Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter (January 2016 #289)


• Dealroom & extranet specialist HighQ receives $50 million in private equity funding – Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley among the investors

• Intapp acquires Rekoop and now has 70% of UK law firm time capture market

• New Heads of IT at Macfarlanes – Andrew Powell headhunted from Nabarro as Maurice Millen retires + Edie Dillion promoted to global CIO at Norton Rose Fulbright

• Ediscovery – the race is on to consolidate as deals spur “feeding frenzy” among Silicon Valley investors & scrabble by vendors not to be left behind

• Zoopla GC Ned Staple Talks Tech: law firms need better time & billing software – real-time billing portals would be helpful

• Can Robots be Lawyers? Gerard Neiditsch & Peter Nussey express their reservations

• Three leading law firm heads of IT: Daniel Pollick of DLA Piper + Colin Smith of Pinsent Masons + Andrew Powell of Nabarro (moving to Macfarlanes) identify top priorities & market trends for 2016 – “mobile first” + cybersecurity + Infrastructure as a Service + AI all on the agenda

• Who’s in and Who’s out: all the latest wins and deals from around the UK, American, APAC and EMEA legal markets including swings and roundabouts for DMS vendors iManage and NetDocuments

• Movers & Shakers: who is coming, who is going – and who has gone

• Quotes of the Month:

“Like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.” …CIO of major law firm on the usefulness of AI without good data

“Our cybersecurity programme. Obviously!” …Daniel Pollick of DLA Piper on his priorities for 2016

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Our next issue (No #290 – February) will be out on Monday 29 February 2016