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Morae partners with London staffing agency SJP to provide virtual eDiscovery and doc review

Morae Global Corporation and London-based legal staffing agency The Stephen James Partnership have entered a partnership to provide remote and scalable eDiscovery and document review solutions for the UK legal market. While the offering has been put together to help clients react to COVID-19, it is expected to be a longterm partnership that will enable remote teams to be assembled quickly and without the same limitations on numbers experienced by physical document review exercises.

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Orbital Witness raises £3.3m in seed funding to create universal real estate risk rating

UK-based startup Orbital Witness has closed a £3.3m seed funding round led by LocalGlobe and Outward VC with participation from previous investors, including Seedcamp and JLL Spark. With its new investment, Orbital Witness aims to create a universal risk rating for property and land similar to a credit check to provide a high-level view of property risk to all parties.

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Scan to Sign: keeping your digital documents flowing with Adobe

With the move towards digitisation of legal processes, PDFs are set to become more important than ever. But how do you ensure that the workflow around PDF generation, sharing and signing is as efficient as possible, while delivering the best end-user experience? We take a look with Adobe at how its users benefit from the ability to scan, generate, review, mark up, securely share and sign documents in a cradle to grave workflow, benefiting from integrations with multiple vendors including Microsoft and iManage. We look at the latest regulations surrounding eSignatures and the benefits of adoption. And we look at examples of how the accounting sector is using Adobe’s platform.

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Tim Haveron Jones appointed as global client development director at Epiq

Tim Haveron Jones has been appointed as global client development director at Epiq, starting on Monday (13 July).

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Microsoft unveils raft of new features in Teams

This week Microsoft unveiled a raft of new features in Microsoft Teams including Together mode, which that uses AI segmentation technology to digitally place participants in a shared background, combating virtual meeting fatigue. Here are the changes.

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Comment: Video killed the radio star!

The enforced and swift move from gatherings around meeting room tables to a variety of video-conferencing platforms (notably, but not exclusively, Teams and Zoom) brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic, means that video has featured prominently and could well become one of the more important medias in terms of evidence in the months that lie ahead. Vince Neicho and Martin Bonney say we need to be careful about the consequences of leaping from the board room table.

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The Future of Digital Dictation

Legal IT Insider held a webinar on the future of digital dictation and related technologies, in the legal profession. By ‘related technologies’, we mean such things as speech recognition, task delegation and management.
At the same time as these technologies are getting new lease of life – partly from technology innovation and partly as a result of an increased desire to provide ‘work from home’ capabilities, they are also under pressure from several other developments. These include:
– the increasing ability of a new generations of lawyers to touch-type
​​​​​​​- the introduction of Microsoft Dictate technology as a ‘free’ add-on to, what we now have to learn to call, Microsoft 365
– the development of Microsoft Teams as a tool to provide generic task delegation and management capabilities.

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UKLTA launches innovation sounding board

The UK LegalTech Association has launched a sounding board for innovation leaders within UKLTA member law firms. The brainchild of Weightmans partner and innovation manager Catriona Wolfenden and legal engineer Beth Wells, the group is intended to be a form of innovation self-help group where members can share ideas, challenges and solutions under Chatham House Rules.

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DocsCorp acquires document assembly platform verowave

DocsCorp has acquired UK-based document assembly vendor verowave technologies, with the verowave platform (verodocs, verosheets, and veroslides) to be integrated into the DocsCorp document productivity suite and re-branded as veroDocs.

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Updated: Law firms pledge to recruit and retain BAME talent – but that means lawyers

Many of London’s leading law firms have signed up a Race Fairness Commitment (RFC) to help recruit, retain and develop BAME talent – albeit the commitment appears to extend to lawyers rather than talent across the firm as a whole.

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Schiff Hardin automates court notice workflow with ECFX

US national firm Schiff Hardin has gone live on ECFX Notice, which automates the electronic court notice workflow. The 250-lawyer firm, which practices across many federal and state jurisdictions, says it was looking to ECFX to help manage the challenges arising from the differences between court systems, as well as to create efficiencies more generally.

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Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2020

Congratulations to the women in law who made Computer Weekly’s 2020 longlist for the most influential women in tech!

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Webinar: Scan to Sign – keeping your digital documents flowing with Adobe

We will be looking to the accounting sector for some of the best examples of Adobe’s platform being used to create the most efficient processes, from document generation to signature.

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Rajah & Tann launches white label client contracts platform ReadyDocs

Rajah & Tann Asia, a leading full-service legal network in Southeast Asia, announced today the beta launch of ReadyDocs, a platform that enables clients to remotely create, edit, digitally sign and manage contracts from any device at any time.

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CPA Global’s 3,300 staff to transition to remote working post-COVID-19

IP technology leader CPA Global has issued a statement announcing its intention to move to an entirely remote working model post COVID-19.

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Wilson Allen promotes Shishir Shetty to COO

Wilson Allen has promoted Shishir Shetty from VP of technology services to a newly created role of chief operating officer, effective July 1, 2020.

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Interview with Neil Oberman, Attorney at Spiegel Sohmer Inc.

In a brand-new series of on camera interviews, Legal IT Insider editor in chief, Caroline Hill, will speak to CIOs and lawyers across the globe to map out the way lawyers use technology and how firms’ strategy is supporting that.
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The series is brought to you as part of our new best practice sharing arm Collabor8.IT in proud association with Prosperoware CAM.​​​​​ ​ ​

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Litera unveils new summer lineup for Litera TV

Litera announced today (1 July) the new summer lineup of hosts for its popular livestreaming service, Litera TV, as it celebrates its 300th episode this week. The new lineup includes several of the legal technology community’s most influential names, and Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill is honoured to be among them.

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Morae Global ramps up UK advisory capability with acquisition of Janders Dean

Morae Global Corporation has acquired respected legal management consultancy Janders Dean in a deal designed to give Morae a UK-based legal advisory practice group with a particular eye on the large law private practice and corporate legal market.

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Legal IT Win: Clyde & Co selects DISCO for eDiscovery

Global law firm Clyde & Co has entered into a global arrangement with legal technology leader DISCO to assist its lawyers in the eDiscovery process.