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 […]

RedView client portal software re-written from the ground up

The solution is designed to provide clients of law firms with a secure and flexible way to access to their matters and documents over the web and on mobile devices. It is neatly integrated with many of the leading legal applications.  In response to client feedback and technological advancements, the product has been completely re-written from the ground up.  The focus has been on supporting faster data access, an extended security model, a modern user interface as well as a range of new functionality. Stephen Butler, CEO of Red Rain, said, “We have made a substantial investment in re-imagining and […]

Sympli Strengthens with new Head of Industry and Government Relations

Sympli Australia Pty Ltd (Sympli), Australia’s newest e-Settlement service provider, has appointed Suzanne Turnbull as the new Head of Industry and Government Relations. Suzanne joins Sympli from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) where she was integral in leading digitisation of lending, most notably with the operationalisation of e-conveyancing and building the new operating model for the emerging digital lending environment. Since joining CBA in 2008, Suzanne has been instrumental in forging new ground within lending services and is well respected in the industry for her thought leadership and peer relationships with peak industry bodies. David Wills, Sympli’s Chief Executive […]

Korean-built artificial legal intelligence to be put to test

Legal specialists will compete with Legal artificial intelligence (AI) in conducting legal reviews of various contracts, raising the possibility of AI technology replacing humans in the field of legal affairs. The Korea Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (KAAIL) and the Judicial Policy Research Institute will host a conference on August 29 to discuss the future of Legal AI. At the conference, two teams each comprised of lawyers and AI will compete with each other in reviewing various contracts. The competition will involve analyzing contracts on employment and confidentiality to deduce legal problems, and create a report listing the legal […]

InfoTrack named in top 10 leading innovator in technology

InfoTrack has been named in the top 10 on the 2019 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies List as a leading innovator in technology across Australia and New Zealand.  The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, is based on a rigorous assessment process in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges. InfoTrack has been ranked 10th, against hundreds of nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand. The award measured top innovation initiatives implemented in the last 12 months. Specifically, the judges assessed how important the problem is that the innovation solved, the quality and […]