Practice Management & Technology

27 February 2015 - 3E Client Base Continues to Expand with Greatest Annual Market Adoption to Date

Thomson Reuters Elite, part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters, has announced that the market adoption of 3E reached an all-time high in 2014, with 37 firms deciding to implement the industry-leading solution. The trend of firms transitioning from Elite’s legacy Enterprise system to 3E has also continued in 2014, with more than twice as many Enterprise firms moving to 3E than in 2013 and more than triple those in 2012. 3E is an integral component of Elite’s enterprise business management solution, a cutting edge platform that optimizes operational performance across the business.

“The upward momentum of 3E is significantly rising each year as its end-to-end, scalable technology continues to help firms of all sizes successfully lay the core foundation for their long-term success,” said Eric Ruud, Managing Director at Elite. “Because our new best practices approach to implementation delivers a lower cost, lower risk deployment with shorter time to live operation, we have been able to accommodate a broader scale of firm sizes and change the way they do business with the most innovative financial and practice management solution available.”

Elite continues to enhance the features and functionality within 3E to further increase clients’ returns on investment. The latest version 3E 2.7.3 delivers significantly improved performance, semi-automated system balancing, broader financial transaction management capabilities, a series of new persona based dashboards and over 100 additional enhancements aimed at improving operational efficiency.

3E offers powerful core financial and practice management features and built-in application development capabilities – all seamlessly integrated into one high-performance system. Designed from the ground up on Microsoft.NET, 3E provides an integrated development environment that enables firms to become more agile in responding to client needs. A full suite of capabilities is delivered through a consistent Web-based user experience that allows staff to easily track and manage activity on a multi-office, global scale. Visit 3E for more information.


27 February 2015 - BigHand Announces the unveiling of BigHand Office in Asia Pacific

 

26 February 2015 - Shred-X becomes nationally certified in Australia

 

24 February 2015 - LexisNexis Launches Lexis Advance Research Platform

 

24 February 2015 - Cooper Grace Ward Switches Digital Dictation Solution

 

23 February 2015 - Allens Chooses HighQ for Client Extranets

 

18 February 2015 - LDM Global Enters Australian Market with Predictable Pricing and End-to-End eDiscovery

LDM Global has announced a new eDiscovery pricing model that is simplified and predictable with fixed fees across the board, for cases of any size. As a leading international provider of legal discovery management, LDM Global has observed that the legal counsel and courts are frustrated with unpredictable ballooning eDiscovery budgets and the complex pricing structure that plagues the litigation support industry.

“We have been listening to our clients, and they are crying out for predictability in their annual eDiscovery budgets. They are tired of being chipped away at by vendors with per GB, per doc, per hour, per license fees and any other creative price unit you can think up. The current industry price model is just too complex,” said LDM Global CEO and Founder Chris O’Reilly.

LDM Global clients now have the opportunity to elect this new fixed, predictable pricing plan at the same or improved price point as the standard, line-item pricing, but without the risk of unforeseen cost growth.  This new pricing model is available for clients and projects of all sizes and is fully scalable to meet each unique case need. 

Additionally, LDM Global’s recent opening of a new Sydney data centre means that clients can now experience a true end-to-end eDiscovery tool with data hosting capabilities in Australia.

“We have heard from numerous litigators who are tired of tools that don’t offer true end-to-end capabilities. Historically our industry has seen problems with efficiencies in moving data between tools,” O’Reilly says. “Our goal is to simplify the whole process. With our current technology and gains in business efficiencies, we are now able to offer a true end-to-end tool that has the ability to do just that.”

About LDM Global: LDM Global (www.ldmglobal.com) specializes in eDiscovery/eDisclosure projects worldwide. Legal firms, corporations, and government agencies benefit from its in-depth industry expertise and innovative end-to-end strategies. LDM Global has three data centres, one each in London, Sydney and Denver.

 

 

16 February 2015 - Your Next Client May be a Liar and a Cheat

 

VOI Masterclass series: 1 - What to do before you see your client from ZipID TV on Vimeo.

 

11 February 2015 - Demand for Open Practice Version 8 Continues

 

 

9 February 2015 - Kylie Maxwell Solicitors Integrates SILQ with InfoTrack

 

 

9 February 2015 - For WMD Law, Digital Dictation Overcomes Tyranny of Distance

 

5 February 2015 - Record Holdings, owner of Auscript and For The Record, gets investment from Tyler Technologies valuing Brisbane firm at $100m

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4 February 2015 - A Top 10 Australian Law Firm Selects NetDocuments

NetDocuments to open Australian datacenter infrastructure and offices. Read more

 

4 February 2015 - LexisNexis Promotions Recognise Top Female Talent

LexisNexis Pacific has announced the promotion of two of its senior leaders with the appointments of Joanne Beckett to the role of General Manager of Australia and Rachel Travers to Managing Director of New Zealand.
 
