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Video: Peppermint Technology announces record year

Microsoft CX365 vendor Peppermint Technology has reported a record sales performance in 2020. Despite the challenge of Covid-19 it reports 10 significant new engagements with UK Top 200 law firms and corporate legal teams – including Birketts, DWF and Foot Anstey.

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Apperio makes double board appointment to drive expansion

Legal tech scale-up Apperio has appointed a high-growth technology entrepreneur and a leading private equity specialist to its board to help drive its growth and geographical expansion. David Eldridge joins the SaaS-based legal spend analytics and matter tracking platform as chairman: he has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology industry. He co-founded and led […]

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SKILLS 2021: At last, a virtual conference format that works (and is FUN?!)

Virtual conferences are like buses: you jump on them every now and then, often when you don’t have a choice. But the chances of you actually ‘going’ to a virtual conference and staying at it? Unlikely. Enjoying it? Don’t make me laugh. Until SKILLS 2021. SKILLS is a knowledge management conference that has traditionally fallen […]

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Reveal and Brainspace Merge backed by $200m from K1

eDiscovery leader Reveal has joined forces with Brainspace, backed by $200m from investment management company K1. “Backed by K1, Reveal’s merger with Brainspace has set into motion the next phase of AI innovation in the practice of law. Fueled by some of the world’s most powerful AI technology and underpinned by the Reveal review platform, […]

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Exclusive: US investment firm Bryce Catalyst closes $1.75m seed round in dealcloser

New ‘operators for operators’ fund Bryce Catalyst has announced its first deal since launching in October 2020, investing a $1.75m seed round in legal transaction management hub dealcloser, we can reveal. Founded in 2017, dealcloser brings online and automates the deal closing process, which, as any transactional lawyer will attest, is a very manual, laborious […]

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KM: Top Canadian firm Bennett Jones selects iManage Knowledge Unlocked

Bennett Jones LLP – a top Canadian law firm with more than 500 lawyers and seven offices across Canada and the United States – has extended its deployment of iManage Work by adopting iManage Knowledge Unlocked, which was made available by iManage in the summer of 2020 and productises RAVN AI. Knowledge Unlocked helps firm […]

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BusyLamp announces double hire from Ashurst and Lloyds as Eigen brings in new CMO

Two hires worth knowing about this week come from Eigen Technologies and BusyLamp, which continues to scale up in the UK and Europe and has announced a major double hire. German-headquartered legal spend vendor BusyLamp has hired Rob MacAdam as VP of product and Jo Guy as senior customer success manager. MacAdam was previously head […]

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RPC to implement Iridium BI and revenue and profit modules

RPC is to implement Iridium BI revenue and profit modules. The UK top 50 firm is headquartered in London, with offices in Hong Kong, Bristol, and Singapore, and has approximately 480 timekeepers. The firm made the selection to roll out Iridium BI firmwide following a successful pilot. The system’s integration with Aderant Expert was key […]

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Double budgeting win for BigHand

UK top 100 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper and US Am Law 100 firm Foley & Lardner have selected BigHand’s budgeting solution Evaluate, which enables users to track and manage the financial performance of matters. Penningtons was an early adopter of BigHand’s pricing technology, but Clare Arthurs, associate director at Penningtons Manches Cooper, says: “The […]

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2020 and beyond: Abby Ewen, IT director, Browne Jacobson

If you didn’t catch our CIO series interviews in the Orange Rag at the end of 2020 we’re posting them here, and we’re grateful to Browne Jacobson’s IT director Abby Ewen for sharing her thoughts on the biggest challenges and highlights of 2020 and her plans for 2021.

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Updated: Two top 100 firms share insights into using BigHand for better budget management

Two BigHand clients; Am Law 100 Foley & Lardner and UK Top 100 Pennington Manches, have shared insights into the impact of expanding the use the BigHand matter pricing and budgeting product to better support their business throughout the global pandemic. Penningtons was an early adopter of BigHand’s pricing technology, but Clare Arthurs, associate director […]

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Judge denies Parler’s request for reinstatement by Amazon Web Services

US District Court Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein has denied an injunction by Parler demanding that Amazon Web Services reinstate the controversial social media platform, which was used by many of former President Donald Trump supporters to help orchestrate the assault on 6 January on the U.S. Capitol. An Order yesterday (21 January) – which does […]

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Buying an ‘AI’ company? MathLabs will tell you what it’s [not] worth

Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill meets the company that can tell you whether the tech at the centre of your latest M&A deal is scaleable AI comprising valuable IP, or standard technology with a pretty window dressing. We speak to Fujitsu about how MathLabs has become indispensable during the due diligence process. Could this […]

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SKILLS 2021 Showcase is open to the public on Friday 22 January!

Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill is speaking about the latest technology trends and developments in the legal sector. There are a raft of great speakers and this is the first year you can listen in. Here’s how to join. For over 15 years, knowledge management and innovation leaders of the largest global, US, UK […]

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No-code chatbot builder Landbot raises $8m Series A

Barcelona-based no-code chatbot builder Landbot has raised $8m Series A led by Spanish-Israeli firm Swanlaab and Spanish innovation agency CDTI, plus previous investors Nauta Capital, Fundacion BKT and Encomenda.

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Lupl secures $14m funding and new CEO as it prepares for 2021 launch

If you’re like us and wondered what on earth had happened to Lupl, you’ll be interested to note that it has completed a USD $14m funding round as it builds momentum for a 2021 formal launch. The legal matter management platform has also hired Jeff Green from Ankura Management Consulting, who has taken on the […]

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Comment: What’s Behind the Hype Over Legal Spend Management?

Move over e-billing, a new breed of spend management tools are enabling law departments to advance from merely asking, “How much are we spending?” to “Why are we spending that much?” and “Is that the most efficient way to spend it?” by David Griffin and Nicholas d’Adhemar This year, the technology analysis firm Gartner published […]

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Video: NetDocuments announces unprecedented growth in 2020

NetDocuments will today (19 January) announce unprecedented growth in 2020, including over 40% year-on-year growth within the medium law firm segment and over 150% spike in new corporate accounts. Overall, NetDocuments says they added more than two new customers per day in 2020 and now has over 3,000 customers worldwide, driven by the global shift […]

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Martin Luther King Day: Diversity is not a short term project

In honour of Martin Luther King day I’d encourage all of our readers to watch this video interview with Jason Thomas, CIO at Cole, Scott & Kissane, who I spoke with last year about the varying progress made by law firms during the black lives matter movement and why it’s important to maintain that momentum. We also discussed how diversity needs to be firm-wide not just focussed on attorneys – equality by its very definition should apply to all employees.

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A portal for every client? We speak to Aderant about Levenfeld Pearlstein’s use of Drive

Levenfeld Pearlstein has achieved a goal of providing a customized portal to every new client at intake. The firm has chosen Aderant Drive to deliver on that goal, and will provide on-demand collaboration portals to virtually every client, regardless of size. Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill spoke to Derek Schutz, product manager for knowledge management at Aderant, about whether the age of portals at scale has finally arrived and how that fits with the wide-scale shift to Microsoft Teams.