Gutenberg is the new legal publishing

Watching WordPress cofounder, Matt Mullenweg deliver his annual State of the Word at WordCamp US on Saturday afternoon from Nashville there was little question that Gutenberg is the future of legal publishing. Beginning with the WordPress text editor (unchanged for a decade till now) released this week with WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience, including customization of our publications.
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Law firm customer loyalty

Does it matter whether the business model-not technology-is the prime driver of transformation?  Short answers: not well and yes. Legal technology is a good news/bad news story. The good news is that technology’s utility as a tool to help solve law’s wicked problems—notably the democratization of access to and improvement of the delivery of legal services—is now widely recognized, if not applied. 
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Kevin O'Keefe speaks to Garth Watson from Libryo

Kevin O’Keefe: You’re the founder of Libryo. What is Libryo? - Garth Watson: Libryo is an online platform typically used by global companies that have diverse operations and they use it to know the specific regulations that they face at each of those distinct operations.
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ILTACon 2018

This year there were numerous legal tech startups and emerging growth companies. Whether speaking, exhibiting or just walking the halls, legal tech entrepreneurs were present — in big numbers. Perhaps it was my growing interest in the stories of legal tech entrepreneurs, but there is something more going on. The legal community is ripe for new legal tech.
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Legal Trends Report 2018 on data

What does it mean to be a data-driven lawyer in 2018? For most law firms, it means access to key data points that can help inform better, more confident business decisions. The problem for most firms is getting quality data. Fortunately, as firms rely more on technology, we’re able to generate reliable insights that are both context-specific and actionable.
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Anjarwalla & Khanna Law Firm

A&K, one of Africa’s biggest firms and Africa’s Law Firm of the year, required a solution to optimise the management of the practice & provide meaningful business insight. After a careful selection, it selected Silversoft with Deltek’s Maconomy Enterprise Solution for Law Firms to achieve growth.

AI vs humans

Eight hundred million jobs wiped out by 2030. Computers to replace five million Australian jobs within two decades. Massive job losses because of automation. These alarming headlines are hitting the front pages of media. And if you believe these doomsday predictions, the future for Australians, especially those at school or in higher education, looks dire. But is it?
Read more at The Australian Business Review...

reboot your law firm for 2018

My last business trip of 2017 was to Atlanta for the inaugural Reboot Your Firm for 2018, presented by the Atlanta Legal Tech Community at Industrious in Ponce City Market.  The full-day event was designed to inspire solo and small firms to start 2018 with some new tools, in a tech-savvy and streamlined manner. Below are the top five takeaways from the event.
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Future technology for law firms in 2018

The Lawyer’s Daily, spoke to firms with strong technology practices about what their predictions were for the upcoming year in legal tech.
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The value of a lawyer today

‘What’s a lawyer worth?’ is a serious question that could also launch a stand-up routine. In a free market economy, compensation is generally linked to the value of the service; supply and demand; complexity/specialization; and urgency/available resources. Law has operated as a guild-- not a competitive market—until recently. And that is the seminal reason why lawyers are so expensive.
Read more at Forbes...

DLA Piper launches Accelerate

DLA Piper has launched Accelerate, a website devoted to founders, entrepreneurs, startups, emerging growth companies and the investor community. Accelerate offers technology-enabled tools and services for the initial phases of a company's development, as well as guidance and best practices on how to position new companies for growth and success.

Feedback technology for judges

In a chat with New Telegraph, Legal Technologies Company, LawPavilion’s Managing Director, Mr. Ope Olugasa, said the technology which was developed while working closely with the Court of Appeal, the Appellate Feedback System for Judges (AFSJ), was conceptualized by the company in response to obvious need by High Court Judges to be promptly notified when matters ruled upon went on appeal had been decided upon by appellate Courts.
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Conveyancing with BlockChain

A Swansea dentist is the first property buyer in the UK to exchange contracts digitally in a process which its promoters claim has the potential to remove the need for solicitors in transactions. The buyer acquired a £700,000 commercial property in Trowbridge in an online deal secured by blockchain digital encryption technology. This is a system for rendering blocks of data tamper-proof by distributing them across ‘shared ledgers’. It is best known for underpinning the bitcoin virtual currency.
Read more at The UK Law Gazette...

Legal Tech Accelerator

Visabot, TagDox, Separate.us, Ping, and JuriLytics chosen after rigorous evaluation of 40+ applicants. LexisNexis today announced the first five participants in its new Silicon Valley legal tech accelerator program, which was created to give startups a leg up in the rapidly expanding legal tech industry. In line with LexisNexis' broader vision to transform the way law is practiced, each of the accelerator participants is uniquely innovating in distinct areas of the law.
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AI and the law

Artificial intelligence and automation are making inroads into legal work, but are more likely to support than displace lawyers and will draw IT more into legal service delivery.
Read more at ComputerWeekly.com...

