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Kira appoints Joanna Trimble as chief revenue officer as it completes exec leadership team

Kira Systems has appointed former Thomson Reuters vice president for corporate sales, Joanna Trimble, as the company’s chief revenue officer, completing the Kira executive team, which has undergone a strategic transformation over the past year.


“This will give our clients a clear advantage”: Simmons acquires Wavelength

Following a wave of hires and fairly rapid growth at Wavelength, the legal engineering firm has been acquired by Simmons & Simmons, in what is one of the latest, albeit one of the more dramatic, developments as law firms focus on building or buying their own alternative delivery capability.



Neota Logic partners with Repstor to automate matter intake and creation

Neota Logic and content management solution provider Repstor have announced an integration between their two products for the legal sector that will automate the client onboarding and matter creation process in a solution delivered by partner Transform Data International.


Deloitte Legal hires former Travers MP and Squire Patton Boggs partner to build team

In further hefty hires for Deloitte Legal, the legal arm of the Big Four giant has today announced the appointment of two new partners, Andrew Lilley, former managing partner of Travers Smith, and Liz Pierson, formerly a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, who will respectively join as UK head of employment and head of Deloitte’s reward practice. 


Aderant’s mid-market cloud PMS now available in APAC

Aderant’s small to mid-market cloud case and matter management system Expert Sierra is now available in the Asia-Pacific region.


Mishcon eyes floatation as it considers all capital raising options

Mishcon de Reya is the latest law firm to consider floating on the financial markets to raise capital. The story was broken over the weekend by Sky News – we’re not sure about the heading ‘Legal eagles at Mishcon de Reya ‎explore bumper flotation’ – which was followed by a number of stories across the national media.


Madrid to host ELTA 2019 in November

Madrid will become the European capital of LegalTech during the European Congress of LegalTech #ELTACON2019, it has been decided. CEU San Pablo University will co-host the congress, which begins on 20 November with an exclusive event for ELTA members and will continue on the 21st and 22nd with lectures and roundtables on innovation and digital transformation.



Heads up: thedocyard and Contract Express integration tease

Heads up for an announcement of an integration between the thedocyard and Thomson Reuters Contract Express. In a social media tease, the docyard says: “Significant development in deal technology: Our CEO Stuart Clout will be in Singapore tomorrow with @Thomson Reuters to launch our product integration with Contract Express – A world first: document automation integrated seamlessly into a digital workflow for your deals. This changes the game.”


DocsCorp unveils 20% growth for 2018-2019: We speak to co-founder Dean Sappey

DocsCorp last week announced its end-of-financial-year results for 2018-19, delivering a 20% global growth in sales: the best sales results in its 15-year history and more than double last year’s growth of 8%. We speak to co-founder and president Dean Sappey about where the biggest growth has come from and what the pipeline looks like.


Thomson Reuters the platform: The post HighQ acquisition analysis

Following our revelation yesterday (18 July) that Thomson Reuters is acquiring HighQ, the Legal IT Insider blog and social media feeds have lit up with lots of commentary. Notably where the comments are on LinkedIn and Twitter, they have been overwhelmingly positive and welcoming of the acquisition. On our website where many are anonymous, the picture is quite different.


Exclusive: Thomson Reuters acquires HighQ!

Following a period of intense multi-party bidding that one person with knowledge of the situation described as “aggressive”, we understand that HighQ has been acquired by Thomson Reuters, in what looks likely to become our deal of the year for 2019.



Women in tech: Baker’s head of innovation in Germany begins fellowship at the World Economic Forum C4IR

Valesca Molinari, Baker McKenzie’s co-head of innovation in Germany and Austria, will this week begin her fellowship at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), in San Francisco, California.


“This is still a nascent stage in legal”: ContractPodAi secures $55m Series B investment

ContractPodAi has secured a $55 million Series B investment round led by Insight Venture Partners with participation from the company’s Series A backer, Eagle Proprietary Investments. The $55m investment represents Europe’s largest legaltech Series B fundraise (and, apparently, the largest Series B round for any CLM provider globally.) We speak to co-founder and CEO Sarvarth Misra about the investment.


CMS UK’s Obelisk partnership

We recently caught up with CMS’ head of innovation and legal operations, John Craske, to find out more about the UK top 10 law firm’s strategic partnership with Obelisk. 


Clifford Chance selects ContraxSuite from Elevate to underpin new data science lab

Clifford Chance has selected opensource contract analytics platform ContraxSuite to underpin its new data science lab and help it build document analysis solutions for its clients. This is a tech/services play as the firm will also be supported by specialists in AI and data science at Elevate, which acquired ContraxSuite as part of its acquisition of LexPredict in November 2018.


DAC Beachcroft: At a glance

Continuing our efforts to profile the IT capability of the UK’s largest law firms, here DAC Beachcroft’s Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Keith, tells us about the IT team’s remit, strategy, challenges and where significant investment.


New Seal Software CEO John O’Melia on what the management shake-up means for the business

Contract analysis specialist Seal Software has appointed a new chief executive and president, as well as introducing a new board-level position focused on accelerating strategic growth initiatives.


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OpenText launches dedicated legaltech division and unveils major tech expansion

OpenText has launched a dedicated legal technology function led by…


Hogan Lovells partners with legal services outsourcing provider Cognia Law

Global law firm Hogan Lovells has become the latest to announce a formal partnership agreement with ‘next generation’ legal services outsourcing provider Cognia Law to enhance its alternative delivery solution capabilities. 


Exclusive: Litera Microsystems acquires UK document comparison leader Workshare

In what is by far its biggest acquisition to date, Litera Microsystems has acquired UK-headquartered document comparison rival and market leader Workshare, in a move that will enable firms that currently use both suppliers to consolidate their relationships and simplify the drafting process in line with other recent ‘best of breed’ acquisitions. 


Barclays’ Stephanie Hamon joins Norton Rose to launch legal operations consulting practice

Norton Rose Fulbright is launching a legal operations consulting practice which will be led by Stephanie Hamon, who joins the firm from Barclays. The practice will provide management and operational advice to inhouse legal teams at major financial institutions and corporates.


What the innovation head said

Four legal innovation heads compare remits, challenges and priorities. Around the table are Isabel Parker, chief legal innovation officer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Shilpa Bhandarkar, head of innovation at Linklaters; Wendy Butler Curtis, chief innovation officer at Orrick; and Kerry Westland, head of innovation and legal technology at Addleshaw Goddard.


Still Trending: Deloitte appoints BCLP’s director of legal ops Bruce Braude as CTO

We first revealed last month that Deloitte is looking to hire a chief technology officer and today (5 July) the Big Four giant has announced that the person selected is none other than Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s director of legal operation solutions, Bruce Braude.



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