Lex Connect Curated Reading List October 14, 2015

Lex Connect Curated Reading List



 With so much content available on-line, it is easy to miss the really good stuff. 

 Fear not, we have curated the best Legal Operations & Legal Technology blog and articles.
 Enjoy your 30 minutes power reading.



How to mitigate the security risks of sharing data in the legal sector

Security should be a priority for any organisation, regardless of the size of the company or the sector they work in. Within the legal sector, however, keeping your data secure and free from corruption is of the upmost importance. Whether it be client or internal information, it’s imperative that it is always secure. Unfortunately, remaining secure when sharing data isn’t always as simple as it seems, and numerous law firms are still putting themselves, and their clients, at continual risk. 

We spoke with three industry experts, asking them what the biggest risks of sharing data in the legal sector were, and how best to mitigate these risks.

The Is the inexorable advancement of technology an opportunity or a threat for the legal profession?

A lot has happened in the AI world in the last year. Robots can now create art, learn how to play computer games, categorise buildings and even determine how creative a painting is. But I think we can all agree that the most exciting development in computing this year has to be the IBM food truck, which combines cognitive computing, big data and the cloud to invent delicious new food. The perfect combination for us techies :)

New Law Technology

Technology is key in New Law, and effective models leverage technology to provide legal services in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Three examples of companies doing this are Valorem Law Group, NewLAWu.s, and Axiom. I spoke at length with representatives from these legal service providers.  While each may be using technology differently and to varying degrees, all agree that it plays an increasingly important role.

BLP Pioneers ''Contract Robots" for lawyers

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) in real estate, its largest UK practice area, the firm has revealed to Managing Partner.

Developed in conjunction with London tech start-up RAVN, the global law firm's 'contract robot' can complete within seconds legal work which would take a team of paralegals and associates months to do.

What does the ECJ's preliminary opinion for data transfers to the US?

Preliminary opinion from the Advocate General in a European Court of Justice (ECJ) case challenging the lawfulness of Facebook’s data transfers from Ireland to the United States has received substantial media coverage. The ECJ’s press release can be found here. In short, the Advocate General has said that the Safe Harbor scheme approved by the EU Commission does not comply with EU laws as it does not ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data.






 The Benchmark Survey - Legal Hold and Data Preservation



The Benchmark Survey is the industry’s most extensive survey series focused on legal data preservation and collections practices. Building on the inaugural 2013 and 2014 studies, over 421 professionals dealing directly with litigation hold management participated.

The report has findings on the demographics, processes, common pain points and risks associated with legal holds, data preservation and data collection.



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