KordaMentha Becomes Australia’s First RelativityOne Certified Partner

KordaMentha, has announced a new partnership with Relativity to offer its cloud-based RelativityOne platform in Australia. KordaMentha will be the first partner to offer the secure SaaS product in the country. The introduction of RelativityOne, which is now available in seven markets with the introduction of Australia, will enable KordaMentha to provide best-in-class e-Discovery solutions to their clients stationed across the globe, with a particular emphasis in the growing Asia Pacific market. RelativityOne’s industry-leading security posture enables the firm to conduct complex, international data matters with confidence. read more

Quietly gaining clients and investors – a legal AI success story

Blue J Legal Raises US $7m to Support US Expansion Canada-based, Blue J Legal has raised US$7m in a Series A financing round led by Relay Ventures, with participation from Silicon Valley-based LDV Partners, and returning investors Mistral Venture Partners and BDC Capital. Blue J Legal will use this injection of capital to establish a foothold in the U.S. market, expand and enhance its product suite, and grow its go-to-market and product development teams. Since its inception in 2015, the team at Blue J Legal has grown to more than 30 employees. Over the past two years, the company has […]

This online court resolved 592 disputes in one month

The Civil Resolution Tribunal, or CRT, is Canada’s first online tribunal. The CRT currently resolves small claims disputes Can$5,000 and under, and strata property of any amount. On April 1, 2019, the CRT will also resolve motor vehicle accident claims Can$50,000 and under. For the month of October 2018, the CRT received 485 new disputes, very close to the average of 478 new disputes per month since April 2018. It completed a high number of disputes in October (592), resulting in a net reduction of 107 outstanding disputes. Outstanding disputes have been reduced by 226 since the end of June 2018. […]

Sympli has commenced operations

Sympli lodges its first electronic document Queensland becomes first state with choice in e-Settlement providers Sympli to progressively rollout services and extend to more states Sympli Australia Pty Ltd (Sympli) has commenced operations by lodging its first document in Queensland earlier today. The lodgement of a Priority Notice, a key land registry document, was completed on behalf of KRG Conveyancing in Queensland. A Priority Notice is the first of many instruments Sympli will offer as it progressively rolls out services nationally. George Richardson, General Manager, KRG Conveyancing said that “it is great to have choice in electronic settlement providers and […]

The Market-Defining Aussie Law Firm Mergers of 2018

2018 was an exceptional year of merger activity amongst medium sized firms. In hindsight, the 2017 merger of Henry Davis York with Norton Rose Fulbright could have been seen as an early warning of the merger wave that was to follow in 2018.    In January 2018 we learned that TressCox would merge with HWL Ebsworth. The TressCox name ceased to be used. Read more. In early March 2018 it was announced that McCabes Lawyers and Curwoods Lawyers had agreed to merge on 1 July 2018. The firm is now known as McCabe Curwood. Read more. On 30 April 2018 the name […]

GlobalX expands identity services to Europe in support of foreign investment

Legal and conveyancing tech specialist, GlobalX has announced the launch of new Verification of Identity (VOI) services in the United Kingdom to support overseas buyers. Based in GlobalX’s centrally located London office, IDSecure’s verification agents can now conduct a full identity service to facilitate the seamless transfer of land and property in Australia. IDSecure’s Executive General Manager Lara Paholski said the service will enable a more streamlined process for Australian legal and conveyancing practitioners to meet their legislative obligations while at the same time giving their clients a better experience. “The Australian property market receives foreign investment from many countries […]

The Practical Guide to Finding Your Next Legal Job

By Jason Elias. No doubt you have worked hard to get where you are today. Achieving the required education and qualifications takes years of dedication and late nights. Life’s too short to be in a job you don’t enjoy. This holiday season is a great time to take stock of your career. Without the pressure of doing the work, you can make a considered strategic decision on your next career move. Taking the time to properly plan your legal career will have a significant impact on your long term career trajectory. The good news is that in Australia the legal […]

Legal Aid NSW hands out twenty seven thousand matters to private lawyers

Legal Aid NSW provided representation in 39,385 matters last financial year (17/18).  Of those matters, 12,351 were provided by in-house Legal Aid lawyers and 27,034 were delegated to private practitioners.  The number of matters delegated to private practitioners increased by 6.5% compared to the previous year however the funds allocated to private practitioners decreased by 1.5%. This would imply that more smaller matters are being outsourced to private practitioners or that the funds allocated to each matter has been reduced. In addition to the 39K matters, Legal Aid provided 197,038 Duty Lawyer services, of which 120,296 were handled by in-house […]

Promising new technology startups focused on challenges that organisations have in ensuring regulatory compliance

Westpac has announced the five finalists for its 2018 Innovation Challenge, an initiative that gives start-ups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas for a chance to win $40K. This year the Challenge was to present an innovative idea that helps businesses meet their regulatory obligations while also enhancing the customer experience. “We would like to thank all start-ups and scale-up businesses who took part in the Challenge,” Westpac Head of Innovation, Kate Cooper, said. “The calibre of this year’s applications was outstanding. We were impressed by the variety of solutions put forward, from workflow automation tools to […]