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BusyLamp announces double hire from Ashurst and Lloyds as Eigen brings in new CMO

Two hires worth knowing about this week come from Eigen Technologies and BusyLamp, which continues to scale up in the UK and Europe and has announced a major double hire. German-headquartered legal spend vendor BusyLamp has hired Rob MacAdam as VP of product and Jo Guy as senior customer success manager. MacAdam was previously head […]

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RPC to implement Iridium BI and revenue and profit modules

RPC is to implement Iridium BI revenue and profit modules. The UK top 50 firm is headquartered in London, with offices in Hong Kong, Bristol, and Singapore, and has approximately 480 timekeepers. The firm made the selection to roll out Iridium BI firmwide following a successful pilot. The system’s integration with Aderant Expert was key […]

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Double budgeting win for BigHand

UK top 100 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper and US Am Law 100 firm Foley & Lardner have selected BigHand’s budgeting solution Evaluate, which enables users to track and manage the financial performance of matters. Penningtons was an early adopter of BigHand’s pricing technology, but Clare Arthurs, associate director at Penningtons Manches Cooper, says: “The […]

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2020 and beyond: Abby Ewen, IT director, Browne Jacobson

If you didn’t catch our CIO series interviews in the Orange Rag at the end of 2020 we’re posting them here, and we’re grateful to Browne Jacobson’s IT director Abby Ewen for sharing her thoughts on the biggest challenges and highlights of 2020 and her plans for 2021.

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Updated: Two top 100 firms share insights into using BigHand for better budget management

Two BigHand clients; Am Law 100 Foley & Lardner and UK Top 100 Pennington Manches, have shared insights into the impact of expanding the use the BigHand matter pricing and budgeting product to better support their business throughout the global pandemic. Penningtons was an early adopter of BigHand’s pricing technology, but Clare Arthurs, associate director […]

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Judge denies Parler’s request for reinstatement by Amazon Web Services

US District Court Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein has denied an injunction by Parler demanding that Amazon Web Services reinstate the controversial social media platform, which was used by many of former President Donald Trump supporters to help orchestrate the assault on 6 January on the U.S. Capitol. An Order yesterday (21 January) – which does […]

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Buying an ‘AI’ company? MathLabs will tell you what it’s [not] worth

Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill meets the company that can tell you whether the tech at the centre of your latest M&A deal is scaleable AI comprising valuable IP, or standard technology with a pretty window dressing. We speak to Fujitsu about how MathLabs has become indispensable during the due diligence process. Could this […]

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SKILLS 2021 Showcase is open to the public on Friday 22 January!

Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill is speaking about the latest technology trends and developments in the legal sector. There are a raft of great speakers and this is the first year you can listen in. Here’s how to join. For over 15 years, knowledge management and innovation leaders of the largest global, US, UK […]

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No-code chatbot builder Landbot raises $8m Series A

Barcelona-based no-code chatbot builder Landbot has raised $8m Series A led by Spanish-Israeli firm Swanlaab and Spanish innovation agency CDTI, plus previous investors Nauta Capital, Fundacion BKT and Encomenda.

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Lupl secures $14m funding and new CEO as it prepares for 2021 launch

If you’re like us and wondered what on earth had happened to Lupl, you’ll be interested to note that it has completed a USD $14m funding round as it builds momentum for a 2021 formal launch. The legal matter management platform has also hired Jeff Green from Ankura Management Consulting, who has taken on the […]

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Comment: What’s Behind the Hype Over Legal Spend Management?

Move over e-billing, a new breed of spend management tools are enabling law departments to advance from merely asking, “How much are we spending?” to “Why are we spending that much?” and “Is that the most efficient way to spend it?” by David Griffin and Nicholas d’Adhemar This year, the technology analysis firm Gartner published […]

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Video: NetDocuments announces unprecedented growth in 2020

NetDocuments will today (19 January) announce unprecedented growth in 2020, including over 40% year-on-year growth within the medium law firm segment and over 150% spike in new corporate accounts. Overall, NetDocuments says they added more than two new customers per day in 2020 and now has over 3,000 customers worldwide, driven by the global shift […]

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Martin Luther King Day: Diversity is not a short term project

In honour of Martin Luther King day I’d encourage all of our readers to watch this video interview with Jason Thomas, CIO at Cole, Scott & Kissane, who I spoke with last year about the varying progress made by law firms during the black lives matter movement and why it’s important to maintain that momentum. We also discussed how diversity needs to be firm-wide not just focussed on attorneys – equality by its very definition should apply to all employees.

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A portal for every client? We speak to Aderant about Levenfeld Pearlstein’s use of Drive

Levenfeld Pearlstein has achieved a goal of providing a customized portal to every new client at intake. The firm has chosen Aderant Drive to deliver on that goal, and will provide on-demand collaboration portals to virtually every client, regardless of size. Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill spoke to Derek Schutz, product manager for knowledge management at Aderant, about whether the age of portals at scale has finally arrived and how that fits with the wide-scale shift to Microsoft Teams.

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Prosperoware to unveil data protection as a service for M365 collaboration sites

Prosperoware has just unveiled new data protection features for Microsoft 365 including OneDrive, SharePoint Online and Teams as part of its CAM platform. CAM is a SaaS enterprise digital transformation and governance platform that help firms to govern and reduce the risks associated with multiple collaboration systems.

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Comment: Justice will prevail by embracing technology and a new mindset

The courts have been given the chance to pivot, and need to make sustainable, long term changes now, argues Lisa Helfer. We particularly like the references to Judge Dredd and Mad Max!

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Hires! Syke hires legal ops head Sarah Barrett-Vane and ContractPodAi brings in former GC Jerry Levine as chief evangelist

UK-headquartered legal engineering company Syke continues its run of big name hires with the appointment of former Royal Mail legal procurement head Sarah Barrett-Vane as its head of legal procurement, spend management & eBilling.

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Online disputes platform Opus 2 appoints new CEO as COVID pushes trials paperless

Online disputes platform Opus 2 has appointed Martin Coen as CEO, taking over from founder Graham Smith Bernal, who is taking on the chairman role. Coen, who comes from the fintech sector and was previously CEO of payments software vendor Dovetail, has long been a board member of Opus 2.

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Upping the contract lifecycle ante: Andy Wishart joins Agiloft as chief product officer

Ex-Thomson Reuters Contract Express head Andy Wishart has joined Agiloft as chief product officer. Wishart is one of the best-known names in the legal contract automation sector, having co-founded Contract Express developer Business Integrity, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2015. At TR he started out as global head of Contract Express but rose up the ranks to become VP of drafting and productivity solutions.

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Startup Corner: Summize Ltd

Founded in 2018, Summize assists legal teams and SMEs throughout the contract lifecycle. The platform enables users to understand, manage, and review their contracts, and in a short space of time has evolved from summarising the key points of a contract to a more holistic approach. Here we ask the Summize team to tell us more about the Manchester-based company and its strategy.