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Exclusive: iManage RAVN hires former Workshare CRO Nick Thomson as general manager

iManage RAVN has hired Workshare’s former chief revenue officer Nick Thomson as general manager to grow the business and help accelerate adoption, including further expansion outside of the legal sector.


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NetDocuments CTO keynote live stream login

Famed for his colourful presentations, NetDocuments chief technology officer Alvin Tedjamulia is on stage to deliver the keynote at the London ndElevate user conference today (12 September). Here are the live stream log in details.



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NetDocuments: Forthcoming data loss prevention tech attaches security to matter or client

NetDocuments has its ndElevate EMEA user conference in London today (12 September) and if ILTA Washington is anything to go by, interest will be high in its new data loss prevention capability, which, available as of Q4, focuses on putting advance security around a matter or client to prevent data loss.


Ashurst appoints former banking partner Christopher Georgiou as co-head of alternative legal services offering

Ashurst has appointed Christopher Georgiou as a partner to co-lead its global Ashurst Advance team, to be based in London. Georgiou will join two-time Legal Leaders Gleneagles speaker Mike Polson as co-head of Ashurst Advance in what the firm says is a demonstration of its clear commitment to significantly expand its successful global alternative legal services offering.


What’s hot: Tikit announces partnership with FileTrail

Following a run of wins in the US, document and records management provider Filetrail has partnered with Tikit to complement Tikit’s document lifecycle ecosystem. Filetrail in May integrated with NetDocuments, for which Tikit is a preferred strategic document management system partner.


Clifford Chance hires former Thomson Reuters Practical Law CEO to head digital services business

Following Clifford Chance’s launch in July of its Applied Solutions digital services business, the magic circle firm has hired former Thomson Reuters Practical Law Company US chief executive and legal tech entrepreneur Jeroen Plink (pictured) as CEO. Plink will help drive the business forward globally but notably will be based in New York and focusing on tapping into new opportunities in that market.


Exclusive: Peppermint Technology appoints new CFO

Fresh from its appointment of new CEO Gary Young and chief sales officer Tony Cox, Peppermint Technology has appointed Nicki Grundy as its new CFO, we can reveal, as the Nottingham-headquartered company builds up its c-suite and sales infrastructure, after founder and former CEO Arlene Adams handed over the reins in April.



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iManage broadens out into conflict checking and new business intake with Elegrity acquisition

iManage today (7 September) announced it has broadened its Work Product Management portfolio with the acquisition of Elegrity, a leading San Francisco-based provider of risk and compliance management software and solutions.


Trending: UK R&D investment: DWF promotes Badrock to head of R&D and brings in new manager from Pinsents

UK top 50 law firm DWF continues to invest heavily in its R&D function, with Jonathan Badrock this month promoted to head of R&D at DWF Ventures. Badrock has also recruited as his R&D manager Pinsent Masons knowledge engineer David Sutherland, who started in the new role in August.


Martyn Wells’ 211 mile walk for Macmillan Cancer Support

Huge congratulations to Wright Hassall IT director Martyn Wells, who while fighting Stage IV Malignant Melanoma is more than halfway through his 211 mile, 10-day walk along the Severn Way to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. And you can help him finish the journey.


Legal AI as a service: McCarthyFinch partners with Deloitte and Accenture as its competes at 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield

Legal technology innovator McCarthyFinch was on the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield yesterday (5 September), one of the 20 chosen companies out of a thousand to compete to be recognised as the world’s best early-stage startup. McCarthyFinch showed off its virtual lawyer that it says can be trained and plugged into any legal process, from financial compliance to contract automation. Oh yes, and it has also just announced new partnerships with Accenture and Deloitte.



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Acquisitions ahoy: Thomson Reuters acquires OLAP Vision

Heads up Thomson Reuters could well be on the legal sector acquisition trail again as it today (5 September) announced that it has acquired long-term Elite partner OLAP Vision, a Toronto-based producer of budgeting and forecasting, profitability, and financial reporting products.


Noah Waisberg tells Legal IT Insider how Kira will be spending that cool $50m Series A investment

In the largest Series A legal tech investment to date, Insight Venture Partners has taken a $50m minority stake in Kira Systems, which will use the funds to dramatically accelerate its ambitious growth plans. We talked strategy and growth plans with Kira founder Noah Waisberg, who deserves double congratulations because his wife had their third child yesterday (4 September).


Legal Tech Move: New head of legal for Repstor

Repstor, the ECM software and matter management specialist, has appointed a new head of legal & professional services. Leigh Smith joined this summer from global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, which together with Repstor has developed Office 365/SharePoint matter management solution ES/Unity. At Repstor, Smith will spearhead ES /Unity engagements among corporate in-house legal teams.


Series A Extraordinaire: Insight Venture Partners takes a $50m minority stake in Kira Systems

Insight Venture Partners has taken an extraordinary $50m minority stake in Kira Systems, which plans to use the funds to accelerate its growth and consolidate its position within the burgeoning contract review market.


ICO legal sector data breach reports surge by 112% in two years

Back to school and we kick off with the cheery news that legal sector data security incidents as reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office have risen by a significantly above average 112% in two years, with the justice sector up 128%. Human error (as opposed to a cyber incident) accounted for the vast majority of incidents, led by data being emailed to the wrong recipient.


Updated: RPC’s director of infrastructure Julie Berry moves to UK top 20 accountant Saffery Champness as a partner

RPC’s longstanding director of infrastructure Julie Berry has left to join chartered accountant Saffery Champness as IT partner after 27 years at the UK top 50 law firm.


Trending: Gareth Thomas joins OnePlace as VP of sales for EMEA

Having recently lost sales director Guy Phillips to NetDocuments,  Salesforce-based…


Profile: Jamie Whalebone, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the start of the year created a centralised legal operations team led by Jamie Whalebone. Here he talks to editor Caroline Hill about his role, the role of the new team and their toolbox.


$10m funding injection: Apperio’s founder talks strategy, new London HQ, and doubling the team

London-based legaltech startup Apperio this week secured a $10m (£7.5m) series A funding round led by Revolut-backer Draper Esprit. Founder and CEO Nicholas d’Adhemar tells us about the strategy and plans behind the funding.


A bridge between strategy and tech: Julian Tsisin on his new role at Seal Software

Fresh from its $30m funding injection led by Toba Capital, contract discovery and analytics provider Seal Software in July appointed Google’s respected legal ops lead Julian Tsisin to help expand its offering in the legal sector. We caught up with Tsisin at ILTA in Washington to find out a bit more about his role.


Legal tech win: The John Lewis Partnership selects Lexis Draft

In a big win for LexisNexis, the John Lewis Partnership legal team has selected Lexis Draft as its preferred solution for legal drafting and proofreading.


EDZ Systems launches data consolidation platform Intelligent RMS

As the summer hols start to feel like they’ve gone on forever, this week we will be highlighting a number of releases that jump out and this is one. EDZ Systems has announced the launch of Intelligent RMS, a software solution designed to make law firms and corporate legal departments more informed, adaptable and strategic by bringing together all of their data on one intelligent platform. One former AmLaw CFO says: “In 20 years I haven’t seen such a valuable solution.”




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