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Legal IT News Round-up

Catch up on all the latest wins, deals, partnerships and people moves of the past week.

The Thomson Reuters Elite press machine has been on on on thanks to its US Vantage user conference, but it is the story about its 3E Hero award that gained the most attention last week on social media.

Thomson Reuters Legal announced that the “3E Hero” gamification campaign for 3E has won a Horizon Interactive Award, a competition that recognizes, promotes, and awards the best website design, interactive, videos, online advertising, print media, and mobile applications.

Created to be a “fun and innovative” way to engage clients, 3E Hero was awarded Bronze in the Website Games category and is available to download on iTunes here. Designed as a client engagement activity, 3E Hero was launched at the VANTAGE 2016 conference in Nashville.

Elite also announced the launch of the 3E Certification Program, delivered by the education services team, which helps users obtain knowledge and training to get the most out of their firm’s investment.

Thomson Reuters eBilling tool Legal Tracker (formerly Serengeti) has entered into a new partnership with TotalDiscovery to help manage legal compliance obligations and discovery requests. “The partnership with Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker represents an important milestone in our efforts to provide complementary software products and services that deliver measurable value to our shared clients,” said Scott Nichols, SVP of TotalDiscovery.

There was also news from Aderant, as Zurich-based law firm Niederer Kraft & Frey (NKF) becomes live and fully operational on Aderant Expert after just an 11 month implementation process. In addition to the Aderant Expert core practice management system, NKF implemented Conflicts and Found Time.

Back to awards, everyone loves ‘em, and CheckRecipient, which is quietly taking legal by storm, has been announced as the winner of a national competition to find the UK’s Most Innovative Small Cyber Security Company of the Year.  The final was held at Infosecurity Europe, London, and saw four competition finalists showcase their products in front of an expert judging panel and Infosecurity Europe audience.

Tim Sadler, Co-founder and CEO at CheckRecipient pitched his product which uses machine learning technology to automatically prevent highly sensitive information being sent to the wrong people over email. The CheckRecipient platform analyses historical email data in order to understand conventional sending patterns and behaviours in order to detect when emails are accidentally being sent to the wrong people or intentionally being sent to unauthorised accounts.

In a major deal for Microsystems, Clifford Chance has signed up to provide all of its staff with next generation drafting and proof reading tool Contract Companion, we revealed first on 5 June.

The Magic Circle giant was one of the first clients of Contract Companion but until recently has used the tool only within small teams.

Contract Companion incorporates Microsystems’ Artificial Document Intelligence software, which analyses and corrects language and formatting errors, reducing the time that legal professionals have to spend checking their work.

Another big legal tech deal saw LexisNexis on 8 June announce that it is acquiring research and analytics platform Ravel Law to expand the LexisNexis legal analytics suite of products. Writing today (12 June) for Legal IT Insider, Jeff Pfeifer, vice president of product management at LexisNexis tells us more about the deal.

If you missed the news that Tikit is no longer selling iManage, a) where have you been, b) you can catch up on what the partnership means in our exclusive Q&A with Tikit’s CEO Katherine Ainley or read our comment on the burgeoning partnership here. Tikit is partnering with NetDocuments as part of its cloud-first strategy and going forward will not take on any new iManage sales but will inevitably honour existing contracts.

Benefiting from the Tikit fallout is Tiger Eye, which we last week revealed has entered into a strategic partnership with cross-platform mobility consultants Appurity Connect, whose Rubus app allows iManage customers to use the software more fully on their smartphone.

The pair, who are both iManage partners, will be looking to leverage and extend their respective contact bases as law firms look to achieve better iManage Work mobile integration.

However, under fire in our readers’ comments section after the departure of chief operating officer Dennis Croft is iManage partner RBRO Solutions, which has also seen the departure of APAC general manager Alan McCombe and senior UK representatives Lee Huggett and Adam Wiles. Howard Russell, CEO, says the company is one of the few iManage ConnectLive gold sponsors and will be there to discuss any questions.

In other people moves, HotDocs has announced the appointment of Mark Settle to the position of chief technology officer, with former CTO Scott Leckie having left after just over a year with the Edinburgh-based document automation company.

And our latest post by regular columnist and acclaimed author Mitch Kowalski says that law schools around the world are going into crisis, treating process and technology “as ancillary skills that students learn on their own time, preferably after graduation” somewhat like teaching a carpenter how to build a house – without using tools.

Last but not least Nick Williams, legal services director for Proxima Group and former Barclays Bank global sourcing big cheese brought us the highlights of the The 3rd annual Europe Conference of the Buying Legal Council, which brought together a formidable array of experts was lined up and enthusiastic supporters from legal procurement, consulting and law firms attended for a day of Legal Market Intelligence.