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Editor’s foreword

In a renewed spring effort to get out and about, I recently attended the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) inaugural UK event for law-firm IT professionals.

25 May 2006

The one-day conference included presentations from a range of law firms from the US, UK and Canada, with time included for more informal discussion between delegates and speakers on IT issues facing the legal profession today.

With IT departments now a well-established phenomenon in law firms large and small, it was interesting to see that the first question for the day would be ‘does IT matter?’ With all the money law firms have invested in technology in recent years, the most obvious response would be ‘well, it better matter’, but it turned out that there were more angles to this seemingly simple question than one might at first assume.

Speakers Janet Day (Berwin Leighton Paisner), Matt Kesner (Fenwick & West), Doug Caddell (Foley & Lardner) and Chris White (Ashurst) agreed that the potential value of IT is often undermined by the attitude of lawyers. Few lawyers, for example, would appreciate the potential role of technology in winning cl...

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