With more legal tech breaking news and insights than you can shake a stick at, welcome to the March edition of the Orange Rag!

CC selects iManage Cloud after “close” contest
After the first exhaustive side-by-side evaluation of iManage Work 10 in the cloud and NetDocuments, Clifford Chance has selected iManage, we can reveal, following what CIO Paul Greenwood is at pains to stress was such a close-run selection process that it had to be extended.

Exclusive: Diligent acquires Manzama
US-headquartered information governance vendor Diligent Corporation has acquired Manzama Inc, we can reveal, in an acquisition that comes as Diligent begins strategically targeting the legal sector for the first time, including hiring a VP of legal sales.

Kevin Harris takes over as EMEA CIO at NRF
Former Taylor Wessing chief information officer Kevin Harris has taken over as CIO for Europe, Middle East and Asia at Norton Rose Fulbright, where he is responsible for over 30 offices spread across the EMEA region.

LexisOne redundancies at SAGlobal
Following our coverage of LexisOne’s sale to SAGlobal, we’ve received a comment on the Legal IT Insider website as follows: “Extremely surprised that there is no further followup article around the raft of redundancies announced at SAG for the unfortunate ones who came across from LexisOne.” We bring you more information about those redundancies.

Bakers to roll out Onit
Baker McKenzie, led by global director of legal operations David Cambria, is in the process of building Onit as a matter management system, we can reveal.

Richard Newton launches echo.legal
Three years after he sold Contract Express to Thomson Reuters, Richard Newton has left the publishing giant and returned to his entrepreneurial roots and has some big hires to announce to boot at new consultancy echo.legal.

HighQ to launch corporate legal platform
HighQ is set to launch a new platform for corporate legal teams that will include work and collaboration tools for enterprise legal management, document management, matter management, legal intake and self-service, contract management and vendor management. We speak to CTO Stuart Barr.

Win! Kennedys selects Hubshare
Kennedys has chosen Hubshare from Nikec Solutions as their collaborative project management tool to manage their Thomson Reuters Elite practice management system upgrade to the latest version of Elite 3E, we can reveal. This is Hubshare’s biggest win to date and its first law firm in the UK top 30.

#Glenlegal19 survey sees dramatic spike in SaaS migration
A survey conducted by Macfarlanes CIO Andrew Powell ahead of #GlenLegal19 has revealed a dramatic increase in cloud adoption rates, with well over three quarters of law firms saying their HR and payroll systems will be in the cloud next year and just under three quarters saying it will be SaaS. We bring you all the findings across, DMS, intranet, PMS and more.

All change at RPC
Craig Hawthorne is going through the process of being officially signed in as both IT and facilities director at RPC, following the departure of Julie Berry, who joined top 20 accountant Saffery Champness in September last year.

#GlenLegal19 – IA before AI!
Legal IT Insider’s events director Mel Firth tells no tales – or not many – in this recap of a fabulous 48 hours spent in Gleneagles Hotel for our annual CIO conference.

Pinnacle hires former Xcelerate director
Pinnacle has hired former Xcelerate director and respected Elite specialist Honda Ngo to join its US practice.

New Dawn Legal
Dawn Dutton is leaving iTrain Legal and on 1 April will start her own business – the aptly named New Dawn Legal.

RBRO begins licensing Lift and Shift
RBRO Solutions has, in the past month, begun licensing its Lift and Shift technology to the iManage partner network – the tool is used by law firms to smooth the process of migrating to the iManage Cloud

Reactions: Microsoft Compliance Center
“Interesting – but why has it taken them so long?” was Vince Neicho’s reaction to our story on Microsoft’s recent Compliance Center innovations, which we suggest means that the software giant is now a serious threat to external early case assessment providers. We hear more from him.

Why is it so hard to implement LegalTech in law firms?
Despite the increasing prevalence of legal technology solutions available to practitioners, there is sometimes hand-wringing over what is perceived to be low adoption rates by lawyers once this technology is implemented in law firms. Dera Nevin shares her insights from leading projects to implement legaltech in a law firm.

Will DWF kickstart a new wave of IPOs?
Legal IT Insider contributing editor Amy Carroll observes that after an initial flurry of interest in the public markets following the IPO of uber-acquisitive Slater & Gordon, way back in 2007, law firm listings have been few and far between. A handful – Gately, Keystone, Gordon Dadds and Knights – are trading on AIM. But no firm has taken the plunge on the main market. Until now. Is this the start of a new wave?

David Cambria talks legal ops strategy
Speaking to Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill, David Cambria discusses his move from Fortune 50 company Archer Daniels Midland Company to become Baker McKenzie’s first global director of legal operations; how he is growing the team; and the new technology he is rolling out to help the team work in a joined-up way.

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

Of course we have What’s Hot & What’s Not: Wins & Deals and People Moves

And the hunt for the missing LOTIES is on!
On 1 April 2019, it will have been a decade since the last LOTIES, so send pictures, post the trophies and watch this space for further announcements. Found a LOTIE; miss the LOTIES; or want a LOTIE, email Jeremy Hill, at [email protected]

 

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