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Legal IT: Wins, deals, product launches and people moves

In this roundup of the latest legal IT industry news, we bring you wins, deals, product launches and upgrades and people moves from Phoenix and HighQ, Epiq Systems, DocsCorp, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LockPath, ReadyTalk and more.

In this roundup of the latest legal IT industry news, we bring you wins, deals, product launches, upgrades and people moves from Phoenix and HighQ, Epiq Systems, DocsCorp, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LockPath, ReadyTalk and more.

Wins and Deals

Leading Irish firm McCann Fitzgerald has selected the HighQ Publisher platform, Phoenix Business Solutions has announced, said to be the first deal of its kind in Ireland.

Phoenix is a leading iManage partner and the HighQ platform, which combines digital publishing and content marketing with event and campaign management tools, has integrated with iManage since 2009.

HighQ Publisher simplifies content management and allows users to transform their content, expertise and know-how into tailored and engaging experiences across multiple channels for internal or external audiences.

eDiscovery and document review provider Epiq Systems has announced that it has signed a three-year managed services contract with full service U.S. law firm Cozen O’Connor. The new contract includes infrastructure as a service, giving the firm the ability to scale its Relativity platform as needed.

Every year, Cozen O’Connor experiences a significant increase in eDiscovery clients, projects and data volume. “We were looking for a provider that could optimize our environment and take the burden of support off our shoulders,” Richard Pachella, director of eDiscovery and practice advisory services at Cozen O’Connor said. “By partnering with Epiq, we don’t have to worry about upgrades, backups or scalability—our relationship with Epiq extends the capabilities of our department.”

tmgroup have been welcomed as members of UK representative body for legal systems developers and vendors, the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA).

The LSSA helps to set and maintain professional standards within the industry, while tmgroup provides online solutions for conveyancers, helping them access information, take control and manage risk and efficiency. tmgroup’s managing director Paul Albone said: “We see collaboration amongst suppliers in the industry as a vital part of improving the way technology can help to streamline processes and with the Law Society stating in their 2020 vision the need for technological and process innovation, both tmgroup and the LSSA membership are well positioned to support the legal sector.”

Last year the LSSA launched its own conveyancing portal, Free2Convey.

Product launches and upgrades

DocsCorp has released an enhanced integration between its suite of document productivity tools for PDF creation and editing, document comparison and metadata removal with iManage Work 9.3 and iManage Share.

cleanDocs now integrates directly into iManage’s powerful external collaboration workflow, providing an automated way to remove metadata as part of the file sharing workflow. Users simply select Copy to Client Folder or Send Secure Link Email, and the document is immediately cleaned and sent, all in the one action. In all workflows, cleanDocs automatically removes the metadata, eliminating the risk of harmful metadata in documents while significantly reducing the time it takes to clean documents. This frees up valuable staff time for billable work.

Jacqueline Toepfer, senior product manager for iManage Share, said: “The cleanDocs integration with iManage increases its value for our users while satisfying professional services organization’s data governance and security needs when sharing documents. In short, it’s a win for users and clients.”

DocsCorp’s compareDocs, contentCrawler and pdfDocs solutions all integrate with iManage.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has launched a new hosted software solution, HPE Investigative Analytics, that enables financial institutions and other highly regulated organisations to identify and analyse risk events, and take action to prevent fraudulent behavior.

HPE Investigative Analytics leverages HPE’s software assets in archiving, compliance, and machine learning to automatically detect patterns and anomalies in structured and unstructured data, in order for an organisation to shut down bad behavior before it becomes an issue.

“An ever-increasing amount of enterprise data combined with escalating fines and sanctions is creating a risk threshold that organizations are no longer able to ignore, particularly in highly regulated industries,” said Laura DuBois, group vice president, Enterprise Storage, Servers and Infrastructure Software at IDC. “A software solution like the one from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which delivers insight into both structured and unstructured data – to not only identify and analyze risk events, but also take action to prevent them – is quickly becoming an industry mandate.”

Conferencing and webinar services provider ReadyTalk has launched ReadyTalk Desktop, a new application to make audio conferencing even easier for professionals that host and attend a significant number of calls every week.

ReadyTalk Desktop pairs with an existing ReadyTalk customer’s conference line and calendar scheduler, but eliminates the need to set reminders, open a browser window or remember dial-in numbers and passcodes. When a conference organiser’s meeting is about to begin, they receive a notification on their computer desktop, make two clicks and start their meeting. Attendees using ReadyTalk Desktop have the same simple process to join.

“When you do the math on the amount of time that’s wasted launching and getting all participants into an audio meeting, it’s astonishing,” said Stephen Deckrow, product manager, ReadyTalk. “With ReadyTalk Desktop, we’re aiming to further simplify that process and ultimately make meetings more productive.”

UK conveyancing services provider My Home Move has announced significant improvements and upgrades to its online conveyancing system, eWay.

Through the development of eWay in 2011, My Home Move’s clients were able to read, review and complete their legal documents online for the first time; removing the need for solicitor appointments and relying on the postal service to deliver documents.

