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What we learnt about the Disclosure Pilot 10 months in

Just last week Vince Neicho, Vice President of legal services at Integreon, moderated a panel discussion for ACEDS UK on how the Disclosure Pilot in the UK is performing. Hosted by Law firm RPC on behalf of ACEDS UK and sponsored by Integreon, the event attracted a broad spectrum of attendees including lawyers, barristers and eDiscovery experts. Here he unveils the key findings.

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Greenberg’s Recurve-ball

June saw the launch of US law firm Greenberg Traurig shared services subsidiary Recurve, which will be a launchpad for its innovations in technology, project management, alternative staffing and solutions for lawyers and clients that don’t involve the practice of law.

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CMS UK’s Obelisk partnership

We recently caught up with CMS’ head of innovation and legal operations, John Craske, to find out more about the UK top 10 law firm’s strategic partnership with Obelisk. 

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What the innovation head said

Four legal innovation heads compare remits, challenges and priorities. Around the table are Isabel Parker, chief legal innovation officer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Shilpa Bhandarkar, head of innovation at Linklaters; Wendy Butler Curtis, chief innovation officer at Orrick; and Kerry Westland, head of innovation and legal technology at Addleshaw Goddard.

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Andy Sparkes takes over Lexis UK legal markets

Andy Sparkes has taken over from Simon Collin as director of legal markets for UK and Ireland, we can reveal.

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Trending: The “One” & only “Place” to be “Global” tech giant Intapp’s latest acquisition

Intapp today announced it has acquired OnePlace, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for marketing and business development teams. Intapp and OnePlace are joining forces to address the growing need for a unified front office solution spanning the client life-cycle that helps firms cultivate key relationships, drive growth, and better compete in their modern marketplace.

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Trending: The "One" & only "Place" to be "Global" tech giant Intapp’s latest acquisition

Intapp today announced it has acquired OnePlace, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for marketing and business development teams. Intapp and OnePlace are joining forces to address the growing need for a unified front office solution spanning the client life-cycle that helps firms cultivate key relationships, drive growth, and better compete in their modern marketplace.

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Airbus to extend use of Seal Software in feted digital transformation drive

As part of its long running and highly regarded company-wide digital transformation drive, Airbus has opted to further its use of Seal Software’s contract discovery and analytics technology in what will be viewed as a big vote of confidence in the technology.

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HSF gives staff 10 ‘innovation days’ a year

Causing a bit of a stir on social media this month was Herbert Smith Freehills, which has launched a new initiative that will allow its global staff to spend up to 10 days per-year working on “innovation projects.”

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BLM: “You don’t get AI in a box”

BLM’s IT director Abby Ewen this month talked to Legal IT Insider about the UK top 40 law firm’s selection of iManage RAVN and it’s worth flagging a couple of points she made about the dos and don’ts of using AI technology.

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Glenn LaForce joins Shearman

The start of this year saw Handshake Software’s chief strategy officer and EVP Glenn LaForce join Shearman & Sterling as global director of knowledge and research.

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PayneGroup launches template tool

PayneGroup has just released new template creation and management software designed for small to mid-sized organisations. It’s called KIT, which stands for ‘keep in touch’. The software works with Microsoft Office 2013 and up (Office 365, 2019, 2016 and 2013) on a Windows platform.

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HSF goes large with Contract Express

Herbert Smith Freehills has put into production a large Thomson Reuters Contract Express capability this year. Speaking to Legal IT Insider (see page X) CIO Haig Tyler said: “Our legal automation team, which is part of the legal ops function, has done a lot of work to develop that capability, which has been particularly focused on real estate.

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DWF hires Freshfield’s Jamie Whalebone as IPO becomes official

DWF is continuing to expand its legal technology capabilities, with the recruitment of Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer’s Jamie Whalebone. Whalebone ran Freshfield’s legal technology operations team, out of its Manchester office. The unit was created at the start of 2018 in order to connect fee earners with the firm’s global technology and innovation division. He joins […]

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Fulcrum solves eBilling crisis at Bradford & Barthel

Fulcrum Global Technologies has built West Coast employment firm Bradford & Barthel a customised eBilling solution in place of Thomson Reuters’ eBillingHub, after the firm says it was left with no developers following Thomson Reuters’ (TR’s) closure of eBillingHub’s headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of its widescale restructuring programme.

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Fulcrum solves eBilling crisis at Bradford & Barthel

Fulcrum Global Technologies has built West Coast employment firm Bradford & Barthel a customised eBilling solution in place of Thomson Reuters’ eBillingHub, after the firm says it was left with no developers following Thomson Reuters’ (TR’s) closure of eBillingHub’s headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of its widescale restructuring programme.

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CLOC: New president Mary O’Carroll talks strategy and politics

It wasn’t until I met CLOC’s new president, Mary O’Carroll, at the London CLOC conference in January that I realised I had a lot of preconceptions that turned out mostly to be wrong.

Highly personable, O’Carroll, while utterly dedicated to CLOC and its success, is less evangelical than I’d imagined, and being a cynical Brit, I say that as a compliment.  While we talk about early ambitions, she is notably keen not to make promises that she can’t deliver on.

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Thomson Reuters’ wholesale restructure: the facts you need to know

Thomson Reuters has for 12 months now been conducting a wholesale restructure that has many outsiders, and more than a few insiders, feeling confused about how the new look company now operates and where its legal solutions business Elite fits in.

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The PMS shakedown: SAGlobal and Oracle enter the fray

Not for a long time has the legal practice management system market looked so interesting and yet so volatile: the start of 2019 saw LexisNexis sell LexisOne to Dynamics shop SAGlobal; Oracle formally launched its dedicated legal PMS, becoming the first mainstream tech giant to target the legal sector directly; and Peppermint Technology gained a new Silicon Valley investor with funding of over £7m.  Oh yes and Thomson Reuters is to sunset CRM system 3E Business Development (formerly Business Development Premier) but is to launch 3E in the cloud.

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Eversheds Sutherland and Clifford Chance split innovation and back office tech teams

Two top 20 law firms restructure technology capabilities to reflect changing demands
Both Eversheds Sutherland and Clifford Chance have recently restructured their legal technology teams, separating client-facing innovation from back office IT.