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It’s been rumoured for a while but we can confirm for the first time that LexisNexis is to exit the practice management system market with the sale of enterprise resource planning system LexisOne, which is being acquired by Dynamics 365 gold partner SA Global.

The sale will be a blow to early law firm adopters of the Microsoft Dynamics 365-based ERP, which has, despite the success stories surrounding its flagship law firm customer Fieldfisher, failed to gain significant traction in the legal sector, with one CIO recently commenting quite simply, “Dynamics is not proven.”

The sale comes despite very considerable investment in LexisOne by LexisNexis, which at the end of 2015 opened a Leeds-based R&D facility intended to be the UK hub of product development for LexisOne. While the Leeds office is also the hub for long-established case management system Visualfiles, at the time the Leeds office opened, enterprise solutions general manager Andy Sparkes said: “This is part of our investment in and commitment to LexisOne.”

Nonetheless Browne Jacobson, which selected LexisOne in 2014, has endured a prolonged and difficult implementation, and Wedlake Bell, which selected LexisOne in 2014, in February last year announced that it had reversed that decision and selected Thomson Reuters Elite 3E.

While Wedlake Bell’s managing partner refused to be drawn at the time on the reasons for the reversal, it came in the wake of a wholesale rewrite of LexisOne that saw it change – post its selection by Wedlake Bell – from being a Microsoft AX on premises solution to a native Azure SaaS offering built on Dynamics 365.

It is not known whether listed law firm Gateley, which we revealed last June had selected LexisOne but hadn’t signed, has now inked that deal.

Firms will inevitably be asking how SA Global will be able to succeed where Lexis has failed. However, the company is a gold certified worldwide Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation partner and is the only Dynamics 365 partner able to offer CRM, ERP and HCP to professional services firms. It has been significantly ramping up its legal capability and last year joined forces with 360 Vertical Solutions.

The combined company, which has around 600 employees operating out of offices in 18 countries around the world, operates as SA Global, albeit that it retains the Legal360 brand name.

The sale will further shake up the legal PMS market, following the news that Oracle is to launch a dedicated legal PMS, and given the wholesale restructure by Thomson Reuters that has left many in the market confused as to how its legal tech division Elite is operating post restructure.

Given that LexisNexis’ parent RELX Group is listed, Lexis, which declined to comment, can be expected to notify the stock exchange of the sale imminently.

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Alphaserve Technologies announces the introduction of its newest offering for the legal market: innovation execution as a service. The company uses a proprietary process and framework that provide a structured, practical approach to innovation to help law firms and corporate legal departments move beyond simply having an innovation strategy to achieving successful implementation of new solutions.

Having launched its legal innovation consulting group just over a year ago, Alphaserve’s team has advised firms and departments of all sizes, helping improve their approach to legal service delivery by formulating strategies and creating innovation road maps. In doing so, the group has discovered many of its clients require more than just help identifying opportunities and solutions; they also need resources to execute those plans to achieve their objectives. With the launch of its innovation execution service, Alphaserve is that resource.

“As our clients become more sophisticated and the legal market increasingly competitive, lawyers must find new and creative ways to deliver their services not just more efficiently, but also using more modern processes and technology to continually exceed expectations,” says Arup Das, CEO of Alphaserve Technologies. “Firms and in-house legal departments may hire chief innovation officers to lead those efforts, while some are creating matrix-oriented functional departments to handle all aspects of strategy, development and implementation of new tools and solutions. But the talent required to fill those critical roles, particularly individuals with legal industry experience, remains scarce.”

The Alphaserve innovation execution team includes experienced legal professionals, data scientists, data analysts and engineers, legal process architects and talented software engineers with a UI/UX skill set, all with legal industry backgrounds, who work together to offer many points of view throughout the process. The team uses a proprietary framework comprising a multistep approach that includes defining business cases, data mining and analysis, multiple proofs of concept and measuring KPIs to help law firms and corporate legal departments develop and implement bespoke solutions along with off-the-shelf platforms, in addition to delivering ongoing support and maintenance of those tools for valuable continuity and consistency.

Alphaserve’s innovation execution as a service is designed not only for firms wishing to outsource all aspects of their innovation initiatives, but also for those seeking a hybrid approach. Firms and legal departments can choose to partner with Alphaserve for specialized resources, keeping innovation leadership or select functions in-house if they deem it appropriate. The company works closely with the internal team, promoting collaboration and communication to provide a seamless process to execution.

