How leading international law firm Allens is driving operational excellence, transparency and collaboration with BigHand

For nearly 200 years, international law firm Allens has played a pioneering role in the development of legislation and regulatory frameworks in the Asia region and has acted on numerous ‘firsts’ across a range of industry and community issues. Over this time, the organisation has grown in scale and reach and today offers clients a network of 40 offices across 28 countries through a global alliance with Linklaters. Just as its client base has grown to include new and exciting market entrants alongside established companies, so have Allens’ own internal services evolved. Allens keeps its eyes on the horizon and […]

Contractbook receives early-stage investment of $5.7m

Google VC fund enters legaltech  Danish-based contract management company, Contractbook has announced that it has raised €3.5 million from a syndicate led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI Fund, the Nordic VC-fund byFounders and a group of key angel investors. Part of the rationale for the capital injection is international expansion. Darian Shirazi of Gradient said, “Contractbook’s focus on enabling SMEs to streamline the process of contracting has allowed them to attract thousands of customers in a multi-billion dollar market. We’re excited to partner with this strong team for years to come.”  

James & Wells selects Aurora North Practicelink for IP prosecution management

Growing Australasia IP practice to implement Aurora North PracticeLink as part of major systems upgrade. Aurora North, a leading provider of IP prosecution software for law firms, today announced that James & Wells has selected Aurora North PracticeLink for IP prosecution management. James & Wells is New Zealand’s largest privately-owned intellectual property practice, and one of Australasia’s leading independent patent and trade mark firms. “As we expand our practice across the Australasian market, we want to ensure that we have the most advanced technology systems in place to provide a robust, productive and efficient environment for our lawyers and staff, […]

Law firm software to get excited about

There was genuine excitement at last week’s* Sydney launch event for LEAP 2x. At the conclusion of a short video introducing LEAP 2x, the sizeable audience erupted into cheering and enthusiastic applause. Why the excitement? Donna Broadley, CEO of LEAP Legal Software Australia, told the audience that LEAP 2x represented one of the biggest and most innovative updates to LEAP software. LEAP 2x is first and foremost a product of the feedback of LEAP’s clients, she explained. In this new version there is something for everyone, for the managing partner, for the paralegal, for the bookkeeper and for the receptionist, Donna […]

South Africa’s first ever blockchain-based property register pilot

The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) (, research consultancy 71point4 and Seso Global have partnered to develop South Africa’s first blockchain-based property register. The pilot study area consists of almost 1 000 properties located in four sites in Makhaza, Khayelitsha. All the properties are Government subsidised properties that have not yet been registered on Deeds Registry. According to Daniel Bloch, the CEO of Seso Global, a blockchain property registry company, this will be the first working example of a blockchain-based property registry in South Africa. Aside from creating an immutable record of who owns which house, the Seso platform facilitates […]

PracticeEvolve Partners with Fileman to Deliver an Integrated File Management and Storage Solution

PracticeEvolve, an innovative legal practice management software provider which offers document management and legal accounting functionalities, has announced a partnership with Fileman, a leading file management company, to provide an integrated file management and storage solution for the legal market across Australia. The solution offers law firms the capability to manage physical and electronic files in a way that is secure, intelligent, flexible and most importantly will reduce the risk of non-compliance. The improved operational efficiency, as a result of streamlined workflows and automated retention and compliance, will ultimately save the end-user time, space and money. “Our integrated solution will […]

Small law firms more tech savvy as artificial intelligence emerges as competitive advantage

Australian law firms are embracing new technology, but smaller practices are more open to technological innovation than their larger cousins, according to a new survey. When asked to rate how open they and their employees were to adopt new technology in the workplace on a scale of 0 to 100, small firms returned an average score of 71 out of 100, compared to large firms with an average of 55. The average for all respondents independent of size was 66. The findings form part of the “Move Forward with Confidence: Your Roadmap to Transformation” report by leading Australian technology company […]

Law students bridge the app for local non-for-profits

Students enrolled in the UWA Law School’s Legal APPtitude unit presented their final projects at sponsor firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth on Wednesday 23 October 2019. The Legal APPtitude unit involves students teaming up with lawyers from Corrs’ Perth office to develop AI applications to improve efficiencies and save costs for not-for-profits.  In 2019 students worked with one of four non-for-profits: Law Access, Subiaco Justice Centre, Anglicare and the Mental Health Law Centre. The students had responsibility for managing their client relationships, setting and delivering against deadlines, and working collaboratively with professionals, academics, and the community. Corrs’ partners Robert Franklyn and David Yates continue […]

A new approach to categorising legal technology

The market for legal services is typically categorised into practice areas such as Corporate and Commercial, Insurance, M&A, Family Law, Conveyancing etc. There are dozens of such practice areas. Technology has been developed for single practice areas and multiple practice areas. There is also technology that can be used in all practice areas. Practice areas is one way to categorise legal technology. Another way to categorise legal technology is with categories such as Marketplaces, Practice Management, Contracts and Risk and Compliance etc. How relevant are these taxonomies in today’s legal services market? Do they help us understand current developments in legal services […]

I visited the cloud!

By Peter Frankl. The words you are reading now are in the cloud. The work that you should be doing now is probably also in the cloud. I received an invitation from IT provider Innessco to visit the cloud. Actually, they referred to it as a data centre but that’s what the cloud is, data centres. I prepared to visit the secret location which turned out to be a huge building in Ultimo on the edge of the Sydney CBD. The building has its name on the front door and is also identified on Google Maps. So I can probably disclose […]