17 October 2016 - Electronic Contracts in Property Transactions For Big Firms and Small
13 October 2016 - Aussie Legal-Tech Company Obtains $6.18m Investment for International Expansion
10 October 2016 - OneDrive is Transforming into a Cloud and Mobile Content Management System
It seems like less than a year ago that OneDrive for Business was the worst-featured and most unreliable file syncing tool on the market - and that was in a desktop environment. Mobile was even worse. Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and almost every other similar service was superior to the bug-ridden, crashing, unusable OneDrive for Business.
For some months now, the syncing problems of OneDrive for Business have been fixed. With this behind them, Microsoft has unveiled what it calls a "major" update. In reality it is a complete transformation of a service that was simply a syncing tool to something that looks more like a comprehensive content and document management system.
Store and preview email messages; share and collaborate on documents and copy files from SharePoint libraries. The transformation is described in the video below. OneDrive for Business is also being used to bring SharePoint out of the shadows so that it may one day be used by ordinary people for everyday purposes.
7 October 2016 - E-Signature Fraud and Risks
Commentary by Paul Cullen of HopgoodGanim Lawyers:
The risks of accepting electronic signatures
The recent decision of the NSW Court of Appeal in Williams Group Australia Pty Ltd v Crocker (handed down on 22 September) involved the common situation of a trading customer making a credit application to its supplier (Williams). The supplier required directors’ guarantees and a guarantee document was attached to the credit application.
The directors of the customer had established an electronic signature system using “HelloFax”. The particular director, Mr Crocker, lived and worked primarily in Brisbane, whereas the company’s premises were in Murwillumbah. Read More
5 October 2016 - Are You a Conveyancer or a Super-Conveyancer?
30 September 2016 - Break Through Efficiency Barriers with Smokeball Conveyancing Software
23 September 2016 - Gilbert + Tobin Signs Enterprise Agreement for Wizdocs Due Diligence Technology
Wizdocs, a leading provider of legal software solutions, today announced an agreement with Gilbert + Tobin, a major Australian corporate law firm. Under the terms of the agreement, Gilbert + Tobin will deploy Wizdocs' DealManager product to facilitate deal collaboration and optimize efficiency in the diligence review process.
As deals become larger and more complex, DealManager, a web-based technology from Wizdocs, is available to assist attorneys in managing transactions by automating processes and expediting diligence reviews, thereby allowing firms to complete deals faster and more efficiently.
“Gilbert + Tobin is committed to embracing innovative technologies that enhance our ability to effectively meet client demands in a cost-efficient manner,” said Sam Nickless, Chief Operating Officer at Gilbert + Tobin. “G+T is a leading advisor in corporate M&A activity, and our deal teams are using DealManager to increase the efficiency of our project management and due diligence processes. DealManager allows us to deploy review processes consistently across all transactions and teams and ensure our people are focused on the most important legal issues for our clients. DealManager has the potential to be a powerful tool for M&A counsel, and we are excited to be an early adopter of this technology in Australia.”
Ben Longoria, Founder and CEO of Wizdocs: “DealManager gives law firms a big advantage – not only in terms of collaboration, automation and knowledge management, but also in terms of maximizing attorney performance and delivering value to their corporate clients. Wizdocs is excited to work with Gilbert + Tobin, our first major Australian customer, on this front.”
DealManager allows companies and law firms to manage diligence reviews for M&A and other corporate transactions. With DealManager, lawyers can project-manage their deals, create electronic due diligence checklists, and automatically generate diligence reports and disclosure schedules – all in real time.
19 September 2016 - Firm creates new workplace health and safety app called ClydeCovered
15 September 2016 - Online Court v Upload Court
The court system has built a solid reputation for archaic, inefficient and unnecessary procedures. In a few years time we might look back and be surprised to realise that the court system led a technological revolution in the justice system.
This technological revolution is underway in what is known as the Online Court. Just as the courts had the power to prescribe archaic and inefficient practices, they are now using their powers to prescribe efficiency and technological adoption.
At present the name Online Court appears to be more aspirational than actual. More accurately it could be called the Upload Court. Uploading documents to courts is replacing court attendance. In the Upload Court, the documents present your case rather than a person in a courtroom.
