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Feature: Delivering on data management

Reliability of access to data will be a core consideration in most law firms’ risk-management strategies. Magic-circle firm Allen & Overy decided to outsource its production centre outside of London – but not without considering the costs and alternatives.

News: Microsoft hits out at Google over copyright

Microsoft’s associate general counsel, Tom Rubin, has attacked its online rival Google for its “cavalier” attitude towards copyright law in a speech to the American Association of Publishers in New York. Rubin is the chief copyright, trademark and trade-secret lawyer for the software giant. In his speech, he criticised Google’s Book Search project, an initiative to digitise and database every book ever published, for providing extracts from copyrighted books online without reaching the agreement of the books’ copyright holders first.

Flying without wires

Browne Jacobson outsourced a wireless hotspot for its Birmingham office, enhancing client service and safeguarding client confidentiality at the same time.

Virtualisation: reality

All law firms need to maximise their efficiency to remain competitive. Cost-effective IT systems are crucial and server capacity is one area where considerable savings can be realised. Virtualisation software can allocate resources to multiple applications from one server.

Q&A: Down to business

Richard Brent asks Axxia managing director Stuart Holden how technology helps firms behave more like businesses.

Devising a flexible remote working strategy

Flexible working is likely to appeal to lawyers looking for a better work-life balance in what can often be a highly stressful career. With transport costs continuing to rise and delays impacting on profits, businesses can benefit too, but firms first need to give careful consideration to their mobile technology choices.

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