The September issue of the Legal Technology Insider newsletter (UK & EMEA edition) is out now. The latest issue contains over 60 separate news items, with top stories including:
• Is the iPad disruptive technology?
• FWBS wins Nabarro deal
• Is the Legal Services Commission still fit for purpose? (The short answer is no, it's rubbish)
• Phoenix push the international borders
• Recruitment boom: good times here again?
• Team Cannings back with JumpTo
+ Neil Cameron and Tim Hyman feature in our 10 years ago feature

And digital dictation specialist OutSec is offering readers a free trial of its services. To qualify for the transcription of a maximum of 20 minutes dictation, open an account online before 30 November using the offer code 20MLT2010 – www.outsec.co.uk/newclient.php

Here are two of those stories in more detail…

FWBS wins Nabarro deal
Nabarro LLP last week signed a deal to purchase the MatterCentre case and matter management system from FWBS. The software will be used to enable legal process improvements, including  managing workflow, team working and document assembly, across a range of legal case types. The FWBS application will also be integrated with the firm’s iManage DMS. According to Insider records, this is the first top-25 win for FWBS, as well as its first implementation at a firm running an Elite PMS. The FWBS software already runs at Aderant, Miles 33, Tikit Firmware, Axxia and Paragon sites.

Team Cannings back with JumpTo
Back in the 1990s, one of the big names in litigation support, OCR and ESI was Bill Cannings’ Valid Information Systems with its flagship product R/KYV. Seven years ago Cannings sold Valid to Hummingbird (now part of Open Text) and trotted off into retirement. Now he’s back as the chairman of Chase Information Technology Services, a company run by Ben Shellie and Cannings’ son Nigel, who is a lawyer.

Chase has created what Cannings describes as the holy grail of voice recognition, namely a forensic compliance system that can store, analyse and retrieve video and audio recordings, with the same ease that document archives can now be searched. Called JumpTo, the product uses a multi algorithm learning engine to process audio records without using phoneme spotting or having to train staff to use traditional boolean logic-type search engine methods. Chase see the JumpTo system, which is being offered on a SaaS basis, as an ideal tool for compliance departments having to sift through thousands of hours of recorded telephone calls but without having to replay and listen to every recording or else have them physically transcribed and then read. Other possible uses include media related litigation, elearning and training and public inquiry work.

As a proof of concept, Chase has a number of sample video and audio files on its website, including John Prestcott’s testimony at the Iraq Inquiry, this year’s Budget Speech, a Slaughter & May ‘come and be a trainee’ podcast (Nigel Cannings used to work at the firm) and even – to show how JumpTo will work even with poor quality source material – a video cassette recording of the BBC news report of the death of Princess Diana, that has subsequently been digitised and uploaded onto YouTube.
www.chaseits.co.uk/?vid=Prescott.flv
http://tinyurl.com/chasesm
http://tinyurl.com/dianavid1
www.chaseits.co.uk