Alphaserve remains committed to helping the legal industry advance innovation by moving beyond simply generating ideas and building road maps to executing programs that deliver user-acceptable tools and agile solutions. Company CEO and ILTA 2018 Thought Leader of the Year award recipient Arup Das is hosting learning sessions about Alphaserve’s new innovation execution as a service during Legalweek New York, January 28-30. Those interested may call Claire Conklin at 646-677-2895 to schedule an appointment to learn more about this or any of Alphaserve’s digital IT offerings.

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Adaptive Solutions has appointed Beth Thompson to the role of director of sales and marketing. Thompson joined Adaptive Solutions in March 2018 as director of strategic accounts. In her new role Thompson will lead the organization’s efforts to expand and strengthen client relationships.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Adaptive Solutions,” says Thompson. “We are well positioned for healthy growth as firms increasingly adopt cloud strategies for document management, communications and collaboration. Adaptive Solutions helps our clients to achieve those objectives while reducing cyber risk and improving compliance policies and processes.”

“We are pleased to have Beth on board to lead our expansion in client-facing sales and marketing efforts,” says Adam Doblo, co-founder and CEO of Adaptive Solutions. “Beth’s deep knowledge of the legal technology arena and her strong track record in offering effective solutions to her clients exemplify our commitment to provide outstanding service to our customers.”

Thompson brings to the role over 20 years of experience helping law firms and corporate legal departments achieve more productivity and gain greater efficiencies by automating business processes. Prior to joining Adaptive Solutions, she was a sales director for NetDocuments. Before that she served as director of channel development in North America for BigHand, a provider of voice and speech recognition solutions for law firms. Thompson served two terms on the Association of Legal Administrators National Business Partner Advisory Board. She has conducted speaking engagements all over the country and has been published in several industry publications. In addition, she has received numerous awards for exemplary sales achievement.

To learn more, visit www.AdaptiveSolutions.com

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Discovery automation software provider CloudNine just announced that it will be unveiling several major technology advances later this month at Legaltech New York. Specifically, CloudNine’s new software developments will include enhancements to its LAW, Concordance and Early Data Analyzer (EDA) platforms, all of which were previously part of the LexisNexis eDiscovery product suite which CloudNine acquired in March 2018. In addition, the company announced that it more than doubled its development and customer success teams, as well as overall employee headcount, and now has offices in Houston, Raleigh and Dayton, Ohio.

Also, at Legaltech New York, CloudNine will be presenting NineForum, a series of 9 TED-style talks delivered by eDiscovery luminaries during the conference. NineForum’s mission will be to provide concise, cutting-edge education that equips discovery and legal professionals for present and future challenges. Sessions will take place at CloudNine’s Legaltech booth (#310-312) and will be free-of-charge to all show attendees.

More details on CloudNine’s technology developments and NineForum will follow in subsequent announcements this month.
CloudNine CEO Brad Jenkins remarked, “Our acquisition of the LexisNexis’ eDiscovery product suite and team and subsequent hiring of additional highly skilled colleagues helped drive our tremendous growth last year. As promised, we have prioritized product development for LAW, Concordance and EDA having released seven new versions already, while also continuing to advance our incumbent review application, CloudNine Review.”
Jenkins continued, “CloudNine is a unique Discovery software company offering tremendous deployment flexibility to law firms, government agencies, corporations and eDiscovery service providers via our on-premise and cloud-based technology offerings. In addition, we are expanding our partner network to better serve our growing customer base.”

CloudNine recently implemented a comprehensive training and certification program enabling customers to fully utilize its eDiscovery suite of products. This program includes levels of training across all CloudNine applications including CloudNine Review, Concordance, LAW and EDA. Students can attend weekly web-based public courses or private web-based/live sessions. In addition to the training program, students completing the user and administrative level courses are eligible for online certification testing at no additional cost.

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Tikit, a provider of technology solutions to legal firms, today announced they finished 2019 on another record month, signing 10 firms including Walker Morris, Mundays, Griffith Smith, Guernsey Law Offices and Bennett Griffin, to their various software portfolios.

Top 100 firm, Walker Morris, offer cohesive advice and collaborative customer focused working from their offices in Leeds and Edinburgh. Tikit will be working alongside the firm as a full strategic partner as they adopt the document management solution; NetDocuments.

Mundays, a Legal 500 firm, have supported local families and businesses for over 50 years. From their offices in Surrey and London they also service a growing number of clients on national and international affairs. Valerie Toon, Managing Partner at the firm, says “P4W was the standout choice for our practice and case management needs. The services offered are extensive, and alongside NetDocuments we are confident that we can reap the great benefits that come from both systems.”

