The September 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!
Well, we’re back with a bang in the first issue after the summer with loads of breaking news, exclusives and commentary. In this issue:
Lexis to launch litigation analytics tool for UK market
LexisNexis will in 2019 launch a UK analytics solution that will enable lawyers for the first time to analyse the language of judges to help argue their cases, we can reveal.
Lewis Silkin ditches the parrot for NetDocuments
Its efforts to turn SharePoint into a viable legal document management system have been the subject of many column inches, with Legal IT Insider founder Charles Christian infamously comparing the DMS to the Monty Python dead parrot. But, we can reveal, Lewis Silkin has literally just signed on the line with NetDocuments in a move that will give the Utah-headquartered cloud-based DMS challenger its seventh site in the UK top 100.
Exclusive: Macfarlanes gets rid of its tin with Proact
Macfarlanes is moving its entire on premises IT facilities to a dedicated, off-site environment split between two UK datacentres, having turned to data centre and cloud storage specialist Proact as its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) partner after a four way pitch.
Exclusive: Seddons selects Converge TS IaaS
Another firm is moving their tin off premises, as towards the end of September we got this exclusive announcement from Converge TS: “After an extensive selection process Seddons has selected Converge TS to provide a fully managed private hosted infrastructure solution, creating a secure, high performance environment to deliver the firm’s suite of applications.” We talked to IT director James Temple. In Miami. On his birthday.
Exclusive: ContractPodAi now integrates Workshare doc comparison
IBM Watson-backed contract creation and lifecycle management tool ContractPodAi has teamed up with Workshare to integrate its document comparison technology into the CLM platform, which is primarily aimed at in-house lawyers.
“We the 97”: The ILTA Ultimatum
ILTA’s board has responded to an ultimatum delivered in a fairly dramatic fashion at its flagship conference in Washington, at which it was required by 18 September to answer 10 questions ranging from how the board is elected; to how it will select a new CIO; to how it will prevent a recurrence of the mistakes of the past, as volunteers and vendors seek to heal an organisation dogged by internal politics. We bring you the full update and ask, ‘what does the future look like?’
Exclusive: Lexis appoints former lawyer as new director of solutions
Danielle McCormick has taken over as UK director of solutions at LexisNexis, we can reveal, filling the position left by Nigel Rae, who as we revealed in June, has joined Lawyers on Demand..
QuoStar launches CIO as a service led by Chris White
IT consultancy QuoStar has launched a chief information officer-as-a-service offering led by HFW’s new interim CIO Chris White.
iManage’s acquisition of Elegrity gets a thumbs up
Described by one legal tech partner as “a better purchase than RAVN”, iManage in September announced that it had acquired risk and compliance software and solutions business Elegrity, in a move that provides the market with a credible alternative to Intapp when it comes to matter opening and client onboarding.
Barclays Eagle Lab launches with not a CIO in sight – your reactions
Causing what one innovation head described as “a bit of a shit storm” on social media was one comment this month on the formal launch of Barclays Eagle Lab, or Legal Eagle Lab, which was notably devoid of mainstream legal heads. Here is what you think.
DLA Piper achieves record LTC4 certification
DLA Piper has smashed LTC4’s record for training fee-earners to be technically competent by hitting three thousand one-to-one accredited coaching sessions across 45 offices. A fantastic achievement – we bring you all the details.
New professional benchmark for software vendors
The LSSA has recently introduced an enhanced code of conduct to which all member companies have agreed to adhere. This code of conduct is a commitment from LSSA member companies to the high standard of professional excellence law firms can expect to receive.
Lights-On, Hyperscale and Kingsmead launch the Intuity Alliance
Referred to by one commentator as The Holy Trinity but we prefer to visualise them as the three musketeers, industry veterans Peter Owen, Derek Southall and Chris Bull have teamed up to launch an advisory support and consulting service to meet clients’ increasing needs for holistic advice on integrated technology, operations and innovation.
How LawWithoutWalls Can Help You Unlock Client Solutions
We asked Leah Cooper, founder and CEO of Leah Cooper Consulting and a LWOW sponsor this year, to tell you all about it: because it’s cool, not because we’re getting paid.
It’s all about the CRM, CRM, CRM
Following the announcement that respected sales manager Gareth Thomas is leaving iManage RAVN for CRM challenger OnePlace, the comments have flooded in, and things in that market are starting to look very interesting.
Neota brings in customer success head from Intapp
Neota Logic continues to bolster its UK presence with the arrival of Will Richardson, who this month joined from Intapp as head of customer success, EMEA. At Intapp, Richardson was customer success director and before that he worked at BigHand as client solutions director, UK healthcare.
A brand new monthly eDiscovery column from industry veteran Jonathan Maas
Jonathan Maas updates us on the more important eDisclosure / eDiscovery news from his BONG! email updates over the past month.
How the other half do tech
We will shortly publish an accounting tech report. Here is the teaser and how to sign up to be the first to read it.
Countdown to Legal Geek
Legal Geek is counting down the days to its third conference on the October 17, at the Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR. Editor Caroline Hill is speaking on the second stage. Make sure you sign up to buy tickets before they sell out.
Profile: Simon Drane, the Law Society & the age of legal tech
Has anyone else noticed that the Law Society (of England and Wales) has really got with the programme when it comes to legal tech? Their contribution used to be confined to a gargantuan annual report but now they are at many of the main legal tech events and fully engaged in the tech conversation. And much of that is largely thanks to Simon Drane.
What’s Hot & What’s Not: Wins & Deals AND Movers & Shakers
We bring you the latest.
Talking tech with junior lawyers at JLD
Our thanks and congratulations goes out to the Law Society Junior Lawyers Division, which on 8 September hosted its annual JLD Forum in Chancery Lane, at which Insider editor Caroline Hill sat on a panel with Weightmans business services and innovation director Stuart Whittle and DLA Piper’s legal technology manager Ben Hunt to address 122 delegates on what legal tech means as a junior lawyer.
Clifford Chance selects Litera Desktop in move to one drafting vendor
Clifford Chance has elected to significantly extend its relationship with Litera Microsystems and has rolled out Litera Desktop to the entire global firm, moving in the process to a single vendor for document drafting.
And last but not least our cloud round table report is out now!
Legal IT Insider and enterprise cloud provider Nutanix gathered with law firm IT leaders from some of the UK’s leading firms to discuss where they are on the journey towards moving their infrastructure to the cloud, what the barriers are, and what the roadmap looks like.
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Our next issue (No #317 – October) will be out on Wednesday 24 October 2018