Replacing Marc Peter, the former COO of LexisNexis Pacific who has relocated to LexisNexis UK as Director of Sales and Marketing, Joanne and Rachel have also promoted a number of internal staff to new in-market leadership roles designed to drive local growth through delivering next generation productivity, collaboration, workflow and analytics solutions.
 
Previously Executive Director Content Solutions at LexisNexis, Joanne joined the company in 2006 after running her own legal practice. She has held senior roles across the practical content, publishing management, product development and content solutions businesses where she has been responsible for setting and driving the commercial success of those business lines. A former practising solicitor, Joanne holds a Diploma in Law from the University of Sydney.
 
As Executive Director of New Zealand, Rachel Travers drove the development of strategic new content across all LexisNexis Pacific markets, and prior to that, as NZ Head of Content and Product Development, was responsible for growth and strategy of the research, professional development and magazines businesses. Rachel joined LexisNexis from CCH New Zealand in 2010 where she held the role of Product Development Manager. Rachel holds a BA LLB (Law) from Victoria University of Wellington.
 
“As an organisation our goal is to promote from within, whenever possible. We are delighted with the appointments of Jo and Rachel,” said TJ Viljoen, CEO LexisNexis Asia Pacific. “Both have made a huge contribution to our organisation and are best suited to guide LexisNexis Australia and New Zealand to best in class customer centric organisations.”

 

3 February 2015 - Moving IT Infrastructure to the Cloud Proved a Challenge for Digital Dictation

 

27 January 2015 - Arnold Block Leibler Selects Aderant

Aderant has announced that one of Australia’s premier law firms, Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL), selected Aderant Expert as its new practice management system following a thorough review of the market and a detailed evaluation process. Taking advantage of their trusted relationship with Aderant and its proven expertise in legal software and law firm management, dedication to client service and thriving user community, ABL will also be implementing Expert MatterWorksTM, Paperless Billings, Collections and Workflow.

With approximately 125 fee-earners, ABL enjoys long-standing relationships with many of Australia’s leading corporations and private family groups, managing a wide variety of significant and complex matters on behalf of their clients. Many of the firm’s matters are long-running and as such, managing the matter lifecycle is a priority. The Aderant Expert MatterWorks application was a key component of the reason why ABL chose this solution.

ABL stated that another factor in the selection of the Aderant Expert solution was the robustness of the solution and how much functionality exists ‘out-of-the-box’ compared to other alternatives which requires a greater level of customization as standard.

David Leong, CIO of Arnold Bloch Leibler, is looking forward to their migration to Expert, scheduled to start in early 2015. “In an age where innovation is led by technology,” he commented, “we need a solution that will keep up with client demands and continuous process improvement. The functionality Aderant Expert offers helps us to be more efficient and will enable better business decisions.”

Darren Roberts, Director of Professional Services for the Australasian region at Aderant, commented that “The legal industry is moving so fast and firms are using technology to innovate.” Roberts continued, “Many firms operate legacy systems and we want to make sure migration to our Expert solution is as easy and fast as possible.. We know change is hard. But we also know that change is good and the right solution can make a dramatic impact on a firm’s profitability and success.”

 

23 January 2015 - See How GlobalX Searching is Integrated in CATS Practice Management System

 

 

22 January 2015 - FilePro Goes Mobile with RedView Integration

 

 

19 January 2015 - The Test Results Are In - Typing v Dictating

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14 January 2015 - The Legal System's Public Servants as Innovators and Disruptors

 

8 January 2015 - New Legal Transcription Smartphone App by LPO Ezy

 

7 January 2015 - NetDocuments Acquires Decisiv Email Technology and Team from Recommind

 

6 January 2015 - LEAP Legal Software Reports Record Year

 

24 December 2014 - A Smartphone Classic Lives On

Blackberry has finally launched a product that gives Blackberry users upgrades to what they have always loved about Blackberry such as the physical keyboard, the trackpad and keyboard shortcuts.

Blackberry has improved weak areas such as its internet browser and screen real estate. It has made available countless apps by integrating with the Amazon Appstore.

The newly launched Blackberry is named the Classic and may be what it takes to ensure the product and company’s longevity. 

 

 

24 December 2014 - Envision Software to be Sunsetted

According to Thomson Reuters, the reason for discontinuing Envision is because “it is built on older technology that cannot deliver the capabilities that today’s law firms need.”

The Envision practice management solution was acquired by Thomson Reuters three years ago when it acquired UK company Pilgrim Systems. Envision was then branded as LawSoft. Pilgrim Systems was founded in 1978. LawSoft was launched in 1996.

At the time of acquiring Pilgrim Systems three years ago, the view of one Thomson Reuters’ executive was that Pilgrim was a strategic fit as part of a plan to provide a mid-market back-office solution for law firms in the UK and Asia Pacific region.

