Business leadership

Reed Smith finally fills its innovation hole

Reed Smith has found a new innovation manager after a four-month-long recruitment effort that followed the departure of its previous chief to artificial intelligence provider RAVN. At the end of September, the firm’s London office will bring in academic Adam Curphey, who was head of development and innovation technology at BPP Law School and previously […]

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher hires from A&O to boost Condor arm

Fieldfisher has hired Allen & Overy  (A&O)’s working capital manager to add manpower to its Condor unit amid reshuffling in the firm’s alternative legal services and flexible resourcing division. The firm has brought in Paul Harrod to the Condor leadership team; Harrod has spent about 14 years in the magic circle firm’s finance department. There, he […]

Linklaters

Linklaters debuts new tech to trawl through historical data

Linklaters has developed new technology to reduce the amount of time taken to search through the firm’s massive amounts of historical legal documents. The tool, called MatterExplorer, is an artificial intelligence solution conceived as a knowledge management system. During the development process, consultants from iManage RAVN collaborated with the firm’s technology team. MatterExplorer digs out and […]

tech

More than 90 tech providers due to sign up to Reynen Court’s new platform

Reynen Court, the platform claiming to be a “one-stop” tech solution for the legal industry, has officially launched to market with nearly 50 providers already offering services including Elevate, Neota Logic and Eigen Technologies. The start-up, whose development was boosted by a consortium of 19 law firms, has struck deals with a plethora of external […]

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Eversheds Sutherland raids HSF and Luminance for new legal tech hires

A few months after launching its own version of an alternative legal services provider, Eversheds Sutherland has added further tech heft in London hiring from Herbert Smith Freehills and Luminance. The firm has hired two legal technologists, Mark Collins from HSF and Kate Perevoshchikova from artificial intelligence platform Luminance, to work alongside lawyers on automation […]

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Comment: Flexible working isn’t just for women – inclusion in law firms is about age too

Gender, gender, gender: how firms retain female talent is a board-level discussion point. The born-again evangelism among managing partners isn’t feigned, I grant you, but it’s pretty one-note, as if the rhetoric of anxiety makes up for the distinct lack of solutions. To complicate matters further, other diversity issues are beginning to emerge. Just as […]

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UK 200 2016: Business Services

The second edition of the UK 200 Business Services report focuses on the hottest area of business services: technology. The past year has seen an explosion of new tech aimed at the legal market, most obviously artificial intelligence-related products. But how seismic are these changes in reality? This year’s UK 200 Business Services will highlight […]

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