Here are the global legalit deals you need to know about. The May wins and deals will be out next week (30 May). To stay up to date, sign up for the free newsletter on the link below, if you haven’t already.
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Travers Smith has selected Aderant Expert as its new practice management system. The UK top 50 firm, which has offices in the City of London and Paris, has been using UK vendor Timeslice systems since the 1990s and was the company’s flagship law firm site.
DAC Beachcroft is now live on Intapp Time – the firm previously used Tikit Carpe Diem according to Legal IT Insider’s top 200. DAC’s relationship with Intapp has expanded under IT director David Aird, who in 2015 signed up to Intapp Integration Builder and Intapp Flow to connect and manage the UK top 50 firm’s software applications and help rationalise its IT infrastructure. Critical to the decision to move to Intapp Time was Intapp’s support for mobile time recording, including how easy Intapp is to use on a Microsoft Surface Pro.
Several iManage firms have gone with contentCrawler from DocsCorp. Dillon Eustace (Ireland) chose it for its ability to compress document file size, and Delphi (Sweden) to ensure all image-based documents are 100% searchable. South African firm Adams & Adams, chose pdfDocs for PDF creation and editing and for its out-of-the-box integration with iManage.
IRIS, a member of the Canon Group, just announced that Norwegian law firm Kluge Advokatfirma has selected iManage Work 10 for its document and email management. Kluge say they were drawn to iManage Work 10 by its innovative collaboration features that enable users to follow their project team’s content in realtime.
Dorset-based Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP have signed up for Tikit P4W to help them drive productivity in their private, commercial and legal aid work. Tikit also works in partnership with Legal IT in Ireland to help law firms in the region drive efficiency in their legal case work. Irish firm Fergus Mullen Solicitors chose Tikit P4W as the system will help them meet and surpass their everyday business challenges.
Merseyside firm 174 Law has chosen digital document bundling from Zylpha for its family team. The move is a recognition that digital bundling is fast becoming a bestpractice innovation. It also reflects recent moves by Liverpool’s Family Court to accept digital files.
Bundledocs reports a record quarter thanks to new partnerships, including iManage, Tikit TFB, NetDocuments, Lawman and Worldox, plus orders from Clarke Willmott, Knight 1759 Solicitors, FBC Manby Bowdler and South African Big 5 law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.
HighQ announced that Hjort, a leading Norwegian law firm, is adopting the company’s intelligent work platform to upgrade delivery of legal services to clients in the public and private sectors. Plus international HR law alliance Ius Laboris is leveraging HighQ Publisher to further strengthen its content management and digital knowledge products throughout its network, which includes more than 1400 lawyers in 53 countries
Livingstons Solicitors has selected the Linetime Liberate matter management system. Liberate will also be used for document production from a precedent bank, while the consolidated electronic file will assist with the firm’s GDPR requirements via the use of the Liberate Data Manager module.
Arendt & Medernach, which last year was named Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year, has deployed Luminance artificial intelligence technology to enhance its due diligence processes for multi-language M&A transactions. The firm is also the first to trial Version 3.0 and the real estate functionality of the platform. In addition, two more Swedish commercial firms – Delphi and Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå – have deployed Luminance AI technology for contract review and M&A due diligence.
AmLaw 100 firm Shook Hardy & Bacon is to swapout its legacy OpenText document management system for the NetDocuments cloud-based platform. The firm will deploy NetDocuments as part of cloud technology initiative across 12 offices and 1500 legal professionals. Shook will implement NetDocuments DMS platform, ndMail for predictive email management, ndSync for file and device synchronization, as well as customer held encryption key technology.
Freemium US legal research platform Casetext has announced a new deal with AmLaw 100 firm O’Melveny & Myers, who join Quinn Emanuel, Fenwick & West, DLA Piper, Baker Donelson and Ogletree Deakins as adopters of Casetext’s AI-backed legal research tool CARA AI. Casetext founder and CEO Jake Heller recently told the Insider that the company will shortly unveil a major product upgrade to put it on a par with incumbent legal research leaders LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters Westlaw, as it pushes hard to develop its paid-for technology offering.
Canadian firm Fasken has adopted Kira Systems AI software to assist on a variety of projects including due diligence and analysis of clients’ contractual obligations. Kira has more than 430 built-in models to identify common contract provisions and will be learning additional models specific to Fasken: once provisions are identified, they will automatically be extracted into a summary chart, allowing Fasken lawyers to compare information across documents. “We are continually reviewing how we provide legal services to meet the expectations of our clients, ” said Peter Feldberg, Fasken’s managing partner. “Through proven technology like Kira, we can offer more efficient contract review.”
Several firms have gone with cleanDocs and compareDocs from DocsCorp for metadata removal and document comparison capability. These include Trucker Huss (CA), who also purchased pdfDocs and Selzer Gurvitch Rabin Wertheimer & Polott (MD), who were previously a Workshare site. Another swapout was Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capouano & Bozarth (FL) who replaced iRedline with compareDocs. Delaware firm Bayard also went with compareDocs. And Womble Bond Dickinson LLP (NC) decided on contentCrawler to automate the conversion of image-based documents in its iManage DMS to text-searchable documents.
AmLaw 100 law firm Foley & Lardner, with nearly 1100 lawyers in 24 offices across North America, Asia and Europe, has upgraded its enterprise records management and information governance systems by implementing FileTrail. The project is being overseen by InOutsource and includes integration of FileTrail’s best-in-class RMS with the firm’s NetDocuments DMS. A second phase includes the installation of GPS, FileTrail’s recently launched governance policy suite for comprehensive records retention.
Sparke Helmore Lawyers, which has more than 750 people in eight offices across Australia, has selected Aderant Expert for its legal practice and financial management software solution. “Aderant demonstrated their partnership style, ensuring our needs were met from the initial proposal, through to demonstrations and commercial negotiations,” said Sparke Helmore IT director Lee Hodge. Leading Melbourne firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth purchased DocsCorp pdfDocs to help it create, edit, and manage PDF content.
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