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The future of transactional law

There are historical barriers to conducting high value transactions over the internet, which new technologies are removing and in doing so are creating opportunities. Henry Steen of Business Integrity Ltd discusses how this is of vital strategic importance to the legal industry, due to the declining level of deals, the uncertain economic environment, client pressure on fees increasing, competition intensifying, and the exceptional lawyer being in higher demand.

Breaking the mould

Exeter-based Bevan Ashford decided it was time to ring the changes. IT manager Mike West outlines the firm’s technology investment in a new thin-client desktop computing platform, and explains the reasoning behind their move towards an integrated practice and case management solution.

Practice makes perfect

In June 2000, Roger Lucas joined Gregsons as IT Manager, following demand from members of staff for a more efficient and reliable computer system and a reduction in time lost through computer downtime. He discusses how he developed the IT systems within the firm.

The Application Service Providers bite back

Application service provision could be the answer to many managing partners’ prayers. The delivery of application software as a packaged service through the internet or a private network, on a rental or subscription basis, could signal an end to escalating IT overheads, the daily travails of system maintenance and the battle to keep pace with fast-moving technology. Not to mention the increasing pressures to safeguard security and continuity of service for a demanding market. Chris Cann, systems partner at Martin Kaye, identifies why his firm is already reaping the considerable benefits of a new delivery route for critical business applications.

Product news

Keep Up with the latest in law firm technology and find out who is improving their systems software and solutions.

Rethinking the law firm business model

Talk of a global recession may be overly pessimistic, but it is clear that the world economy is, at the very least, slowing down. Now is a good time for law firms to take a long and hard look at business practices to ensure they are positioned to weather any downturn. David Thorpe, European general manager of Elite Information Systems, advises a back-to-basics approach.

Using IT to reduce costs

Martin Tolhurst Partnership is a provincial firm that chose a difficult time to upgrade network. The millennium had just passed and legal practices were undergoing a period of upheaval with widely publicised changes to legal aid and civil litigation, not to mention the growth in other organisations that were offering the public advice on subjects that have traditionally been the preserve of the high street practitioner. Stewart Thompson, the IT manager at Martin Tolhurst Partnership, discusses how the new system has slashed costs and improved the way the partnership works.