Good to hear that Vizlegal is making progress in its ambitious bid to create a global repository of indexed and structured legal judgments and filings, with UK Upper Tribunal (Tax & Chancery) decisions now converted from PDFs to searchable and easy-to-read HTML.
Document workflow platform Athennian has closed a $550,000 funding round from leading investors and has secured PwC Law – the Canadian tax and immigration law arm of PwC – as its first global customer.
Legal IT Insider catches up with Matt Chandler, head of accounts at Travers Smith, to find out more about the firm’s Aderant Expert selection.
BigHand’s acquisition of business intelligence and pricing solutions provider DW Reporting in April has been received well by clients, albeit one rival suggests they will struggle to integrate the offering.
As we first revealed in the April Orange Rag, Peppermint Technology, which recently appointed Gary Young from KCOM Group as its CEO in place of founder Arlene Adams (see our full story and accounts analysis here) has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Tony Cox as chief sales officer.
Bermans, a full service commercial firm, have signed a 10-year deal for the PeppCX Platform from Peppermint Technology to help drive business growth.
In a massive fall from grace for a man once crowned finance director of the year, Autonomy’s former chief financial officer and ex-Darktrace director Sushovan Hussain has been found guilty of fraud by a San Francisco court.
Many will say that the only surprise is that he was there this long, but David Lumsden is leaving RAVN Systems following its acquisition by iManage in May 2017, as he looks for a more influential role in an entrepreneurial company.
DAC Beachcroft is moving to the iManage Cloud in its South American offices, we can reveal, in a staggered approach that will also see the UK Top 20 law firm deploy iManage Work in the cloud as new offices open, as the firm executes on its cloud-first strategy put in place by IT director David Aird two years ago.
SharePoint triumphs – All change at Peppermint – Major DMS & PMS swap outs – the inside skinny on Contract Analysis software – And is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a lawyer-data scientist hybrid! WTF?!?
Allen & Overy has confirmed the second cohort of companies selected for tech innovation space Fuse, which includes established vendors Neota Logic and Kira Systems and has a strong emphasis on AI. From May, five new companies will move into the space to join three companies from the first cohort – Avvoka, Legatics and Nivaura – who are staying on.
And it’s more big news for Reed Smith, which has announced the launch of GravityStack, a US subsidiary to house the solutions and products it already licenses out as well as provide legal technology and systems “counselling” and managed solutions.
With the majority of law colleges in the UK still visibly failing to provide meaningful legal technology training, Reed Smith may just have an answer, launching a Legal Technology Summer Associate Programme across its Chicago, London and Pittsburgh offices.
Mitratech has acquired ThinkSmart LLC, creating an end-to-end platform designed to transform legal operations into a center of innovation and excellence. With the addition of ThinkSmart and the ThinkSmart Automation Platform (TAP), Mitratech’s TeamConnect platform can now bring people, processes, and information together, by leveraging TAP’s easy-to-use workflow automation engine to extend TeamConnect’s reach across the entire enterprise.
In a bid to turbo charge London’s law-tech ecosystem Barclays today (23 April) launched a new law-tech incubator in partnership with the Law Society. The venture is backed by major law firms including Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; and Baker McKenzie as well as Legal Geek and leading universities UCL and The University of Liverpool.
With CLOC’s Las Vegas institute now in full swing you can expect a fair amount of legal operations related news, kicked off by a piece of LinkedIn-based research and a useful infographic produced by CLOC – ok, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium – and contract review automation provider LawGeex, which you will recall we just wrote about thanks to their enormous $12m latest funding round.
As we first revealed in the March edition of the Orange Rag, Enable Business Solutions has won its first client in mainland Europe: Stibbe has signed up to both Word-based legal pitch solution PitchPerfect and ExperienceManager, as Enable expands its global presence, led by firms in the United States.
In a heavyweight hire from outside of the legal sector, Ashurst has appointed GE Capital International’s IT director Noel Jordan as its new chief technology officer, as current CTO Bruna Pellicci prepares to leave the firm at the end of July.
We get feedback from you that client case studies are valuable – we don’t charge to publish them, as is the case with all our editorial, which is published only on editorial merit. Here is a case study from DocsCorp, describing how London-based Seddons uses cleanDocs and contentCrawler software to ensure optimal data security, searchability and to support their GDPR compliance goals. Note that one key factor was the ability to prevent misaddressed emails in cleanDocs.
Earlier this week the French government announced it was to develop its own secure messaging app because it was concerned about the integrity of the Telegram and WhatsApp platforms. The issue with both of them is they ultimately rely upon central servers that could be compromised by hackers (whether criminal or government agencies) or via court orders. To address this issue Dusseldorf-based Crypviser has developed what it claims is the world’s most secure messaging platform that no government can block, stop or spy on because all verification is based on blockchain technology. This could be a platform that will appeal to a lot of law firms concerned about maintaining the confidentiality of their communications.
Am Law 100 firm Shook Hardy & Bacon has opted to swap out its legacy OpenText document management system for NetDocuments’s cloud-based platform, in another significant win for the Utah-headquartered DMS provider.
In a big hire for the UK office of Pennsylvania-headquartered legal tech software and services business Wilson Legal Solutions, Fieldfisher’s head of business transformation Lindsay Barthram (pictured) has joined as director of consulting services for EMEA. The move is potentially a big deal for LexisNexis: Barthram, who at Fieldfisher helped oversee the successful rollout of LexisOne, will notably be evangelising for the Microsoft Dynamics-based ERP, which has yet to take off in the market and with the recent decision by Wedlake Bell to back out of its LexisOne selection in favour of Thomson Reuters Elite, has looked on decidedly shaky ground.