12 September 2016 - Gilchrist Connell Deploys Intapp Time
8 September 2016 - BigHand and Practice Evolve Announce Tighter Product Integration
BigHand and Practice Evolve have established a closer relationship to deliver tighter integration with BigHand voice, delegate and produce technology Read more (PDF)
Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, with the help of BigHand, build a 21st century law firm using digital dictation and SmartNote with Speech Recognition to support growth and innovation. Read more (PDF).
8 September 2016 - Tikit and NetDocuments Showcase Cloud Solutions at ALPMA 2016
Tikit Australia, part of the BT Group and leading provider of technology solutions for law and professional services firms, today announced its attendance of the 2016 ALPMA Legal Management Summit alongside new worldwide partners NetDocuments.
Tikit will be joining NetDocuments in Melbourne at the much anticipated ALPMA summit, using it as an opportunity to engage with conference delegates throughout the day and discuss the opportunities the new partnership will bring to the Australian market.
Speaking about the event, General Manager at Tikit Australia, Andrea Foot said:
“We’re really looking forward to our first joint event with our new global partners NetDocuments. Having NetDocuments as part of our repertoire is an important move for Tikit, as it enables us to provide a truly unique cloud based document management solution that offers an unparalleled level of security features as well as being easy to use and simple to access on the go. It forms a key component of our growing suite of integrated cloud solutions, specifically designed for professional service businesses.
Attending ALPMA will provide the perfect opportunity for our clients and the wider market to speak with us directly about this new addition and how we can support their cloud strategies moving forward.”
8 September 2016 - Disconnect between what law firms think and what they do
1 September 2016 - MinterEllison Wins Prestigious Legal Tech Award
Announced at ILTACON 2016, MinterEllison has won the ILTA Distinguished Peer Award for Innovative Project of the Year - External/Client-Facing: With collaboration among the firm's attorneys and its systems analysts, developers and precedent/document automation specialists, the firm developed ME Taskflow – a next-generation matter management solution that drives process standardization for high-volume, task-based legal matters. ME Taskflow is cost-effective, rapidly deployed and implemented, and empowers users to structure matter workflow to their needs. Its repository of tasks – activities that can be used across multiple legal practice areas without additional tailoring and coding – enables faster setup and development of a management plan for the life cycle of each matter. It turns a task into a powerful tool – one that delivers everything a user needs to complete an activity, including the know-how and precedent to perform each task while allocating the activity to the most appropriate person on the legal team.
31 August 2016 - Worldox® and Workshare® Join Forces to Deliver Secure Document Collaboration
World Software Corporation® and Workshare® have enhanced their strong partnership to bring secure collaboration to Worldox customers. Branded "Worldox Connect", powered by Workshare, the new product will allow documents to be shared securely outside the organization while maintaining control of the documents within the Worldox Email and Document Management System.
Worldox Connect will be bundled with the Hosted Worldox Web product and will include mobile applications allowing access to shared documents from anywhere, providing an efficient and elegant method to organize and exchange documents during a review cycle. The ability to remove hidden or sensitive data from email attachments and encrypt them before they are sent will be included in the bundle.
Some of the Features include: • Sync your important Worldox files or matters for on-the-go use on any mobile device. Full Versioning of changed documents is supported.
• Protect your outbound content by automatically removing sensitive information and comments.
• Collaborate with your customers on shared documents for more efficient review cycle.
• Remotely wipe sensitive firm data from any connected mobile device.
• Add Digital Rights Management to outbound content restricting recipients from printing, sharing, and text scraping of documents.
• Effortlessly share your content via secure link instead of attachment
• Full access to Worldox content from a browser or mobile device
• Full Auditing of activity for security and compliance purposes
30 August 2016 - iManage to Establish Cloud Data Centres in Australia
iManage currently has iManage Cloud data centers in the United States and the United Kingdom. The next iManage Cloud regions to be supported with local data centers will be Australia and Singapore in September 2016.
Each cloud data center features infrastructure tuned to optimize professional work for large files, high availability and rapid disaster recovery and all data centers are highly secure, and certified to the ISO 27001 security certification.
