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Startup corner: Siaro has “tremendous possibilities” for family law

A new online platform that aims to bring family law into the 21st century is being trialled this summer. Siaro has been developed to allow lawyers to securely capture all relevant client information on divorce and separation cases before their initial consultation through a ‘guided pathway’ questionnaire.

Once submitted, the information is supplied to the lawyer in an easy to understand dashboard format. The system will automatically alert the lawyer of key issues from potential conflicts to health issues and possible domestic violence.


The June issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now – read it here free!

Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – June 2016 #294 – TOP STORIES INCLUDE: Linklaters to drop Tikit Carpe Diem & switch to Intapp Rekoop + roadtest AI options +  Legal Tech startups say they are under threat from Brexit + DLA Piper signs up with AI outfit Kira Systems: “We’re trying to be ahead of the curve!”



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The Three Graces smile on Eclipse

Eclipse Legal Systems, the Law Society’s sole endorsed legal software provider, is implementing its Proclaim Case Management Software solution at Liverpool-based law firm, Three Graces Legal. The new start-up, established in November 2015, offers a wealth of experience in working for organisations of all sizes, as well as providing legal services for individuals.


Guest post: The NewLaw tipping point

“That magic moment when an idea, trend or social behaviour…


NewLaw: hires Johnson Matthey legal director as chair

Newly-launched alternative business structure (ABS), which provides tech-led legal services to the corporate sector, has hired Johnson Matthey legal director Anne-Marie Garner as its chair and non-executive director, having just brought in a computational data scientist as its first full-time hire.


Troll or Robin Hood? kCura sued for patent infringement by Blackbird Tech

kCura is among a raft of companies being sued for patent infringement by Blackbird Technologies, a U.S law firm said by its founders to enable powerless individual inventors and small companies to monetise their intellectual property, but which has been accused by a U.S technology and ediscovery blog of being a patent troll; a suspicion expressed more privately by others in the ediscovery market.


Startup corner: Lexprompt WRITE for legal drafting

A Salt Lake City-based legal tech startup focussed on providing lawyers with an affordable tool for document drafting has completed its beta testing, having also recently integrated with NetDocuments.



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Startup Corner profile: Ajuve promises to revolutionise online dispute resolution

Legal IT Insider will be running a series of Startup Corner profiles: these are free – not advertorials – and designed to help build a startup community on the website. To submit a profile contact @chillmedia

An online dispute resolution service that claims it will revolutionise the settlement of disputes has launched.


Startup Corner profile: InTouch

Legal IT Insider will be running a series of Startup Corner profiles: these are free – not advertorials – and designed to help build a startup community on the website. To submit a profile contact @chillmedia

InTouch, which was designed and implemented because the house buying process was confusing, frustrating and slow for Marvin Rounce in 2012, is a case management system designed to ensure communication between all parties involved is the best it can be.


Startup Corner: XRef, Apperio, ROSS and Salladore

It’s been a busy month for legal tech startups, with news of major wins for legal draft supplier XRef Software Solutions; a big hire for eBilling startup Apperio; the first public commercial relationship for IBM Watson-backed ROSS intelligence; and the launch of new capacity management tech Salladore.


The May issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now – read it here free!

Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – your monthly fix for all that is happening in the world of legal tech for May 2016



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Startup corner: Salladore launched to streamline and analyse lawyer workflow

Los Angeles-based legal tech startup Salladore has released software that enables law firms or in-house legal teams to identify who has the availability and skills to meet a client deadline and analyse its performance.


Apperio hires former Huddle director of engineering as CTO

Ebilling startup Apperio, fresh from a recent £1.7m Series A funding round, has dipped into its pennies to hire Huddle’s former director of engineering, Stephen Wilcock as its chief technology officer.

Wilcock will help to develop Apperio’s existing offering bringing extensive technology experience to enhance the platform and further support its client’s needs. He will be working closely with founder and CEO Nicholas d’Adhemar.


XRef play David to Lexis and Microsystems’ Goliath in the legal document proofreading market

UK legal tech startup XRef Software Solutions is looking increasingly like the biblical David scoring victories in the emerging market for legal proofreading systems against the Goliaths of Lexis Draft and Microsystems Eagle Eye/Contract Companion. The Insider has learned that recent wins include Simmons & Simmons, who began rolling out XRef office-wide at the end of April. The firm rejected the rival Lexis Draft (which includes Microsystems products) prior to the trial stage. Baker McKenzie trialled with a small number of users in December and in March confirmed they were purchasing licences for 1000 lawyers. Another recent win is Davis Polk, and XRef also won a head-to- head evaluation at Cadwalader.


