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Opinion: Catherine Flutsch

On 6 January, New York Times journalist, Alex Williams, published an article called ‘The Falling-Down Professions’.1 In the week that Hillary Clinton claimed an unexpected victory over Barack Obama at the New Hampshire primaries, Williams’ article was the second most popular on New York Times online. Williams states that American doctors and lawyers feel that society no longer views these professions as the embodiment of success, leading to a significant drop in the morale of the practitioners of these professions. While Williams draws together US-centric evidence to support his argument, many legal practitioners outside the States will recognise some of the trends...

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

A traditional view of library and information services is that its primary concern is with storing, organising and enabling access to commercial information sources, such as books and online research tools. Of course, that view has never been entirely accurate. The skills librarians apply to making commercial information sources available to the firm, we also apply to information generated within the firm. Efforts to collect, organise, store and enable access to information held within organisations may be less evident to clients of library services than the books on our shelves, but these efforts are a significant part of what we do. Law firms and the libraries that serve them are in the midst of a period of great change, but this change offers new opportunities for librarians to move beyond our current roles and responsibilities and into new areas. Our firm’s enterprise search project has presented our Library Services department with just such an opportunity: to step outside of our traditional spheres of work, yet contribute to something that is very much aligned with our mission.

Received wisdom

Technology has enabled lawyers to connect with one another more easily than ever. That they can achieve this without ever having to meet in person may, for some, also be nothing short of a huge relief. But some law firms are waking up to the myriad dangers of this increasingly faceless age. Enter the legal apprentice.  

The game of tagging

As businesses reach the point of information overload, one option is to allow people to categorise data for themselves – deciding keywords to tag for future users. But will collaborative tagging catch on in the law firm environment?

Upgrade and unify

When Mills & Reeve made the decision to embark on a necessary upgrade of its business-critical telephony systems, it soon saw an opportunity to achieve much more for the business by integrating communications and IT via an intelligent unified-communications infrastructure.

E-mail anytime, anywhere

Taylor Wessing introduced a new e-mail management solution to ensure 24/7 access for lawyers as part of its business-continuity plans.

Thought leader

I vividly remember my first moment of wonder at the advances of technology a few decades ago, when I was able to dial into my answering machine at home and hear the messages left.

Voyage of discovery

Litigation lawyers are dealing with a growing mountain of electronic data and need to make quick decisions about what will be relevant. In-house or external e-dicovery solutions can save valuable time, money…and clients.

Handling information overload

The amount of information a law firm routinely stores and processes places a huge strain on management systems to maximise efficiency. Portal technology can filter information for user-friendly presentation, but careful planning is required to ensure a return on investment.

Dealing with data diversity

Departments often need different things from the mass of client information at a law firm’s disposal. Practice management has different needs to client-relationship management, which requires summary information to get an accurate picture of key client accounts. Consolidation of that data is therefore a challenge, but a phased and focused approach can avoid the pitfalls.

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