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The case for KM

In spite of their notorious hostility to change, the potential benefits knowledge management promises firms operating in a sector as knowledge intensive as the legal industry are palpable. Simon Lelic, editor of Knowledge Management magazine, talks to representatives from CMS Cameron McKenna, Mondaq, Perceptive Technology, ResSoft, Sherwood PSF Consulting, Smartlogik and TFPL, and discusses the impact KM has had on the industry.

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.

Profiting from increased competition and new markets

Competition is an accepted part of legal professional practice. The forces of deregulation and new technology are set to alter the shape of competition in the legal services industry. In this article, Ben Horton of FirstLAW explores the purchasing priorities of clients and lawyers, and the response to the concept of the first regulated on-line legal services marketplace.