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New win for Aderant
Australia-based insurance law firm Wotton + Kearney has chosen Aderant Expert as its new practice management system. The firm will implement the Aderant Expert practice and financial management system including Expert File Opening workflow and the new ClearView Performance module for advanced profitability analysis and reporting. “After considering all options, Aderant was a stand-out due to their
reputation in the market for high quality products, rapid
implementations, and excellent customer support,” said David Kearney,
managing partner of Wotton + Kearney.

ClearView Performance shows partners, practice group leaders, CFOs, and other senior staff exactly how they are performing, helping them see where they are operating according to plan and where they need improvement. It combines business intelligence capabilities with a full-featured business planning and profitability analysis tool. ClearView Performance presents critical data and metrics in a role-based graphical format, increasing information visibility and improving decision making.

Copitrak breaks into China
Cost recovery market leader Copitrak Systems has expanded its international operations with the opening of a new office in Shanghai. The move comes in response to 18 months of increasing demand across China with growth conservatively estimated at 40% for the 2010-11 financial year. Shanghai will focus solely on the mainland, while the long-standing Hong Kong office will cover the rest of Asia and the Pacific Rim.

For managing director Nicholas Child, the development was a logical one. “Having been in Hong Kong for the past nine years, we’ve been able to take advantage of the opening up of the Chinese market but we’ve reached a tipping point now that says we have to service it with a dedicated team and country presence. There is simply huge potential to be tapped and with our fully Unicode compliant system, we’re seeing interest not just from international law firms coming into the region but more importantly, from the Chinese law firms themselves. But to succeed there we know we have to respect the country and the culture; that means a local office, with local people, local support, a native on the ground resource that fully understands the commercial environment and client mindset.”

WindowLogic Announce Release of iManage Integration for CRM4Legal
WindowLogic has announced the release of Logic4Outlook, an Outlook accelerator that provides seamless integration between iManage and Microsoft CRM4Legal. “Logic4Outlook is a perfect companion to CRM4Legal that will allow any or all of the information maintained within CRM4Legal to be displayed in the lawyers iManage workspace. Just click to record an email or document right into CRM4Legal from iManage or from CRM4Legal into iManage, all from within Outlook,” said WindowLogic director Greg Brown.

“This product development delivers great benefits to law firm users,” said David Blumentals CRM4Legal consultant & director, Asia Pacific. “CRM4Legal user adoption is greatly enhanced as CRM data is viewed each time iManage is accessed. Integration reduces the time it takes to navigate to your CRM4Legal data – just click the link to open your CRM records.”

With the new Logic4Outlook product, users are able to view all CRM4Legal’s Contact, Organisation, Opportunity, Pitch, Matter and other information from iManage FileSite, and contact information for each recipient on an email. There is no need to go into CRM4Legal – all information required is displayed automatically unobtrusively. Configurable tabs and fields allow administrators to display any other information maintained within CRM4Legal, as required, even if the user does not have CRM4Legal installed locally.

Paul Wyatt now with WindowLogic
We first encountered Paul Wyatt at Linetime, then he moved to Solicitec (both legal IT vendors in the UK) and last time we heard of him, he was with Visualfiles Australia. He’s now taken over as Eastern seaboard sales manager for WindowLogic in Sydney, a company which he describes as “the Australian equivalent of Phoenix meets DocAuto meets Tikit.”

He adds “The legal 'stream' at WindowLogic was established earlier this year and the business has attracted some key talent with considerable knowledge in this sector. Three of Alphawest’s senior Worksite consultants (with a combined 14 years experience in delivering Worksite projects globally) joined WindowLogic earlier this year and in the past 3 months they have developed a range of value add plug ins for Worksite. Logic4Outlook is getting some serious interest and we have the application in beta test at one of Australia’s Top 10 law firms as we speak. We are also receiving a lot of requests for assistance in Worksite upgrade projects and have just taken over Worksite support and maintenance for 220 users at Sydney based Spruson & Ferguson, one of the leading intellectual property firms in Australia.”

Janders Dean turns 75
Justin North of Janders Dean has been in touch to say “this year Janders Dean turns 75! Well, not really…that just happens to be the combined ages of Bevan and Justin this year as they both hit milestone birthdays. (What 37.5 …Ed). This year actually marks our third birthday here at Janders Dean Our fabulous new clients this year have included Vodafone, Willmott Dixon and BAE Systems, while we've also continued to work with a number of our existing loyal customers including Freehills, Sparke Helmore, King and Wood, Hall & Wilcox and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.”

Janders Dean has also published a preliminary registration form (see attached PDF) for their upcoming Law Firm Knowledge Management Conference (Sydney, 12th August 2010). Places are strictly limited and capped for this event, and delegate passes are provided on a first in basis. Please send all completed registration forms back as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The full agenda with thought leaders and speakers representing international organisations will be announced over the next few days.

Jason Hulme now with IQPC Sydney
Jason Hulme has been in touch to say “Thought you might like to know that I have left CPA Global to join the IQPC conferences group in Sydney. Although my role now sits over a number of conferences there will be a significant amount of work in law firm management inc outsourcing, IT, Leadership, KM etc. Gone are the days of the Legal IT Forum and By Legal For Legal but I am sure we can re kindle the quality events down under and create some high level controversy and debate here in Australia. Please give my best to the motley crew and speak soon.”

Nuix powers KPMG Forensic to deliver Australia’s fastest e-discovery service
KPMG has signed a deal with Nuix for high-end, powerful electronic discovery software licenses to enable them to provide Australia’s fastest, most thorough and most scalable eDiscovery service to its clients. KPMG Forensic’s team purchased the improved software to improve crucial data analysis and processing and selected Nuix for inclusion in its e-discovery service offering.

Eddie Sheehy, Nuix Chief Executive Officer, said KPMG required very fast, powerful processing and integrated into their service offering by adding Nuix to its official workflow. “In a world where many corporations face vast amounts of data, increasing regulatory requirements and litigation that demands immediate and thorough investigations of terabytes of digital information, speed is of the essence. Our software has been able to provide great results for KPMG’s eDiscovery product.” Sheehy commented.
KPMG’s decision hinged on the results of speed trials conducted by KPMG and on Nuix’s ability to integrate with other technologies within the KPMG workflow. Rod McKemmish, KPMG Forensic’s Director said that during initial speed trials, KPMG Australia reported indexing a 59GB Exchange Database (EDB) file – including 1.8 million emails and attachments – in 1 hour and 24 minutes. “Performance improvements beyond this appear to be possible when we scale beyond a single hardware device and apply the power of our advanced infrastructure. When one combines the power of high end processing with the forensic precision and in-depth analysis capabilities of Nuix, the results are impressive,” said McKemmish.
KPMG Australia has employed the Nuix electronic discovery desktop platform for the past three years. This latest deal marks a significant upgrade to KPMG’s Enterprise Discovery platform.  This is the same platform recently purchased by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to handle their corporate discoveries and investigations.