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Intapp launches pricing tool

As we first revealed at the time it acquired OnePlace, Intapp is to launch a pricing tool, called quite simply Intapp Pricing, to help law firms maximize their profitability with smart scoping, pricing and monitoring.

12/06/2019

“Now we understand the problem”: Prosperoware says flexibility is at the core of major new Umbria release

Prosperoware this week announced early availability of its fourth generation client value management platform Umbria, which after five years of taking on board client feedback is a major release that provides greater flexibility to plan, monitor, manage, alert, and report on matters. We spoke to CEO Keith Lipman about what the changes mean for clients and the lessons learned in the five years of working with early adopters.

12/06/2019

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Integreon talks Microsoft: “If we don’t try to innovate we are in trouble. We are never in trouble if we fail while trying.”

Integreon’s global head of contracts, Mark Ross, looks back with Legal IT Insider at ten years of working with Microsoft.

12/06/2019

STF to kick off next week in Marbella

Legal Week’s Strategic Technology Forum Europe 2019 in Marbella next week will bring together legal technology leaders from across the EMEA region as attendees gather to discuss the future of legal service delivery as well as topical subjects such as the ethics of AI.

11/06/2019

What private equity wants

We talk to five leading investors about what they look for in legaltech opportunities and the value they believe they can bring including: What makes the sector attractive for later-stage growth and buyout investors? How does legaltech compare to fintech or other areas of technology as an investment proposition? And what particular challenges do they associate with investment in the sector?

11/06/2019

HSF partner Libby Jackson awarded an MBE

Herbert Smith Freehills partner and alternative legal services (ALT) head Libby Jackson has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List.

10/06/2019

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Buying Legal – ALSPs see 24% increase in BigLaw spend as in-house legal growth halts

In what should serve as the latest wake up call to BigLaw firms and the clearest evidence of a change in buying habits among the largest corporates, the money spent by Fortune 100 law firms and their international equivalents on alternative legal service providers over the past year has increased by 24%, according to extensive research by the Buying Legal Council, in a report out last week. However, with corporate legal spend on the rise after years of cuts, traditional law firms also saw a significant spike in demand, as for the first time the growth of the in-house legal team halted, raising questions as to whether growth in that sector of the market has for the time being come to an end.

10/06/2019

Ashurst Advance teams up with LSO Cognia Law to scale offering

Ashurst’s Glasgow-based legal services centre Ashurst Advance has teamed up with legal service outsourcing provider Cognia Law to bolster its capability and enable it to scale its offering.

07/06/2019

Updated: PwC unveils first cohort of scale ups in LawTech programme

Big Four giant PwC has unveiled the eight scale up companies that will take part in its inaugural Scale LawTech programme, with a heavy emphasis – you may not be surprised to hear – on AI-backed compliance and contract review and management solutions. 

07/06/2019

AI or Excel on steroids? The ethics of AI as a tool, and its future regulation

From a technological perspective, AI is simply a series of computing techniques that are designed to mimic human behaviour. In that sense, AI has been around since the 1950s, Bristows IT partner Chris Holder told delegates at the 2019 Legal Leaders #GlenLegal IT Forum. “I would question whether what many CIOs are currently purchasing is true AI, or whether it is actually just excel on steroids,” he said, in a wide ranging and thoughtful talk on how AI is currently being used, how that will change, and what that means in terms of meaningful regulation and ethics.

07/06/2019

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Massive US expansion for LEAP as it offers “migration pathway” for 15,000 Lexis PCLaw and Time Matters law firm customers

In a major expansion into the United States for cloud case management provider LEAP Legal Software, the Sydney-headquartered company has entered a joint venture with LexisNexis to offer a migration pathway to the 15,000 law firm customers of PCLaw and Time Matters in the United States, Canada and Australasia. But what does the JV mean in practice?

06/06/2019

LWOW director Erika Concetta Pagano joins Wavelength as head of legal innovation and design

In a big international hire for Wavelength, Erika Concetta Pagano has left her role as both lecturer in law at the University of Miami School and Law and director of LawWithoutWalls to take on the new role of head of legal innovation and design at the UK-headquartered legal engineering firm. Pagano will lead “the development, growth and management of the legal design and innovation aspects” of Wavelength’s business.

06/06/2019

ACEDS bring in Microsoft’s Rachi Messing to global advisory board

Ediscovery education and certification provider the Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) has brought in Rachi Messing from Microsoft to its global advisory board. Messing is a senior program manager at Microsoft, currently working within the corporate, external, and legal affairs group.

05/06/2019

Lat Am Win: Cuesta Campos selects NetDocuments

Cuesta Campos, a top ranked full-service law firm with offices and affiliate firms across Mexico, has chosen NetDocuments as its native cloud-based document and email management platform.

05/06/2019

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Freshfields Lab: The team behind the initiative share their plans for a dedicated “client experience space”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has opened its debut Freshfields Lab. The new initiative, launched out of Berlin’s start-up campus known as The Factory (with plans afoot to open a second Lab in London), is focused on developing technology-based solutions for clients as they face increasingly complex challenges around mass claims, global transactions, investigations and cyber risks.

05/06/2019

“Police are innovating in silos”: Use of algorithms in the justice system needs “urgent oversight”

A year after the Law Society’s legal and regulatory policy director Sophia Adams Bhatti conceived of the idea for a commission on the use of AI in the criminal justice system, the Society has published its final report, which finds that the ad hoc use of complex algorithms in the justice system needs urgent oversight in the face of “a worrying lack of oversight or framework.”

04/06/2019

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