Guernsey Law Offices provide a range of legal services covering issues that would be dealt with by central and local government in larger jurisdictions. The firm will be working towards implementing Carpe Diem, Tikit’s leading time recording software.

Commenting on the latest wins, Simon Hill, CEO at Tikit, says “We are delighted to have finished 2018 on such a high and to welcome a record number of new firms to Tikit. It’s great to see our flagship products doing so well in North America, EMEA and APAC. With such an extensive portfolio, including our market leading integration with NetDocuments, Tikit is a provider with a focus on future proofing the modern firm. We look forward to another great year of significant growth in 2019.”

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We get the low down on the latest people/tech offering in town from new UK managing director Bridget Deiters

Silicon Valley-based alternative legal services provider InCloudCounsel is to launch in Europe, with its new London office led by former Kirkland & Ellis corporate and capital markets associate Bridget Deiters. The business also intends to launch in Asia-Pacific by the end of the year.

InCloudCounsel takes care of companies’ routine, high volume legal work via a remote network of lawyers and account managers using a proprietary cloud-based contract management platform.

Much like its potential competitors (in the UK that would include the likes of LOD) the company also sells itself on the alternative career path it can offer lawyers, allowing experienced professionals to continue to practice but with a more attractive work/life balance – a gig economy for the legal sector.

InCloudCounsel was founded by a trio of law, business and technology professionals. CEO Troy Pospisil previously worked at private equity firm HIG Capital, where he says he experienced the frustrations of badly handled routine legal work first hand. COO Ben Levi joined from Kirkland & Ellis, while CTO Lane Lillquist was the vice president of engineering at Uversity.

InCloudCounsel says that it has more than 300 highly qualified attorneys in its network and has handled more than 100,000 legal documents for “hundreds of clients”: its clients include Warburg Pincus,Oak Hill Capital Partners, Hamilton Lane, and Pine Brook.

We asked new UK managing director Bridget Deiters to explain a bit more about InCloudCounsel’s cloud platform, which is describes as a document management system. This is what she had to say:

“The proprietary software platform combines document management, abstracting (aided by AI) and reporting functionality to make routine legal document processes more efficient, more insightful, and yield a higher quality work output.

“The attorneys working in the network use the platform over the course of an entire negotiation. Signing into the platform takes you to a Document Overview page, where the attorneys and clients can easily navigate all completed and ongoing work requests.

“Clicking on a document will display all of its relevant details. The attorney teams continually update an active document’s negotiation progress in a status window, displaying its history and current status. This page also stores all versions of an agreement as they become available.

“The attorneys, using AI, capture a robust amount of business and legal data. It’s then turned into a scorecard that summarizes the material terms of a finalized agreement.

“The platform also generates interactive reports that enable the clients to leverage their legal data to gain insights about their company and the broader market. They can filter their data or use preconfigured reports to identify trends in agreements over time, helping to make future negotiations more efficient and to easily track and comply with obligations.”

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Litera Microsystems just announced that Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, an Am Law 200 commercial law firm headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., has elected to roll out Litera Microsystems complete product suite to the firm. Litera Microsystems full document drafting suite, Litera Desktop, is comprised of products for drafting, proofreading, comparing, repairing, cleaning and securing documents, collectively supporting the document drafting lifecycle.

Andrew Johnson, Lewis Roca CIO said, “We knew when Litera Microsystems presented their integrated product suite, Litera Desktop, we were seeing the complete solution we’ve been looking for. We’re delighted that we were able to select a single provider that offers high-quality products while simplifying our vendor relationships.”

Avaneesh Marwaha, Litera Microsystems CEO said, “Lewis Roca selecting Litera Desktop over other products in the market is representative of an emerging trend we are seeing where firms are realizing they can source best-of-breed solutions from a single supplier without compromising on quality. Litera Desktop covers each of the core Create, Check and Collaborate stages of the drafting process and we’re able to provide this to firms in a way that’s easier for them to manage. Simplified billing, simplified relationships, and a simple desktop for their users.”

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Hanzo, the company known for its pioneering technology in dynamic web archiving for compliance and ediscovery professionals, today announced the appointment of James Murphy as the Vice President of Product. He will bring a customer-centric approach to identifying market needs and guide the direction of product development to support Hanzo’s rapid growth while delighting customers.

As VP of Product, Murphy is responsible for defining the product vision, strategy, planning, and execution working closely with development, sales, marketing, and operations to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction. During the last five years, Jim has served as the Director of Service Delivery for Hanzo and has more than 19 years of experience working within litigation support, information technology, ediscovery and web archiving. Previous to Hanzo, he served as the Director of Professional Services/Operations Engineering with the Merrill Corporation and has held various roles in technical support, business information technology, and solutions architecture.

