Welcome to the April edition of the Orange Rag – yes, we know it's the 1st May but you are such fantastic people we thought we'd let you have the Easter holiday week off!

Slater and Gordon in world Microsoft first
Slater and Gordon has become the first company in the world to deploy Microsoft Managed Desktop, as the hedge fund-owned UK firm also ousts dedicated legal technology in favour of the Microsoft stack, we can reveal. MMD was launched in September 2018 and brings together Microsoft 365 Enterprise, device as a service and cloud-based device management.

DACB to shift 3E to Azure
DAC Beachcroft is set to shift its Thomson Reuters Elite 3E practice management system into the Microsoft Azure cloud, becoming one of the first large law firms to do so, we can reveal. The UK top 20 law firm stood up its development and test servers for Elite in Azure at Christmas time.

The UK eDisclosure Guide is out!
This year’s version of the most definitive Guide to UK eDisclosure systems is out now, as Andrew Haslam and Legal IT Insider publish the 2019 edition of the “industry bible”. Though the overall number of suppliers has stayed the same, there have been 12 companies leaving the Guide and 12 joining, with three name changes.

Clients demand DMARC is set to reject
Clients are increasingly demanding that law firms have fully implemented email authentication protocol DMARC before they send them instructions.

Womble swaps out Workshare for DocsCorp
UK top 40 firm Womble Bond Dickinson has switched to the DocsCorp desktop productivity suite as part of its move to Windows 10, we can reveal.
WBD will use pdfDocs for PDF file editing, compareDocs for document comparison and cleanDocs for metadata management and email recipient checking.

UK Top 50 law firm IT profile: Gowling WLG
We speak to director of IT, Tony McKenna, about the UK top 50 law firm’s team, key tech priorities, level of investment and challenges.

Forsters swaps out Civica for NetDocuments
NetDocuments say that they have seen growth of 400% over the last three years in the EMEA region, reporting a bumper Q1 with international new client wins including Mayfair-based Forsters LLP, which has swapped out its old Civica document management system.

Peppermint’s revenue climbs 10%
Peppermint Technology’s revenue is up by around 10% for the year ended June 2018, climbing from £5,613,390 to £6,196,664, driven primarily by an increase in recurring revenue. We speak to CEO Gary Young and CFO Nicki Grundy about the results at a company that seems to be turning itself around.

Top stories in April + reactions
You may not be surprised to hear that our TOP THREE most visited stories from April are all about EY’s acquisition of Thomson Reuters’ legal managed solutions business Pangea3. We bring you the highlights and the other stories that most intrigued readers over the past month.

RBRO Lifts and Shifts Simons Muirhead
RBRO Solutions has announced a successful cloud-to-cloud migration for London law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton LLP.

Legal sector is cyber “soft underbelly
The legal sector is lagging financial services by a decade when it comes to cyber security, founder of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group Martin Smith told delegates at this year’s Legal Leaders IT Forum. We bring you the highlights of the panel discussion.

LWOW Power!
I realise with hindsight that I had very few expectations of LawWithoutWalls before I accepted the invitation to be a judge in Miami. I said “Yes” because I like founder Michele DeStefano and because some people whom I rate in the industry talk highly of LWOW. Did I mention it was in Miami? What I most definitely wasn’t expecting was to meet former LWOW students who credit the not-for-profit movement with forming their careers, and senior leaders – of which there were many – who say LWOW has changed the way they manage staff and communicate with cross-border teams, say editor Caroline Hill.

SDLT.co.uk in cyber first
Electronic legal forms provider SDLT.co.uk, and sister application FormEvo.co.uk, have achieved Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, it announced in April.

LMS selects CTS
LMS, which manages the legal panels for a vast number of UK lenders including NatWest, HSBC, RBS and TSB, has selected Converge TS (now rebranded as CTS) to provide a managed security service to protect against cyber-attacks, we can reveal.

Document Automation: All that is Old is New Again
Although document automation technology has been around for decades and cannot be said to have “gone away”, it has been enjoying a resurgence in the legal technology press and as a conference topic. Why might this be, and what does it mean? Asks Dera J Nevin in another excellent legal tech clinic.

Foundation launches client management app
Experience management software provider Foundation Software Group in April launched a new client management application, as client insights are pushed up the value chain from “nice to have” to “mission critical”.

Legal IT Intelligence
On 25 April we co-hosted a roundtable with DAC Beachcroft to discuss the state of the case management systems market and numerous directories to launch over the next 12 months. Here is how you get involved.

ICYMI
Here is the unmissable digest of the more important disclosure/discovery news from industry veteran Jonathan Maas’ BONG! email updates over the past month

What’s Hot & What’s Not: Wins & Deals PLUS Movers & Shakers
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Our next issue (No #323 – May) will be out on Wednesday 29 April 2019