“Trinogy has long valued the partnership with iManage,” said Robert Fraser, director of Trinogy. “Their Work Product Management technology is clearly the established market leader worldwide, they have a deep appreciation of the demanding needs of the professional services sector, and the establishment of a local data center in Australia will help our customers address data sovereignty issues. Trinogy welcomes the arrival of the iManage Cloud service, ‘down under’.”
In other iManage news: iManage has announced the release of iManage Work 9.4, a ground-up reimagining of its core document and email management solution, and several important enhancements to iManage Share — the secure file sharing solution for professionals — that will streamline and improve the way professionals collaborate with clients, and outside parties, and enhance the security of shared work product.
30 August 2016 - New Aussie Service Partners for Intapp
30 August 2016 - NetDocuments Enhances Integration with Office 365
24 August 2016 - Handshake Software Integrates with NetDocuments
24 August 2016 - New Versions of Dragon
18 August 2016 - GlobalX Disrupts With New $0 Cloud Conveyancing Software
15 August 2016 - NetDocuments Expanding Client Roll
15 August 2016 - Lexis Draft Wins Australian Business Award for Product Excellence
Lexis® Draft, the latest drafting tool from LexisNexis®, has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Product Excellence in The Australian Business Awards 2016.
Recognised for its highly relevant and resonating market offering in the legal sector, LexisNexis also received this award for its commitment to continually improving the support and operations of the product in close partnership with customers. This year’s award builds on winning Product Innovation and Best New Product in The Australian Business Awards 2014, reflecting the progression of a valued and proven software solution.
Lexis Draft is a legal practitioner’s tool kit that enables easy review, editing and proofreading activities in seconds. It allows users to review documents, undertake analytical and legal research validation, search LexisNexis and local folder directories and access deeper research libraries, without leaving the document itself.
Glenn Cooksley, LexisNexis, Head of Drafting Solutions explained that Lexis Draft was initially developed after research showed that increased time and workload pressure was forcing over half of legal practitioners to make tough decisions to skip proof reading and checking activities.
“Our mission is to help customers break free of the mundane and time consuming activities and improve their daily working lives. Software has a perfect role to augment the modern practitioner in that way. Initial feedback proves Lexis Draft really achieves this and frees up time for our customers, which is the most valuable thing we can give them. I would like to congratulate all of the LexisNexis teams involved in creating this innovative solution,” Mr Cooksley said.
Lexis Draft was also recently placed on the 2016 SMART 100 Index of Australia’s most innovative products for its consumer adoption and commercial success.
11 August 2016 - The Time has Come to Gain Expertise in E-Signing
10 August 2016 - As Bankruptcies Rise - Due Diligence for Your Firm and on Behalf of Your Client is Critical
1 August 2016 - Kyckr IPO: Uncovering Clients Engaged in Illegal Activities
KYC is an acronym for Know Your Customer. Raising funds now for an ASX IPO in August, the Kyckr service provides information on potential and existing clients who are associated with illegal or unauthorised activities such as fraud, money laundering and terrorism funding. (video below). Also learn more here and here.
28 July 2016 - Launch of Most Secure Smartphone
The price is expected to be "mid-range". (video below)
27 July 2016 - New: Dragon Legal Australian - Speech Recognition Software
25 July 2016 - Is the Writing on the Wall for Microsoft Office?
20 July 2016 - Nuance (Equitrac) Named Global Device and Print Management Software Market Share Leader
19 July 2016 - What Ever Happened to Matter Center for Office 365?
13 July 2016 - Brisbane Investment Company Backs Legal Industry Disruptor
7 July 2016 - Law Firm Clients Speaking About FilePro Practice Management Software (video)
29 June 2016 - Launch of LawTap Online Tools for Law Firms
28 June 2016 - NetDocuments Gets Tik of Approval
NetDocuments (cloud document management service) and Tikit have signed a global partnership agreement. Tikit has around 1,500 legal clients around the world and is owned by the UK's BT Group. This is expected to give a boost to NetDocuments' penetration of the legal market.
Not that NetDocuments has been lacking in momentum. Australia has been a slower adopter than other parts of the world, most likely because an Australian-based data centre for the service did not exist until only last year.
