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Clifford Chance rolling out Aderant Keystone globally

As part of the firm's comprehensive Global Practice Management System project, Clifford Chance is planning to to complete a global rollout of its Aderant Expert (Keystone) financial management system by next March. The London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich offices had all gone live by the end of last year. Its Tokyo, Hong Kong, […]

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Law 2007 events sign up Christian to organise IT seminars

The legal profession’s largest exhibition and training congress – Law London 2007, on 14th & 15th March 2007 at Olympia 2 in London – is to expand its already significant Training Congress with a new IT seminar stream. Charles Christian, the industry analyst & publisher of the Legal Technology Insider newsletter, has been instructed by […]

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Visualfiles charity fashion show raises £3000

The LexisNexis Visualfiles fun charity fashion show, which took place in Leeds last week, raised £3,000 for our VisualAid initiative which is concerned with supporting two charities, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Mary's Meals. LexisNexis Visualfiles staff (see photo – amazingly only one person in this picture  does not work for Visualfiles) and members of the […]

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LexisNexis continues with its buying spree

Having purchased the UK case management systems supplier Visualfiles last month, LexisNexis is continuing its spending spree with the acquisition earlier this week of not one but two US litigation support systems developers, namely Dataflight Software and CaseSoft, respectively the suppliers of the Dataflight Concordance and CaseSoft CaseMap, TextMap and TimeMap applications. The systems will […]

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The summer is here – time to look for a new job?

The summer may be here but there seems to be no let up in the demand legal IT skills. LexisNexis Interface Software in London has vacancies for technical consultants, project managers and sales/account managers. Meanwhile up in Liverpool, Brabners Chaffe Street is upgrading its management infrastructure and looking to appoint its first ever IT director. […]

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Rightmove rights off £8 million + on HIPs

The fall out from the British government's U-turn on HIPs – and the recent decision to make the controversial home condition reports voluntary rather than mandatory – continues, with the property website Rightmove admitting it had already spent £7 million on the development of its HIPs services and would incur further costs of £1.2 million […]

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BigHand's founder exit via an MBO

And the consolidation continues with digital dictation systems market leader BigHand the latest to see changes at the top. With effect from yesterday (Monday 24th) the company's founders – Stephen Thompson and Gordon McAlpine – have sold their shareholding to a management buyout team, backed by LDC, the private equity division of the Lloyds TSB […]

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Hummingbird begins talks with Open Text – more news in three weeks

Hummingbird has commenced negotiations with Open Text regarding the terms upon which Hummingbird’s Board of Directors would support a transaction involving the acquisition by Open Text of all the outstanding shares of Hummingbird at a price in cash of US$27.85 per share. To facilitate these negotiations, Hummingbird has executed a non-disclosure agreement with Open Text […]

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nQueue Announces Patent Issues for Embedded Cost Recovery

Costs recovery systems specialist nQueue has been issued a patent (7,076,184) by the US Patent Office which covers certain methods for embedding cost recovery solutions. Specifically, this patent covers methods for accounting for a job at a copier by transmitting certain data relating to the job to an expense recovery server via a communications network. […]

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Government does U-turn on HIPs – no surprise there then

The British government has caved in to the growing anti-HIPs campaign and announced that one of the key and most controversial elements – the Home Condition Reports (HCR) – will not now become mandatory on 1st June 2007 as planned. Instead, there are now suggestions that HCRs will be delayed until 2009. However as that […]

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Now it's podcasts for law students

Sweet and Maxwell has launched a series of free podcasts to help law students study for their exams. The podcasts, which are free to download from the web, are companions to Sweet and Maxwel's student book series called Nutshells. (Nothing wrong with those Nutshells – they got me through my Bar finals – CC.)The podcasts […]

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Reader survey finds legal IT does make you sick

Last month’s Legal Technology Insider online readers' poll asked if working in legal IT was stressful and what impact this had on your health. A massive 74% of you said ‘yes’ a job in legal IT does make for a stressful career, with 50% saying you found your jobs stressful on a daily basis. But, […]

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Insider Top 250 chart update now on the web

The latest version of the Insider top 250 chart has now been posted on the Insider website. Access is free just click here legaltechnology.com/casestudies.htm

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Hummingbird recommend taking no action yet

The Board of Directors of Hummingbird has acknowledged the formal commencement of an unsolicited offer from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Open Text Corporation to purchase all of the outstanding common shares of Hummingbird not currently owned by Open Text and its affiliates for US$27.75 per share. The Hummingbird Board, in consultation with its financial and […]

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Hummingbird responds to Open Text offer

Hummingbird has responded to an announcement by Open Text Corporation that it intends to make an unsolicited all-cash offer for all of Hummingbird’soutstanding common shares at a price of US$27.75 per share.“The Board of Directors is committed to maximizing value for Hummingbirdshareholders,” said Fred Sorkin, Chairman of Hummingbird’s Board of Directors. “Once we have received […]

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Hummingbird Legal chief says our thoughts are still with you

In the latest development in the ongoing bidding war for Hummingbird, Yuri Frayman, the vice-president of the company's legal business solutions division, has sent an open letter to law firm customers… I wanted to personally inform you that this morning, Open Text announced its intention to make an offer through a wholly-owned subsidiary for all […]

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Open Text makes rival bid for Hummingbird

Document management systems supplier Open Text has announced its intention to make an a rival takeover bid for DMS supplier Hummingbird at a price of US$27.75 per share in cash. This is US$1.00 greater than the offer currently on the table for Hummingbird from Symphony Technology Group. It is Open Text's intention to commence the […]

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The consolidation continues – now Lexis buys Visualfiles

LexisNexis Butterworths has just announced the acquisition of UK case management systems market leader Visualfiles Limited. Visualfiles currently serves 450 customers, predominantly in the UK, of which 300 are law firms and the others evenly split between corporate and public sectors. Visualfiles employs 150 people, mostly based at its Leeds office. The purchase price has […]

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Hummingbird/Symphony deal moves forward

Hummingbird has mailed to its shareholders a management information circular in connection with the proposed statutory plan of arrangement under which all of Hummingbird’s common shares will be acquired by an affiliate of Symphony Technology Group, LLC. The arrangement will be considered by shareholders at a special meeting scheduled for 21st July. Hummingbird also confirmed […]

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Tikit appoint new finance director

Tikit Group plc has announced the retirement of Tony Pearson, Group Finance Director and the appointment of Paul Giuffredi ACA, as Tikit Group Finance Director with effect from 1st July 2006.Paul Giuffredi, age 40, trained with KPMG and spent four years at Costain Group and a further four years with a division of GE (USA), […]