London law firm Quastel Midgen LLP has signed with Linetime’s Liberate practice and case management solution, Linetime will announce today (16 January) following a week that has seen wins in the UK for Eclipse Legal Systems and an extension of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 accreditation and services for Quiss Technology. In the US, there are new senior appointments for Nuix and Epiq, a major win for eDiscovery provider Logikcull, and new releases for IP analytics provider Relecura and OCR and text scanning supplier ABBYY.
UK
Quastel Midgen is a commercial law practice specialising in commercial property, company commercial, real estate, employment, dispute resolution, immigration and advice on trusts and estate planning.
The firm is implementing practice, case and matter management throughout the business. In addition to implementing Linetime’s Liberate practice and case management solution, Liberate CRM will support Quastel Midgen’s event management and cross selling initiatives all within a central MS SQL database.
David Quastel, managing partner said: “We looked at a number of software providers but needed to have a system that could be tailored for each department to increase its efficiency delivering an even better service. Having seen the Liberate software and met the Linetime team we feel that the product will achieve that aim.”
Elsewhere, Brown Turner Ross is implementing the Proclaim Practice Management Software solution from Eclipse Legal Systems.
The North West law firm has offices in Southport, Liverpool and Birkenhead, and Eclipse will implement Proclaim throughout the offices and across a number of departments – including conveyancing, probate, personal injury and family.
To further enhance client inception procedures, Brown Turner Ross will use Eclipse’s lead management system, and will benefit from comprehensive management of all incoming enquiries.
Samantha Bushell, director at Brown Turner Ross, said: “Using Proclaim to streamline the administrative tasks that are often associated with client inception processes will allow us to further perfect our clients’ journey, and free up our time to do what we do best – provide the highest quality service and advice.”
Meanwhile managed IT services provider Quiss Technology has announced its inclusion in the Microsoft 1-Tier Cloud Solution Provider programme, designed to help clients adopt its cloud-based technology solutions like Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365.
Direct 1-Tier providers like Quiss buy from Microsoft, bill clients directly, and sell combined offers and services, together with providing, managing and supporting products and services. As well as the direct billing model, 1-Tier partners must have broad market reach and a robust 24/7 technical support relationship with customers.
Paul Tozer, head of cloud services at Quiss, commented: “This is not just good news for us, but for our clients and those organisations considering a move to the cloud.
“Clients can now take advantage of Quiss assuming responsibility for every aspect of the client lifecycle. We can not only sell them Office 365 and Azure, handling their subscriptions in the process, but manage support with our own helpdesk – which can also help support existing apps, infrastructure, systems and networks.”
US
Appointments
Dentons partner Jeffrey Bleich has joined the Nuix board as interim CEO, after Eddie Sheehy resigned. Bleich is a former US ambassador to Australia and served as special counsel to President Obame in the first year of his administration.
The Nuix board intends to engage an international search for a CEO with a global IPO skillset to lead Nuix through its next phase of growth and development.
Until the board appoints a CEO, Nuix co-founder and chairman Dr. Tony Castagna will assume many of the current CEO responsibilities with the able support of a highly experienced senior team from offices around the world.
“Nuix is undergoing transformational change as we welcome Jeffrey Bleich on our board. This is a significant development in Nuix’s US and global reach given Jeff’s international experience with cybersecurity and his considerable insights into governments around the world,” said Dr. Castagna.
Meanwhile Epiq has appointed Robert Hopen as president of its settlement administration business. A 25-year veteran of the legal services industry, Hopen, previously served as senior vice president and general manager, international markets for Epiq.  He will oversee the company’s class action, mass tort and settlement administration business units.
“Bob is a talented leader and dynamic member of our senior leadership team,” said John Davenport, Jr., chief executive officer of Epiq. “We are well-positioned for many new opportunities in 2017, and Bob’s deep understanding of global issues that affect the legal community will be instrumental in ensuring a continued focus on unparalleled service delivery for Epiq clients worldwide.”
Wins
New York City has selected Logikcull as a preferred provider to help it meet the growing demands of e-discovery and freedom of information, joining a wave of government law departments embracing the legal cloud as the challenges associated with litigation and open records response grows more acute.
Logikcull provides a versatile, end-to-end platform that defensibly automates data processing associated with complex legal projects, and assists in organizing and reviewing that information so it can be quickly produced in legal cases and other forums.
Amid an unprecedented upturn in hacking and data breach, Logikcull also provides a “closed-loop” hub for information, where all channels into and out of the platform are secured with bank-level encryption and all data is encrypted at rest.
“As the volume and complexity of information multiplies by the second, city governments are coming under a tremendous amount of pressure to efficiently — and securely — manage data related to litigation and freedom of information laws,” Logikcull CEO Andy Wilson said.
New releases
Relecura has released a suite of three new modules that incorporate knowledge management into its popular IP analytics platform.
The Taxonomy Builder is an artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted knowledge management system for capturing, organizing and reusing the analysis of subject matter experts. Portfolio Manager integrates with the Taxonomy Builder and the knowledge-base created by subject matter experts. It helps in mapping patent portfolios to technologies of interest. The Automated Reports module may be configured with tailored content for different groups within the organization and externally for senior management, consultants or lawyers.
“The new modules are a product of listening closely to our users, tracking the changing needs of the IP industry and addressing them,” said George Koomullil, Relecura’s founder & CEO.
ABBYY has announced the availability of ABBYY Smart Classifier on the European market. The new server-based module enables businesses to leverage and act on complex, unstructured information by delivering highly accurate document classification. Based on Compreno, ABBYY’s innovative natural language processing (NLP) technology, Smart Classifier quickly organises large repositories of documents according to both statistic and semantic analysis of content. Once classified, information is ready for search and retrieval, automated routing, intelligent data extraction and decision-making.
 “ABBYY Smart Classifier empowers companies to derive value from the data stream that constantly pours into their business,” says JuppStoepetie, CEO of ABBYY Europe. “Documents are automatically assigned to predefined categories on the basis of their content. This language-based insight into information creates new opportunities to optimise critical business processes – including information governance, data migration,content management and client support.”