Recently, three Chinese citizens were charged in the U.S. courts after it was found that they hacked U.S. law firms and then used the stolen information for insider-trading that netted them $4 million dollars. This is a prime example of “clever” hackers earning money on the financial market, but not by hacking a bank. It […]

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Towards the end of last year, Security Alliance published a report entitled: The Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Firms. The overall assessment of the report is that the current cyber resilience of the legal sector does not match the severity of the threat, and further incidents similar to the magnitude of Mossack Fonseca breach will […]

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Recently, I was commissioned by an organisation of significant size and in a high-risk industry to demonstrate to the Board the vulnerability of its employees to criminal hackers using non-technical means. Using Open Source Intelligence to gather information on a selection of the most senior individuals in the organisation, I was able to reveal how […]

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Although e-billing is playing a role in the commercial relationship between a growing number of UK/European in-house legal departments and their law firms, there are still many organisations that aren’t yet reaping the benefits of e-billing. It’s often said that numerous non-US organisations don’t “get” the value of e-billing. I believe, it’s not that they […]

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Whilst content in our 9 – 5 employment, slightly resentful that our personal activities aren’t getting the attention they deserve, it’s easy to forget about the true value of things around us – especially their inherent value to other walks of life.  Similar to a life of slavery in ‘The Matrix’ we start to just […]

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The benefits of e-billing to corporate legal departments is relatively well understood today, but there is still some convincing required among law firms of its advantages. Typically, the deployment of e-billing in law firms is driven by corporate clients and so the underlying sentiment of “what’s in it for me?” is often palpable. The reality […]

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Typically, e-billing systems leverage project management principles to provide visibility to clients on exactly where and how their law firms spent time and budgets on legal matters. These solutions utilise the Uniform Task-Based Management System (UTBMS), which is a set of codes that help breakdown legal work and expenses across a timeline of activity to […]

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With law firms seeking to boost profits and meet ever increasing client demands, there is a growing trend for legal IT departments to develop and implement greater efficiency gains, the rise in document management systems such as iManage being one. From speaking with our clients and prospects the message is clear: Evolve now or become irrelevant. […]

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The first key point is that IT departments in law firms are generally implementing systems that will meet the needs of their users and offer benefit across the entire firm.  Apply this to the corporate organisation and you start to see why their IT teams focus on corporate-wide solutions such as Email, HR, Finance and […]

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“Surprise!” is not something you usually want to experience when you review the bill submitted by your outside counsel or the entire spend of your legal department. Surprises are better saved for a milestone birthday. In the case of budgeted-to-actual billing reports, there’s nothing like the sweet sound of “what was promised was delivered”. Given […]

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