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22 March 2002

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Law Society of Scotland forges
ahead with secure electronic communications initiative

The Law Society of Scotland
has published the results of its tender for a secure electronic communications
project, which will significantly change legal practice for Scottish solicitors
and their clients – both nationally and
internationally.

The Royal Bank of Scotland succeeded in the tendering
process following which the society and the Bank are now in negotiations to
progress the groundbreaking project. The Society’s Public Key Infrastructure
Project aims to provide a secure electronic network for businesses using e-mail
encryption and digital signatures. Any of the Society’s 10,000 members, legal
organisations and service providers who sign up for the service, will receive a
private key and a public key. The keys enable documents to be digitally signed
(allowing verification of the sender’s identity), encrypted and decoded, in a
fast, secure environment for business communication. Martin McAllister,
President of the Society said: “Solicitors’ clients both nationally and
internationally are looking for faster secure communications. The project
provides the way forward. It will be good for business in Scotland and
worldwide.”

Hill Dickinson inclined towards matter management

UK law firm Hill
Dickinson is to invest in a major expansion of its current IT
infrastructure.

The project will roll out Axxia's Case Manager software across the practice,
in a move designed to extend both case and matter management capabilities within
the firm.

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