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Nomination period for Legal Technology Awards extended

The awards nomination period has been extended for the 2007 awards due to the increased interest in the awards this year. To find out more about the awards and the format that a nomination should take please visit www.legaltechnologyawards.co.uk or contact Jeremy Hill on +44 (0) 20 7396 5669 or jeremy.hill@legalease.co.uk

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Fastest ever remortgage transaction ?

Paisley law firm Walker Laird Solicitors has completed what it believes to be the fastest ever remortgage transaction, with the lender GMAC-RFC able to complete a mortgage application within 48 hours. The remortgage case was put through the Scottish broker Moneyquest at midday Wednesday (September 6) and the offer was generated by 12.23pm. This was […]

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Law Society criticises latest HIPs plans

The HIPs trial appears to be being hijacked by an unregulated group of commercial interests, claims the Law Society, following the Government announcement that it is to spend £4 million supporting a pack provider dry run of Home Information Packs in six limited locations.Desmond Hudson, Law Society Chief Executive, said: “The Law Society questions whether […]

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Draft PISCES schema for search order processing

PISCES has announced the publication of the first draft of the Search Order Processing and Result Query schemas from the Searches Workgroup. These schemas are now open for public review and pilot purposes. The schemas will enable organisations to exchange query information once a search order has been submitted as well as enable parties to raise […]

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Latest Insider out – Out-Law launches podcast

The September edition of Legal Technology Insider is out now – stories include a report on the new Pinsent Masons podcast facility (see below). To find out more about the Insider and how to subscribe, visit legaltechnology.comWill radio kill the boring podcast?Pinsent Masons has added a podcast facility to its Out-Law IT and e-commerce law […]

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Eversheds completes legal world's biggest digital dictation rollout

The UK-based law firm Eversheds has completed the roll out the BigHand3 digital dictation system to over 2500 users, in what is the largest installation of dictation technology in the global legal sector. The project was completed in March 2006 with BigHand’s software installed across Eversheds’ UK offices with the view of rolling the system […]

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Chris Poole steps aside at Thomson Elite

At the end of last week it was announced that Thomson Elite’s long-time president & CEO Chris Poole had made the decision to step away from day-to-day operations responsibility. Poole now becomes chairman and has been replaced at president & CEO by Steve Buege, as senior executive within the parent Thomson Legal & Regulatory group […]

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Legal Support Network launches today

Today sees the launch of the Legal Support Network (LSN), a new website that provides a wide range of services to the thousands of professionals working within, and providing services to the finance & costs areas within the legal industry throughout the UK & Ireland. The range of services includes; Newsroom, Training Events & Seminars […]

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Global law firms knowledge management 2006 survey findings

Knowledge differentiates a law firm from its competitors. Knowledge management is about leveraging that differentiating asset so that a law firm leads, and breaks away from, its competitors. Knowledge management is the leveraging of your firm’s collective wisdom by creating systems and processes to support and facilitate the identification, capture, dissemination and use of your […]

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Co-op becomes the first to deliver "Tesco Law"

Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) – the first organisation to announce its intentions for Clementi era of legal services (otherwise known as Tesco Law) has selected Eclipse Legal Systems as its core case management software provider.CLS will provide a full suite of services, with accident management support, including a legal advice line, initially being offered to […]

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Former Hummingbird flagship site switches to Interwoven

US law firm Howrey LLP has become the latest practice to switch from Hummingbird to Interwoven. Although previously a member of Hummingbird's  advisory panel and as recently as 2004 featured in a press release highlighting its use of Hummingbird DMS technology, the firm has now selected Interwoven's WorkSite technology to provide a matter-centric approach to […]

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Visualfiles to process Law Society complaints

The Law Society's Consumer Complaints Service (CCS) has selected LexisNexis Visualfiles to supply a complaint management system to its offices in Leamington Spa. The decision follows a six-month evaluation process by the CCS who assist consumers in England and Wales who encounter problems when dealing with a solicitor. Deborah Evans, Chief Executive CCS, said: “The selection […]

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AlphaLaw named best supplier

The Institute of Legal Cashiers has surveyed users of legal accounts software to find the most highly rated supplier. The winner by a large margin was AlphaLAW, with JCS Computer Solutions in second place.  Simon Meehan, AlphaLAW Managing Director said, “We are thrilled and honoured to receive this accolade and to know that AlphaLAW is […]

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And another DMS supplier changes hands

The long hot summer of legal IT market buys and sells continues – this time in the DMS arena. Last week it was Hummingbird being bought by Open Text, today it is FileNet being bought by IBM. OK, so FileNet is no longer a big player in the legal sector – in the UK Slaughter […]

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Latest PMS & Case buyers guide available now

Legal Technology Insider has published its latest buyers guide listing the UK's major suppliers – all 58 of them – of accounts, practice management and case/matter/workflow management systems, complete with full contact details and web links. The guide is available as a free spreadsheet from the Insider website – click on 'buyers guides' in the […]

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International firms seeks European IT manager

The latest vacancies on the Legal Technology website jobsboard at legaltechnology.com include an international firm looking for a European IT manager (salary equivalent to £80k + benefits) to work out of their Brussels or Amsterdam offices and a US law firm looking for an IT manager (salary to £60k + benefits) for their London office…European […]

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Open Text buys Hummingbird – end of story?

Despite having been described by one analyst as the DMS industry's answer to  the Montagues and the Capulets, Hummingbird yesterday announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of Open Text will acquire all of Hummingbird’s outstanding shares in an all-cash transaction valued at US$27.85 per share – […]

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Bighand gets first major win in United States

Wisconsin based law firm Godfrey & Kahn has become the first US firm to roll out BigHand's digital dictation workflow system, BigHand3, to all staff and offices. The system has gone to over 350 attorneys and assistants across Godfrey & Kahn's five office network. The project, which began in November 2005, marked the availability of […]

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Videss becomes the latest CS Group buy

The Computer Software Group plc (CS Group) today announced the acquisition of the whole of the issued share capital of the legal systems supplier Videss for a total consideration of £7.07 million. The consideration was satisfied by a payment in cash of £6.57m, provided by an additional banking facility, and the issue of 518,135 ordinary […]

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Networking – the importance of vendor relationship management

In this article Tim Hyman, a director of the annual ByLegalForLegal event and Head of IT at Taylor Wessing argues that it's not what you know – it's who you knowNetworking in legal IT is arguably more important than ever. Keeping up with changing and developing technologies and solutions has always been a challenge -which […]