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

It’s Time for Better BI: Five Core Features

Business Intelligence (BI) surfaced as a solution to strategic blind spots; however, these trends make evident BI is not enough. BI solutions are engineered to pull data from existing source systems—but our source systems were built for a different era, one pre-dating the era where every client arrangement is unique and complex, for instance. Brian Taaffe from Prosperoware explains that what is needed is BI that captures and engineers structure around the data that we don’t have but that’s required of this new era in the business of law.

17/12/2018

Friday Christmas countdown: The office dog blog competition, erm, heats up

Friday Christmas countdown: The office dog blog competition, erm, heats up

Never mind conversations about how tech will help the legal services industry remain at the top of its game internationally or whether the new ‘legal tech app’ Reynen Court is the real deal, this is where it’s at: our festive office dog blog, in which legal pooches vie for the top spot and a bottle of champers for their owner.

14/12/2018

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NRF meets client demand with new legal ops grad scheme

NRF meets client demand with new legal ops grad scheme

“In the face of a skills shortage, we have made the decision to mould these people ourselves”: Norton Rose Fulbright commercial director David Carter talks to Legal IT Insider about the firm’s new business and legal operations grad scheme.

14/12/2018

Are you aware of Reynen Court? You need to be

Trending: Reynen Court closes Series A with investment from Clifford Chance and Latham

Whoa, this just in from Reynen Court, which we previously dubbed ‘the legal tech app store’ and now has completed its Series A investment with participation from Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins:

13/12/2018

ThoughtRiver’s founder tells us why they’ve won a £400k award for the development of ‘thinking AI’

ThoughtRiver’s founder tells us why they’ve won a £400k award for the development of ‘thinking AI’

Contract intelligence vendor ThoughtRiver has been awarded funding from Innovate UK for a £400,000 project to develop what it refers to as ‘thinking AI’. We find out from founder and CEO Tim Pullan exactly what that means.

13/12/2018

Legal tech win: Higgs & Sons selects Aderant

Legal tech win: Higgs & Sons selects Aderant

UK top 150 law firm Higgs & Sons has selected Aderant Expert as its practice management system, in the second Lexis Axxia swapout in Aderant’s favour that we’ve written about in the past month. 

13/12/2018

Legal tech win: Higgs & Sons selects Aderant

Legal tech win: Higgs & Sons selects Aderant

UK top 150 law firm Higgs & Sons has selected Aderant Expert as its practice management system, in the second Lexis Axxia swapout in Aderant’s favour that we’ve written about in the past month. 

13/12/2018

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Ouch: Gartner Says 81% of Legal Departments Are Unprepared for Digitisation

Ouch: Gartner Says 81% of Legal Departments Are Unprepared for Digitisation

Eight out of 10 corporate legal departments are unprepared to support their organisations’ digital initiatives, according to a Gartner report out today (12 December) which analysed the impact of legal engagement and governance strategies on business outcomes. We should add that this doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

12/12/2018

Tech investment gives KPMG the edge over traditional law firms

Tech investment gives KPMG the edge over traditional law firms

UK head of legal services Nick Roome tells Legal IT Insider how the application of technology in all its guises is underpinning the dramatic growth of KPMG’s legal services division.

12/12/2018

Former Barclays GC joins as director of legal function co-sourcing at EY Riverview Law

Former Barclays GC joins as director of legal function co-sourcing at EY Riverview Law

Comments have been flooding in on LinkedIn in response to the appointment of ex-Barclays Bank GC Rob Dinning as director of legal function co-sourcing at EY Riverview Law.

11/12/2018

Walker Morris replaces in-house CMS with Lexis Visualfiles

Walker Morris replaces in-house CMS with Lexis Visualfiles

Top 100 UK multi-disciplinary law firm Walker Morris is to swap out its in-house case management system for Lexis Visualfiles. It comes as we’re finalising the parameters for our CMS report, which will be written by leading legal IT consultant Neil Cameron, see here for details.

11/12/2018

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Three UK top 100 law firm leaders win a place in the 2018 TechWomen100

Three UK top 100 law firm leaders win a place in the 2018 TechWomen100

The 2018 TechWomen100 Awards winners include three UK top 100 law firm leaders: huge congratulations goes out to Shilpa Bhandarkar from Linklaters; Robyn Weatherley from Mishcon de Reya and Emma Wright from Kemp Little.

10/12/2018

Planning Your Next Legal IT Strategy Discussion: A Service Delivery Framework (Part I)

Planning Your Next Legal IT Strategy Discussion: A Service Delivery Framework (Part I)

The pressure on legal service providers to transform comes from many directions and lawyers are grasping for newly proclaimed AI solutions to disrupt their practice. But before responding to requests for shiny new technologies – hammers for a world where everything is magically a nail – IT and law firm business leaders must understand and plan for change. Where is your business going? Where are your clients going? Your IT strategy must align with where you are now and where you will be, not where you were when the current strategic plan was designed X years ago. Peter Krakaur from UnitedLex sets out a nine-layer framework in this first of three blogs for Legal IT Insider.

10/12/2018

CIO Moves at K&L Gates and NRF

CIO Moves at K&L Gates and NRF

There have been more big-name moves in legal CIO land, particularly in the United States, where K&L Gates CIO Neeraj Rajpal has moved on, as has Edie Dillon, CIO at Norton Rose Fulbright.

10/12/2018

CIO Moves at K&L Gates and NRF

CIO Moves at K&L Gates and NRF

There have been more big-name moves in legal CIO land, particularly in the United States, where K&L Gates CIO Neeraj Rajpal has moved on, as has Edie Dillon, CIO at Norton Rose Fulbright.

10/12/2018

The Friday Office Dog Blog

The Friday Office Dog Blog

Yes, in the run up to Christmas we’re reigniting the office dog blog and there will be a prize for the best photo, which will be selected on the basis of no criteria whatsoever by the Legal IT Insider team and terms & conditions don’t apply. The winner will receive a bottle of champagne.

07/12/2018

Favourite blog of the week

Favourite blog of the week

Industry commentator Ron Friedmann collaborated on a white paper with LOD (Lawyers on Demand) to look at law firm FOMO and whether they should (we’d add ‘blindly’) adopt more legal technology. “Beyond defining the problem you must recognize that technology alone rarely suffices to solve it. Process, culture, and incentive changes typically are required. The seven questions below can help you make sure you think about the problem properly,” he says.

07/12/2018

Elevate boosts its contract lifecycle management capability with acquisition of Sumati

Elevate boosts its contract lifecycle management capability with acquisition of Sumati

Another week, it seems, another acquisition for Elevate, which today (5 December) announced the acquisition of Sumati Group, a leading provider of contract lifecycle management (CLM) managed services

05/12/2018

Thomson Reuters reorg leads to eBillingHub office closure

Thomson Reuters reorg leads to eBillingHub office closure

eBillingHub’s main office in Pittsburgh is being shut down and the team made redundant as part of the ongoing wholesale restructure at Thomson Reuters, we can reveal. The closure is driven by a location strategy under which Thomson Reuters is cutting a third of its real estate in order to “reset” the organisation, following the $17bn sale of Thomson Reuters finance and risk division to Blackstone Group.

05/12/2018

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

The final issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter for 2018 is here – and it’s a whopper!

Grab a (large) cup of coffee and take some time out, it’s the final issue of 2018 and it’s a whopper. Phew, mince pie anyone?

05/12/2018

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