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The Kitch Firm Chooses 3E Cloud and eBillingHub

US law firm Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook will be transitioning from Thomson Reuters Elite Enterprise to 3E Cloud. As part of the deal, the Detroit-headquartered firm also will be adopting eBillingHub.

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Joanna Sidhu hired to head BRYTER Open

BRYTER has hired CrowdJustice’s head of legal and partnerships Joanna Sidhu to lead and build its community platform BRYTER OPEN, which gives non-profits and academic institutions free access to its no-code platform.

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Microsoft to accelerate AI solutions for customers after exclusively licensing OpenAI’s GPT-3

When Microsoft announced in May last year that it was investing $1bn in OpenAI to support the build of advanced language AI GPT-3, Forbes said: “At first glance, Microsoft’s $1bn investment in OpenAI does not seem to promise revenue or profit payoffs.”

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XRef founders unveil app to instantly visualise transactions: is a new platform player in town?

The founders of legal proofreading company XRef have launched a new tool that will enable lawyers to instantly turn pictures into digital diagrams, enabling them to map out and build digital visualisations of how deals or even cases are going to work.

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Video: Caroline Hill interviews Andrew Watts on Relativity Fest 2020

We speak to Andrew Watts, CIO of Relativity on this year’s virtual edition, and all the inventive flourishes they added to create an engaging virtual experience… including a game of Cards Against Humanity!

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The Inside View – Caroline Hill interview with Andrew Watts, Relativity

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The Inside View – Caroline Hill interview with Andrew Watts, Relativity

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European Women of Legal Tech Awards 2020 – Vote Now!

Nominations are streaming in for the European Women of Legal Tech Awards 2020, which recognize the impact of women on the digital transformation of the industry.

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Rocket Matter acquired by PE company launched to consolidate billing and payments software

Heads up, there’s another private equity fund in town. New York private equity fund Lightyear Capital has launched ProfitSolv to sweep up and integrate payment and billing solutions – and one of its first acquisitions is leading cloud-based practice and case management system Rocket Matter.

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ZERØ enters NetDocuments partnership ecosystem for improved inbox productivity

Email management provider ZERØ has entered NetDocuments ISV partner ecosystem following growing demand from NetDocuments’ customers. The partnership means that ZERØ can now integrate with the cloud-based document management system and help customers to improve productivity, particularly by leveraging its mobile email filing and time capture capability.

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Overcoming the challenges around provisioning Microsoft Teams for matters

Legal IT editor in chief Caroline Hill hosted a webinar with Prosperoware CEO and co-founder Keith Lipman, and solutions consultant Yann Gouillou to look at how you can use Microsoft Teams for matters, including a demonstration of how their solution CAM for Microsoft Teams solves provisioning pain points.

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Herbert Smith Freehills wins ‘best innovation by a law firm’ at Relativity Fest

Relativity has named Herbert Smith Freehills’ CheckMate application as the best innovation by a law firm in 2020.

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US and UK VC and PE Leaders Pressured to Cut Costs Due to Deal Volume Dips

Venture Capital and Private Equity firms may differ in many ways, but they share a similar predicament – increased pressure to cut legal costs as business revenue from M&A and fundraising declines, according to a new Apperio study entitled “Private Equity and Venture Capital:  Two Industries United by Lackluster Legal Spend Management.” 

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COVID-19: UK office workers told to work from home as daily infection rate quadruples

UK office workers are being asked to again work from home if possible, meaning that law firms and organisations that have begun a slow return to the office are likely to return to lockdown conditions.

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Bundledocs raises €600,000 in funding from Enterprise Ireland + private investors

Irish-headquartered SaaS document bundling software provider Bundledocs has secured €600,000 in funding from Enterprise Ireland and private investors. Headquartered in Cork and with a newly opened office in Sydney, the company says it plans to double its team in the next three months. 

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The Inside View: Eric Laughlin, CEO of Agiloft, discusses their $45m funding and the wider investment market

Don’t miss our chat today (Tuesday 22 September at 3.30pm BST) with Eric Laughlin, Agiloft’s new CEO, who was hired from EY in conjunction with Agiloft’s incredible $45m growth equity investment.

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Correction: Elevate hires Nir Golan as director of consulting as it confirms IPO pushed back to 2022

Aside from Elevate’s announcement last week that it is partnering with Lex Mundi, public statements have been few and far between from the legal services company despite a number of senior departures and arrivals, not least the hire of Nir Golan as director of consulting last week. Golan’s arrival follows the departure of Elevate’s VP of legal consulting Jack Diggle, who joins Deloitte as part of a three-strong hire from Elevate.

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Litera unveils The Changing Lawyer LIVE! Conference and Awards 2020

Litera will be hosting its second The Changing Lawyer LIVE! conference on October 1st and has simultaneously opened nominations for The Changing Lawyer Awards 2020 (note the deadline for submissions is 25 September).

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New UK tech alert: Minerva Portal for client onboarding

Minerva Portal is helping law firms, particularly conveyancing firms, to digitally onboard new clients, dispensing with old fashioned manual processes. It has recently signed three as yet undisclosed UK top 100 law firms. Here is what you need to know.

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Deloitte fined £15m plus costs for Autonomy audit misconduct

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) today (17 September) handed Deloitte a record £15m fine for misconduct in the audit of software company Autonomy, which was sold to HP for £8.4bn in 2011. The two former Deloitte partners involved in the audit have been sanctioned: Richard Knights has been excluded from membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for five years and fined £500,000, while Nigel Mercer has been fined £250,000 and received a severe reprimand.