No Turning Back for In-House Legal

By Peter Frankl. In-house lawyers from the largest and most influential organisations wanted to be part of the Legal Operations revolution. The rhetoric was irresistible and the hype was contagious. Thousands of in-house lawyers from around the world have jumped on board. Lawyers have been coalescing around a young organisation called Corporate Legal Operations Consortium or CLOC. The CLOC vision is about creating the legal department of the future for the organisation of the future. It is not just hype. It is real and it is exciting. CLOC is an international organisation with the majority of its members based in […]

Why professional development can help your firm go in new directions

By InfoTrack As you delve deeper into your career, it can be hard to take time to attend conferences or training to further yourself and expand your business potential. So, if you don’t feel that you have time to develop yourself, why not do it for your firm? Here are three reasons why professional development can help your firm. It gives you new ideas to grow your firm Collaborating with colleagues and getting out of the office into a new environment, gives your mind the space to become more creative. When you bring inspiration and new ways of doing tasks […]

US$250 million for Clio to develop next generation legal tech company

Clio, the Canada-headquartered cloud practice management software company, has raised US$250 million in a Series D funding round from TCV and JMI Equity. The company has been successful in building cloud practice management software with integrations to other independent software products. It has been evolving as a platform. Clio is targeted to small law firms although its inroads into Australia have been limited compared to North America. US$250 million is a significant amount of money that is about to spent on technology related to small law firms. Unfortunately the company did not publish a detailed expenditure plan for these funds. In […]

Smokeball ‘Communicate’ – Secure File Sharing and Messaging

Smokeball has launched a new app called Communicate. Its aim is to securely connect lawyers and conveyancers with their clients. According to Smokeball, “email is now deemed insecure and many are worried about their emails being hacked. In response we have developed Communicate, a secure file sharing and messaging platform and mobile app.” If you are in Melbourne on 17 October 2019, Smokeball is holding a free Tech Masterclass between 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Topics include: What the increase in cyber crime means for legal and conveyancing businesses. How policy, procedures, people and technology measures can protect your firm from the threat of email […]

So you thought small firm lawyers couldn’t earn $1,000 per hour?

A survey of lawyers’ fixed fees conducted earlier this year has uncovered lawyers earning more than $1,000.00 per hour for work done on a fixed-fee basis. The survey was sponsored by Smarter Drafter, an advanced automation tool for law firms, to determine what lawyers actually charge for their fixed-fee services. More than 400 law firms participated in the survey. The survey was prompted by the industry-wide shift to fixed pricing: a shift driven by pressure from clients who are increasingly unwilling to allow lawyers continue charging by the hour. In the survey, lawyers reported the range of fees they charge […]

Global law firm boosts alternative legal services with key hire in Australia

Ashurst Advance comprises over 100 legal analysts, legal technologists, legal project managers and eDiscovery professionals working across the firm’s offices in the UK, Australia and Asia, including its two centres of excellence in Brisbane and Glasgow. Ashurst has announced the appointment of Philip Smith to co-lead its Australian eDiscovery team. Philip, who will be based in Melbourne, joins Emma Forbes as co-head of eDiscovery as the firm demonstrates a clear commitment to expand its successful global alternative legal services offering, Ashurst Advance. Philip joins from FTI Consulting with over 12 years’ experience in large scale global eDiscovery, data analysis and […]

Hackers pick opportunities, not victims

By InfoTrack’s cyber-security team Last year, Dani Venn, Masterchef finalist, fell victim to cybercrime when $250,000 were stolen from her family. She says the most important lesson she learned is not to give hackers opportunities. “Hackers do not pick their victims. They pick opportunities to create victims…Hackers spot that your traffic is not encrypted, they can spy on anything you’re doing. That’s how we were hacked. The system wasn’t secure, and the hackers exploited it.” Dani Venn’s story reminds us how easy it is to fall victim to cybercrime. Scamming attacks don’t just happen when you respond to dodgy emails. […]

Smokeball placed in the Top 20 for 2019 Best Places to Work Study – Australia

Smokeball was placed in the Top 20 for the 2019 Best Places to Work Study, in the under 100 employees category.  Commenting on the achievement: We strive to create an environment and culture that encourages innovation and inspiration. This not only empowers our employees, it powers our success and has helped us become a top place to work. We offer a diverse, non-hierarchical, fun, friendly and success-orientated culture and our goal is to create an environment where our employees love their work and provide high quality outcomes for our clients. “It is companies such as Smokeball which will not only […]

McCarthyFinch Introducing AI-Powered Contracts for Legal Teams at 2019 CLOC Sydney Institute

Announces authorDOCS Business Edition powered by authorAI for Faster Contract Drafting and Review McCarthyFinch, a leading innovator of AI solutions to automate and improve legal processes for corporate legal departments, today announced the release of authorDOCS Business Edition, an intelligent AI assistant for Australian in-house legal teams.  According to McCarthyFinch, authorDOCS Business Edition enables faster drafting and review of contracts than traditionally possible, including up to 60% faster review of routine contracts. authorDOCS Business Edition brings together enhanced artificial intelligence, powered by authorAI, along with new collaborative team concept sharing, data segregation for information security and confidentiality, and support for […]

A global app store for legal technology

Reynen Court launches single platform for legal technology in an initiative supported by large international law firms Five Beta Firms Going Live After Twelve Months of Development Reynen Court LLC has announced the Beta launch of its software platform designed to help law firms and legal departments speed adoption of AI and other new and existing technologies.  The platform combines a solution store for legal technology along with a powerful control panel that makes it easy for law firms and legal departments to run applications either on-premises or within virtual private clouds.  The platform also enables firms to manage software […]