Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – September 2017 – Issue #306 – our top stories include…
Legal IT Insider and Legal Week have entered into an exclusive technology media partnership!
The partnership will see LITI editor Caroline Hill speak at the Legal Week Connect conference and advise on the programme. Legal IT Insider will be promoting and raising awareness of the event. We will also be sharing reciprocal speaking slots at LITI’s Legal Leaders IT Forum in Gleneagles and Legal Week’s Strategic Technology Forum. “We look forward to working with Legal IT Insider on this ambitious project and welcoming Caroline as a regular columnist for Legal Week,” said John Malpas, publisher of Legal Week. “Her deep knowledge of the UK legal technology market will enrich our coverage of a fast-evolving market.”
Bird & Bird says ‘yes’ to pessimistic security
UK IT directors said it would never take off, but as we found out when we caught up with IT director Karen Jacks, UK top 20 firm Bird & Bird has just given the green light to lock its document management system down to just the client team who ‘need to know’.
Exclusive: Control ALT delete: Hellers launches new networking association
Following an open letter to ILTA in which he accused the board of a “trend towards commercialism” and queried whether the body has lost its way, Rick Hellers, president & CEO of nQueue and a founding member of ILTA, is leading the launch of the Association of Legal Technologists (ALT) backed by a high-profile group that includes former ILTA senior board members Catherine Reilly and Judi Flournoy. We exclusively have all the details of who is involved and what the new association is about. Note: the focus will be not on “what to do” but “how to do it.”
Exclusive: ContractPod launches AI-backed contract analyst
After six months of intensive R&D, ContractPod has launched an artificially intelligent contract analyst which will work “out of the box” and is fully integrated with its end-to-end contract management platform, we can reveal, in an interview with ContractPod founder Sarvarth Misra.
Exclusive: BT launches industry first regulatory tool
BT Global Services (BTGS) has launched an automated regulatory and obligations risk assessment tool that it estimates will derive up to 2000% ROI in year one and is understood to be a first among its competitors. We speak to Thomas Sunesson, BTGS director of commercial regulation, regulatory strategy and policy about the new tool.
IT Security: A hygiene factor or differentiator?
Law firm IT security has never been as high on the client radar, thanks to a growing awareness of the prevailing rise in cybercrime, GDPR, and yes, DLA Piper being hit by that not Petya virus. We speak to GCs outside of the financial services sector, including Nigel Paterson from Dixons Carphone Warehouse; Rosemary Martin from Vodafone; Kent Dreadon from Telefonica UK (O2); Dan Guildford from the FT; Aine Lyons from VMware; and Claire Debney from Shire to find out their views on whether law firm IT security is rising up the agenda and whether it is becoming a differentiator in winning client business.
Peppermint goes modular: An interview with CEO Arlene Adams
In news from the end of August that went under the radar thanks to the entire legal IT sector still being hungover from ILTA Las Vegas, Peppermint Technology has moved away from its singular enterprise resource planning approach to a modular approach that will enable big law firms to roll out its Microsoft Dynamics 365-based solution in stages or just in part. We find out more from CEO Arlene Adams.
Herbies appoints LPM head for EMEA
Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed a legal project management (LPM) lead for Europe and the Middle East, with Mark Collins joining the firm to help drive the adoption of LPM on the Continent. We catch up with Mark to find out more.
Keoghs signs up to iManage Extract
In the latest news from the document and email management sector we can reveal that Keoghs has selected iManage Extract. “We started developing our own AI platform earlier this year but a key missing component was how we would look to extract data from unstructured data sources efficiently,” said Dene Rowe, partner and director of product development at Keoghs.
Littler Mendelson swaps out iManage
Littler Mendelson has swapped out iManage for NetDocuments. The 2,000-user firm, which has over 75 offices, signed up before ILTA 2017.
Am Law 200 DMS table out soon!
There’s a degree of hysteria in the document and email management market thanks to the visibly heated competition between NetDocuments and iManage but we will very shortly be bringing out a supplement including a table of the Am Law 200 documenting which firms use which system and which have swapped over, in an attempt to inject some facts into the debate.
And let’s not forget your all-time favourites: What’s hot & what’s not: wins & deals AND Movers & Shakers
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Our next issue (No #307 – October) will be out on Wednesday 25 October 2017