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for October-November 2021
Stephenson Law and Amdaris create data-driven platform to provide effortless legal advice to tech startups
Progressive law firm, Stephenson Law, has partnered with Bristol-based software developer and digital transformation specialist, Amdaris, to create an innovative platform that gives straightforward legal advice to educate technology startups in a modern, digitalised way.
The ongoing project, known as Puffin, uses expert data insights to provide automated legal guidance to questions posed by early-stage startups and other businesses via reviewing and considering legal insights stored in an ever-growing knowledge bank. Sitting within Stephenson Law’s sister company, flamenco, the overall goal is to create a platform that provides specific, low cost, and accessible legal advice using smart technology, instead of giving standard predetermined answers to questions, or needing to seek the expensive guidance of a solicitor for relatively straightforward legal queries.

Source: Amdaris Group
NetDocuments Unlocks Case Insights with Highlights Powered by LexisNexis®

NetDocuments, the cloud content management platform where legal professionals do work, today introduced Highlights powered by LexisNexis (NetDocuments Highlights) at the Association of Legal Administrators’ 2021 Annual Conference & Expo in Austin, Texas. By embedding LexisNexis® case analysis and intelligence technology directly into the NetDocuments platform, legal professionals with a Lexis® or Lexis+™ subscription can enrich their documents – briefs, memos, motions and more – with citations, automatic classifications, and entities while viewing any content in NetDocuments. Highlights will be available to U.S. law firms with up to 100 users as an add-on to the NetDocuments LEARN Solution.

With NetDocuments Highlights, every document uploaded to the NetDocuments cloud is scanned for information about caselaw, judges, lawyers, document type and much more. The extracted intelligence is indexed into the firm’s repository, making it easy to search for specific information. This approach means documents can remain in the NetDocuments platform throughout processing.

Source: NetDocuments Software, Inc.

PracticeEvolve Announce Mobile App as a Precursor to Native Cloud Practice Management Solution

PracticeEvolve Group have announced a new, secure, mobile app to complement their portfolio of Practice Management Software solutions which will act as a precursor to their native Cloud solution, currently being trialled in Australia.
The introduction of the App, called EvolveMobile, gives users freedom to work on matters wherever they are, with crucial data at their fingertips. Including the ability to quickly time record, the app integrates with Android and Apple phone features to provide a powerful user experience. Additional functions include access to clients and contacts, matters and documents. While EvolveMobile is part of the suite of Cloud products PracticeEvolve Group is bringing to the market, it has been engineered to connect seamlessly with our On-Premise software, no matter where it is hosted.
David Boland, CEO of PracticeEvolve Group comments, “We all know the power of mobile apps and with firms now operating in very different circumstances, clients are demanding Apps to act as enablers of their business, rather than just providing access to static information. It’s why we are invested in constantly evolving the app in line with the On-Premise, Cloud hosted and native Cloud software solutions we offer the market. “

Source: PracticeEvolve Group

Integreon Announces Addition Of Comprehensive Breach Notification Services To Its Cyber Incident Response Capabilities

Integreon, a global managed services and alternative legal services provider, announced today at the NetDiligence Cyber Risk Summit the expansion of its Cyber Incident Response (CIR) capabilities to now include Cyber Incident Notification Services. Cyber Incident Notification Services will include delivery and fulfillment by mail or email to impacted individuals of required communications, along with call center support and credit monitoring services. This latest offering is designed to expertly assist clients to meet strict international, national, and state data privacy and consumer regulations deadlines and other compliance requirements.

Once an incident occurs at an organization, Integreon’s CIR professionals mobilize and partner with the affected clients’ internal security and privacy teams and their breach coaches, insurance carriers, and incident response consultants to identify, extract, and organize exposed sensitive data. Using a combination of technology and processes honed over thousands of projects, Integreon adeptly mines the data to identify sensitive information for the purpose of creating a detailed list of impacted individuals. This enables the company to confidently prepare for notification.

Source: Integreon
Thomson Reuters Ramps Up HighQ Workflows with Practical Law, 3E, Microsoft Teams Integrations
Thomson Reuters announced integrations with key Practical Law and 3E features, as well as Microsoft Teams®, on its industry-leading legal workflow platform HighQ. The integrations, along with more than 50 customer-driven enhancements, are part of ongoing improvements to help legal professionals strengthen collaboration, boost productivity and streamline work processes.
“We are continually working with customers to further evolve HighQ as a hub for legal workflows,” said Chris Kitchener, vice president, Product Management for Thomson Reuters HighQ. “Our latest additions combine customer-requested components with strategic upgrades to help legal professionals work more efficiently and productively, and ultimately, deliver improved client satisfaction with our content-driven technology solutions.”