“Jim pairs extensive experience in supporting ediscovery and compliance with first-hand knowledge of Hanzo’s technology and customer base, making him ideally positioned to evolve the product roadmap towards the next generation of AI-based automation and dynamic content review and analysis,” said Denis Maurin, Chief Technology Officer, Hanzo. “His innovative and customer-centric approach, along with his commitment to results will enable Hanzo to deliver the right products to serve real-world market challenges.”

Visit Hanzo during Legalweek at the Legaltech Tradeshow Booth #2301, from January 29 – 31, 2019 at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY 10019. You can schedule a meeting with James Murphy here. https://app.hubspot.com/meetings/james-murphy

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You are negotiating an agreement with your client. She emails you a new .docx version. Great. But you are at the soccer game. No problem. Now with compareDocs by DocsCorp® integrated in the LINK app, you can compare that attachment to the most recent version in DMS, review the track changes, annotate, and send to a colleague to make your edits. In minutes. All in the LINK encrypted container app. Now, back to the match.

You can compare Word-to-Word documents quickly and securely from your smartphone or tablet.

Learn more about the accuracy and clarity of the compareDocs analysis, followed by an introduction to LINK.

We will show a demo of compareDocs workflows in the LINK App:
• Compare two versions of a Word document in DMS
• Compare an email attachment to a Word document in DMS
• Compare any two documents in DMS
• Annotate
• Email or check-in to DMS
• Save a copy locally in My Files

The LINK mobile app provides these security measures, and more:
• Containerization of documents
• Encryption of firm data at-rest and in-transit
• LINK Mobile UDP (Uniform Data Protection) features
• Built-in second factor authentication; first factor is the AD password

We will send out a link to the recording after the webinar, so please register even if you can’t attend.

Register here:
https://go.docscorp.com/Webinar_Registration_190225.html

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Competition gives local legal technologists a chance to gain global exposure

The Singapore Academy of Law (“SAL”)’s Future Law Innovation Programme (“FLIP”) and Singtel are co-organising the Singapore leg of the Global Legal Hackathon 2019. The competition challenges participants to conceptualise and develop innovative technological solutions to tackle real world issues faced by the legal community.

Dubbed the “Olympics” of legal hackathons, the Global Legal Hackathon 2019 is open to legal, technology and design professionals. It gives local legal technologists a chance to gain international exposure and to compete against the best from around the world.

The Singapore leg of the competition will take place from 22 to 24 February 2019 at Singtel’s newly refurbished community and collaboration space, Singtel@8George. Teams are expected to draw from the multidisciplinary experience of their members and develop solutions for problem statements posed by SAL and Singtel. Submissions will be judged on design, feasibility as well as revenue models by members of the law community and Singtel Innov8, Singtel’s corporate venture fund. The winning team from Singapore will win prizes and could advance to the global finals, to be held in May 2019. If successful, the team would join the ranks of Regall LT, a local team that made it to the global finals in New York last year.

Ms Shantini Sanmuganathan, Singtel Group’s General Counsel said, “Digital has become a new way of working in Singtel, whether we are improving our internal processes or creating new solutions for customers. Events such as the Global Legal Hackathon provide an opportunity for us to foster innovation and collaborate with the brightest minds in different fields. We look forward to working together with them to come up with creative solutions to problems that would benefit both Singtel and the larger legal community as a whole.”

“We are happy to have Singtel on board for this year’s edition of the legal hackathon,” said Mr Paul Neo, creator of FLIP and Chief Operating Officer of SAL. “It is a positive sign that the business world is looking at how innovation and technology can enhance efficiency in all areas, including in the legal departments of companies. We hope to be able to continue supporting the transformation of the legal ecosystem through FLIP’s programmes and look forward to working alongside organisations both within and beyond the legal sector to do so.”

As in last year’s inaugural edition, the Singapore leg of the Global Legal Hackathon 2019 is expected to attract diverse participants from various professional backgrounds, as well as age groups. For instance, teams last year comprised senior and young lawyers, in-house counsel, legal technologists, students and non-law professionals from the fintech and tech sectors. This multidisciplinary factor ensured that they created commercially viable and creative products, while adopting solutions and strategies from sectors outside their own. This year’s hackathon will once again require all teams to accept additional members on the first evening, encouraging participants without teams to join.

For more information on the Singapore leg of the Global Legal Hackathon 2019 and to register, please visit http://www.flip.org.sg/events-1/global-legal-hackathon.

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