Berlin Legaltech Hackathon 2017 report

While my mind is still trying to grasp the magnitude of the last three days, I feel compelled to share a first glimpse into what happened here on our blog. To condense it into one sentence: the Indian goddess that we chose to represent the event, unleashed her full creatively destructive energy. For two days, more than a hundred Legal Hackers created a unique atmosphere of collaboration and knowledge exchange.
Read more at The Hacking.Law Blog...

Round up of LegalTech New York 2017

With the usual raft of announcements at Legaltech New York it’s easy to miss out on key news stories. Here are the bite-sized highlights of the past legal IT week, including eDiscovery updates and a new platform alert. We’ll be bringing you insights into a number of the closed streams over the next week.
Read more at Legal Technology...

International firms expanding into Africa

South Africa has been hit by a flood of global law firms seeking lucrative new markets. In 2014 alone, Allen & Overy, Clyde & Co, and Dentons—firms that have a combined global revenue of $4.8 billion—opened offices in South Africa. In 2016, Herbert Smith Freehills and DLA Piper both entered the market, hiring big-name partners from local firms. And this year, Pinsent Masons, a global firm based in the U.K., plans to open its first African office in South Africa.
Read more at The American Lawyer...

Georgias_Government_To_Implement_BitFurys_Blockchain_Project

The Georgian Minister of Justice and other government agencies are already planning on inserting real estate documents to its Blockchain network in the upcoming months. If the government successfully inserts and secures real estate data on their Blockchain platform, it will become the first official case of Blockchain utilization in nationwide real estate data management projects.
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Mason Hayes and Curran

"The market is increasingly competitive and clients are rightly more demanding, so law firms need to keep pace. Traditionally, one lawyer would have been responsible for marketing, but most big firms now have a dedicated marketing function as you are frequently competing against sophisticated international providers.”
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Africa Legal Jobs

There are a variety of different ways in which a law firm can measure its success, depending on the perspective taken. If law firms have the expertise that their clients need, when their clients need it, in the location that their clients operate in, then they are positioned to succeed. 

the_law_store_inside_walmart

For years, Kurt Benecke says, it made sense for law firms to be clustered around town squares. They were the hub of cities across America. But downtowns don't play that role as much anymore, says Benecke. He's the chief operating officer of The Law Store, a Joplin-based company opening legal offices in what it considers the modern-day equivalent of the town square: the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer.
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too busy

Everyone complains they are too busy. The only time I can recall people complaining that they were not busy was in Biglaw in 2008, when there was little work to go around and everyone was afraid (with ample justification) they were about to get laid off.

It’s hard to know if someone — even you yourself — is truly too busy. After all, people with 9-to-5s can feel like they are too busy. One of my entrepreneur clients says he doesn’t like to work more than five hours a day, and when he bumps up against five hours, he will immediately stop working. So when would he be too busy? When one day he has to work five hours and ten minutes?
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LexisNexis

Legal education and research in neighbouring Zimbabwe have been enhanced through a significant donation of books to the University of Zimbabwe, which is highly respected for producing most of that country’s judges, administrative tribunals, academics, and public and private sector lawyers.

LogikCull eDiscovery

As entertaining and interesting as made-for-TV lawsuits (like the O.J trial) are, they always leave out one key element. The hundreds of hours of research that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an important trial.
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using technology to catch cheating spouses

The sprawling Manhattan apartment had a gorgeous view of Central Park. But two quarter-size cameras with wide-angle pinhole lenses, discreetly hidden behind crown moulding, were not there to photograph foliage. A financial-world heavyweight suspected that his wife was cheating with her office colleague, and he wanted to secure hard evidence.
Read more at The New York Post...

e-conveyancing scotlandA new e-conveyancing platform has been launched in Edinburgh ahead of a roll-out across all of Scotland. This system, Atlis, is the first of its kind in Scotland and was developed by Edinburgh Solicitors' Property Centre and BDP Estate Agency Software, with the backing of the Law Society of Scotland, as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for property solicitors.
Read more at EstateAgentToday...

stop using email in conveyancing mattersThe Conveyancing Association, an official body whose members handle one in five property transactions in Britain, has advised solicitors to stop communicating sensitive information by email. The advice comes on the back of a recent spate of conveyancing fraud cases uncovered by The Telegraph, which has seen some victims robbed of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Read more at Legal Support Network...