My Home Move’s new eWay service has radically evolved to provide clients with more transparency, clarity and guidance than ever and an efficient online experience to rival leading online banking and retail sites. Doug Crawford, CEO of My Home Move, said: “Through eWay, our clients are able to manage their case from their smartphone or tablet. With milestone indicators, interactive forms and conveyancer action logs, we have enabled our clients to see exactly what is happening with their home move, at a time and from a location that suits them. This really is cutting-edge conveyancing from the UK’s leading conveyancing provider.”

LockPath, a leading provider of governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) solutions, is providing additional functionality for its multinational enterprise customers in version 4.3 of its Keylight GRC platform, through a multilingual user interface and increased flexibility and performance. Keylight’s multilingual functionality extends the platform’s capability to support more than 100 languages.

“To achieve a holistic GRC strategy, multinational companies must document and analyze information from all parts of the organization including overseas operations and relationships,” said Chris Goodwin, CTO and co-founder of LockPath. “By lessening the impact of language barriers, Keylight’s new multilingual capability helps customers foster big picture risk management and compliance data, regardless of geographic locale or native language.”

Thomson Reuters has launched Practice Point – an integrated legal know-how and research solution organised by legal task.

Organised around practice-based menus, Practice Point is designed for attorneys whose practice primarily involves advising, negotiating, drafting legal documents, and ensuring that business dealings comply with relevant statutes and regulations.

The solutions deliver the most relevant content and tools for a given legal task, leveraging content, expertise and technology from Practical Law and Westlaw. “The result is legal guidance, research and know-how, plus time-saving tools – all conveniently integrated into one solution and organized to provide greater time savings and ease of use,” said Emily Colbert, vice president, Global Workflow Solutions, Thomson Reuters.

The new product comes as Thomson Reuters has also launched eDiscovery Point, giving legal professionals more control of eDiscovery from processing though to production.

eDiscovery Point enables clients to upload and process documents in minutes. Users can leverage the data-assessment tool and predictive coding to find, organize and focus quickly and cost effectively on the most relevant documents. Powerful and accurate search using Westlaw search syntax provides quick, accurate results, regardless of data size or the number of concurrent users.

eDiscovery Point was designed, tested and refined based on input from Design Partner firms, including Paul Hastings LLP; Chaffetz Lindsey LLP; Kolesar & Leatham and Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.

ESI Laboratory (ESILAB), a part of the Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. Group, has announced the release of Production Analyzer, a ground-breaking software application that provides lawyers and litigation support professionals with the ability to quickly, accurately, and cost-effectively find each and every redaction in any image based eDiscovery production.

“Production Analyzer truly is a game-changer for legal professionals. To date, these individuals have not had access to a tool which allows them to search for redactions in a production,” said Michael Will, ounder and co-CEO of ESILAB. “Now they do. This will change how big-ticket litigation is run.”

LexisNexis Legal & Professional has unveiled a new eDiscovery platform enhanced by Brainspace Corp., a recognised leader in data analysis. Advanced visual analytics developed by Brainspace are embedded in the new product, which challenges conventional workflow by re-thinking the role of early case assessment and providing powerful analytics throughout the eDiscovery process. This provides earlier insight into litigation data, drives better litigation strategies and reduces the overall costs of litigation, or potentially litigious cases.

“With Lexis DiscoveryIQ, LexisNexis and Brainspace are challenging the status quo,” said Ryan Bilbrey, managing director of OmniVere, LLC, and a member of panel of advisers for development. “Disruption is a term that’s tossed around almost callously in legal technology circles these days, but in this case, here is a team that has reimagined the eDiscovery process to help litigation teams achieve vastly better results.”

Epiq has launched a new dashboard for DMXTM (DocuMatrix), its proprietary eDiscovery business intelligence platform. DMX ties the sources of original corporate data to the data ultimately reviewed and produced—and this information is all displayed in an interactive and easy-to-use dashboard.

The new DMX dashboard also pulls valuable metrics from prior matters to inform decisions about future cases. It allows users to interact with the data and find information that never would have been revealed otherwise. The dashboard is review platform agnostic, providing review and production metrics for both DMX and kCura’s Relativity.

“With data volumes exploding, Epiq clients are looking for true business intelligence in the context of eDiscovery,” said Andrew Shimek, managing director of eDiscovery at Epiq. “Our new DMX dashboard gives clients a platform that offers unprecedented insight to all case data.”

People and places

Wilson Legal Solutions, provider of business of law and technology services and solutions to global law firms, has announced the promotion of two members of the company’s leadership team. Effective February 1, 2016, Greg Murphy has been promoted from senior director to vice president of products and Shishir Shetty has been promoted from senior director to vice president of technology services.

“The law firms we serve are increasingly focused on the business of law and are looking for ways to enhance performance while maintaining profitability,” says Bruce Wilson, managing director and CEO of Wilson Legal Solutions. “With Greg and Shishir assuming these roles in two key lines of business – analytics products and technology services – we are strengthening our ability to meet our clients’ needs and help them succeed.”