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Comment: The forecast is for more cloud, blockchains and for AI to go mainstream

DocsCorp’s president and co-founder Dean Sappey reflects back on the most interesting themes to arise from LegalTech New York, including the inexorable growth of cloud as law firms cut costs and embrace flexible working, as blockchain technology gains traction and artificial intelligence solutions look likely to go mainstream.

08/03/2016

An Interview With….Nayeem Syed, assistant general counsel at Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has 50,000 employees across 100 countries providing cutting edge technology products and information services to tax, legal and financial professionals, generating $12bn annual revenues.

Legal IT Insider asked Nayeem Syed, assistant general counsel, financial & risk and passionate advocate for legal analytics, to give us his perspective as to how technology and innovation is impacting the business and practise of law. [There are some absolute gems in here, our favourites are in bold.]

07/03/2016

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HotDocs appoints Scott Leckie to newly-created CTO role in leadership upgrade

Document assembly software provider HotDocs has appointed former Axios Systems chief technology officer and vice president of support services Scott Leckie as its first-ever CTO, as it expands its senior leadership team and approaches the 100-staff milestone.

Leckie will take on global responsibility for the HotDocs development teams, providing technical direction for the company and shaping the next generation of HotDocs products.

07/03/2016

Legal IT: Wins, deals, launches, people moves and industry updates

In this week’s round up of all the latest legal IT wins, deals and industry developments we bring you news from Qlik, Phoenix Business Solutions and Exponential-e; BigHand; Handshake Software; RAVN Systems; Nuix; LegalShift; Capensys; Fitzalan Partners and TRU Staffing Partners as well as hires and appointments from Tikit; Prosperoware; nQueue; Encompass Corporation and Wilson Legal Solutions.

07/03/2016

Something for the Legal IT Weekend: Credit Control the Law Firm Way from Smart Time Apps

The deft skill with which law firms handle their own credit control!

04/03/2016

Why penetration testing is an essential part of an effective security strategy

The latest in our series of comments on security, Chris Oakley, managing principal security consultant at Nettitude gives us an insight into the recent spear-phishing and black box security tests the company has run on clients – gaining access to an alarming amount of sensitive company data, including intellectual property, employee information and company contracts – as well as outlining what should have been done differently.

04/03/2016

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Geldards takes control of printing with Kappris roll out

In order to control and decrease its printing, 300-staff UK law firm Geldards has implemented Kutana’s print solution Kappris, which manages printing within Microsoft Office and integrates with the firm’s document management system, WorkSite.

04/03/2016

The 2016 edition of the Allvision – Insider Guide to UK eDisclosure Systems is now available – FREE download

The definitive Guide to UK eDisclosure systems is now available, as Allvision and Legal IT Insider publish the 2016 edition of what has become the industry bible to the UK ediscovery industry. The Guide remains stable at around 100 suppliers and 70 products but these figures include 13 new suppliers, balanced out by 11 who have left/been acquired, as well as two name changes.

03/03/2016

Legal Leaders IT Forum 2016: the evolving role of IT directors

It has been described as a “resounding success” and “amazing few days” (much to the relief and delight of everyone at TavistockMedia) and over the next few weeks Legal IT Insider will be bringing you the major take aways from the keynote talks and round table discussions at Legal Leaders IT Forum 2016 in a snowy Gleneagles.

03/03/2016

Three leading IT directors identify their top strategic priorities

Here Karen Jacks, IT director at Bird & Bird; Francesc Muñoz, chief information officer at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira and Richard Hodkinson, chief technology officer at DWF share with us their strategic technology priorities for the next 12-18 months.

03/03/2016

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Doing things differently DWF-style

One of the key pillars of DWF’s three-prong strategy is ‘doing things differently’ and it’s something the top 25 UK firm is taking seriously. Led by chief technology officer Richard Hodkinson, DWF is preparing to create a virtual platform for homeworkers – expected to treble from 100 to 300 in the next 18 months to two years – as it also launches the third client app produced by its software business 15squared.

03/03/2016

HSF achieves global tech integration

This article first appeared in the latest Legal IT Insider

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has become the first global merged firm to roll out a single active directory that brings Exchange email, AirWatch and BlackBerry within one worldwide domain for all devices and applications.

The move, led by chief information officer Haig Tyler, coincides with the 2294-lawyer international law firm rolling out a distributed version of Aderant Expert to bypass the performance issues naturally arising from the fact that its offices, particularly Australia and London, are so far from one another.

02/03/2016

DictateNow planning to go head-to-head with Moneypenny with new InTouchNow service

In a move that will take the company head-to-head with the services offered by current market leader Moneypenny, the digital dictation and transcription outsourcing specialist DictateNow has launched a new service, InTouchNow, to help businesses handle phone calls when they are unable to, or choose not to answer.

02/03/2016

Understanding eIDAS – All you ever wanted to know about the new EU Electronic Signature Regulation

The Regulation (EU) N°910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS Regulation) was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 23 July 2014. This new regulation establishes a new legal structure for electronic identification, signatures, seals and documents throughout the EU. On July 1, 2016, eIDAS will become effective. As of that date, the existing EU Directive on electronic signatures will be replaced. Perhaps just as importantly, any laws of EU member states that are inconsistent with eIDAS will also automatically be repealed, replaced or modified. The result will be that for the first time there will be a consistent legal framework and a single market for the recognition of electronic signatures and identities across all of the EU member states. This provides the private sector with a predictable regulatory environment in which to develop and expand the use of electronic signatures and transactions in the EU.

01/03/2016

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Belgian lawyers go with iManage for document sharing

iManage just announced that Belgian law firm Claeys & Engels has selected iManage Share to enable its lawyers to easily, yet securely, share documents, with clients and other law firms. Integrated with its existing iManage Work system, iManage Share enables Claeys & Engels to eliminate the risks associated with unauthorized use of commercial web-based document sharing options while giving individual lawyers more autonomy in managing access rights and permissions.

01/03/2016

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

“In the new world economy, lawyers will no longer get paid for what they know but what they can do, as Google knows everything! … If driverless cars are no longer science fiction, how can at least machine-assisted lawyers not be around the corner? Personally I think judges supported by machines will precede the fully automated school run.”

29/02/2016

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