Seat at the Table, and Legal XX at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  All three provided rich resources for women (and men too!) to share knowledge, learn, network, and explore the vast opportunities presented by legal technology. She shares the details and insights with Legal IT Insider.


Legal IT News: Wins for Kira + iManage + Elite & all the latest updates

We bring you news of a win in Norway for Kira; the first US firm to adopt iManage Insight and a win for iManage in China; and the latest wins for Elite in the US and Hong Kong. Plus the latest news and updates from Oyez Speech and Dictate Now; Gavelytics; Taylor Made Computer Solutions; Deloitte; Morton Fraser; and Dentons.


Guest post: Data breaches are evolving – so is our ability to investigate them

Cybercrime evolves quickly, so it is logical that our techniques and tools to respond should evolve with it. The solution is to work smarter rather than harder, says Stuart Clarke, chief technology officer for security & intelligence at Nuix


BLP wins in disputed UK predictive coding case David Brown v BCA

Following the first English contested court order for the use of predictive coding in the document review process, the litigation and corporate risk team at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have achieved a successful judgment at the end of a 12-day High Court trial in the case of David Brown v BCA Trading Limited.


Case study: Bridging law firms and legal departments through innovation

NetApp’s Connie Brenton, chief of staff/director of legal operations, has had a front row seat to the technology evolution taking place in the legal ecosystem. As a legal innovator, Brenton found that both in-house and outside law firms can make tremendous efficiency gains by implementing workflow automation (WFA). However, there have been few technologies dynamic enough to mediate and bridge the gap between law firms and legal departments. This case study shows how NetApp has been able to overcome this obstacle by implementing the ThinkSmart Automation Platform.



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Startups & Hackathons: Applications open for TechLaw Fest hackathon in Singapore

The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) and the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) have announced that applications are now open for Singapore’s largest legal tech hackathon – TechLaw.Fest Hackathon. (4-to-6 April 2018)


Trending: It’s au revoir from Daniel Pollick, CIO at DLA Piper

This just in from Daniel Pollick, CIO and director of transformation at DLA Piper..


Comment: Identifying the cybersecurity problems and solutions for law firms

As cyber attacks on all sides continue to increase, law firms must take positive action to contain the onslaught. Humans will always push boundaries, but boundaries need not be broken using a combination of knowledge, education, training and state-of-the-art technology. If these methods are avoided and cyber security isn’t prioritised at board level, then attacks on law firms will only continue to increase.


Zylpha 2018 Survey: Client Care, Brand Reputation and New Technology emerge as top legal practice priorities

Client care, brand reputation and new technology have emerged as the top priorities for Legal Practices, in the third annual survey carried out by UK legal technology innovator Zylpha ( In all, 92% of respondents feel that optimizing Client Care is now the main objective, albeit this contrasted with a figure of 78% when the survey was conducted last year.



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The Big Story from the latest Insider: When TAR Is Not Enough – by Vince Neicho

The countdown to the new English disclosure rule is on. The consultation period expires tomorrow – at the end of February – ushering in a two-year pilot period in which the new rule will govern most proceedings in the Business and Property Courts. With the clock ticking down, I had the honour of moderating a panel for ACEDS on 7th February, which generated insightful, last-minute discourse on the new standards.


Dawn Raids? There’s an App for that! Clifford Chance launch new free app

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today launches a Dawn Raids App, a mobile application that provides clients experiencing a raid with real-time, step-by-step guidance on their rights and obligations, as well as instant access to Clifford Chance’s specialists to receive immediate advice.


Updated: LEVERTON’s deep learning tech accelerates German real estate deal for Freshfields as relationship grows

In a good example of a specific client deal using AI-backed data extraction, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Munich has leveraged the deep learning technology of German-founded extraction and document management vendor LEVERTON for an accelerated real estate transaction for leading German investment company Conren Land AG. Plus we bring you details of a key LEVERTON product update – presenting structured data in lawyer-friendly Word instead of Excel.


The Insider celebrates its 310th birthday – February issue here now – and free to read

We’re all about the core systems this month, as, hot off the press from Thomson Reuters Elite’s Vantage user conference comes the news that Wedlake Bell will transition from Envision to 3E – hang on, didn’t Wedlake Bell announce to some fanfare in 2014 that it had selected LexisNexis’ enterprise resource management system LexisOne?


Shire’s legal strategy head Claire Debney leads tech transformation programme

FTSE 100 biopharmaceutical company Shire, led by director of legal strategy Claire Debney and legal strategy manager Ama Zbarcea, has conducted an extensive sandbox exercise to engage its staff in the selection of a contract management system, as part of a much wider technologyled transformation programme.


Cybersecurity Comment: Risking a Meltdown? Dealing with the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities present some unique issues for cloud services. Whether cloud service providers are acting in as a data controller or a data processor, they will likely be obliged to consider patching affected systems.


“NewLaw and BigLaw are stronger together”: Stephen Allen on Hogan Lovells’ flexible lawyering partnership with Elevate

After Hogan Lovells yesterday (15 February) launched a new flexible lawyering programme in the UK in partnership with Elevate Services, we caught up with the global law firm’s head of legal service delivery, Stephen Allen, to find out more.


Comment: Clifford Chance’s acquisition of Carillion’s managed legal services arm is both a relief and a huge opportunity

I feel an oddly personal sense of relief at the news yesterday (14 February) that Clifford Chance has acquired Carillion’s Newcastle-based managed legal services arm Carillion Advice Services (CAS), in what has the potential to become not just a lower cost UK hub but a centre for innovation and change. 


In brief: Ceva Santé Animale signs up with ANAQUA IP

Ceva Santé Animale, one of the world’s fastest growing animal healthcare companies, has entered into a multi-year agreement to use the ANAQUA IP platform to manage its global portfolio of patents, inventions, trademarks, and awards.


Contract Express wins Freshfields, NRF & HSF as clients

This article first appeared in the January Legal IT Insider newsletter

Thomson Reuters Contract Express has expanded its client base by over 40% from 90 to 130 in the past year, including winning the business of global giants Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Norton Rose Fulbright, Herbert Smith Freehills, Mayer Brown and EY Legal, we can reveal.


Disruption alert: New digital legal hub to launch

In a move that ought to be watched closely by the likes of Legal Zoom and Rocket Lawyer, Merlie Calvert, formerly director of business legal services at LHS Solicitors will shortly launch Farillio, an online community for individuals and businesses to access all their legal documents and know-how for a monthly subscription fee of £8, supported by a network of external advisers.


Case study: How and why the SRA selected the Toshiba X40

We often steer clear of publishing case studies but this is a useful hardware case study, sent exclusively to Legal IT Insider, detailing why the Solicitors Regulation Authority selected Toshiba X40 laptops as part of an IT upgrade. The study details the review process, requirements and deciding factors, with the end user given the final say.




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