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.
A month after leaving Clyde & Co, former global CIO Chris White has resurfaced at HFW in the role of interim CIO, where he tells us his remit is “to put in place fit for purpose IT across the firm’s 20 global offices and also to create and drive an innovation initiative.”
Ten days ago RocketLawyer caused excitement (admittedly mostly among the blockchain community) by announcing that it will open up self-executing smart legal contracts to its consumer base, and today (17 September) rival LegalZoom announces a not dissimilar highly significant initiative, which sees it partner with Clause to provide self executing contracts to consumers and small businesses.
Will Herbert Smith Freehills be the next firm to launch its own digital services business? The UK top 10 law firm has developed software to help clients respond to data leaks quickly and reduce the financial impact of a cyber-attack, led by Andrew Moir, head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ global cybersecurity practice, who was a software engineer before becoming a solicitor.
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The excitable corner of the legal tech universe that is the startup sector yesterday gathered to hear the first cohort of Barclays Eagle Lab in London pitch their wares, followed by Caribbean music, Pina Coladas and even the odd person dancing, but law firm CIOs and mainstream tech heads were notable in their absence.
Leaving Intapp to set up your own consultancy business is clearly catching, as former VP of marketing Dan Bressler resurfaces into the professional world with the launch of strategic marketing consultancy Meridius LLC and four large clients under his belt.
Am Law 100 U.S. law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has selected 3E as it transitions from Enterprise, Thomson Reuters Elite will announce today (13 September). As part of the multi-product deal, the firm also will utilize Xcelerate Budgeting and Forecasting.
iManage RAVN has hired Workshare’s former chief revenue officer Nick Thomson as general manager to grow the business and help accelerate adoption, including further expansion outside of the legal sector.
Famed for his colourful presentations, NetDocuments chief technology officer Alvin Tedjamulia is on stage to deliver the keynote at the London ndElevate user conference today (12 September). Here are the live stream log in details.
NetDocuments has its ndElevate EMEA user conference in London today (12 September) and if ILTA Washington is anything to go by, interest will be high in its new data loss prevention capability, which, available as of Q4, focuses on putting advance security around a matter or client to prevent data loss.
Ashurst appoints former banking partner Christopher Georgiou as co-head of alternative legal services offering
Ashurst has appointed Christopher Georgiou as a partner to co-lead its global Ashurst Advance team, to be based in London. Georgiou will join two-time Legal Leaders Gleneagles speaker Mike Polson as co-head of Ashurst Advance in what the firm says is a demonstration of its clear commitment to significantly expand its successful global alternative legal services offering.
Not to be outdone by Kira Systems’ piddly $50m fundraising last week, Justin Kan’s one-year-old legal tech startup Atrium yesterday (10 September) announced that it has raised $65m and says it is making good progress in realising its vision of transforming the legal industry, or, as TechCrunch’s headline puts it somewhat hysterically, replacing lawyers with machine learning.
Following a run of wins in the US, document and records management provider Filetrail has partnered with Tikit to complement Tikit’s document lifecycle ecosystem. Filetrail in May integrated with NetDocuments, for which Tikit is a preferred strategic document management system partner.
Following Clifford Chance’s launch in July of its Applied Solutions digital services business, the magic circle firm has hired former Thomson Reuters Practical Law Company US chief executive and legal tech entrepreneur Jeroen Plink (pictured) as CEO. Plink will help drive the business forward globally but notably will be based in New York and focusing on tapping into new opportunities in that market.
Fresh from its appointment of new CEO Gary Young and chief sales officer Tony Cox, Peppermint Technology has appointed Nicki Grundy as its new CFO, we can reveal, as the Nottingham-headquartered company builds up its c-suite and sales infrastructure, after founder and former CEO Arlene Adams handed over the reins in April.