In this issue:

Eversheds Sutherland International selects iManage
Following an extensive process that began in the Spring of 2019 to select a document and email management system for the 4,300 people in its international team, Eversheds Sutherland has selected iManage, we can reveal.

Dentons 3E: The master plan is coming together
Dentons has selected Thomson Reuters Elite 3E as its practice management system as it delivers on a mammoth five-year IT strategy or ‘master plan’ that, global CIO Marcel Henri tells us, is coming together.

Bech-Bruun acquires d60 for digital launch
Leading Danish law firm Bech-Bruun is taking over the Danish software enterprise d60 and relaunching it as a partner-owned, independent
company in order to accelerate the development of new digital solutions for clients. The name of the new company is .legal (as you might expect, pronounced “dot legal”).

CIO strategic priorities for 2020
We asked a handful of high profile CIOs and IT directors what their top strategic priorities are for 2020. Here is what they have to say in a nutshell.

BlackBoiler patents underscore ‘solid IT strategy’
Towards the end of last year BlackBoiler announced that it has been issued several patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its AI-assisted contract review product which instantaneously revises contracts in
track changes. We take a closer look.

BigHand to appoint new CEO
BigHand’s private equity owner Bridgepoint is looking to fill the top management spot at the UK-headquartered company after the departure of former CEO Ian Churchill.

Charles Russell Speechlys “no immediate plans” to fill IT director
role

Charles Russell Speechlys director of IT Duncan Eadie has left the UK top 50 law firm, which says it has no immediate plans to hire a replacement.

MS launches O365 KM service, and it’s big
This admittedly falls under ‘one that we meant to write about earlier’ but it’s worth noting now that Microsoft in November unveiled Project Cortex, the first new service in Microsoft 365 since the launch of Microsoft Teams,
which uses AI to capture content, extract information and automatically tag content.

PwC rolls out BRYTER in Europe
Several PwC Legal entities in Europe are rolling out BRYTER’s no-code automation platform with a view to allowing their lawyers to automate complex legal workflows without any programming knowledge.

ELTA takes Europe by the horns
It was a notably thoughtful and enthusiastic group that assembled for the second European Legal Technology Association congress in November, where the topics discussed included the ethics of AI and the future of the legal market, with my own all female panel considering how to convert
lawyers to the religion of legal technology and innovation. Editor Caroline Hill has the low down.

Clifford Chance publishes first scientific paper in data science for
legal

If you missed it online catch up: Clifford Chance’s data science lab has published what we understand to be the first scientific paper in data science for legal. The paper looks at long length legal supervised
document classification, the limitations that the current models impose on the length of the input text, and how to improve the results.

Comment: The barriers to technology investment
We speak to four senior technology and innovation leaders about the partnership model and the real barriers to investment.

Wins and Deals and Movers and Shakers

We fill you in on the latest wins, deals, moves and news in brief.

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