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Legal IT News: Wins for Handshake, Workshare, Converge TS and more

In a week of significant wins, Lewis Silkin has plumped for Handshake Software as part of its move towards a one-stop intranet for staff, while newly-merged national law firm Irwin Mitchell has selected Workshare as its enterprise-wide document comparison and metadata removal tool. There are wins for Converge Technology Specialists, while NetDocuments continues its expansion in Australia, where the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has also teamed up with Neota Logic and Allens to bring AI to its student courses. Not to mention product upgrades from Anaqua and Thomson Reuters Elite.

15/08/2016

Travers Smith to virtualise desktop and outsource data centre

As part of a major project to enable its staff to become more agile, Travers Smith is trialling arrangements to move its desktop into the cloud and has already struck a deal to move its primary servers to a data centre run by Sungard AS.

12/08/2016

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Denis Corr RIP – former Corrs partner and legal tech innovator

The Insider has learned of the recent death from cancer of UK-based legal IT innovator Denis Corr. We first encountered Corr in the early-1990s, back in the days when Wordperfect still ruled the world, with his DACS and DocMan document automation and file management systems – a forerunner of today’s matter management systems. Born and educated in Melbourne (Australia), he spent the Swinging Sixties as a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth before moving on to pursue other ventures.

11/08/2016

LSSA welcomes Brighter Law Solutions

Brighter Law Solutions has joined the LSSA (Legal Software Suppliers Association), the UK industry body for legal systems developers and vendors that maintains technology standards and manages areas of mutual interest between lawyers and software providers.

11/08/2016

Allen & Overy & Olswang roll out e-signatures with others to follow

Allen & Overy (A&O) and UK top 40 law firm Olswang have rolled out DocuSign’s e-signature facility for clients, as rivals Osborne Clarke and Taylor Wessing both engage in trials of the cloud-based solution.

11/08/2016

Allen & Overy & Olswang roll out e-signatures with others to follow

Allen & Overy (A&O) and UK top 40 law firm Olswang have rolled out DocuSign’s e-signature facility for clients, as rivals Osborne Clarke and Taylor Wessing both engage in trials of the cloud-based solution.

11/08/2016

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The July/August issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now – read it here free!

Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – July/August 2016 #295 – TOP STORIES INCLUDE: Goodbye to fountain pens as Allen & Overy and Olswang roll out DocuSign e-signature tech – and more major firms to follow • Travers Smith to virtualise desktop and outsource data centre – “the days of being stuck to your desk for 24 hours are long gone” • Contract intelligence software is “go” as legal tech startup ThoughtRiver receives external funding • Focus on Australia with Corrs Chambers, NetDocuments, and lawtech startups Crowd & Co + LegalVision + NRF LawPath

10/08/2016

Steptoe & Johnson to expand blockchain practice and accept Bitcoin for fees

Steptoe & Johnson has expanded its blockchain practice into a fully-fledged, multidisciplinary practice and says it will soon accept Bitcoin as payment for fees.

The new expanded practice will help clients prepare for the application of blockchain and distributed ledger technology to their businesses.

10/08/2016

Steptoe & Johnson to expand blockchain practice and accept Bitcoin for fees

Steptoe & Johnson has expanded its blockchain practice into a fully-fledged, multidisciplinary practice and says it will soon accept Bitcoin as payment for fees.
The new expanded practice will help clients prepare for the application of blockchain and distributed ledger technology to their businesses.

10/08/2016

Case study: Winter Scott enhances ease of SRA compliance and data security with email & DMS

Winter Scott is a firm of maritime and commercial lawyers specialising in Charterparty disputes, maritime and admiralty law, insurance and commercial litigation. This case study looks at its deployment of iManage Work’s email and document management system from Ascertus, helping the firm to stay on top of its compliance and data security obligations.

10/08/2016

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Case study: Winter Scott enhances ease of SRA compliance and data security with email & DMS

Winter Scott is a firm of maritime and commercial lawyers specialising in Charterparty disputes, maritime and admiralty law, insurance and commercial litigation. This case study looks at its deployment of iManage Work’s email and document management system from Ascertus, helping the firm to stay on top of its compliance and data security obligations.

10/08/2016

Case Study: Post & Schell Launches paperLESS Scanning Initiatives Using Omtool’s AccuRoute to Achieve More Mobile, Efficient Workflow for Attorneys

While looking to move its Lancaster office, Post & Schell launched a paperLESS initiative and set a goal to provide its lawyers with more mobile access to documents. AccuRoute software from Omtool allowed the firm to scan and route paper documents and reduce paper storage space by 75% when relocating its Lancaster office. Also, AccuRoute integrated with iManage FileSite DMS so Post & Schell could scan, route and store documents and OCR them to be text-searchable. The AccuRoute/iManage integrated process was also used to manage the firm’s incoming postal mail which is now scanned in with AccuRoute, OCR’d and then sent to FileSite so lawyers can click on hyperlinks to access their mail in real-time, without making a trip to the office.

09/08/2016

Case Study: Post & Schell Launches paperLESS Scanning Initiatives Using Omtool's AccuRoute to Achieve More Mobile, Efficient Workflow for Attorneys

While looking to move its Lancaster office, Post & Schell launched a paperLESS initiative and set a goal to provide its lawyers with more mobile access to documents. AccuRoute software from Omtool allowed the firm to scan and route paper documents and reduce paper storage space by 75% when relocating its Lancaster office. Also, AccuRoute integrated with iManage FileSite DMS so Post & Schell could scan, route and store documents and OCR them to be text-searchable. The AccuRoute/iManage integrated process was also used to manage the firm’s incoming postal mail which is now scanned in with AccuRoute, OCR’d and then sent to FileSite so lawyers can click on hyperlinks to access their mail in real-time, without making a trip to the office.

09/08/2016

Case Study: How Cohesity can help tackle secondary storage issues

New case study from Cohesity looking at how their platform can help law firms address the issue of legacy data and secondary storage. The US law firm Sheppard Mullin already uses Cohesity, which is now available in the UK via Viadex Ltd.

09/08/2016

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Guest post: What lawyers can learn from Google about collaboration practices

Problem: These days productive lawyering, successful onboarding of lateral hires, and effective Legal Project Management (LPM) place a huge premium on effective collaboration, and a recent Harvard Business Review study found that “time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50% or more over the last two decades.” But lawyers, because of their autonomous nature and persistent drive for personal achievement, are neither naturally collaborative nor comfortable as team players.

09/08/2016

McMillan partners with IBM following data scientist hire

Almost a year to the day after Dentons technology investment arm NextLaw Labs announced it is collaborating with IBM to create a new platform running on IBM Cloud, Canadian law firm McMillan last week disclosed a similar move, powered by IBM’s predictive analytics software-as-a-service package SPSS.

The partnership is being spearheaded by executive partner Tim Murphy and follows the hire of in-house data scientist Hadi Tadayyon, who joined in July 2016. Tadayyon has six-plus years of experience in machine learning and medical image analysis – including working with SPSS – having previously worked for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the department of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto.

08/08/2016

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