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Legal tech win in brief: Stora Enso selects ThoughtRiver

Global renewable materials company Stora Enso has selected ThoughtRiver’s contract analysis technology to run trials to pre-screen a wide range of sales agreements with the purpose of dramatically reducing the time it takes to review contracts.


KPMG UK to mine ‘data oil’ in M&A with Nuix alliance

With organisations increasingly recognising both the value and risks presented by data in M&A transactions, Big Four giant KPMG has extended its alliance with cybersecurity, risk and compliance provider Nuix, with the UK business now leveraging Nuix’s forensic technology within its M&A offering to drive cost savings and act as an “accelerator” in the M&A market.



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Fieldfisher expands Condor with Integreon partnership

Just yesterday we opined that law firms are or ought to be looking at managed services partnerships to address their clients extraordinary Brexit and GDPR repapering needs and today (20 March) Fieldfisher and global alternative legal services provider Integreon have announced a partnership to expand Fieldfisher’s highly successful Condor Alternative Legal Solutions platform, providing greater depth, firepower and scalability to help its global clients meet their growing regulatory, compliance and budgetary pressures.


ICO seeks warrant to access Cambridge Analytica systems as Stroz Friedberg stands down

The Information Commissioner (ICO) is seeking an urgent warrant to obtain information and access to systems and evidence at Cambridge Analytica, the beleaguered London headquartered political data mining and analysis consultancy that stands accused of gaining unauthorised access to tens of millions of Facebook profiles to predict and influence election campaigns. Cyber consultants Stroz Friedberg, which were engaged by Facebook to audit Cambridge Analytica following allegations of data harvesting from the social media giant, has been asked to stand down at the ICO’s request.


Managed services + integrated tech: What Thomson Reuters commercial contracts collaboration with eBrevia means

At the start of March Thomson Reuters announced that it has teamed up with leading machine-learning contract analytics platform eBrevia to help commercial enterprises tackle large and complex contract remediation projects, as complex global events such as GDPR and Brexit come to the fore. We caught up with Rebecca Thorkildsen, a global director for legal solutions within the TR legal managed service (LMS) division – which you’ll recall has evolved from Pangea3 legal outsourcing services – to find more about the appointment and the cradle to grave repapering service TR is offering commercial clients in tandem with Contract Express, in a noteworthy managed services + integrated tech offering.


March Insider Deadline Looming: this Friday – 23 March – 12noon UK

The deadline for the March edition of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is coming up fast – it is THIS Friday – 23rd March – at 12 noon UK time.


eDiscovery latest: AdvancedDiscovery launches in Ireland & hires Greg Deane + news from DiscoverReady, Proofpoint & Exterro

As Brexit looms, leading global eDiscovery and risk management company Advanced Discovery (formerly known as Millnet in the UK) has launched an Irish practice with the opening of a Dublin-based office and data centre, as well as hiring Greg Deane as Advanced Discovery Ireland’s regional director.



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Axiom launches BrexitBridge as analysis shows 7.5m+ financial services contracts need an overhaul

Aside from the political headache caused by Brexit, major financial services companies operating across the UK and EU will need to review and update a whopping 7.5+ million contracts in the next 12 months – including trading documents, key supplier agreements, loans and non-trading contracts – according to new analysis from global alternative legal services provider Axiom, which today (15 March) launches BrexitBridge.


Guest post: In Chicago – Major strides forward for women in legal tech

On Thursday, March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day, and Chicago enthusiastically joined in!  Christy Burke had the privilege to attend three amazing events last week:  ABA TECHSHOW, Evolve Law’s networking event entitled Getting Women a Seat at the Table, and Legal XX at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  All three provided rich resources for women (and men too!) to share knowledge, learn, network, and explore the vast opportunities presented by legal technology. She shares the details and insights with Legal IT Insider.


Legal IT News: Wins for Kira + iManage + Elite & all the latest updates

We bring you news of a win in Norway for Kira; the first US firm to adopt iManage Insight and a win for iManage in China; and the latest wins for Elite in the US and Hong Kong. Plus the latest news and updates from Oyez Speech and Dictate Now; Gavelytics; Taylor Made Computer Solutions; Deloitte; Morton Fraser; and Dentons.


