[Another in a series of mini-reports on what I saw at the annual LegalTech conference in New York this week.]

Launched nearly five years ago, Clio was the first of an ever-growing array of cloud-based practice management platforms. At LegalTech, Clio announced its first major overhaul – a ground-up redesign and dramatically improved user interface.

The redesign will be rolled out in stages over the coming months, according to Jack Newton, Clio CEO and founder. In the changes implemented this week, Clio’s forms have been redesigned to increase ease of data entry and a new “quick-start” sidebar timer has been added that allows users to start, stop and modify timers with just a few clicks.

Additional phases of the redesign will continue to be rolled out over the coming months, Clio’s announcement said, until every aspect of the platform is redesigned.

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