Hi and welcome to the last Orange Rag newsletter before we break for the summer – albeit travel plans are looking a bit thin on the ground for most of us. Whereas many of us would by now be looking forward to getting together at ILTA in August, it’s more likely than not that you are attending virtually this year, particularly if you are outside of North America, as most jurisdictions maintain a cautious approach to international travel.
The eagle eyed among you will have spotted that our intention to host the first big gathering of the year post lockdown was thwarted by the continually changing goalposts around social gatherings. However, in person events are starting to happen and people are desperate for face-to-face get togethers. We are in the process of organising a number of swanky round table dinners, so get in touch if you want further information.
There continues to be an awful lot of activity in the sector – it’s interesting that Litera’s acquisition of Objective Manager seems an age ago, but it only happened at the start of July. See below for more on that and all the other top stories in July.
Fund raising and IPOs continue apace and I’m grateful to eDiscovery vendor Disco for giving us the very first UK interview about their float on the New York Stock Exchange. Disco was expected to raise around $1.6bn, but the figure on the day was over $2bn, with general manager for EMEA, Stephen Dearing, telling us: “Everyone is creating data in so many different formats and the volume that needs to be sifted through is only ever going to increase.” Don’t miss that interview in our top stories.
We also reveal that legal technology competency group LTC4 has teamed up with microlearning course provider Novum Learning in order to expand the reach of its workflow-based training courses. Make sure you watch our 10-minute chat with LTC4’s chair Bonnie Beuth and marketing consultant Joanne Humber, plus Novum Learning’s CEO Shaun Locke to find out more about the alliance.
Have a good break, try to ditch the screens for a week if you can (haha!) and we look forward to seeing you in September. We will continue to post news and views for most of the summer on www.legaltechnology.com