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15 November 2013 - New Online Legal Documents Service
13 November 2013 - Future Technological Changes Needed by Law Firms
11 November 2013 - Review of Conveyancing Manager Software (click image below to read review)
7 November 2013 - Bathurst’s King Cain Solicitors Achieves Dramatic Improvements with New Systems
King Cain Solicitors has been taking advantage of a comprehensive suite of technology tools to significantly improve both bottom line profit and client service.
The firm is able to give clients online access to current and recently completed matters. Clients can “drill down” in each matter to view documents, correspondence, accounts and diary entries.
The firm's new technology is used to send clients SMS text messages of important events such as contract exchanges or settlements when they happen.
Download a report on how King Cain Solicitors is benefiting from the implementation of its new practice management software solution. Download PDF here (2MB).
5 November 2013 - DocsCorp Highly Commended at Premier’s NSW Export Awards 2013
DocsCorp was recognized at the Premier’s NSW Export Awards for its innovative software solutions and its export efforts.
Founded in Sydney in 2003, DocsCorp now derives almost 80% of its revenue from 32 overseas markets. It continues to grow its market share and presence in each of these markets through local sales teams and with an increasing portfolio of products.
DocsCorp’s corporate headquarters, which includes marketing, finance and R&D is based on Clarence Street in Sydney. Half its team operates from DocsCorp offices in London (United Kingdom), New York, Pittsburgh and Portland (USA) as well as in Manila (Philippines).
DocsCorp is led by Dean Sappey, President and co-founder, along with Shane Barnett, CTO and co-founder, who also heads up DocsCorp’s large R&D team. The company is comprised of over 50 professionals.
More than 3,500 firms globally, including professional service firms, Government departments and corporate enterprises, rely on DocsCorp every day to manage their business-critical documents and to increase the value of their investment in ECM systems such as Autonomy iManage, HP TRIM, NetDocuments, Objective, OpenText, Worldox and MS SharePoint.
The above is a summary. The full version can be read here
1 November 2013 - LEAP Legal Software Launches LEAP for iPhone
1 November 2013 - See Cabenet Live at A Free Technology Workshop in Sydney
Cabenet Live is a cloud-based practice management solution for law firms. Read more about Cabenet Live here and book a place at the event by clicking the image below.
31 October 2013 - Brisbane's Corney & Lind Lawyers Achieve Productivity Gains with New Software
30 October 2013 - The Audit Office of NSW Invests in Thomson Reuters Elite 3E and Engage
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29 October 2013 - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Implementing Aderant Expert Globally
27 October 2013 - More Xero Innovation and More Investor Money
US$150 million capital raised
Chris Ridd, Xero MD, Technology Behind Business, Sky News Business from Xero on Vimeo.
Innovating: Document management within an accounting system
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25 October 2013 - PCLaw - New Version
23 October 2013 - LexisNexis Red Named Australia's Best Mobile Productivity App
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22 October 2013 - Supreme Court of Victoria to Join Social Media
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21 October 2013 - Balancing 'Open Justice' In The Age of Social Media
Chief Justice Marilyn Warren will address the challenging issue of open justice in the technological age when she delivers the 14th annual Redmond Barry Lecture at the State Library of Victoria tonight.
In the wake of high profile cases where closed sessions have been deemed necessary, the issue of openness and transparency in the courts is paramount for the public and the practice of journalism.
Chief Justice Warren will discuss how the traditional relationship between the courts and the media has changed in recent times, and how the trend towards direct court engagement with the community is helping to ensure accountable and open justice in the digital world.
The Hon Marilyn Warren was appointed Chief Justice of Victoria in 2003. She is the first female Chief Justice of any Australian court. Over the past decade she has adopted a number of innovative approaches to promoting openness and accessibility in the Victorian justice system, including the development of a Supreme Court communications strategy and reform of the court’s civic engagement.
CEO and State Librarian Sue Roberts is delighted to have the Chief Justice deliver this year’s Redmond Barry Lecture and believes the library is an excellent forum for this subject.
‘Over the past decade the proliferation of technology has profoundly changed how we communicate, presenting opportunities and challenges in equal measure. The fundamental principle of a library though remains unchanged – we are places for universal access to information. We serve as an impartial host to conversations and debates critical to social, cultural and intellectual life in Victoria and this annual lecture is one way we deliver on this principle.’
The annual Redmond Barry Lecture honours the life and work of Sir Redmond Barry (1813–80), founder of the State Library and a key figure in the development of Australia's cultural and intellectual life.
2013 Redmond Barry Lecture
The Courts and the media
Monday 21 October, 2013, 6:30-7:30pm
Free event, bookings required 03 8664 7099
16 October 2013 - Australia's First Web-Based Digital Library Portal
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16 October 2013 - Distrust of New Technologies and Technophobia in Medium-Large Law Firms
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8 October 2013 - What Will Be The Single Most Important Technological Development in Law Firms?
