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Elevate acquires Halebury and converts to become an ABS

Elevate acquires Halebury and converts to become an ABS

Elevate has acquired senior flexible resource law firm Halebury, in the process converting to become an alternative business structure (ABS) to facilitate the acquisition of the UK regulated practice. 

08/01/2019

US legal IT movers and shakers: Ron Friedmann joins LAC Group as chief knowledge and information officer

US legal IT movers and shakers: Ron Friedmann joins LAC Group as chief knowledge and information officer

Industry consultant and well-known US commentator and blogger Ron Friedmann has joined LAC Group to fill the newly-created executive role of chief knowledge and information officer. We speak to the former Fireman & Company partner about his new role.

08/01/2019

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A&O appoints former TalkTalk chief architect as CTO

A&O appoints former TalkTalk chief architect as CTO

Allen & Overy has at last found a replacement for former chief technology officer Ian Storer, with the out of sector appointment of John O’Donovan, who joins from TalkTalk, where he was chief architect.

08/01/2019

A&O appoints former TalkTalk chief architect as CTO

A&O appoints former TalkTalk chief architect as CTO

Allen & Overy has at last found a replacement for former chief technology officer Ian Storer, with the out of sector appointment of John O’Donovan, who joins from TalkTalk, where he was chief architect.

08/01/2019

The October issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – includes new Accountancy Tech Report

Legal IT Insider Deadlines 2019

See here for our 2019 Orange Rag editorial deadlines and note that our wins and deals section will be turned into a report at the end of year with visualisations and analysis of the number of wins per vendor. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.

08/01/2019

Exclusive/Trending: Oracle launches legal global practice management system

Exclusive/Trending: Oracle launches legal global practice management system

As much of the UK formally returns to work today (7 January) we kick off 2019 with a bang, with the revelation that Oracle is launching a dedicated legal global practice management system that will initially be targeted at UK headquartered law firms, with the intention to later expand out to the United States.

07/01/2019

CLOC's CEO Connie Brenton resigns

CLOC's CEO Connie Brenton resigns

In a shock departure from legal operations powerhouse CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) founder Connie Brenton has resigned alongside board member Jeff Franke. The resignation comes just three weeks ahead of CLOC’s 2019 London Institute, which last year was chaired by Brenton. You can read the letter announcing her departure here in full.

04/01/2019

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CLOC's CEO Connie Brenton resigns

CLOC’s CEO Connie Brenton resigns

In a shock departure from legal operations powerhouse CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) founder Connie Brenton has resigned alongside board member Jeff Franke. The resignation comes just three weeks ahead of CLOC’s 2019 London Institute, which last year was chaired by Brenton. You can read the letter announcing her departure here in full.

04/01/2019

The October issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – includes new Accountancy Tech Report

The legal tech market: 2018 and beyond

Crikey, what a year it’s been. A year of some progress and a lot of nonsense, 2018 can be summarised as a time when expectation far outpaced reality in legal tech land. The buzz around AI has meant that many law firms have bought solutions that they, particularly their partners, believe will be a panacea for all of their problems, and have inevitably been disappointed.

24/12/2018

Taking stock: 12 IT leaders tell us about their achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead

Taking stock: 12 IT leaders tell us about their achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead

As 2019 approaches, 12 technology and innovation leaders from firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Eversheds Sutherland, Linklaters and Taylor Wessing tell us about their biggest achievements, challenges and priorities for the year ahead.

24/12/2018

Blog of the Week: The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors

Blog of the Week: The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors

“As Justin Kan’s Chief of Staff, I am actively involved in operating Atrium and investing in early-stage startups. Founders ask me many questions, but there’s one they ask me more often than any other: ‘how do investors evaluate startups?'” By Anuj Abrol, chief of staff to Justin Kan at Atrium – our thanks to Anuj for allowing us to reproduce his excellent blog in full below.

21/12/2018

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Christmas countdown office dog blog finalists!

Christmas countdown office dog blog finalists!

Well done to our Christmas countdown dog blog finalists! We will pick the winner during our office Christmas lunch today (21 December) and announce the result over LinkedIn and Twitter. Keep an eye out because thanks to our commercial director Jeremy Hill, we are all going to lunch dressed as characters from The Greatest Showman.

21/12/2018

DFIN who? NYSE-listed risk and compliance giant acquires eBrevia (and what that means)

DFIN who? NYSE-listed risk and compliance giant acquires eBrevia (and what that means)

When DFIN this week announced they had acquired AI-backed contract analytics platform eBrevia for $19.5m, I must admit that my first question was, who the hell are DFIN? My second was, what does this mean for eBrevia’s clients? Well, heads up, after speaking to DFIN, I like what I hear and so, apparently, do eBrevia’s clients.

20/12/2018

UK Top 50 Law firm IT profile: Weightmans' IT strategy, investment and core systems

UK Top 50 Law firm IT profile: Weightmans' IT strategy, investment and core systems

At Legal IT Insider we are profiling the UK top 200 legal IT teams – from key people, to size, to core systems and strategic priorities – bringing to life much of the information contained in our UK Top 200 chart and extending it. In our second profile we are excited to bring you everything you need to know about Weightmans, where investment in IT was an impressive 6% of revenue in 2017. Our thanks to the Weightmans team for helping us.

20/12/2018

UK Top 50 Law firm IT profile: Weightmans' IT strategy, investment and core systems

UK Top 50 Law firm IT profile: Weightmans’ IT strategy, investment and core systems

At Legal IT Insider we are profiling the UK top 200 legal IT teams – from key people, to size, to core systems and strategic priorities – bringing to life much of the information contained in our UK Top 200 chart and extending it. In our second profile we are excited to bring you everything you need to know about Weightmans, where investment in IT was an impressive 6% of revenue in 2017. Our thanks to the Weightmans team for helping us.

20/12/2018

Law Society BD director Simon Drane launches tech strategy consultancy

Law Society BD director Simon Drane launches tech strategy consultancy

The Law Society’s executive director of business development, Simon Drane has left the organisation and set up his own consultancy, with the plan to advise startups, established tech companies, professional services organisations and investors on the creation of product strategies that drive commercial growth.

19/12/2018

GCs from Siemens, Barclays, Shell, Vodafone and more talk transformation: A catch up from SOLID

GCs from Siemens, Barclays, Shell, Vodafone and more talk transformation: A catch up from SOLID

One of the best conferences I’ve been to this year was David Cowen’s Ted Talk style summit SOLID in London at the start of November, which I fully intended to write about immediately afterwards, but time has gleefully run away from me sticking two fingers up in the process. With talks from GCs at Siemens, Shell, Barclays and more, here are the highlights.

19/12/2018

Exclusive: National Grid's legal ops head launches opensource knowledge portal

Exclusive: National Grid’s legal ops head launches opensource knowledge portal

National Grid’s global head of legal operations Mo Ajaz has launched an opensource network for heads of legal and the wider legal ecosystem to share learning on the business of law, which he describes as the Mumsnet for lawyers.

18/12/2018

Exclusive: National Grid's legal ops head launches opensource knowledge portal

Exclusive: National Grid's legal ops head launches opensource knowledge portal

National Grid’s global head of legal operations Mo Ajaz has launched an opensource network for heads of legal and the wider legal ecosystem to share learning on the business of law, which he describes as the Mumsnet for lawyers.

18/12/2018

Porsche arranges acquisition finance loan on BBVA blockchain

Porsche arranges acquisition finance loan on BBVA blockchain

Thanks to Derek Southall, founder of Hyperscale Group, for flagging this example of blockchain being put into meaningful practice.

17/12/2018

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