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Guest article: 10 ways general counsel can keep off the cover of the Wall Street Journal

OK, in the UK at least perhaps the current story is 10 ways law firm partners can keep off the cover of every newspaper in the land however here (primarily for our US readers) is an ediscovery-related article by Rich Hall, Vice President of eDiscovery Solutions, at Bridgeway Software…Ask anyone following the ediscovery space and […]

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Survey results: Peppermint canvas views at Legal Futures

Peppermint Technology and Legal Futures jointly conducted a survey across delegates attending last week's Legal Futures Conference in London last week. The survey revealed that the customer experience will largely define the success of a legal provider post LSA. • 92% of those surveyed concluded a deep understanding of the client profile was the single […]

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Research suggests law firm use of knowledge management can cut costs by 25%

Research conducted by management consultancy OMC Partners and commissioned by Practical Law Company has revealed that a law firm’s approach to knowledge management has a significant impact on the overall cost of matter delivery. Thestudy, which involved over 50 hours of interviews with knowledge managers and partners from a range of practice groups in ten of […]

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Clifford Chance report tenfold increase in ROI

Here's an interesting video interview James Courtis-Pond of Rosslyn Analytics recently conducted with Rob Morris, the global head of procurement at Clifford Chance. In part 5 Rob describes the difference to his company’s view of the world as they moved from spread sheet analysis of spend to using Rosslyn’s RAPid spend data and contract management […]

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Latest round-up of Bong! ediscovery news from Jonathan Maas

BONG! 2005 articles from Craig Ball still relevant: Computer forensics 4 lawyers who can’t set the clock on their VCR http://tinyurl.com/38m9vyx BONG! Guidance Software reports record Q2 2010 results http://tinyurl.com/2ctstoe BONG! Adobe's advice on purging PDF documents of metadata http://bit.ly/dy6FAC BONG! Social media: what's the real impact to the organization? http://tinyurl.com/29cstrvBONG! New blog d2OPS's Tim […]

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Something for the long weekend: New words, printers & parties

We've had such a good response to our proposal for a No List aka the Legal Technology Losers Awards that we are holding it back until next week when we will have the time & space. In the meantime here's a quick run-down of everything frivolous and non-newsworthy to read while you try to watch […]

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Legal IT Show – tomorrow

Orange Rag editor Charles Christian will be at the Legal IT Show in London all day tomorrow (Wednesday). Needless to say he has already got himself double-booked – so just grab him when you see him. He's also conducting the Keynote Interview – Legal IT & The New Normal – with Neil Renfrew, the head […]

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Twitter conference call this Friday PM

This Friday, 22 January, at 3:30pm you can learn how UK lawyers are using social media. American attorney and social media expert Adrian Dayton will be interviewing Glasgow solicitor Brian Inkster, of Inksters Solicitors, and London solicitor Chris Sherliker, of Silverman Sherliker, about their experiences particularly with Twitter. Adrian will be seeking to find out […]

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The Insider named as principal media partner for Legal IT Show

The UK/EMEA's most widely read legal technology publication – Legal Technology Insider – has been confirmed as the principal media partner for the Legal IT Show, which takes place at the Islington Business Design Centre in London in February. www.legalitshow.comIn addition, Insider publisher & editor Charles Christian will be conducting the Keynote Interview on the […]

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English Law Soc warn about employment law risks associated with social networking

The Law Society of England & Wales has warned that employers should avoid using social networking sites including Facebook and Myspace to vet job candidates as it could leave them vulnerable to discrimination claims. John Morris, chair of the Society’s Employment Law Committee says “Using these sites to canvass more information about an employee or an […]

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New podcast by Charles Christian

Here's a link to a new podcast I was interviewed for by Charon QC of Insite Law Magazine – and yes, I'm talking all about legal technology trends…www.insitelawmagazine.com/charonpodcast159.htm

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Missed the Masters Conference – then watch the movie

If you missed the recent 2009 Masters Conference on e-discovery and litigation support in the US, you can access video interviews with some of the participants and exhibitors on the LegalQB online service. LegalQB also have content on the Microsoft Windows 7 launch.www.legalqb.com/register

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Document retention may be on the agenda but discovery readiness lagging behind

A key finding in the Third Annual ESI Trends Report, an independent study commissioned by Kroll Ontrack, highlights a serious risk and a false sense of security that the existence of a document retention policy is adequate to protect organisations when litigation or other events requiring ESI strikes. So, although a strong majority in the […]

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Media Relations #101

As we've received some complaints about our handling of news stories in recent weeks, could we just make these two – very basic – points…(1) If a press release is not meant to be reported before a specific time or date – clearly mark it as being subject to an embargo. We always comply with […]

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Winscribe gearing up for move into BPM/workflow arena?

More now on those rumours that Winscribe, best known for its presence in the digital dictation systems arena, is poised to take on the likes of Metastorm in the broader BPM/workflow arena. The product is apparently called or codenamed Aurora and you can get some clues about its nature from this link to Winscribe's Text […]

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Latest Asia-Pacific news

Westlaw China Goes GlobalOur thanks to Sean Hocking for drawing our attention to this item: With the global launch of Westlaw China – http://west.thomson.com/westlaw/global/china/ – legal practitioners in the US and UK now have access to Chinese legal information and accurate translation on a familiar and effective legal research platform. “Westlaw China’s launch – and […]

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Epoq and Cohen brothers hoping for second time lucky

Epoq Software – the company behind the Rapidocs document assembly & automation – is hoping it will be second time lucky for its ventures into online legal services with the launch today of its MyLawyer.co.uk service.MyLawyer provides both consumers and businesses with 24 hour access to create their own legal documents. As standard, each service […]

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Wasting paper – and time – in the legal world

We've got some new data come in from EMC Documentum (who are obviously very happy that Linklaters continue to use their systems) about the amount of time & effort law firms waste looking for information (when they presumably do not have a Documentum system at their disposal). Joking aside, these figures (which echo earlier research […]

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3E on time & on message at A&O

At an interview yesterday, Kim Massana – the senior V-P (Strategic Marketing & International) at Thomson Elite (more on that later) – told the Insider the company was fully aware of all the rumours being spread by its competitors about its 3E implementations but said its flagship implementation at Allen & Overy was on schedule […]

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There's money in them there deregulated legal services – maybe !

Lyceum Capital, a UK mid-market private equity firm that recently announced its latest £255 million fund, is targeting the legal services industry to tap investment opportunities arising from the Legal Services Act 2007.  To assist in identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in the legal sector, Lyceum has recruited to a new legal industry advisory board […]