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The October issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – includes new Accountancy Tech Report

In this packed issue of the Legal IT Insider, we not only bring you latest breaking news and hottest stories but also our brand new Accountancy Tech Report.

24/10/2018

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.

26/09/2018

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Context is king: Why the legal sector can’t afford to have blockchain tunnel vision

Blockchain is a technology that could shake up the way legal services are delivered, managed and paid for. It’s an avenue being considered by law firms and legal departments looking to use technology more effectively to streamline operations and innovate. But to fully understand its usefulness, it has to be viewed and regulated as part of the existing industry, not in isolation, says Block.one’s general counsel Lee Schneider.

19/09/2018

The June 2018 issue of the Orange Rag – the Legal IT Insider newsletter – is out now – read it here free!

Top stories in the latest Insider newsletter include: Gateley select LexisOne + The Law Society moves to Office 365 & Azure cloud + Duncan Eadie joins Charles Russell Speechlys

27/06/2018

England’s top judge lashes out at ‘Science Museum’ grade court IT

England and Wales’ top judge has moaned that HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s (HMCTS) IT systems “more obviously belong in the Science Museum” than courtrooms across the land, The Register reports.

11/06/2018

The May 2018 issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter is out now – read it here free!

The May 2018 Insider is classic – we announce CyLok: the Legal Cybersecurity Readiness Index – Legal IT Insider has been working with industry security experts including Accenture + we have a Groundhog Day moment as David Lumsden takes over as Enable CEO from founder Liam Flanagan + We LOVE this article by Keith Lipman “Adventures in the Pessimistic DMS Garden” + much more

30/05/2018

Tech Comment: The Case for SD-WANs

Atchison Fraser from Talari looks at how a new generation of software-defined wide area networking technology  (SD-WANs) is changing the way law firms communicate

10/05/2018

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The Insider Top 200 shows the major IT systems in use by the largest UK law firms ranked by turnover and is updated on an ongoing basis.

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April Legal IT Insider out now – and free to read

SharePoint triumphs – All change at Peppermint – Major DMS & PMS swap outs – the inside skinny on Contract Analysis software – And is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a lawyer-data scientist hybrid! WTF?!?

25/04/2018

Exclusive: Calling lawyers – your chance to fly to Mars with Elon Musk and SpaceX

Legal IT Insider has just discovered the SpaceX commercial space flight business, headed by American serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, is recruiting for a lawyer to be part of the first crew to fly to Mars, as part of the company’s ambitious plans to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet.

01/04/2018

March Legal IT Insider out now – and free to read

It may almost be Easter but the world of legal technology does not stop for chocolate eggs and we’ve another packed issue of the monthly Legal IT Insider newsletter for you.

29/03/2018

The Midweek Movie with Chris White, Global CIO of Clyde & Co in conversation with Intapp

Chris White, Global CIO at Clyde & Co discusses his experience working with Intapp – and the impact that Intapp has had on time recording and conficts management.

14/03/2018

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Cybersecurity Comment: Boyd Legal warn that people need to plan their digital estates before they die

Scots are leaving their loved ones open to distress and hassle by overlooking their online lives in their will – according to both legal and cyber security experts. The warning comes despite an Edinburgh headquartered law firm recording a significant upsurge in the number of clients asking for advice on how to include their digital estate, such as online financial accounts, passwords and even access to social media pages.

07/03/2018

Comment: Identifying the cybersecurity problems and solutions for law firms

As cyber attacks on all sides continue to increase, law firms must take positive action to contain the onslaught. Humans will always push boundaries, but boundaries need not be broken using a combination of knowledge, education, training and state-of-the-art technology. If these methods are avoided and cyber security isn’t prioritised at board level, then attacks on law firms will only continue to increase.

07/03/2018

Martyn Wells: 211 miles, 10 days, 1 stage 3 cancer patient

A skin cancer patient who has had six operations over the last 12 months is preparing to take on a 211-mile walking challenge later this year. Martyn Wells, who was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in March last year, has committed himself to walking the length of the Severn Way path in just 10 days, starting September 1, 2018.

07/03/2018

The Big Story from the latest Insider: When TAR Is Not Enough – by Vince Neicho

The countdown to the new English disclosure rule is on. The consultation period expires tomorrow – at the end of February – ushering in a two-year pilot period in which the new rule will govern most proceedings in the Business and Property Courts. With the clock ticking down, I had the honour of moderating a panel for ACEDS on 7th February, which generated insightful, last-minute discourse on the new standards.

27/02/2018

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The Insider celebrates its 310th birthday – February issue here now – and free to read

We’re all about the core systems this month, as, hot off the press from Thomson Reuters Elite’s Vantage user conference comes the news that Wedlake Bell will transition from Envision to 3E – hang on, didn’t Wedlake Bell announce to some fanfare in 2014 that it had selected LexisNexis’ enterprise resource management system LexisOne?

22/02/2018

Cybersecurity Comment: Risking a Meltdown? Dealing with the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities present some unique issues for cloud services. Whether cloud service providers are acting in as a data controller or a data processor, they will likely be obliged to consider patching affected systems.

20/02/2018

SCL says Law Tech students win prizes! (Young lawyers are taught Jedi mind control now?)

On Saturday 3 February 2018 SCL (Society for Computers and Law – www.scl.org) held its inaugural Student Tech Law Challenge generously hosted by the University of Law at its London Moorgate Campus. 42 teams from universities around the UK were given the opportunity to develop their practical skills by living a day in the life of a tech lawyer. The event is believed to be the largest student tech law challenge held in the UK to date.

08/02/2018

Whoop! The Orange Rag ranked as one of the UK’s Top 40 Tech blogs!

We’re ranked at Number #22 – which is brilliant as we are the only vertical market industry blog in the chart. No surprises that The Register is at Number #1.

06/02/2018

Cybersecurity Comment: A new tax season but the same W-2 Spear Phishing scam

With a new tax season approaching, companies should be vigilant in guarding against criminals attempting to obtain sensitive information through a variety of scams. Last month, the IRS issued an alert warning consumers of an email scam targeting Hotmail users that purported to be a request from the IRS for sensitive information. Although this scam targeted consumers individually, the bigger prize comes from targeting organizations.

30/01/2018

What’s Hot – and What’s Not at Legaltech New York – clearly cybersecurity is not on the agenda

Our thanks to our friends at Inside Legal for sending us their annual “word cloud” of all the hot topics on the agenda for this week’s Legal Tech event in New York. Odd that such an important topic as cybersecurity doesn’t rate a mention! We also have the word cloud for 2011 so you can compare and contrast the trends…

29/01/2018

The first 2018 issue of the Insider is here now – and free to read

In a bumper news issue to kick off 2018, here are just some of the stories in the January (issue #309) Orange Rag, including the FREE download links

24/01/2018

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