Ashurst has today (8 November) formally launched a new flexible resourcing platform – Ashurst Advance Reach – working in collaboration with law companies Cognia Law and Elevate.
There was much excitement in the legal and business press on Monday 4 November because the Ministry of Justice has awarded £2m to a company that (not meaning to be rude) I’ve never heard of to support the development and use of technology in the UK legal sector.
Global law firm Reed Smith today (4 November) announced that it has become the first international law firm to convert to an Alternative Business Structure (ABS), after receiving approval from the UK’s Solicitors Regulation Authority.
In a big UK win for FileTrail, 300-lawyer agile working firm Keystone Law has selected GPS Policy Manager to automate records retention in compliance with GDPR.
I’ve changed my mind about whether lawyers should learn to code or not, and one of the main reasons is speaking to the attorney founder of Docassemble, Jonathan Pyle, who has developed a free, open source expert system for guided interviews and document assembly that can plug in external sources such as client credit reports in bankruptcy proceedings. Oh yes, and Radiant Law has just open sourced a library that integrates Docassemble to DocuSign, so that you can generate a document, including bulk generation, and send it straight out to the signatories without any additional steps.
If you’re not yet familiar with Crafty Counsel, it’s worth taking a look at their website, through which in-house counsel can now access online subscription-based structured learning and development via a series of videos recorded by specialists in the area. Legal L&D that isn’t like watching paint dry, yay.
The FT has – somewhat bravely, we’d suggest – selected a top 10 of legal business technologists and some of our favourite people are in there, although there are also people that we would have included who are missing. Congratulations to Alistair Maiden, chief executive and founder of Syke, on being selected as the winner!
Oxford University awarded £213k to study LawTech ecosystem PLUS launches law and computer science course
In a double bill of legal tech news from Oxford University, a team from the University has been awarded £213,000 to study the LawTech “ecosystem” – including the career path of legal innovation heads – as separately, it also launches an interdisciplinary Law and Computer Science course from this year, we can reveal.
Investment into UK legal technology startups reached £61m in 2018, more than doubling the £22m invested in the previous 12 months, according to the Legaltech Startup Report 2019, a report by Thomson Reuters and Legal Geek, which also claims that startups have already received more than that sum in 2019.
Things have been fairly quiet on the ILTA front but this week came the news that the body’s marketing and communications team is being restructured (and the role of VP of that team eliminated), and that CEO Joy Heath Rush has been selected as the winner of the fifth Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award.
A secure online portal for the residential property market has been developed as a result of a three-way collaboration between Fusion IT, Thomson Reuters Elite and the UK’s largest high street law firm, McMillan Williams (MW) Solicitors.
Norwegian law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig is using Neota Logic’s platform to launch a range of self-service applications starting with the release of a dawn raid and GDPR application.
Maggie Smith has joined DocsCorp to head up sales in the Central and Southern states. Smith, who was previously services account manager with AVI-SPL, will be based in Chicago.
The future of productivity is under the microscope here at ndElevate 2019 in Utah, where NetDocuments yesterday (7 October) formally launched CollabSpaces (which replaces ShareSpaces) to an audience of around 400 attendees, including a large and growing number of partners. Other announcements include a German data centre, bringing the number of jurisdictions where ND has a data centre to four.
A brand new quarterly legal sector benchmarking report has found that several of the top 30 UK law firms by revenue still have unsecured websites and that few of the top 20 firms by revenue make it into the top 15 digital rankings, based on metrics including optimised content, audience engagement across the four main social media platforms, security and a strong “off-site” strategy. Many of the UK top 50 by revenue are in the bottom half of the table. Here are the details.
Norton Rose Fulbright has launched a client facing ‘MicroCert in Disruptive Technologies’ aimed at introducing participants to key technologies shaping business as well as the legal, regulatory and risk issues related to their deployment.
eDiscovery latest: X1 raises $5.1m; Reveal Data appoints new VP; Women in eDiscovery expands leadership team
eDiscovery and early case assessment platform X1 has announced a $5.1 million Series B funding; Chicago-headquartered cloud eDiscovery provider Reveal Data has appointed Johanna Mustapic as vice president of business development for Canada; and Women in eDiscovery, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization that brings together women interested in technology related to the legal profession, has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Heather Townsend in the role of IT specialist. Here are the details.
Neota Logic has created a new EMEA client advisory board comprising of leaders from largely UK headquartered law firms with a significant presence across Europe; a move that follows but is not connected to the departure of two of the most senior heads outside the US; Rick Seabrook and Greg Wildisen.
New data from SeedLegals, the UK’s largest legal platform for startups, has revealed a rise in the frequency of smaller funding rounds for UK startups, with a tech-enabled model of ‘agile funding’ enabling companies to raise money more often and more opportunistically.