In 2013, brave early adopter, Lavan Legal became a NetDocuments user. In 2014 Cooper Grace Ward switched to the service. Last year, following the establishment of the Australian data centre, Corrs started a pilot group of 200 users within its firm and is now rolling it out firm-wide. The latest big-name firm to sign up to NetDocuments is Gilbert + Tobin.
The new global partnership with Tikit, which also has an Australian presence, certainly has the potential to accelerate new user acquisition in Australia and around the world.
24 June 2016 - Nuance Power PDF 2 Makes it Easy for Businesses to Gain Control over PDF Workflows
23 June 2016 - How Lawyers Are Using Mobile Devices - The LEAP Experience
21 June 2016 - Gilbert + Tobin Selects NetDocuments
Gilbert + Tobin, a top-tier leading independent firm with over 550 people across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, Australia, will upgrade its on-premises DMS to NetDocuments native cloud-based service to achieve greater usability, mobility, and improved security. Gilbert + Tobin services corporate and government clients across the APAC region and around the globe.
21 June 2016 - Law Apps Bake Off at The University of Melbourne (videos)
Another milestone in the coming together of law and technology.
17 June 2016 - NetDocuments Now Integrates with Office 365
NetDocuments is a cloud-based document and email management system. The new integration enables the functionality of opening, editing, creating, and searching within the native Microsoft Office 365 applications across desktops and mobile devices.
Matt Duncan, NetDocuments CEO stated. “The Office 365 for NetDocuments integration takes the power and security of a purpose-built enterprise DMS for legal, and presents it to the end user as an intuitive and invisible DMS. ‘
“The integration between Microsoft and NetDocuments cloud technologies will help make secure document management seamless to our joint users,” stated Rob Howard, Director, Office 365 Ecosystem, Microsoft.
Key functionalities of the integration will allow individuals to:
• Work within Office applications from any browser and any device, including the ability to open, edit, and create from any iOS device;
• Collaborate with real-time co-authoring and editing capabilities, eliminating the need to check documents in and out;
• Enjoy a consistent interface regardless of location or device
16 June 2016 - Chrome River Continues Global Expansion with Asia-Pacific Launch
Chrome River, a global leader in expense and invoice automation solutions, has announced the launch of Asia-Pacific operations.
Chrome River Pty Ltd, based in Sydney, will provide dedicated support and implementation services to the company’s existing customers across the region, as well as increase its presence with the addition of new customers.
“We already have a significant number of users across Australia and Asia-Pacific, and we see a tremendous opportunity to increase our presence with global and local customers and partners across the region,” said Alan Rich, CEO of Chrome River. “Not only is there significant growth in business travel across Asia-Pacific, but there are a number of complex, country-specific taxation requirements which drive the need for a sophisticated, robust expense management solution that configures to the needs of companies operating in the region.”
The company previously established a presence in the United Kingdom in 2014, and now has customers and partners across Europe. Learn more at www.chromeriver.com
15 June 2016 - Actionstep Gets Zapped
Actionstep, the cloud practice management system, has announced that it is integrating its software with Zapier.
Zapier is a tool that connects independent software applications so they can functionally work together. It is a tool designed for use by non-technical people.
For example, according to Actionstep: “You create Zaps by connecting "Triggers" in one application to "Actions" in the other application.”
“When something changes in one application (for example if a new appointment is created in Google Calendar) a "Trigger" is activated. The "Zap" connects the Trigger to an available "Action" in the other system (for example creating a file note). The Zap passes the related information from the Trigger to the Action (in this example the details of the new appointment in the Google calendar).
“When you login to Zapier and select an application you will see a list of published Triggers and Actions supported by that application.”
Actionstep says that Zapier support has been a much-requested feature. The first release of Zapier support is planned to be available by the end of this month. More info at Actionstep.
14 June 2016 - Beginning to End Electronic Conveyancing Now a Reality
9 June 2016 - GlobalX Legal Solutions announces agreement to provide NSW Electronic Contract for Sale (eCos)
9 June 2016 - compareDocs now supports NetDocuments ndOffice 64-bit Microsoft Office and iManage Work
7 June 2016 - Technology and Law Firms - a Lot of Whys
Why are law firms not adopting desirable technology? Is it resistance from partners or staff, lack of funds, implementation risks or lack of identifiable benefits to clients?
