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“She has business acumen, EQ and an understanding of ILTA”: ILTA announces interim CEO

Litera Microsystems vice president of client development Joy Heath Rush has been selected as interim CEO by The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) after a formal search to replace former CEO Dan Liutikas saw the board review over 100 applications. 

02/10/2018

Sheffield eyes legal tech hub status with incubator and conference launch

Sick of Londoners thinking they are the centre of the universe when it comes to legal tech? Kollider and Technomancers author Matt Pennington aim to establish Sheffield as a legal tech hub with the launch of a Sheffield-based tech incubator, and a conference for law firms, students and tech companies on the 22nd November 2018.

02/10/2018

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Kim Massana joins as Neota’s president and CEO for the Americas

In a major hire for Neota Logic, former Thomson Reuters Elite president and later TR’s global head of customer experience Kim Massana has joined as president and chief executive officer for the Americas, based in the company’s New York city office.

01/10/2018

Exclusive: Seddons selects Converge TS

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.”

01/10/2018

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.

28/09/2018

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 famously 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. Nikec Solutions is the implementation partner.

27/09/2018

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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.

27/09/2018

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. The solution will be a spin-off from Context, which only became available in the US in the third week of September and which combines the capability of Ravel Analytics (after Lexis’ acquisition of Ravel Law in June 2017), Lexis Advance and the former Lexis Litigation Profile Suite.

27/09/2018

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.

27/09/2018

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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Howdy partner: FTI teams up with Kira; HighQ with Feynbrook

Two new alliances announced this week are worthy of your attention. First up FTI Consulting’s technology practice has teamed up with Kira Systems, offering its contract review software to bolster the capability of FTI’s contract intelligence practice launched in June 2017.

26/09/2018

LSSA unveils new code of conduct for software vendors

The Legal Software Suppliers Association has unveiled an enhanced code of conduct which all member companies have agreed to adhere to. we can reveal. This code of conduct is said to be a commitment to law firms from LSSA member companies of the high standard of professional excellence they can expect to receive. The code is backed by the Association’s disciplinary procedure.

25/09/2018

The Automation Gap: New research shows disconnect between law firm attitudes and investment

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25/09/2018

And it’s another “oh shit” moment as PwC teams up with Fragomen

There are only so many times you can say this is an “oh shit” moment before the novelty starts to wear off, and when it comes to The Big Four, I suspect there will be many more of those moments to come. Yesterday (24 September) PwC announced that it has agreed an alliance with US immigration specialist Fragomen, in what Legal Week’s deputy editor Ben Wheway rightly referred to as “one of the most significant examples to date of the Big Four joining forces with a law firm.”

25/09/2018

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Obelisk: the only legal business to make the cut in the inaugural FT 100

The FT has published a first-time list of fastest growing UK companies that are also making an impact on their industry or wider society, with flexible resource provider Obelisk Legal Support Solutions the only legal business to make the cut, thanks to its impact on diversity.

24/09/2018

Labour Party piles further pressure on the Big Four with break up plan

We don’t normally stray too far into the world of politics but every UK lawyer, legal techy and their dog will be interested to note that The Big Four accounting firms are facing further break up threats as part of plans by the UK’s Labour party to overhaul the auditing industry, which shadow chancellor John McDonnell described as a ‘cartel’.

24/09/2018

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