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Startup Monday: Traklight for IP protection + industry links

We’ve got a feature on Phoenix-based Traklight today by our new associate editor Caroline Hill plus links to some recent stories that have appeared in the tech and business press, including a new app to score how favourable the terms of contracts are and whether the legal tech boom is over or we are going to see the first $500 million business within five years?


Meet our New Associate Editor: Caroline Hill

The Legal IT Insider is pleased to introduce its new Associate Editor… Caroline Hill. Caroline has been a legal journalist for a decade, most recently as News Editor for Legal Business. Having started out in journalism as a reporter and then a senior reporter for Legal Week, Caroline has also spent time as a freelance journalist. A lawyer in a former life, Caroline qualified as a litigator with Norton Rose in 2003. Caroline’s appointment comes at a time when the Insider is expanding its focus to include the increasing synergy of legal technology with legal business as we move into the “New Law” era.



People News in time for ILTA

The ILTA beano kicks off in Nashville today so here is some US-oriented people news featuring Bellefield Systems + Smart Time Apps + Traveling Coaches + NetDocuments + PayneGroup…


Something for the Weekend: Problems only property lawyers, estate agents & realtors understand

Picture story – though it does raise the question: if it is not haunted, why are they moving?


New Case Study: How US law firm Marshall Dennehey crawls its content

Here’s a new case study looking at how Philadelphia law firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin dealt with the issue of suspected non-searchable content in its HP WorkSite document management system. Running DocsCorp’s ContentCrawler application on a portion of the content repository provided the firm with the information it needed to tackle and solve the problem…


Comment: Where’s Waldo? As the Internet of Things comes online, he’ll tell you!

The popular Where’s Waldo represents the art of finding that one piece of relevant data among a sea of noise. The Internet of Things (IoT) is going to continue to change all that, taking Waldo from hidden artifact to prominent installation. Finding data among a sea of noise is tough, and particularly so when one is dealing with the sheer volume and lack of structure presented by Big Data. The Internet of Things (IoT) with its many sensors will permit us to track so much more and gain a clearer line of sight into our business process that the unstructured and mammoth data streams within our reach will only multiply.



Product Round-up Time

Time for another round-up of the latest legal IT new product releases and upgrades from around the world featuring… Rekoop with a neat Location-based Service for time capture + RAVN Systems + CosmoLex with a new conflict of interest tracker + ARX with CoSign Click + Self Service Analytics from AnyData Solutions + a new version of Envision from Elite + Exari with its new SmartDocs system, that was developed in conjunction with the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and Minter Ellison.


Legal Industry Video Awards – Entry #42 – How Wilson Legal Can Help Your Firm

Welcome to our 42nd submission to the Legal Industry Video Awards. This entry is from the US-based professional software services company Wilson Legal Solutions (the company also has a London office) to explain how Wilson Legal Solutions can help law firms enhance the power of technology and reach new levels of operational efficiency and profitability. The company applies deep technical expertise, hands-on experience, and best-practice insight to enable clients to leverage their investment in practice management and business intelligence software. This video has been entered in Category 3 : Vendor Marketing & Promotional Video of the Year Award


Ding, ding, all aboard as time recording market takes on new shape

When the latest Legal IT Insider UK Top 200 systems chart was published in April, it was notable for a new inclusion – a column for specialist, 3rd party Time Recording software. The data within revealed a vendor market dominated by three suppliers – IntApp, Carpe Diem and Rekoop – although the lack of any historical data made it difficult to detect market sentiment, to distinguish what was legacy and what was in vogue. But what really struck me was that only a third of the top tier law firms had rolled out dedicated time recording products – which compared unfavourably with the two thirds of firms who have done so in the US. At that time, however, I fully expected things to change, for the time recording tide to start running more swiftly in the UK. This was based on my own experience of increased enquiries and heightened interest when doing the rounds of finance and IT directors.


BigHand site using speech recognition to instantly produce witness statements

Martyn Prowel, a Cardiff based specialist law firm, have deployed BigHand speech recognition in addition to their BigHand Enterprise solution, to transform their client document production process, enabling fee earners to benefit from enhanced efficiency and accuracy when transcribing witness statement documents. Only two weeks into the pilot of the software, implemented among five of their fee earners, Martyn Prowel were so impressed with the speech recognition functionality and accuracy they decided to roll the feature out to all 15 fee earners across the firm.



Something for the Weekend: Business Boring Casual? + infographic

We spotted this infographic recently: Business Attire or Business Boring? Now I know my name is Charles Christian and not Christian Dior but is this the best anyone can do? The year is 2014 yet the women in this infographic seem to have been dressed by the Huddersfield branch of Dorothy Perkins circa 1974. As for the men’s fashions, where is that stalwart of the networking event: the novelty/comedy tie? Where is that favourite of techies everywhere in summer: the skanky shorts and skanky T-shirt combo? And, for those people who work from home, where is the always-popular all-day dressing gown?


Legal Industry Video Awards – Entry #41 – The Foot Anstey “Time Machine”

Welcome to our 41st submission to the Legal Industry Video Awards. This entry is from the UK law firm Foot Anstey to introduce a new passive time recording system (IntApp TimeBuilder) to the firm. It is an internal educational video and good to see a leading partner so involved and supportive of a technology promotion (as well as the IT Director). The new system enables Foot Anstey lawyers to be more efficient by providing them accurate time recording and removing the manual burden of this task so that they can concentrate on more valuable activities for their clients. 

Written & directed by Duncan Eadie, Production Exesight Photography.


SharePoint DMS – then the Parrot wouldn’t have died!

Following the huge demand for for a copy of the Microsoft LCA “SharePoint as a legal DMS” presentation – so much demand that it crashed our download servers – a SharePoint DMS vendor was prompted to comment “Blimey! If only all the people interested in reading about a Microsoft based DMS actually bought one there would be no dead parrots!”


Lead Systems Designer and Developer – Ashton KCJ – £30-£35k

This is a very exciting new role within the Business Systems Team at law firm Ashton KCJ to support the implementation of our newly purchased Peppermint Legal Services Platform. We are seeking someone from a development background looking for a new challenge, someone who has led a small development and or application support team and ideally with knowledge, experience or a desire to work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Training will be provided for the new Peppermint Platform.



Best Best selects Intapp Open as best to automate new business intake

Intapp Inc just announced that Best Best & Krieger LLP, a full-service law firm with nearly 200 lawyers in nine offices across California and in Washington DC, has selected Intapp Open to automate processes related to new business intake. BB&K, which represents many recognized public agencies and businesses, is using Intapp Open to enhance conflicts checks and accelerate new client matter inception. The firm serves as city attorney to more than 30 cities across California as general and special counsel to special districts that focus on water, transportation, regional planning and resource conservation; and has helped both local and international businesses for more than 100 years.


Video Case Study: Why Lydian went with I.R.I.S and HP WorkSite

Here’s a video case study about Lydian a Belgian business law firm founded in 2001, with a headcount of about a hundred people located in the company’s current premises in Brussels and Antwerp, and soon in a third regional office in Hasselt. In this video, Patrick Franssens, CEO of Lydian, comments on why the firm needed a powerful and full-featured document management system (HP WorkSite) and Jan Vanherpe, ICT Manager of Lydian, explains the business value it created. Patrick Franssens concludes the video with a strong statement: “the I.R.I.S. solution is proving a major improvement for both Lydian as a company and for every single one of our employees; we have calculated that we work on average 35% more efficiently than before, while our people are – and feel –more productive than ever.”


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