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Opus 2 acquires Bar Squared to sew up barrister-solicitor collaboration

Virtual dispute resolution platform Opus 2 has acquired chambers management software supplier Bar Squared, which is used by more than 240 chambers and 11,000 barristers and clerks worldwide. The acquisition aims to improve collaboration between solicitors and barrister in the run up to trial. While many barristers worldwide already use the Opus 2 platform to […]

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Legal IT wins, hires and launches: StructureFlow, DocSolid, Spitfire Network Services, Legatics, ClauseMatch, Searchflow and Buying Legal Council

Here are your latest #legalit wins, deals, hires and launches. If you want to read about the virtual cat appearance in court click: https://legaltechnology.com/latest-news/im-not-a-cat-texas-lawyer-appears-in-virtual-court-with-kitten-filter/ UK and EMEA Independent top-tier Netherlands firm Houthoff has partnered with StructureFlow. It is the first Dutch law firm to implement the visualisation tool that helps professionals to model and collaborate on legal structures and transactions. Houthoff’s lawyers are using StructureFlow […]

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“I’m not a cat” – Texas lawyer appears in virtual court with kitten filter

  Compared with some of the Zoom embarrassments since the start of COVID19 this is not the worst but it’s definitely up there with the funniest (and the cutest): Texas lawyer Rod Ponton on Tuesday (9 February) appeared in the 394th Judicial District Court before Judge Roy Ferguson, as a kitten. The video, which has […]

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Bryce Catalyst welcomes Leon Hounshell to advisory team

Bryce Catalyst, an investment company focused on high growth sectors including cyber security, legal technology and regulation technology, has hired Leon Hounshell, chief product officer at EarthLink, to its advisory team. Hounshell is known for his expertise in bringing innovative products to market and at EarthLink was responsible for the expansion of data and security […]

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Legal IT wins, hires and launches: StructureFlow, DocSolid, Spitfire Network Services, Legatics, ClauseMatch, Searchflow and Buying Legal Council

  Here are your latest wins, deals and launches from all over the globe. UK and EMEA Independent top-tier Netherlands firm Houthoff has partnered with StructureFlow. It is the first Dutch law firm to implement the visualisation tool that helps professionals to model and collaborate on legal structures and transactions. Houthoff’s lawyers are using StructureFlow to visualise complex structure diagrams as well as to conceptualise […]

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Comment: Going Agile – the strategy for law firms post vaccine

By Jonny Watkinson, Head of Legal Services UK&I, NetMotion Working from home (WFH) has been the norm for many of us in 2020. According to a survey conducted for CCS Insights, 60% of business leaders in Western Europe and North America expect at least 25% of their workforce, and in some cases all of their […]

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eDiscovery news roundup: Onna, Relativity, Hanzo, FTI Consulting, HaystackID and Reveal

Last week saw a flurry of eDiscovery news to coincide with Legalweek’s virtual conference, albeit the week was much quieter than normal. Here are some of the biggest stories. UK Onna has launched a UK-hosted instance of its eDiscovery and Knowledge Integration Platform. This expansion provides Onna’s customers with the ability to host data within […]

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Legalweek quick-fire video chats: Filetrail, QuisLex, ProSearch & AbacusNext

Well, we’re not together for Legalweek in New York City, and we’re not moaning about the lack of facilities in the Hilton Midtown or enjoying fun cocktail parties hosted by vendors BUT, here at Legal IT Insider we’re posting some fun and informative video chats and content to mark the week. First up is a […]

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Breaking news: DocsCorp acquires Docuble to help firms with Word styling and repair

DocsCorp has acquired Docuble (previously Word Exchange), which enables law firms to easily fix styling problems in Microsoft Word, including achieving consistent house style and sorting out those often hugely irritating issues with numbering. Docuble also brings with it print management software docublePrint. The products have been renamed styleDocs and printDocs.

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Comment: Why the legal sector needs to take a step forward in technology adoption

By Doug Hargrove, managing director of legal at Advanced The legal system has now introduced a number of emergency measures to keep the courts operational during the pandemic. It’s a smart move, and in fact is the only sensible option, if it is to tackle the worrying backlog of around 54,000 cases waiting to be […]

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Breaking news: Dan Wales joins fund Bryce Catalyst and takes on role of chief growth officer at dealcloser

DW Reporting founder Dan Wales has joined ‘operators for operators’ fund Bryce Catalyst and taken on a role as chief growth officer in transaction management platform dealcloser, in which Bryce Catalyst recently invested $1.75m. Wales has become an investor and is part of the advisory team in Bryce Catalyst, which focuses on high growth sectors […]

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Microsoft launches Microsoft 365 for Legal

As first reported in the Orange Rag out on Friday, after many years of watching the legal sector dance around a move to the cloud, Microsoft has launched a Microsoft 365 and Teams Deployment for Legal initiative that includes a four-phase plan to help law firms overcome privacy barriers and a dedicated team to support […]

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KM: Lexsoft launches Bound Volumes to surface entire transactions in one

Lexsoft Systems is rolling out new functionality in its T3 knowledge management (KM) solution that will enable lawyers to surface not just specific documents, but also ‘Bound Volumes’ within which those records reside. T3 now classifies and applies metadata and taxonomies to both the individual documents as well as the wider transaction. “Typically, KM efforts in law […]

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Video: Peppermint Technology announces record year

Microsoft CX365 vendor Peppermint Technology has reported a record sales performance in 2020. Despite the challenge of Covid-19 it reports 10 significant new engagements with UK Top 200 law firms and corporate legal teams – including Birketts, DWF and Foot Anstey.

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Apperio makes double board appointment to drive expansion

Legal tech scale-up Apperio has appointed a high-growth technology entrepreneur and a leading private equity specialist to its board to help drive its growth and geographical expansion. David Eldridge joins the SaaS-based legal spend analytics and matter tracking platform as chairman: he has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology industry. He co-founded and led […]

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SKILLS 2021: At last, a virtual conference format that works (and is FUN?!)

Virtual conferences are like buses: you jump on them every now and then, often when you don’t have a choice. But the chances of you actually ‘going’ to a virtual conference and staying at it? Unlikely. Enjoying it? Don’t make me laugh. Until SKILLS 2021. SKILLS is a knowledge management conference that has traditionally fallen […]

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Reveal and Brainspace Merge backed by $200m from K1

eDiscovery leader Reveal has joined forces with Brainspace, backed by $200m from investment management company K1. “Backed by K1, Reveal’s merger with Brainspace has set into motion the next phase of AI innovation in the practice of law. Fueled by some of the world’s most powerful AI technology and underpinned by the Reveal review platform, […]

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Exclusive: US investment firm Bryce Catalyst closes $1.75m seed round in dealcloser

New ‘operators for operators’ fund Bryce Catalyst has announced its first deal since launching in October 2020, investing a $1.75m seed round in legal transaction management hub dealcloser, we can reveal. Founded in 2017, dealcloser brings online and automates the deal closing process, which, as any transactional lawyer will attest, is a very manual, laborious […]

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KM: Top Canadian firm Bennett Jones selects iManage Knowledge Unlocked

Bennett Jones LLP – a top Canadian law firm with more than 500 lawyers and seven offices across Canada and the United States – has extended its deployment of iManage Work by adopting iManage Knowledge Unlocked, which was made available by iManage in the summer of 2020 and productises RAVN AI. Knowledge Unlocked helps firm […]