Guest post: Data breaches are evolving – so is our ability to investigate them

Cybercrime evolves quickly, so it is logical that our techniques and tools to respond should evolve with it. The solution is to work smarter rather than harder, says Stuart Clarke, chief technology officer for security & intelligence at Nuix



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Legal IT wins: Aderant Handshake signs up three US firms

Following Aderant’s move into knowledge managment with its acquisition of Handshake Software in August 2017, the Atlanta-headquartered vendor will today (13 March) announce the win of three US firms, which have signed up to Aderant Handshake for their KM and intranet solutions.


BLP wins in disputed UK predictive coding case David Brown v BCA

Following the first English contested court order for the use of predictive coding in the document review process, the litigation and corporate risk team at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) have achieved a successful judgment at the end of a 12-day High Court trial in the case of David Brown v BCA Trading Limited.


Case study: Bridging law firms and legal departments through innovation

NetApp’s Connie Brenton, chief of staff/director of legal operations, has had a front row seat to the technology evolution taking place in the legal ecosystem. As a legal innovator, Brenton found that both in-house and outside law firms can make tremendous efficiency gains by implementing workflow automation (WFA). However, there have been few technologies dynamic enough to mediate and bridge the gap between law firms and legal departments. This case study shows how NetApp has been able to overcome this obstacle by implementing the ThinkSmart Automation Platform.


Ascertus brings in Ben Salisbury from Phoenix as technical consultant

Ascertus continues to grow and strengthen its support team with the appointment of former Phoenix Business Solutions support consultant Ben Salisbury as technical consultant. Distinctive about this appointment is the hybrid role that Salisbury takes on to provide consulting services to customers, in addition to technical account management and solution implementation support.


Polsinelli to transition from Enterprise to 3E

800+ lawyer US law firm Polsinelli is the latest firm to select 3E, we can reveal, and will be transitioning from its existing Enterprise platform, which it has been using since 1993.


Trending: It’s au revoir from Daniel Pollick, CIO at DLA Piper

This just in from Daniel Pollick, CIO and director of transformation at DLA Piper..


Legal tech hire: New CEO for CaseLines vendor Netmaster Solutions

Netmaster Solutions, the company behind digital court platform CaseLines, has hired Jon McNerney, former senior vice president of sales for Europe at Forrester Research, as its chief executive officer.


Saving money and improving lives: BLM’s head of analytics discusses the new LSE partnership

BLM in mid-February signed a two-year research and development partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), in which the UK top 40 law firm’s in-house data analytics team will work with three LSE professors to develop new litigation risk management offerings for BLM customers. Legal IT Insider caught up with BLM’s head of analytics, Andrew Dunkley, to find out more about the new arrangement.


Proposed new disclosure regime for England & Wales: Feedback by Jonathan Maas

Litigators in England & Wales will know that we have just passed the end of the consultation period for landmark changes to the way in which we conduct disclosure. Here, recognised disclosure expert Jonathan Maas shares with Legal IT Insider his feedback – positive and negative – to the Disclosure Working Group formed in 2016 in response to widespread concerns around the perceived excessive costs, scale and complexity of disclosure.


Elite enters partnership with Finnish lifecycle management company 3 Step IT

Extending its capability in the Nordic region, Thomson Reuters Elite has entered a new alliance partnership with Helsinki-based IT lifecycle management company 3 Step IT, which helps its clients to plan, manage, and refresh their IT infrastructure and devices.


Taylor Vinters to move to the iManage Cloud – here’s why

We broke the news in the Orange Rag that Taylor Vinters is to move to the iManage cloud and here is IT director Steve Sumner talking about how and why the decision was made and how it will help with GDPR.


Integreon unveils new Allegory evidence management dashboard

Following its acquisition of cloud-based litigation management platform Allegory, Integreon today (28 February) unveiled a new evidence management dashboard for its Allegory users, empowering inside and outside counsel to work in a collaborative environment with the ability to analyse all of the case information for a matter or across matters on a single platform and in context.




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