Source: Thomson Reuters

Eversheds Sutherland has launched a legal tech graduate scheme with a starting salary of £25,000.
The two year scheme will offer six graduates the chance to work within the firm’s legal service design team and on its legal tech applications, as well as rotating between the legal technology teams in two of the firm’s five practice groups during the second year of training.
By the end of year two, the graduates can apply for a permanent position with the firm.

Source: Legal Cheek
Data Risk, Compliance, Privacy and Investigations Experts Join FTI Consulting’s Technology Segment

FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN) announced that the firm’s Technology segment has appointed Al Park as a Senior Managing Director. Mr. Park , along with new Managing Directors Angela Eavy , Collin Miller , Lane Spears and Lily Wen , will bolster the segment’s core capabilities across data risk, compliance, privacy, information governance and legal operations.

Mr. Park brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm, having supported clients in financial services, energy, life sciences and technology. He will support continued growth and solutions development within FTI Technology, building new capabilities that help multinational clients mitigate risk and strengthen their compliance position. Mr. Park rejoins the firm following 11 years in senior global roles at Control Risks and Navigant.

Source: FTI Counsulting

Photo: Steve Passaro

Ploum’s intellectual property team enhances productivity with NetDocuments
NetDocuments, a leading secure multi-tenant cloud-based content services and productivity platform for law firms, corporate legal teams and business organisations, has highlighted the benefits it has helped realise for Netherlands-based law firm Ploum.  
Since deploying NetDocuments, Ploum’s intellectual property team has seen improved flexibility, productivity and collaboration, enabling the firm to better serve clients with greater speed and accuracy. 
Ploum is an independent full-service law and notary firm located in the heart of Rotterdam. The firm has numerous specialisms, from environmental law to intellectual property, and has the relevant legal knowledge and experience to advise large companies and entrepreneurs.  

Source: Intelligent CIO Europe
IP Law Firm Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch Modernizes With 3E Cloud
As part of its effort to modernize and future proof its foundational technology platforms, leading U.S. law firm Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch LLP (BSKB) will be transitioning from Enterprise to 3E® Cloud from Thomson Reuters. The firm also will be adopting 3E Workspace and 3E Data Insights as part of its fast-track, turnkey migration.
Founded in 1976 and based in Falls Church, Virginia, BSKB is an internationally recognized and highly respected intellectual property (IP) law firm that provides a full range of IP law services. These include patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, litigation, opinions and counseling, design patents, trademarks, and licensing. Its team of legal professionals and agents bring to bear advanced degrees and deep industry experience in the fields of chemistry, electronics and IT, mechanical engineering, and life sciences/biotechnology.

Source: Thomson Reuters
Wolters Kluwer Propels Legal Workflow into the Future with Launch of VitalLaw

Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. has announced the launch of VitalLaw, a new and expanded version of the award-winning platform formerly known as Cheetah. VitalLaw features a new dashboard that includes comprehensive federal and state laws and regulations for all 50 states, including the dates when future laws and regulations will become effective. With this launch, Wolters Kluwer is expanding its primary source content by more than 40% to provide more comprehensive support for legal professionals to gain actionable insights and enable a streamlined workflow at the point of need.

“We are committed to developing digital solutions that empower our customers to bring deep impact to their organizations and their clients in this quickly changing environment by leveraging expert analysis, actionable information, and intelligent tools,” said Ken Crutchfield, Vice President and General Manager of Legal Markets at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. “With the launch of VitalLaw, our customers will have access to solutions that enrich the entire legal process, enabling faster answers and deeper insights to drive to greater efficiency and better outcomes for their clients.”

Source: Wolters Kluwer
Zylpha Launches First Free Online Document Bundling System For All
Leading UK legal systems innovator Zylpha ( has launched the first free online legal document bundling system. This enables legal practices of any size to create smaller court-compliant bundles completely free of charge, as many times as required. With a simple online interface, the system has been designed to be both extremely easy to use, yet readily upgradable to ‘paid plans’ should the bundle grow unexpectedly or become far more complex.

