Ian Nolan Ian has a long track record in legal technology, previously running a successful matter management company before starting Brightflag. Ian leads product development in Brightflag and heads up the EU operations.
  • The Human Side of E-Billing
    Technology doesn’t implement itself – it takes people to do it. People, process, technology – these are the three pillars to creating a high functioning and efficient legal department. But software companies like us are often guilty of focusing on the technology, without giving enough time to the crucial role people play in the success […]
  • The Latest (and Greatest) Litigation Cost-Control Strategy
    This is the second in a series of posts about litigation costs facing corporate legal departments. It discusses strategies for controlling litigation costs. Previously, we looked at litigation trends for 2017, and in an upcoming post, will review litigation management technology. In September of 2008, with Lehman Brothers on the verge of bankruptcy and the […]
  • Vendor Security: Why Legal Ops Should Require ISO Accreditation
    Cyberattacks, data breaches, information security. Nothing is more topical (or important) for legal departments and their law firms right now. With the daily number of cyberattacks pushing 4,000 and at least 80 of the top 100 U.S. law firms having verified breaches since 2011, there has never been a more important time to be hyper-vigilant […]
  • Artificial Hype: Practical Applications of AI within the Legal Department
    By now we have all heard the term “AI” or artificial intelligence many times over, whether reading the latest business headlines, attending an industry conference or simply scanning your social news feeds on LinkedIn or Twitter. While this latest buzzword seems to be nothing more than a distraction to some, there are, in fact, real […]
  • US Litigation Trends for 2017
    This is the first in a series posts from Brightflag on litigation costs for corporates. In it we will cover overall market trends, strategies on controlling costs, and how to utilize technology in litigation management. Legal spending takes a large bite out of a company’s bottom line.  For most companies with business as usual it […]
  • The startup advantage in legal technology
    Brightflag is a young company. We are bringing AI language analysis to help corporate legal departments control costs and to help law firms understand how they should price work. It’s a new concept that hasn’t existed before, solving a key issue for the industry – ensuring both sides of a legal transaction are happy with the […]
  • How text analysis is changing the legal industry
    Of all the branches of machine and AI, text and language analysis is likely the most relevant to the legal industry. In a world where the currency is contracts, court rulings, case law, written evidence – it makes sense that advances in understanding large volumes of text creates exciting possibilities. Google has been a pioneer in […]
  • Legal invoice review: How to do it effectively
    This is the second of a two-part Brightflag series on legal billing guidelines and invoice review, find Part One on creating effective billing guidelines here. In the overall process of managing outside counsel spend, reviewing invoices is the final step in a larger process. You will have likely gone through a selection process of some kind, […]
  • AI and the Law: Hype vs Reality
    In a previous blog I spoke about the likelihood of a future that included ‘robot lawyers’. Has it arrived already? According to this recent article about ‘robot judges’ we are already living in the future. Of course, the headline is deliberately provocative – in reality the technology is not really a robot judge, but a prediction […]
  • Robot Lawyers? The Future of AI and Automation in Law
    Reading some recent media headlines, you would think so. Last year in Dublin, a conference warned that lawyers must ‘cut fees or face a future led by robots’. In fact, headlines have been predicting this onslaught of the machines ever since IBM’s Watson (a question-answering supercomputer) beat two human Jeopardy! champions on the US gameshow […]