The March 2020 issue of The Orange Rag is ready to download below.

Well we certainly didn’t expect to find ourselves quite here a few weeks ago, but after the initial shock of home schooling and global remote working, a couple of weeks in and things are beginning to feel a little more normal.

The March issue is a ‘lite’ version by comparison with some recent issues and brings you some of the biggest stories of the past couple of weeks and the wins, deals and people moves. In this issue:

COVID-19: The new normal

It is hard to believe that in the February issue of the Orange Rag there wasn’t one mention of COVID-19 and that in the space of just a few weeks the world that we assumed to be normal has been utterly transformed. What’s interesting is the flight to Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The big question is, what now?

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The Orange Rag, along with not-for-profit partner ILTA, will shortly be launching a new, international COVID-19 community learning space. This community will deliver an open and ungated opportunity for users to share best practice, knowledge, analysis, and responsible editorial commentary on how the sector is responding to COVID-19.

Sign up to our webinar series!

In a new series of webinars, Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill and commercial director Jeremy Hill will engage in conversations with senior leaders across the legal sector, diving into some of the most topical and pressing issues facing legal organisations at present. See the Rag to sign up.

Engage announces CFG Law as first legal win

Engagement success platform Engage Solutions Group (ESG) has secured its first client win and go-live, we can reveal. Specialist serious injury business CFG Law has rolled out ESG’s platform, which brings matter and employee lifecycle management into one app.

LMA to launch document automation platform with A&O and Avvoka

The Loan Market Association is to launch a document automation platform in partnership with Allen & Overy and contract automation platform Avvoka in order to help members generate LMA recommended documents.

Zoom confronted over security fears

With many law firms and legal tech vendors finding that Zoom is the easiest way to keep them connected to staff and clients while working from home, it’s worrying that the enterprise video communications company is again facing a privacy and security backlash as security experts warn that its default settings aren’t secure enough.

Travers Smith launches client force majeure app

Travers Smith LLP has launched a free app to help clients quickly get to grips with their force majeure exposure in contracts in light of COVID-19.

COVID-19: Free tools

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic vendors are increasingly offering collaboration tools for free for a period of time. We continuously update this list of free products that are designed to help you work better remotely. Here is the latest.

What’s Hot & What’s Not: Wins & Deals

The show goes on, albeit that deal volume has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the latest.

Movers and Shakers

These moves have been in the pipeline and it will be interesting to see how the next few weeks playout and who is growing.

Recovering from COVID-19: “We must be brave”

As featured on legaltechnology.com, we spoke to slicedbread project manager Jennie Strickland-Grogan, who came down with COVID-19 while in the middle of a major client project. She is now recovering from the virus and wants to spread a message of hope.

You Can’t Put the Toothpaste Back in the Tube

Will law firms ever be the same after COVID-19? IT consultant Neil Cameron thinks not and his article as to why is worth a read: shorturl.at/fxzGK – he gives us some interesting stats on property savings from working remotely.

Susskind leads launch of Remote Courts Worldwide

A ‘time is of the essence’ collaboration between The Society for Computers and Law, the UK LawTech Delivery Panel and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service saw the launch on 30 March of Remote Courts Worldwide: a service to help the justice sector rise to the challenge of embracing remote hearings and new ways of delivering justice for users. We bring you the details but look out early next week on legaltechnology.com for an in-depth interview with Susskind on the shift by the Courts to remote working and how that is playing out.