In Legal Practice Intelligence’s view it is developments in IT infrastructure as a service (whether hosted or cloud) that is redefining the boundaries of what software is viable for different sized law firms. The size of the law firm is becoming a less important factor in limiting what software can be adopted. 

 

16 December 2014 - NZ Public Company Acquires LitSupport

 

15 December 2014 - Open Practice Mobile Announced


 

11 December 2014 - Cloud and the Unstressed Law Firm CIO

 

 

 

 

9 December 2014 - Major Upgrade Announced for pdfDocs

The new version of pdfDocs is v4.1.

New design - pdfDocs 4.1 is a complete redesign with a MS Office 2010/13 look and feel, including Backstage view and Ribbon menus. The modern user interface reduces complexity and clutter, allowing the user to focus on the task at hand.

More speed - users will also see significant speed improvements in software performance, as well as streamlined workflows. These enhancements have been achieved through a combination of new technologies and the availability of multi-core CPUs.

Work in Single Document mode - pdfDocs 4.1 now works independently of Organizer and Binder Projects. Single Document mode eliminates the need to use Adobe Reader. Simply double-click on any PDF on your desktop or email attachment, edit and save the PDF to your desktop or directly into your document management system.

Text editing - improved inline text editing makes it easier to make changes to PDF documents.

New Editor functions - a completely redeveloped PDF Editor pane allows you to easily review and edit PDF content. Forms capabilities are now standard in pdfDocs including formfilling and design.

Optical Character Recognition support – the OCR module extends document workflows to digitize business information contained in paper documents and image files, which can be converted to MS Word, or text-searchable PDF. The OCR module supports more than 180 languages.

Digital signatures – users can apply a digital signature to sign or validate a form or document.

Interactive E-Learning – a series of E-Learning modules can be accessed from within pdfDocs 4.1. These have been developed by online learning specialists, Capensys.

Commenting on the new pdfDocs 4.1 design and development, Dean Sappey, President DocsCorp, said that the company had invested over USD $2 million in the product over the past 12 months with more than 80% of the original pdfDocs code being rewritten in the latest development languages. cleanDocs, compareDocs and contentCrawler have also been redesigned with the same, modern user interface.

 

5 December 2014 - BigHand Launches Australian-Hosted Solution plus Cowell Clarke Case Study

 

4 December 2014 - New: Workshare Professional 9

 

 

2 December 2014 - InfoTrack Acquires Largest Independent Property Search Company in England and Wales

 

 

26 November 2014 - Henry Davis York Implements Technology to Overcome Staff Reimbursement Admin Pain Points

 

PROBLEM: Used a paper-based expenses system that resulted in write-offs and limited visibility over outgoing costs.

PROCESS: Worked with business and travel expenses technology company Concur to fully automate all of its expenses.

RESULT: Reduced the time it takes to process expenses from 60 days to 14 days.

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25 November 2014 - The Quiet Revolution in the Federal Court is Getting Louder

 

20 November 2014 - New cabenet Features and Technology Workshop for Law Firms

 

18 November 2014 - LexisNexis Establishes an E-Lending Library and Partners with Wolters Kluwer

 

14 November 2014 - Firms Large and Small are Taking Advantage of Integrated Online Searching

 

13 November 2014 - LEAP Legal Software is now in the UK

 

12 November 2014 - SAI Global: From Information Broking to Information Solutions

 

11 November 2014 - PCLaw Integrated Batch Invoice Emailing and Online Searching

 

5 November 2014 - Nitro Receives $15m Investment

Nitro is best known as the company offering an alternative to Adobe PDF products. Nitro has announced that it has received a $15m investment from Battery Ventures.

Nitro provides some background to the investment:

“… the start of Nitro’s “second chapter”. If chapter one was about first generation document sharing, chapter two expands to include second generation document sharing. And we’re excited to have the team from Battery joining us for the next part of the Nitro story.

“When we talk about first and second generation document sharing, we’re really talking about changes in the way people work. Until recently, most office productivity happened on the desktop. Today, it’s happening everywhere. We’ve had incredible success with Nitro Pro over the past 9 years, as the first and now leading alternative to Adobe Acrobat, but increasingly customers were asking for new and even better ways to share documents – in the browser and on mobile – and that led to the creation and launch of Nitro Cloud.

“Our Nitro Pro customers wanted to know how they could get contracts signed faster, collaborate more efficiently, seek document approvals in seconds, and get more visibility into their high-value document workflows. Nitro Cloud has been created for those customers, and many more we haven’t met yet, as the ultimate “smart documents” platform. And we’ve only just gotten started. We have big plans for the product roadmap and will talk to those publicly in due course.”

 

4 November 2014 - The Most Misunderstood Legal Technology Company

 

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