The past week has seen the announcements that Charles Russell Speechlys has implemented Veeam Availability SuiteT v 9, as UK portal Free2Convey releases new collaboration tool Docs4Home, and Instant On IT is appointed by Field Court Chambers to provide IT support, services and guidance. In news out of the United States, iManage has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), FTI Consulting has appointed Sophie Ross as global chief executive officer of the firm’s technology segment, and InOutsource has hired Rabiya Hirji-Young as senior risk management consultant.
Veeam has worked with Charles Russell Speechlys for six years providing availability solutions to over 1,000 of Charles Russell Speechlys’ employees. The recent transition to Veeam Availability Suite v9 Enterprise Plus will ensure further reduction of data loss and offer high-speed recovery of sensitive legal documents.
Veeam estimates that one hour of downtime each month costs the average law firm £45,000 in lost billing over the course of one year (based on 25 lawyers billing at £150 per hour). Charles Russell Speechlys has more than 500 lawyers putting the risk of lost billing in excess of £1 million.
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Free2Convey, the UK’s first free conveyancing portal that provides full chain view to all parties, has announced the release of Docs4Home, an online collaboration tool, which enables solicitors, conveyancers and all other parties involved in a property chain to share and collaborate securely on conveyancing documentation.
Documents are uploaded or “dragged and dropped” into the relevant folder. Docs4Home, which will be released at the beginning of November and can be used in conjunction with Free2Convey or as a standalone product, also allows for a link to be embedded in the footer of emails so that the recipient may click the link and securely upload documents directly into the sender’s Docs4Home account.
Matt Lancaster, one of the founding partners of Free2Convey said: “As more of us are conducting our affairs online, we realised a gap in the market for the online equivalent of getting all the parties involved in a chain around a meeting room, enabling them to come together ‘virtually’ to collaborate on documents so that progress can be made swiftly and securely.”
Field Court Chambers is an established and highly regarded multi-disciplinary set which was looking for a partner used to working with chambers.
“Instant On IT came highly recommended to us by the provider of Chambers’ software management system. Since our association began in February 2016 we have been impressed by the professionalism shown by Instant On IT; not only have they provided a high level of technical support they have been proactive in suggesting ways to improve our IT, always mindful of budget constraints. The helpdesk is excellent as is the management side for strategic planning. Altogether we are very pleased with our decision to appoint them.” Delia Lees-Buckley, Field Court Chambers director.
“This integration is an opportunity to simplify and accelerate e-discovery by bringing two great ecosystems together,” said kCura’s CEO Andrew Sieja. “Tying our community of more than 140,000 Relativity users to Guidance’s 33m endpoints means we can provide a more complete and more connected e-discovery experience.”
The ability to leverage solutions across multiple stages of the e-discovery process is critical for organizations looking to achieve efficiency with ever-increasing caseloads. The integration between EnCase eDiscovery and Relativity should ensure that e-discovery teams will be able to work with and move their data more quickly and intelligently.
“As the courts increasingly focus on cyber-related litigation to combat ransomware and other digital security matters, customers need solutions for a wide variety of e-discovery challenges,” said Guidance Software’s CEO Patrick Dennis. “Integrating with Relativity underscores our strategy to provide an open platform that leverages leading technology across complex workflows.”
iManage has joined the CSA as a corporate member. The CSA is the world’s leading member-driven organization chartered with defining and promoting the use of best practices for a secure cloud computing environment. Its members include cloud vendors such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and Salesforce.com.
“Everyday thousands of organizations around the world rely on our software to protect their confidential data,” said Miguel Contreras, iManage’s head of information security, data privacy & compliance. “In today’s expanding and dynamic cyber security environment, it’s important to be at the forefront of cloud security best practices. We are committed to protecting our customers’ data and their reputations. This membership is a strategic capability to continuously enhance the security of our iManage Cloud service offerings.”
CSA members work together to produce cloud security research and best practices.
FTI Consulting has appointed Sophie Ross as global chief executive officer of the firm’s technology segment. Ross will also lead the technology steering committee and join the firm’s executive committee, which is composed of segment leaders, regional leaders and heads of key corporate functions.
Ross, who is based in San Francisco, has more than 20 years of experience in company management and operations in the United States, Europe and Asia. She previously led the segment’s Western Region, as well as the managed document review business globally.
Ross said, “We have long had a leading role in e-discovery, one that I think we can advance significantly. But I also believe that by virtue of the trusted relationships we have had with our clients, we have enormous opportunities to extend our services into adjacent areas and expand existing services such as information governance. This is an exciting time to be collaborating with colleagues to take this firm forward, and I very much look forward to it.”
InOutsource, a Philadelphia-based consultation and legal technology implementation services company, has hired Rabiya Hirji-Young as senior risk management consultant. Rabiya most recently worked as a director of risk management for AmLaw top-40 law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
In her new role, Hirji-Young is responsible for advising InOutsource clients in the development and implementation of new and improved risk management practices and policies. She will contribute to client education and success within InOutsource’s core areas of focus.
“The balance between protective procedures and efficient processing can be challenging for law firms that place a high priority on enhancing client and partner relationships. I am excited by the opportunity to share my experience in achieving that balance and look forward to assisting firms in reaching their risk management goals,” said Hirji-Young.
The addition of Hirji-Young continues the expansion of the company’s team focused on the law firm market.