BakerHostetler signs up with ROSS Intelligence as Dentons launches free global referral network

AmLaw 100 national law firm BakerHostetler has become one of the first to enter into a commercial partnership with IBM Watson-backed digital legal research company ROSS Intelligence.

ROSS was the first company invested in by NextLaw Labs; the innovation arm of international law firm Dentons, which has this week used the same brand to launch free online referral platform Nextlaw Global Referral Network.


One to watch: Morae Legal hires duo including former Huron Consulting MD Robert Haskin

It’s been a year of significant growth for Houston-headquartered legal consulting and solutions startup Morae Legal, which has now hired former Huron Consulting Group (HCG) managing director Robert Haskin as its MD and Mori Kabiri from Kiersted Systems as senior director.

Haskin has spent the last 14 years helping corporate legal and IT departments improve their discovery management functions by designing and implementing innovative solutions, including advanced data analytics. In May 2002 he joined HCG, working within Huron Legal, which was acquired by Consilio in January this year.


Startup Law Firm Hall Brown goes with Converge TS

UK law firm startup Hall Brown was recently launched by former JMW Solicitors partners Sam Hall and James Brown to provide best-in-class advice on a full range of family law services. The new practice is already boasting high-profile clients including former Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers, Premier League footballers, entrepreneurs and celebrities.


UK background check startup Onfido raises £25m

Background check technology is big news at the moment and UK startup Onfido – which uses a machine learning platform to verify new hires are who they say they are – has just raised £25m in funding. Find out more here.

UK’s Onfido raises $25M as it brings its background checking platform to the US


Spot the difference? Legal IT Insider now has a dedicated Startups section and free Legal IT Newswire

To be honest, I’ve been a bit slow to flag up and brag about a number of changes to Legal IT Insider’s website but you may notice two brand new features that we are particularly excited about.

In recognition of the huge interest and energy within the legal IT startup market we now have a dedicated ‘Startups’ section on the Legal IT Insider website and will shortly be bringing you news of events planned around this rapidly evolving sector.


Taylor Vinters partners with contract intelligence startup ThoughtRiver

Just four months after it invested in legal technology startup Pekama, Taylor Vinters has announced a strategic partnership with contract intelligence startup ThoughtRiver and will this week begin beta testing its platform across the law firm’s international client base.

ThoughtRiver’s contract intelligence software applies a contract risk evaluation tool that scans and interprets information from written contracts used in commercial risk assessments and produces visualisations of the potential risks and other issues.


Taylor Wessing and Neota Logic collaborate on new client app

In what could be the first of many ventures, Taylor Wessing has collaborated with Neota Logic to produce a new app to guide clients through the People with Significant Control Rules (PSC) scheduled to come into force on 6 April.

The venture, led by Saleh Abukmeil, product manager for Taylor Wessing, sees Taylor Wessing’s clients offered an app, accessible from any device, to help decide if they are affected by the new rules and need advice. The PSC requires UK companies and LLPs to keep a statutory register showing who the ultimate beneficial owners and controllers are and the details of their holdings.


Legal IT: Wins, deals, launches and industry updates

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for hires, new deals and product launches, particularly given the disruption of Easter, which saw an ‘exit stage left’ stampede well before Good Friday.

We bring news of some classy hires from Wilson Legal Solutions and legal outsourcing provider QuisLex, together with product launches and upgrades from LexisNexis, DocsCorp; DocAuto; Morae Legal; BigHand and Evolve Law. Plus wins and deals from Eclipse Legal Systems; Frankfurt-headquartered startup BusyLamp; and Essex solicitors Fisher Jones Greenwood, as well as other industry news.


CuroLegal launches AI-assisted online outsourcing platform

Ohio-based legal innovation consultancy CuroLegal has announced the launch of an AI-assisted online platform for its outsourcing division, Custom Counsel, after partnering with, a Stanford CodeX-backed Silicon Valley startup.

Custom Counsel, which was acquired by CuroLegal in 2015, offers lawyers easy access to the entire range of legal support, including freelance attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants. These professionals are available on demand to other lawyers and have an average of 13 years of experience in the legal industry.




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