legal technology

  • Tech competence should be required

    Jul 2, 2019

    Arguably, all lawyers should understand basic information security practices and ensure they have reasonable policies and measures in place to protect client data against intrusion.

  • Managing IP portfolio takes co-operation

    Managing IP portfolio takes co-operation

    Jun 27, 2019

    No matter how skilled or experienced an IP lawyer is, protecting a company’s IP portfolio is not a job that can be done independently.

  • Is blockchain worth the hype?

    Is blockchain worth the hype?

    Jun 27, 2019

    The federal government is cautiously wading in. Enticed by the promise of blockchain to simplify the management of trusted information in a secure fashion, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Port of Montreal, the country’s second-biggest port, are now testing a blockchain-enabled digital solution to see if it will streamline freight shipping.

  • When it comes to AI regulation, Canada can do better

    Jun 27, 2019

    In 2018, the Future of Life Institute — a think tank led by tech industry leaders such as the founders of DeepMind, Google executives and Elon Musk — pledged not to develop artificial intelligence weapons that could make decisions to take lives and called for regulation to prevent their development.

  • For the love of tech, business and law

    For the love of tech, business and law

    Jun 27, 2019

    Catherine Lacavera says she wanted a career from a young age that would encapsulate her passions for business, technology and law.

  • Increasing use of IP for blockchain inventions

    Jun 27, 2019

    While there is no agreed-upon definition of blockchain, this technology is often associated with an append-only, tamper-resistant, distributed ledger of peer-to-peer transactions maintained by a decentralized network of participants.

  • Searching a haystack

    Searching a haystack

    May 27, 2019

    Search is one of those wicked problems. Not “wicked” in the English vernacular sense though. And it’s not the OED definition of the word of “evil or morally bad” either.

  • E-discovery evolution

    E-discovery evolution

    Apr 29, 2019

    Digital tools to use in discovery have been evolving over the past decade or so, from glorified Excel databases to very technically sophisticated software.

  • The future is about adaptability

    Apr 9, 2019

    When people talk about innovation in the legal market, a couple of themes inevitably come to mind: technology and a change in the way clients obtain legal services. But at the crux of all of this is not tech or billable hours — it’s about the people and how they will need to adapt to change.

  • Ethics before algorithms

    Ethics before algorithms

    Mar 18, 2019

    There has been much written on the topic of ethics in artificial intelligence and innovation recently.

  • The state of legal tech

    The state of legal tech

    Feb 4, 2019

    Very late last year, Tel Aviv-based business-to-business company LawGeex announced that total 2018 investment in legal technology — a.k.a. “law tech” or (more frequently) “legal tech” — had surpassed US$1 billion.

  • Getting billing data under control

    Getting billing data under control

    Feb 4, 2019

    When Aniz Alani arrived at the City of Abbotsford in early 2017 as the municipality’s first in-house counsel, he quickly identified one area in particular he knew he needed to get some control over — managing the bills coming in from external law firms.

  • Our most important tool

    Feb 4, 2019

    If you speak with any legal tech entrepreneur long enough, talk often shifts from cool new technologies to human behaviour.

  • Meritas implements cybersecurity standards for member firms to keep confidential data protected

    Meritas implements cybersecurity standards for member firms to keep confidential data protected

    Jan 22, 2019

    Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, a global law firm network that includes 11 Canadian firms, has recently implemented cybersecurity standards for all current and future member firms to follow as part of its quality assurance program.

  • Blakes hosts demo day to show how it's working with emerging legal tech companies

    Blakes hosts demo day to show how it's working with emerging legal tech companies

    Jan 21, 2019

    It’s not often you see a mini trade show of technology vendors set up inside one of Canada’s largest national law firms, but in an effort to show clients how it is working to innovate with the emerging legal ecosystem, Blake Cassels and Graydon LLP opened its doors to host a tech demo day last week in Toronto.

  • Law firms rolling out SaaS collaboration platform to clients

    Law firms rolling out SaaS collaboration platform to clients

    Dec 21, 2018

    Increasingly, corporate in-house clients want access to online collaboration tools to make communication with their law firms easier.

  • Understanding the two faces of Legal technology and AI

    Nov 19, 2018

    I am a strong advocate for the adoption of legal technology and artificial intelligence. Not only do I believe that the adoption of legal tech will make lawyers more efficient and able to provide better more affordable services to clients, but I believe there will be a time, very soon, when not using legal technology tools will risk a lawyer being found to be in a possible breach of their professional obligations.

  • Leveraging chatbots

    Leveraging chatbots

    Nov 12, 2018

    The size of the chatbot market is growing exponentially.

  • Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Oct 23, 2018

    When legal departments work collaboratively with their external firms and technology partners on real-world problems, innovation can happen in interesting and cost-effective ways and it doesn’t have to mean reduced fees for law firms.

  • From hype to productivity

    Oct 15, 2018