Time for a catch-up on all the latest legal IT industry channel news…

In response to growing demand from regional and global clients, Phoenix Business Solutions will be opening its newest office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2014.

Roger Pickett, Managing Director of Phoenix, said “We’re committed to providing world class service to our existing customers and this office will help to support both our local UAE customers as well as complement our global offering. Phoenix have already had success in the region within the in-house legal and legal communities. There comes a point you need to support your clients, and intended clients, locally within the region to offer the best possible service. That extends to working in, and supporting, the different working hours and work week, while committing to local on the ground resource.”

Phoenix currently offers 24 x 7 x 365 support to 200 customers across the globe from its North America, EMEA, and APAC locations.

• CPA Global has opened a new state-of-the-art legal support services facility in Arlington, Virginia, expanding its capacity to assist law firms and corporate legal departments in their document review and compliance projects.  The Arlington office is CPA Global’s sixth facility in the US, adding to the company’s existing operations in Alexandria, Boise, Silicon Valley, Houston, and Minneapolis.

• Nikec Solutions (formerly Copitak Solutions) has announced a new partnership with Systems Auditing Inc. The alliance sees the expansion of the company’s brand and products across the USA and Canada through a well-established partner and an industry leader in their field. SAI, founded in 1983, is a dedicated specialist in cost recovery, document collaboration and mobility tracking. The company also offers consulting services to help clients enhance their workflow processes and systems to achieve maximum returns.

Dublin-based corporate information security specialist Espion has been awarded R&D contracts worth a total of €1.3 million under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), as part of four large-scale projects. The Minister of State for Research & Innovation, Seán Sherlock said “Espion is an excellent example of an Irish SME participating in leading-edge, European R&D security/IT projects and leveraging this activity to develop its business proposition. Thanks to companies such as Espion, Ireland won €11M in European Commission security R&D funding in 2013 alone with €6M of that total going to SMEs.”

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• Canotec Group, one of the UK’s leading document solution providers, has joined DMC plc as an independent subsidiary. The combined £40m group becomes one of Canon’s largest and most advanced independent suppliers of print and document solutions in the UK and Europe. Clients include Bond Dickinson, TLT, Penningtons, RPC, Lyons Davidson, Wilsons, Wedlake Bell, Boodle Hatfield, Lester Aldridge and Gateleys. In our picture, with Canotec’s paper airplane logo, from left, are DMC director Justin Nicholson, Canotec founder David Newman and DMC managing director Jon Hill.