We now have an opportunity to contribute answers in GlobalX's legal technology survey. The results will be pooled, giving us a chance to answer the many whys of legal technology in law firms.
The online survey will be live for three weeks, with one lucky practitioner winning a $2,500 Gift Card.
GlobalX is distributing the survey to more than 20,000 practitioners across the country. The survey can also be completed via the link below. Individual entries and answers will remain anonymous.
6 June 2016 - GigJam, Flow and PowerApps from Who?
3 June 2016 - OpenText Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Recommind, Inc.
From the official announcement via Recommind:
Waterloo, ON — June 2, 2016 — Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) (TSX: OTC), a global leader in Enterprise Information Management, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Recommind, Inc., a leading provider of eDiscovery, and information analytics. Recommind’s SaaS and managed services solutions include, Axcelerate for eDiscovery review and analysis, Perceptiv for contract analytics and Decisiv for enterprise-wide information access.
With this acquisition, Recommind’s market-leading eDiscovery solution will complement OpenText’s own leading enterprise information management (EIM) solutions. In addition, this acquisition is expected to expand OpenText’s expertise in cloud and developing and using analytics to solve concrete and expensive business problems.
Terms of the Agreement
The transaction purchase price is approximately $163 million. The solutions being acquired are expected to generate between $70m and $80m of annualized revenues, be immediately accretive to earnings and be on the OpenText operating model within the first 12 months after closing. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. (1)
More information can be found in our presentation at investors.opentext.com
2 June 2016 - When e-Conveyancing Becomes Conveyancing
1 June 2016 - Not Just Another Web App for Barristers
27 May 2016 - Six Tactics to Protect Your Firm From Malicious Email Attacks
25 May 2016 - BigHand and Nikec Partnership for Asia Expansion
BigHand and Nikec Solutions Asia have established a relationship to support joint growth and deliver advanced voice, delegate and produce workflow technology to the Asian market.
“BigHand is pleased to announce another key partnership with channel partner Nikec Solutions in Hong Kong, China,” Tony Bleasdale, BigHand Managing Director for APAC announced this week.
“Nikec Solutions Asia have a fast growing client base, with a local support network focusing on making a BIG difference to its clients in Hong Kong and China.”
BigHand and Nikec Solutions Asia are responding to demand across Asia, specifically from legal and professional service firms, for solutions such as digital dictation and speech Recognition, as well as workflow, metadata management and document production technologies. With the latest partnership, clients in the region will be able to benefit from BigHand’s technology with greater local support.
Regarding the new partnership, Nicholas Child, MD of Nikec Solutions said, “The partnership with BigHand is a key part of Nikec Solutions global development, and in continuing to be the legal supplier of software to Hong Kong and Asia law firms. We pride ourselves in providing legal and professional services with key tools and support to keep up with the evolving market, and this partnership will benefit that.”
In addition to BigHand’s core voice productivity solutions, Nikec will offer BigHand’s workflow and document production tools, BigHand Now and BigHand Produce following demand from the legal and accounting markets in Hong Kong.
19 May 2016 - What Could be Wrong with Task Management Software in Law Firms?
19 May 2016 - Amicus Attorney Becomes Part of Abacus Data Systems
19 May 2016 - Launch of CompareDocs Cloud
DocsCorp (www.docscorp.com), has announced the launch of compareDocs cloud, a new web-hosted version of its document comparison software. Running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, compareDocs through Office 365 enables users to compare Word to Word and Word to PDF documents on a PC desktop, Surface Pro or iPad, all via the cloud.
Running as an Office Add-in, compareDocs is easy to deploy from an IT perspective since nothing has to be installed on local machines – it all runs in the cloud. The service can be made available to users instantly and on all devices running Office 365. compareDocs cloud is available as an Office Add-in for Word Online, Word for iPad and Word 2013 Service Pack 1 or later.
compareDocs cloud uses the same comparison engine as the compareDocs desktop version, but there will be some differences in functionality. Specifically, DocsCorp will soon be announcing compare ‘image’ PDF documents capability using built-in OCR technology. Customers may choose to run both desktop and cloud versions interchangeably to allow universal access to compareDocs from anywhere at any time.