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Tech report 2019: Two-thirds of IT bosses excluded from law’s boardrooms

IT and technology professionals are still widely excluded from firms’ management boards, as highlighted in The Lawyer’s Technology report 2019. The report, released today, depicts the current state of technology across law firms, providing insights into how far it has been embedded into formal structures and reflected in budget and investments. When it comes to […]

left out

Slaughter and May: Number one for tech talent

Slaughter and May offers its fee-earners the most intensive technology support of the UK 100, exclusive data provided to The Lawyer reveals, with almost two-thirds of the largest firms decreasing the ratio of fee-earners to technology staff. This means lawyers now have more technology support available than ever before, as the increasing use of technology to […]

Alex Smith

Reed Smith innovation supremo exits for AI platform

Reed Smith innovation manager Alex Smith is leaving the firm to join artificial intelligence services provider RAVN, as startups and alternative legal services providers keep attracting talent from private practice. Smith will become global product lead of the technology that was bought by US document management specialist iManage in 2017. Smith has led the innovation […]

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird accelerates tech efforts with start-up venture

Bird & Bird has created a new online platform aimed at supporting early-stage and mature companies with the legal intricacies found on their growth path. The platform is called twoVenture, a nod to the firm’s name and the nature of the businesses at the heart of the offering. Concocted by lawyers of the firm’s international […]

money

Thinking of the legal freelance life? Do the maths first

Can you make more money as a freelance lawyer than if you work at a law firm? It’s a question that is becoming increasingly pertinent, not least because of the rapid growth of flex-lawyer businesses such as Vario and Peerpoint, and a growing number of New Law offerings that rely on freelance lawyers and which […]

EY poised to swoop for Thomson Reuters’ managed legal services arm

Accountancy giant EY is in talks to acquire Thomson Reuters’ managed legal services business, The Lawyer has learned, in an attempt to further bolster its offering after taking on New Law business Riverview last year. According to sources close to EY, negotiations are taking place between the two companies, with the expectation of reaching a […]

Bristol

Womble Bond Dickinson sets up tech accelerator for local businesses

Womble Bond Dickinson has debuted a new service aimed at helping UK local startups overcome the legal hurdles that affect their expansion trajectory. The service, which is called WBD Accelerate and is led by Bristol-based technology partner Alastair Mitton, involves fee-earners from a number of practices across the firm’s eight domestic offices and subsidiary innovation […]

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A&O brings in HighQ as part of third Fuse cohort

Allen & Overy (A&O) is bringing in a third cohort of startups into its tech space Fuse, which launched in London three years ago, including powerhouse provider HighQ. This will bring the number of tech startups in the Fuse space up to eight: four new companies are joining four of the companies from the latest […]

Condor

Fieldfisher reorganises Condor leadership after exits

Fieldfisher is set to expand the offering of its alternative legal services and flexible resourcing division Condor, which is understood to have generated about £2.5m in the last financial year, as part of new investments to its broader finance practice. Condor, which was launched in 2017, is articulated into two strands: a technology platform used […]

PE money circles law as Axiom spin-off plots expansion

Axiom Managed Solutions (AMS), one of two new companies spun out of locum lawyer business Axiom prior to its pending IPO, has appointed a financial adviser to help source potential investors and, ultimately, a significant injection of capital. AMS, which is understood to have a turnover of between $50m and $100m, has appointed Livingstone Partners, […]

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