One innovation head tells us they had the popcorn out all last week during a war of words on Twitter, which erupted after Kira Systems’ founder Noah Waisberg at Legal Geek called for the legal tech press at large to become more discerning in its coverage of ‘AI’ and emerging technology and try to help avoid some of the hype. A valid call, I thought it would be worth reminding you of a few things you can expect from Legal IT Insider, given that some of the frustration in that war of words surrounded paid for product endorsements and the like.
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Thomson Reuters Elite is in the process of splitting along company-wide customer segments as opposed to product lines and cutting its headcount in line with the wider Thomson Reuters restructuring in a move that while welcomed by many, is creating significant internal tension as staff find out if they still have a role.
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.
DLA Piper has successfully completed an entire US back office administration and support restructure using task delegation and workflow tool BigHand Now, which has been rolled out to over 2,000 users across all 28 of DLA’s North American offices.
It was a pleasure to judge the British Legal Awards yesterday (22 October) with some of the greats of the legal industry led by Ashurst disputes partner and chair of the City of London Law Society Edward Sparrow. The list of finalists and judges is here.
Eversheds Sutherland has hired ex Barclays lawtech strategy adviser and head of legal automation Darren Jones into its company commercial practice group, in a bid to ensure that technology is an integrated part of its client service.
An outright leader when it comes to helping legal educators to bring their students’ education into this century, Neota Logic will today (19 October) announce three new education partnerships, with The University of Limerick, Ulster University and London South Bank University, which has launched a new law and technology option for students.
The Legal IT Insider team are excited to announce the dates of The 4th Annual Legal Leaders IT Forum – GlenLegal 2019. Chaired by Mike Rebeiro , head of digital and innovation at Macfarlanes and Rick Howell, CIO at Perkins Coie, the conference will be held on Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th March 2019, once again hosted in the awesome surroundings of the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
Huge congratulations to Jimmy Vestbirk for pulling off the biggest yet Legal Geek conference, with around 2,000 people networking in the new and enlarged Brick Lane venue. Here are some of the highlights of the in-house stage in the morning.
Gavelytics will today (17 October) announce a partnership with remote court appearance pioneer CourtCall in a partnership that will help accelerate the growth of Gavelytics’ judicial analytics platform nationally by offering Gavelytics products to thousands more lawyers.
WindTalker, Inc. will shortly officially launch its new content security platform, which offers law firms control of sensitive information throughout its lifecycle by providing granular protection of the content versus the file.
UK top 100 firm Royds Withy King has chosen Zylpha’s digital document bundling for Visualfiles across its practice, including: family law, personal injury and other litigation teams. Also included is Adobe Sign, the widely acclaimed electronic signature solution and a renewed licence for Zylpha’s MoJ (Ministry of Justice) EL/PL and RTA Portal Integration.
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Neota Logic has relocated its head of marketing role to London and appointed Rebecca Tear (formerly Hawkes) from Apperio as global marketing manager in the latest senior hire for the growing New York-headquartered company.
The Legal Software Suppliers Association has reacted angrily to the news last week that The Law Society of England and Wales has endorsed Clio as its first cloud case management system, with the body under fire for not conducting a formal selection process.
Legal Geek is counting down the days to its third conference on the 17th October, at the Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR. Legal IT Insider editor Caroline Hill will be speaking on the second stage, come and watch if you can. Here is a link to buy tickets – last day today (15 October).
Deloitte’s Fourth Global Robotics Survey is out this week with stats that demonstrate a significant uptake in support for the use of Robotic Process Automation in the workplace and a maturing of expectations from the technology but the report also expresses surprise at the lack of vision and ambition for automation and a ‘lack of IT readiness’.
Enterprise cloud service management company ServiceNow, which counts US global law firm Latham & Watkins among its clients, has agreed to acquire the natural language query technology of two-year old San Francisco startup FriendlyData, which will make it easier for non-technical users of the Now Platform to ask questions in plain English.
There’s nothing like keeping your clients close and Allen & Overy’s tech accelerator Fuse has again given it the opportunity to do just that, as it welcomes the Financial Conduct Authority, Bank of England and a cohort of leading banks into its City premises as part of a regtech pilot.
David Griffin has joined BT as head of legal governance systems and change, reporting to Chris Fowler, who in July this year took up the role of BT’s general counsel for technology and transformation, as BT legal looks set to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering its services.