In this issue:
“Please don’t think this won’t happen to you”: The lessons learned from DLA’s cyber attack
To a packed room in which you could literally have heard a pin drop, on 26 February at Legal Leaders IT Forum in Gleneagles Daniel Pollick, outgoing CIO at DLA Piper, described for the first time in an open forum the circumstances surrounding the global ‘not-Petya’ cyber incident that DLA was embroiled in on 27 June 2017 and the lessons that can be learned in its aftermath. “I learned a million things you can benefit from and I’m doing this because we want to share those with the industry: I hope it will be seen in the right light,” he said.
Exclusive: CC signs up to Prosperoware Umbria
Clifford Chance has become the first English firm to sign up to Prosperoware’s client value management solution Umbria, which enables firms to create matter plans, budgets, and pricing, and provides partners with a platform to monitor delivery via interactive web-based dashboards and email alerts.
Ian Storer leaves A&O for UBS
Allen & Overy’s chief technology officer Ian Storer is leaving the magic circle firm for Swiss global financial services giant UBS, we can reveal, as the in-house legal team undertakes a significant transformation exercise.
Dutch competition boutique Maverick swaps out NetDocuments for iManage
Having used NetDocuments since its launch four years ago, Dutch competition boutique Maverick Advocaten NV is moving to iManage Cloud, with UX and mobility at the heart of the decision.
Enable wins Stibbe as first client in mainland Europe
Enable Business Solutions has won its first client in mainland Europe: Stibbe has signed up to both Word-based legal pitch solution PitchPerfect and ExperienceManager, as Enable expands its global presence, led by firms in the United States.
Top 100 IT head: Jonathan Smith joins Ward Hadaway from Watson Burton
Top 100 law firm Ward Hadaway has appointed Jonathan Smith from Watson Burton as its director of IT, with forthcoming projects to include a Windows 10/Office 2016 desktop roll-out.
GlenLegal: How can technology create high performing teams?
Law is fundamentally a people business, so how do you use technology to create high performing teams and meaningfully engage your staff? This was a question addressed by one of our high level panels at Legal Leaders IT in Gleneagles, led (with our enormous thanks) by Haig Tyler, chief information officer at Herbert Smith Freehills; Oz Benamram, chief knowledge officer at White & Case; and Richard Tomlinson, head of knowledge architecture and systems at Berwin Leighton Paisner. We will be bringing you the content from other GlenLegal panel sessions over the coming weeks.
Consilio and Advanced Discovery to merge: the analysis
We caught up with Consilio’s CEO Andy Macdonald and managing director Drew Macaulay to get the low down on its combination with Advanced Discovery, as lead ED commentator Andrew Haslam says this is a merger with much to recommend it and little obvious overlap.
More detail + comment on the KPMG /Nuix alliance
Legal IT Insider speaks to Darren Pauling, managing director of forensic technology at KPMG to find out more about the Big Four’s formalised alliance with Nuix. Plus, we spoke to leading eDisclosure commentators Jonathan Maas and Chris Dale about the alliance and the increasing blurring of the lines between what has traditionally been regarded as transactional and eDisclosure software.
Former Autonomy CFO US fraud trial underway
The long running federal fraud trial of former Autonomy chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain is now well underway in San Francisco Northern California district court and scheduled to run into late April.
Phoenix – more on Mathew Crocker’s appointment to CEO
Shortly after the last Orange Rag was published the news broke that Phoenix Business Solutions global sales director Mathew Crocker has been appointed as CEO following the board’s acceptance of Jason Petrucci’s resignation. We spoke to Crocker about the change of leadership.
Hall & Wilcox signs up with thedocyard
Leading Australian firm Hall & Wilcox in March signed up with one-stop-shop deal management platform thedocyard, in a major win for the 2015-founded company.
Legal tech hire: Systemsup
Systemsup, the digital transformation company that is working with Farrer & Co on its move to Microsoft Azure, has hired Justin Edwards from Axians UK as head of solution architecture.
Legaltech people news: Mark Craddock goes solo
Mark Craddock, former sales manager EMEA and APAC at Prosperoware has set up as an independent business development consultant and is currently working with Phoenix-headquartered Paper2Digital solutions provider DocSolid.
Macfarlanes takes Kira relationship to next level
Macfarlanes has taken its relationship with Kira Systems to the next stage, agreeing a longer-term commitment for the use of its contract analysis software, which the City firm has been using for around 18 months across its real estate, commercial, corporate and finance practices, in particular developing its capability within banking and derivatives.
Managed services + integrated tech: What Thomson Reuters commercial contracts collaboration with eBrevia means
At the start of March Thomson Reuters announced that it has teamed up with leading machine-learning contract analytics platform eBrevia to help commercial enterprises tackle large and complex contract remediation projects, as complex global events such as GDPR and Brexit come to the fore. We caught up with Rebecca Thorkildsen, global director for legal solutions within the TR legal managed service (LMS) division – which you’ll recall has evolved from Pangea3 legal outsourcing services – to find more about the appointment and the cradle to grave repapering service TR is offering commercial clients in tandem with Contract Express, in a noteworthy managed services + integrated tech offering.
LITI to launch a diversity group
On International Women’s Day on 8 March we launched a legal IT diversity group that will aim to highlight and address the serious lack of diversity in this sector of the profession – a situation that we say is getting worse, not better.
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What’s hot & what’s not: wins & deals; and
Movers & Shakers
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