Andrew Haslam from Allvision Computing and The Legal IT Insider are today launching a buyer’s guide to eDisclosure systems. This inaugural volume contains both information on how best to procure a litigation support system, and the first (if not only) detailed listing of UK vendors of eDisclosure products. The current plan is to re-issue the guide in March of each year so that the annual update of the briefing information can include the latest news from LegalTech.
Andrew Haslam commented; “A number of my recent assignments have been advising law firms on procuring litigation support systems, and I quickly found out there was no centralised list of all the UK vendors, so I decided to build one myself. The first part of the volume comprises detailed information on the litigation support marketplace, including a set of procurement requirements readers can cut and paste into their own documents. The second half was provided by all the vendors, and details both their capabilities, and those of the software they use.”
Possible readers of the Guide are end users of these systems, be they lawyers, barristers, in-house counsel, or IT departments. The Guide does not purport to identify the “best” software or supplier in the marketplace, but instead aims to supply information to allow users to arrive a shortlist of potential vendors, with a procurement exercise being the next logical step.
Charles Christian explained; “It has long been an aim of the Insider website to provide quality material for our readers, and this guide will be first of a number of procurement briefing for different technology areas. Andrew’s work is a comprehensive and detailed review of the litigation support marketplace and we are proud to have it as our initial member of a soon to be expanded family.”
The guide is free, contains no advertising (other than the vendors words and software descriptions) and is available to download here
The annual report on this year’s LegalTech is now available online here.
After a slight delay caused by a very unwanted gift from New York of a viral infection and its accompanying side effects, the annual Allvision review of the LegalTech show and conference is now available here.
Allvision’s Andrew Haslam has just been announced as the chair of the eDiscovery and digital investigations panel session at the LawTech Futures event on 15th March 2012. Details of the panellists and discussion topics to follow, but more detail on the event itself can be found here.
Allvision’s Andrew Haslam has contributed to the Society of Computers in Law (SCL) predictions for 2012 by giving his thoughts on the likely developments in the field of eDisclosure. Read them here.
The November issue in the Legal Support Network set of “Briefing” documents has just been published and is focused on eDisclosure. Allvision’s Andrew Haslam contributed towards the article by Joanna Goodman on “Empowering Litigation Support”. See the Legal Support Network site here, and download the Briefing paper from here.
Allvision’s Andrew Haslam has been asked to speak at the inaugural Lawtech Europe Conference which will be held in Prague in the Czech Republic on 12 November 2012. It’s a long way off, but this promises to be an exciting new conference on the legal IT calendar. More details on the event here.
Allvision provides free 1-2 hour training sessions on eDisclosure. One such session recent took place for a set of barrister’s chambers at 3 Paper Buildings which was delivered by Andrew Haslam in conjunction with Chris Dale of the eDisclosure Information Project. Chris’ article on the event can be found here and the slides used can be found here.
Allvision’s Andrew Haslam was the chair on the first day of the Lexis Nexis Alternative Legal IT conference and gave the following opening remarks.
We have an exciting programme for you, but before we go through that, I just wanted to reflect on last year’s conference (which is a big reason why I am here this year).
Last year, I was convinced that a number of factors were combining to produce something of a perfect storm to force change upon law firms and how they use IT, and I’d like to share those with you and put them in context with the programme. I’m going to look at three main areas.
First, was the way in which information is used, or to put it another way, the rise of these things, the tablet, with IDC predicting global sales of 62.5M tablets and iPads having 68% of that. Within a week of the last year’s conference Hogan Lovells had capitulated and was supporting iPads, at Christmas I got one, in the 2011 Legal Tech they dominated the forthcoming announcements. In the past month, HP has announced they are getting out of the hardware business and Microsoft have unveiled Windows 8 with a very definite focus on mobile computing. Now, I don’t agree with the “death of the PC” brigade, but I do think that the way in which law firm users consume and use information is changing and if the lawyers are finally embracing technology, don’t we have to go with the flow? There are several sessions that will be exploring the sub-themes within this topic, expect to be challenged and have your thinking expanded. I personally think that we are on the cusp of a change in how technology works, as big as the move from MS-DOS to Windows, or the explosive growth of the World Wide Web, and that the technology landscape over the next few years will evolve in dramatic ways that we are just beginning to see, so let us give you some pointers as to where it might end up.
Second, and we will be getting into this in a big way this morning, were the deep challenges to the very way law firms operate, with the (at that point 15 month) lead in to the Legal Services Act. Now it might have been put back by few months, but it is coming and it will lead to significant changes in the legal landscape. Richard Susskind has been talking about “The death of lawyers” for some time, but he is now putting a 5 year time frame on the period over which they will either evolve or see their business model be forced to change. In a minute we will be looking at how new firms are already out there and how they are operating, then explore how strategic firms can meet those challenges, and in tomorrow morning’s session we will try to look into the future and see what tools there might be to help us along the way.
Finally, there were lots of ways in which the people who make up firms were changing, both in their willingness to embrace new technologies and how they might use them. From Generation X, Y and Z and their differences, through to the use of social media, and the infiltration of techniques from games and interactive media into learning and day to day work, all of these were explored a year ago and are re-visited again this year. If Internet years are 7 times a chronological one, we have 7 years of new experience to pass on to you.
So, over the next two days, we are going to look at the way in which law firms operate, how the technology that supports them is changing and the very people that make up the business organism are evolving. One heck of a programme and time to get on with it.