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Has he gone – did he jump or was he pushed ?

We're currently hearing reports that a well-known and senior director of a legal software supplier has just been given his marching orders and is currently clearing his desk and/or consulting his solicitors. As soon as we have independent corroboration for this story (we have to tread carefully here as the individual in question takes himself […]

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June issue of Insider out now

The June issue (No.199) of Legal Technology Insider is out now – the digital version is already in over 4000 mailboxes while the hard copy version will be landing on 2000 desktops from Thursday this week. The latest issue is our biggest yet: 12 pages plus our special Insider Corporate Legal supplement for corporate legal […]

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Research reveals high expectations inhouse counsel have of their external advisers

New research issued today by Grant Thornton's Forensic and Investigation Services practice has revealed the high expectations inhouse counsel have of their external dispute resolution lawyers aside from the outcome of their disputes. It has also revealed what it is that they really want from a client servicing perspective and how they judge their legal […]

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MDA say no sell off plans

MDA (see yesterday's story) have stated that no discussions are underway regarding a divestiture of all or a portion of the company. However brokers Scotia Capital say “Our view is that this does not necessarily mean that discussions have not occurred in the past or preclude them from occurring in the future.”

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More rumours – this time MDA and ALM

Another day and another set of rumours about takeovers and deals. First up its MDA (MacDonald Detwiller & Associates) which is best known in the UK legal market for its operations in the NLIS search, HIPs and property sectors. According to brokers Scotia Capital, there are reports that the company is about to sell of […]

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Norwich Union to use Clear Technology for case management

Clear Technology has been chosen as strategic supplier to Norwich Union Insurance, the UK’s largest insurer. Under the terms of the agreement, Clear will help Norwich Union Insurance manage its Third Party Claims across multiple key business areas. The relationship is expected to reduce Norwich Union Insurance’s processing costs, improve processing capacity and enhance customer […]

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More MBOs and bids on the way

Hot on the heels of the latest CSG deal, we have two more announcements of changes (an MBO at MessageLabs) or at least potential changes (a bid for Civica) within the legal technology space.The MessageLabs Group has announced that Star Technology Services one of the UK’s largest independent business-to-business Internet Services Providers (ISP), will separate […]

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Analysts note reflects HIPs uncertainty

The latest analysts note from Scotia Capital (specifically relating to MDA) reflects the continuing uncertainty surrounding HIPs. The note reads…“Yesterday the UK government tabled revised Home Information Pack regulations formalising changes announced May 22 with HIPs expected to launch on 1st August 2007.What It Means• Revised regulations indicate further review of HIPs. Our view is […]

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TFB say independent specialist IT suppliers are the safer bet

Following yesterday's announcement by Hellman & Friedman LLC that they have taken over Computer Software Group (see previous blog posting) the directors of the TFB Group have made the following statements… Simon Hill, TFB's managing director said: “When we rejected approaches from the CSG Group in March 2006 we did so at the time as we […]

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More changes with the CS Group empire

Investment partnerships affiliated with Hellman & Friedman LLC, a leading global private equity group specialising in various service sectors including software, financial services and media, has majority funded the £500 million merger and recapitalization of IRIS Software Group Limited and Computer Software Group – the latter best known in the UK legal market as the […]

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Computer Software Group buys another – this time its Mountain

The Computer Software Group Ltd (CS Group) has just announced that it has acquired Mountain Software Group Ltd to expand and strengthen its solution portfolio for the legal sector. This acquisition, following the acquisitions in 2006 of the AIM Group (April), Laserform (June) and Videss (July), enables CS Group to broaden its coverage of the […]

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Eversheds in £27 million outsourcing deal

Eversheds has outsourced its UK Service Desk, desk-side support and datacentre hosting and management to Computacenter Services under a £27 million contract. Bryan Hughes, UK managing partner for Eversheds LLP, said “We are a law firm, not a specialist IT provider and this, coupled with the fact that we had finite internal resources, meant that […]

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Judgment sounds warning for validity of standard contracts

We don't usally report on legal issues however we're making an exception here, with this item from Carina Badger and Neil Wallis, as it could have widespread implications within the legal IT industry and the contractual relationship between software suppliers and systems users…When you come right down to it, why have a contract? What is […]

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Microsoft CRM specialist buy CRM consultancy

US-based Client Profiles, best known in the UK for its CRM4Legal application based on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, has bought the CRM consulting practice of Lynch Marks. Since 1998, Lynch Marks' consultants have specialized in CRM implementation and consulting services, providing a comprehensive services offering spanning CRM technology selection, application development and execution of […]

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Ultima wins first legal sector outsource deal

London-based law firm Olswang has awarded Ultima Business Solutions an outsourcing contract to manage its IT infrastructure. The deal requires 24/7 monitoring and support, in a deal worth £3m over three years. Ultima is taking on 14 IT staff, who are being transferred from Olswang's current service provider CCE. The deal covers Olswang’s existing 600+ staff […]

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CameronMcKenna sign up to online CPD training

Victoria Peckett, senior construction Partner at CMS CameronMcKenna LLP has subscribed to LegalTraining.tv’s online CPD training service LegalPractitioner.co.uk. Peckett said: “Whilst the internal training at my firm is excellent, it is great to have access to additional knowledge and training materials in this easily accessible format. This service allows me access to these materials at […]

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Latest Insider out now

The May 2007 issue of the Legal Technology Insider is out now – the digital edition is already hitting desktops and the print edition should be arriving from Thursday onwards.

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HIPs likely to hit MDA

The latest bulletin from research analysts at Scotia Capital says the company is lowering its financial estimates and target price on MDA following the delay and phased introduction of HIPs. The note goes on to say “Our view is that political uncertainty relating to HIPs will remain an issue over the coming quarters. Factors that […]

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Government in disarray over HIPs says Law Soc

“A complete shambles” said the Law Society today as it commented on the Government announcement that HIPs will be delayed to August 1 and initially only affect 4 bedroom houses and larger.“The Government has turned the whole process of HIPs into a farce.  Its consultation with stakeholders has fallen seriously short of what we would […]

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HIPs put on hold

The introduction of Home Information Packs is to be delayed until August – when they will be brought in for sales of four-bedroom properties. The packs were due to become compulsory for all home sales from 1st June however Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly told the House of Commons today that the packs would now be […]