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Legal Tech Move: New head of legal for Repstor

Repstor, the ECM software and matter management specialist, has appointed a new head of legal & professional services. Leigh Smith joined this summer from global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, which together with Repstor has developed Office 365/SharePoint matter management solution ES/Unity. At Repstor, Smith will spearhead ES /Unity engagements among corporate in-house legal teams.

05/09/2018

Series A Extraordinaire: Insight Venture Partners takes a $50m minority stake in Kira Systems

Insight Venture Partners has taken an extraordinary $50m minority stake in Kira Systems, which plans to use the funds to accelerate its growth and consolidate its position within the burgeoning contract review market.

05/09/2018

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ICO legal sector data breach reports surge by 112% in two years

Back to school and we kick off with the cheery news that legal sector data security incidents as reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office have risen by a significantly above average 112% in two years, with the justice sector up 128%. Human error (as opposed to a cyber incident) accounted for the vast majority of incidents, led by data being emailed to the wrong recipient.

04/09/2018

Updated: RPC’s director of infrastructure Julie Berry moves to UK top 20 accountant Saffery Champness as a partner

RPC’s longstanding director of infrastructure Julie Berry has left to join chartered accountant Saffery Champness as IT partner after 27 years at the UK top 50 law firm.

04/09/2018

Trending: Gareth Thomas joins OnePlace as VP of sales for EMEA

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03/09/2018

Profile: Jamie Whalebone, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the start of the year created a centralised legal operations team led by Jamie Whalebone. Here he talks to editor Caroline Hill about his role, the role of the new team and their toolbox.

03/09/2018

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“I’ve worked in the legal sector since 1980 and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that we are at a turning point. There have been times of significant progress and this is one.”

20/07/2018

Forsters: Transformation ahoy

In May we reported that Anthony Stables had been appointed as CIO at Mayfair real estate and private wealth firm Forsters, and we subsequently caught up with Stables and Janders Dean about the technology and change management strategy review underpinning his appointment.

20/07/2018

Travers appoints Oliver Bethell as CTO to replace retiring IT director Ann Cant

Travers Smith has decided on a replacement for retiring IT director Ann Cant, we can reveal, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s interim chief technology officer Oliver Bethell set to join the UK top 50 firm in September as CTO.

19/07/2018

Prosperoware closes new funding round with Rittenhouse Ventures

Big news just in from Prosperoware, which has closed an as yet undisclosed funding round led by Philadelphia-based emerging-growth VC Rittenhouse Ventures, which invests in innovative business-to-business software companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. The capital raised will be used to expand Prosperoware’s product applications, marketing and sales activities, and geographic footprint. 

19/07/2018

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In-house guest post: Future-proof your intellectual property portfolio

Business goals and objectives can morph at any time due to new leadership, market shifts, competitor activities or current events.  As a result, your intellectual property (IP) values and directives are also changing constantly.  In-house IP attorneys need tools to “future-proof” and pivot their company’s IP strategy in order to maintain a relevant and robust portfolio aligned to business objectives.

19/07/2018

Radiant Law enters North American market with Conduit Law JV

London headquartered managed legal services boutique Radiant Law has entered into a joint venture with Toronto-based flexi legal resource provider Conduit Law, in which Radiant’s processes and technology will be applied to help clients in the North American market handle their commercial contracts in a more efficient way.

19/07/2018

Marie Bernard, CEO of Nextlaw Labs talks ‘innovation as a service’

In December 2017, Marie Bernard was named as the new CEO of Nextlaw Labs, to coincide with a change of focus and strategy for Dentons accelerator of early stage technology. Caroline Hill talked to her about innovation as a service and how true collaboration with tech partners and competitors alike is needed to achieve meaningful progress and disruption.

18/07/2018

Blockchain and the justice system: CaseLines applies for patent

In the wake of a report last year in which the CGI and the influential Police Foundation indicated that technology such as blockchain could be the solution for creating greater levels of efficiency within the justice system, digital evidence management provider CaseLines has applied for a patent to use blockchain within its platform, which has already been rolled out in courts across the UK and UAE.

17/07/2018

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Josh Baxter takes over as CEO of NetDocuments in further management shake up

There’s a further shake up of leadership in former largely family founded and run document management system provider NetDocuments, as COO Josh Baxter takes over the top CEO role from Matt Duncan, who will become executive chairman. Long term sales leader Marc Duncan becomes vice president of strategic sales in the Clearlake Capital-backed company.

17/07/2018

AI will create more jobs than it displaces in the professional sector, says wide ranging PwC report

In a wide-ranging report out today (17 July), PwC has published analysis that it says demonstrates that artificial intelligence and related technologies will create as many jobs as they displace in the UK over the next 20 years, with the ‘professional, scientific and technical’ sector forecast to be one of the biggest winners.

17/07/2018

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