norton rose fulbrightGlobal firm Norton Rose Fulbright is relocating 170 operation roles to a global service centre in the Philippines — including a number from the UK. It is the latest international firm to announce a relocation of back office work to cheaper locations.
Read more at The Law Society Gazette...

ltny16We’ve rounded up a healthy roundup of articles or blog posts summarizing this year’s 2016 Legal Tech Show, otherwise known to many conference goers as, #LTNY16. In keeping with our tradition, this conference wrap-up includes quotes, quips and, of course, session summaries.
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2016 technologyI’ve been thinking about some of the cool things happening in the world and I wanted to note a few important trends I’m seeing. From Money to Hoverboards, things are changing quickly.
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data-sovereignty-lawsThe beauty of the cloud is the promise of simplification and standardization — without regard to physical or geographic boundaries. It’s this “any time, any place, any device” flexibility that is driving rapid adoption. However, new government regulations on data sovereignty threaten to complicate the delivery model that has made cloud computing attractive, presenting new concerns for companies with operations in multiple countries.
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Most frustrting challenges for law firmsThe Lawyers Weekly Legal Market Update survey, conducted in conjunction with the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, asked readers to cite the most frustrating aspects of their practice. A significant portion of respondents identified changing client expectations as a major challenge. One respondent suggested their clients often had “excessive, unrealistic demands” while another suggested “clients increasingly expect something for nothing”.
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watson and the law firmCognitive computing could be used to suggest which arguments in court might play well or badly with a particular judge at a given time of day, according to a senior member of IBM’s Watson development team, although she outlined a number of more benign uses for the technology. Speaking at the Legal Futures Annual Innovation Conference in London this week, Kyla Moran, senior consultant, Watson Industry Leadership, said Watson could in future be listening to conversations with clients and giving advice, dealing with paperwork, and so on, potentially providing new business insights gleaned from the vast amounts of data generated by law firms.
Read more at Legal Futures...

MS windows version 1 to 10The history of operating systems with graphical user interfaces is filled with anecdotes of Silicon Valley copying one another’s ideas and getting incensed when their stuff gets ripped off. Or, as Steve Jobs said in an interview in Triumph of the Nerds: “Picasso had a saying… good artists copy, great artists steal.” Microsoft’s Windows operating system is often at the heart of such controversy, with history reflecting how Windows came about as a direct result of the company’s work with Apple on the Macintosh.
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uber california driver employerThis ruling changes all that, turning Uber into a transportation startup instead of a logistics software company. That puts the company in a position to face a number of legal obstacles, as well as rising costs of employing those drivers directly and offering them benefits, etc.
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The-importance-of-social-media-in-law-firmsIn our research to date we have not yet seen or heard the CEO or managing partner of a major firm who really gets social media marketing. Someone willing to get out in front of the issue by publicly acknowledging how it plays a vital role in a lawyer’s and firm’s business development and relationship building efforts. That is up until now! Yesterday we were delighted when Bloomberg’s new website and newsletter Big Law Business, published a video interview with Carter Phillips, the Chair of Sidley Austin’s Executive Committee in which he talks about the marketing efforts of his firm, and directly addresses the importance of social media.
Read more at Good2BSocial...

long term thinking for law firmsAt one time, the legal industry was about long-term relationships. A law firm would help form a company. The close relationship between the lawyer and the company meant that the company consulted the lawyer on big decisions. Often, the lawyer became a member of the company’s board of directors. As the years rolled forward, a lawyer from the firm might take the general counsel position in the company and manage the day-to-day relationship between the company and the firm performing the services. The general counsel position would be handed down to the next former partner and so on, almost as an inheritance. The relationships between law firms and companies lasted for decades. In some instances, these relationships (absent lawyers sitting on the company’s board and automatically going from the law firm to general counsel role) still exist.
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typewriter repairOn a recent bleak, winter afternoon in the Flatiron District Paul Schweitzer was once again hard at work, trying to breathe life into a black, jazz-age Underwood typewriter. Behind his spectacles was a furrowed brow and behind that was a tangle of keys, steel, carrying cases and filing cabinets of rollers, spools, levers and keys, a morgue of mechanical guts.
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cybersecurityThis past week, I attended and presented at LegalTech New York. It was my first experience at this conference and I got the feeling it was a bit of an anomaly to have someone from the cybersecurity field there as well. That being said, I had some great conversations, listened to some fantastic presentations, and presented on a panel about how cybersecurity and information governance are converging. Overall, I left the conference with some really valuable information.
Read more at Nuix.com...

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