The June 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!
In this issue:
Gateley selects LexisOne
Gateley has selected LexisOne as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, we understand, although contracts have yet to be formally signed and as a listed company Gateley said that it is unable to confirm the selection or comment in advance of any formal notice to the market.
The Law Society moves to Azure
The Law Society of England and Wales has moved to Office 365 and is in the process of moving its apps, data and infrastructure to Azure, we can reveal, as part of a £10m transformation plan kick-started 18 months ago, as the body creates its own IT department and moves away from the historic model of sharing back-office services with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
LOD hires LexisNexis director of solutions Nigel Rea
LexisNexis’ director of solutions Nigel Rea has joined LOD (Lawyers on Demand) we can reveal, helping the flexible legal services adviser to develop its growing projects-based managed solutions business.
And in another big hire… Duncan Eadie joins Charles Russell Speechlys
Charles Russell Speechlys has appointed Duncan Eadie as director of information technology.
In demand at thedocyard
Australian headquartered transaction management platform thedocyard is in pilot with DLA Piper as demand from the London market grows.
More on Weightmans’ litigation decision engine
Weightmans in June announced that it has entered a partnership with the University of Liverpool and Kira Systems to develop an AI-backed decision engine to help identify arguments for settling cases – interesting in itself, there is more to the partnership than that.
Linklaters to appoint a CTO
Linklaters is in the process of looking for a chief technology officer, after director of technology Matt Peers was appointed as global chief operating officer in addition to his existing role.
Blockchain for Law
Founded in April by Stevie Ghiassi, CEO of Legaler and president of the Australian Legal Technology Association, ’Blockchain for Law’ is a new private network of verified lawyers from around the world dedicated to exploring the intersection of blockchain and the law. Here’s how you sign up.
Eigen who? The startup with £13m world domination plans
We speak to founder and chief executive Lewis Liu and general counsel Adam Eastell about Eigen Technologies’ ambitious plans to classify and extract data across the firm, across all practice areas, and across the front, mid and back office, in the financial, legal and insurance sectors.
Marie Bernard, CEO of Nextlaw Labs talks ‘innovation as a service’
In December 2017, Marie Bernard was named as the new CEO of Nextlaw Labs, to coincide with a change of focus and strategy for Dentons accelerator of early-stage technology. Here we discuss how Nextlaw Labs is making progress in delivering legal services through a collaborative approach involving technology partners, rival firms and clients.
Access to justice and the urgent need for a law tech revolution
At the recent launch of the Barclays/Law Society Eagle Lab law tech incubator in London, Lord Keen of Elie (Richard Keen QC) said, “There is a lawtech revolution happening all over the world and I want to make sure the UK not only keeps pace with it but leads it.” But with such limited access to caselaw in the UK, how can we keep pace? asks Gavin Sheridan, co-founder of Vizlegal.
Pulling teeth and permission to fail
Catherine Bamford, CEO and founder of Bam Legal starts a conversation after we asked her if law firms were jumping into automation with very little strategy behind it. She thought editing it might ruin it so here is her rant in what she calls her ‘shitty first draft’.
Highlights from the 4th Annual AI Summit
iManage RAVN legal subject matter expert Alistair Wye gives a brilliant summary of the AI Summit in London
Forsters: Transformation ahoy
In May we reported that Anthony Stables had been appointed as CIO at Mayfair real estate and private wealth firm Forsters, and we subsequently caught up with Stables and Janders Dean about the technology and change management strategy review underpinning his appointment.
Inspiring the next generation
The Women’s Business Council has published a guide to inspiring the next generation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Here’s how you get involved – make sure you do, there is a desperate need to engage young people, particularly girls, at the early stages of their lives.
Gordon Arata goes live on 3E in the cloud – the details
New Orleans-headquartered law firm Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan in June became the first law firm to go live on Thomson Reuters Elite’s 3E software as a service practice management solution hosted in Microsoft Azure, after a rollout that took around eight months. We speak to the firm and Elite about the pilot and rollout. We wanted to ask if the firm has any further plans to grow its name, but we’ll save that for next time.
Legal IT Insider BD Tech Report 2018
This month we publish our first annual BD Tech Report, in association with Lexis InterAction. Make sure you sign up to receive it – the link is on the back page of this issue.
Not forgetting – Happy 10th birthday PictureMore!
It’s a big birthday this year for UK IT executive search and recruitment specialists PictureMore. Take a look at who we think is the most attractive in the office.
Wins, deals and people moves
Your favourite bit of the newsletter, who is working with who, and who has gone where.
And Including our two top stories from the web, both involving Barclays:
Strategic Technology Forum: Barclays to review tech capability as part of last panel review
Barclays will be scoring its law firms on their innovation and technology offering as part of its last ever panel review next month, with group general counsel Bob Hoyt actively involved in driving the bank’s strategy on legal technology. This came out of a panel run by our media partner Legal Week at their Strategic Technology Forum in Italy.
And Barclays Eagle Lab legal tech incubator launches: here’s why you should embrace it
Barclays on 19 June formally launched its Eagle Lab legal tech incubator in partnership with The Law Society, which at its core is an attempt to help the legal sector catch up with its fintech peers and “turbo-charge London’s law-tech ecosystem.”
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