In a move that will turn many if not most law firm IT directors and head of risk’s hair white, Microsoft is to open up end-user self-service purchases of its Power Platform products (Power BI, PowerApps and Flow), bypassing Office 365 admins.
The Legal IT Innovators Group has launched a research project to help its members gain insight into if and how key solutions provided by a number of third-party suppliers integrate with Microsoft O365, as Litig members continue to develop their cloud strategies.
I’ve changed my mind about whether lawyers should learn to code or not, and one of the main reasons is speaking to the attorney founder of Docassemble, Jonathan Pyle, who has developed a free, open source expert system for guided interviews and document assembly that can plug in external sources such as client credit reports in bankruptcy proceedings. Oh yes, and Radiant Law has just open sourced a library that integrates Docassemble to DocuSign, so that you can generate a document, including bulk generation, and send it straight out to the signatories without any additional steps.
If you’re not yet familiar with Crafty Counsel, it’s worth taking a look at their website, through which in-house counsel can now access online subscription-based structured learning and development via a series of videos recorded by specialists in the area. Legal L&D that isn’t like watching paint dry, yay.
The FT has – somewhat bravely, we’d suggest – selected a top 10 of legal business technologists and some of our favourite people are in there, although there are also people that we would have included who are missing. Congratulations to Alistair Maiden, chief executive and founder of Syke, on being selected as the winner!
Oxford University awarded £213k to study LawTech ecosystem PLUS launches law and computer science course
In a double bill of legal tech news from Oxford University, a team from the University has been awarded £213,000 to study the LawTech “ecosystem” – including the career path of legal innovation heads – as separately, it also launches an interdisciplinary Law and Computer Science course from this year, we can reveal.
Investment into UK legal technology startups reached £61m in 2018, more than doubling the £22m invested in the previous 12 months, according to the Legaltech Startup Report 2019, a report by Thomson Reuters and Legal Geek, which also claims that startups have already received more than that sum in 2019.
Catherine Bamford is joining Deloitte Legal as a director to lead on legal engineering for the business, effective from early November.
Ward Hadaway is set to deploy BigHand Quantum to provide financial data transparency that it says will drive informed business decisions. According to our records, Ward Hadaway previously used business intelligence solution Aderant Spotlight.
Things have been fairly quiet on the ILTA front but this week came the news that the body’s marketing and communications team is being restructured (and the role of VP of that team eliminated), and that CEO Joy Heath Rush has been selected as the winner of the fifth Monica Bay STEM Leadership Award.
A secure online portal for the residential property market has been developed as a result of a three-way collaboration between Fusion IT, Thomson Reuters Elite and the UK’s largest high street law firm, McMillan Williams (MW) Solicitors.
Norwegian law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig is using Neota Logic’s platform to launch a range of self-service applications starting with the release of a dawn raid and GDPR application.
Maggie Smith has joined DocsCorp to head up sales in the Central and Southern states. Smith, who was previously services account manager with AVI-SPL, will be based in Chicago.