Source: Zylpha
Everlaw Announces $202M Series D to Fuel Ediscovery Transformation
Everlaw, the cloud-native investigation and litigation platform, today announced $202 million in Series D funding, bringing the company to an overall valuation of over $2 billion after a year of 80% YoY growth. TPG Growth led the round with additional participation from H.I.G. Growth Partners and existing investors CapitalG, Menlo Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and K9 Ventures. Mike Zappert, a TPG partner, will join Everlaw's board of directors.
Everlaw is used by 91 of the Am Law 200, as well as the attorneys general in all 50 U.S. states. Total cases on Everlaw's platform have more than doubled since the company's Series C fundraise in March 2020 as the company signed significant new contracts with corporations, law firms and government agencies. New customer contracts include the Colorado State Attorney General and corporations like Lime, Snowflake and Coca-Cola Europe. During that same period, Everlaw saw case volumes grow more than 4x at Am Law 100 firms.

Source: Cision
Litera Names Winners of The Changing Lawyer Awards, Including Innovator of Year, Law Firm of Year, Disruptor of Year, and Lifetime Achievement
The legal technology company Litera today announced the winners of The Changing Lawyer awards for 2021, which recognize individuals, firms, and companies in the legal industry for their role in embracing and driving change through new technology, service models, or behavior across five different categories.
The awards were announced during The Changing Lawyer Virtual Summit, a full-day conference focused on discussion of disruptive ideas and groundbreaking insights.
For the first time, this year’s awards included a special recognition for work-from-home creativity.
Congratulations to all.

Source: LawSites

Kraft Kennedy Awarded NetDocuments Implementation Partner of the Year

Kraft Kennedy, a consulting firm focused on solving critical business problems for law firms, legal departments, corporations, financial services firms and nonprofits, has been named the NetDocuments Implementation Partner of the Year, in recognition of excellence in NetDocuments system implementations.
NetDocuments announced the winners of its Inspire 2021 Partner Awards at the company’s Inspire 2021 Global Conference on November 4, 2021. The second annual Partner Awards recognized leading companies spanning the ISV network, implementation providers, partner companies in the Asia Pacific region, EMEA and Latin America, as well as partners across all NetDocuments business segments.

Source: Kraft Kennedy

Opus 2 wins best technology product at The Lawyer Awards 2021
Opus 2, the leader in cloud-based solutions for the legal community, was voted by a panel of senior lawyers as the best technology product at The Lawyer Awards, which took place earlier this week in a virtual ceremony.
The award comes in recognition of the role Opus 2 has played in accelerating technology adoption in the legal sector, and specifically recognises the Opus 2 Hearings solution. A unique proposition in the market, the solution can be used for hearings of all types and size, be it in person, hybrid or virtual, and, together with Opus 2 Disputes, at all stages of the dispute resolution process.
With Opus 2, innovative law firms worldwide are re-imagining how they deliver value to their clients and truly differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive industry.

Source: Opus 2
Lexion Launches Email-First Contract Workflows for Rapid, Easy Adoption

Lexion, an AI-powered contract management system, today announced Lexion Workflow, a new module that accelerates the in-house legal contracting process. Lexion’s Workflow spans the entire end-to-end contracting lifecycle from intake, drafts, and negotiation, to approvals and signature. Unlike other contract management systems, stakeholders can work with Lexion’s Workflow entirely via email, eliminating the need for complex configuration and training.

“Incredibly easy is our key focus,” said Gaurav Oberoi, co-founder and CEO of Lexion. “In-house legal teams are tired of CLMs that over-promise and under-deliver. The root cause of that frustration is nearly always tied to organization-wide change management requirements and lengthy implementations. After speaking with more than 50 in-house counsel, it was clear to us that the key to unlocking value was to give legal teams an intuitive dashboard to manage intake and tasks, while letting the rest of the company simply email in requests, redlines, approvals, and follow-up questions.”

Source: News Directs

Eigen Technologies and NetDocuments Announce Strategic Partnership and Technology Integration
Eigen Technologies, the global intelligent document processing (IDP) provider, and NetDocuments, the leading cloud content management platform where legal professionals do work, have forged a new strategic partnership, and developed a technology integration connecting both platforms. Shared and new customers have already taken advantage of the new offering.
NetDocuments customers have huge amounts of business data trapped inside documents. Eigen’s market leading IDP technology allows NetDocuments customers to unlock and use that data, making it available as powerful metadata to drive analytics, manage obligations and ensure policy compliance. In turn, clients can now easily integrate Eigen’s no-code IDP application into NetDocuments’ modern, secure content management platform automating new document intake workflows.


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