6 October 2013 - Clio [US] Pushes Into UK and Europe
3 October 2013 - Regional Victorian Firm Benefiting From Smartphone Dictation and Speech Recognition
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1 October 2013 - Insight into Cloud Adoption by North American Small Law Firms
Clio, one of the leading cloud-based practice management systems in North America, is celebrating its fifth birthday. At its recently held user conference it was reported that Clio had 20,000 users around the world.
The company also has an academic access program in which it gives free access to the software to over 100 law schools.
At five years old and with 20,000 paying (and free?) users, how does the number of users compare to the longer established PC-install systems used by small firms in North America?
According to LexisNexis, its flagship practice management system for small firms PCLaw, has “115,000 users and rising every day”.
PCLaw has been developed for 25+ years. Compared to five year old Clio, PCLaw has a much broader feature-set.
There is no denying the success of Clio in its five years of existence but there is still a significant distance to cover before it reaches the scale of the market leading non-cloud systems.
24 September 2013 - HotDocs Announces Integration With ActionStep Legal Software
24 September 2013 - Launch of cabenet Live
21 September 2013 - Why Lavan Legal Chose Netdocuments
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20 September 2013 - Online Searching Like You've Never Seen Before
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18 September 2013 - Changes to Legal Services Award
There has been an important change to the Legal Services Award related to the taking of Annual Leave. Quoting from the Law Council of Australia's Precis publication:
"From 2 September 2013 the Legal Services Award 2010 includes a clause that allows employers to direct an employee to take annual leave as part of a close-down of its operations, or part of its operations, where the request is reasonable, or, when an employee has more than eight weeks’ annual leave is accrued. In all situations the employer must provide at least four weeks’ notice to the employee.
"The amended annual leave clause means that law firms may direct staff to take leave over a shut down period such as Christmas/New Year, or when a staff member has eight or more weeks of annual leave accrued.
"The Commission rejected an application that requested a variation to awards to permit the cashing out of annual leave".
The Law Council has also published a useful summary of minimum pay rates based on common weekly hours worked. The Legal Services Award applies to most support staff and graduate lawyers working in the legal profession.
11 September 2013 - Lavan Legal Selects NetDocuments
11 September 2013 - Lavan Legal to Deploy Rekoop Integrating with Aderant Expert
10 September 2013 - Clayton Utz Benefits from Intapp Time Builder
9 September 2013 - Firm Sends Dictation to Speech Recognition Server For Automatic Transcription
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5 September 2013 - Online Searching - Past, Present and Future
3 September 2013 - Law Firm Quadruples Conveyancing Productivity
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30 August 2013 - Accountants Stampede to Cloud
This is likely to be an Australian record for attendance at an accounting software conference. More than 600 accountants and 48 exhibitors have attended XEROCON ELEVATE in Sydney. Xero cloud software is the centrepiece of the conference. On display is Cloud practice management software for law firms - ActionStep - which integrates with Xero.
Update: "Well it happened. Xerocon Sydney is kicking off with over 900 people and a massive trade show. We believe this is a little bit larger than the Microsoft Australian partner Conference last week and believe it is also Australia’s biggest accounting conference."
Get ready for Xerocon Elevate from Xero on Vimeo.
29 August 2013 - Softdocs, Infinitylaw and Other Solutions from Thomson Reuters
27 August 2013 - Introducing LexisNexis Practical Guidance - Personal Injury NSW
23 August 2013 - FilePro Software Gains NSW Law Society Approval
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21 August 2013 - Streeterlaw Adopts New Digital Dictation System Designed for Smaller Firms
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20 August 2013 - Workshare Launches Professional 8
20 August 2013 - SAI Global's Increasing Presence in Property Services
SAI Global has reported its 2012/13 (FY13) annual results. Revenue increased by 6%.
The property business (segment) achieved revenue growth of 9.2% reflecting the increased mortgage services business flowing from the ANZ and Commonwealth Bank (CBA) contracts.
In FY13 SAI Global Property was involved in 461,000 property settlements in Australia, around 50% of all such transactions, and up from 276,000 in FY11.
Of interest to conveyancing practitioners is SAI Global’s conveyancing software - Conveyancing Manager – which provides:
- A national workflow system to manage conveyancing matters
- Sophisticated document / precedent generation
- Searching services
- An interface to trust accounting and
- Business continuity planning
The Conveyancing Manager system supersedes SAI’s desktop Iceridge system. Over half of the Iceridge users have been migrated and over 50 new licences have been sold. The focus in FY14 will be on expanding market share in NSW and Queensland.
15 August 2013 - Sparke Helmore Deploys CPA Global's Inprotech IP Software
9 August 2013 - New Client Enquiries - When You Cannot Take the Call
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2 August 2013 - Is The Future of Document Management in the Cloud?
If the future of document management is not in the cloud then where else would it be?
In the United States five of the more common cloud storage systems used by law firms are: Dropbox, Box, Sharefile, Worldox Cloud GX3 and NetDocuments.
Each of these systems is reviewed in a brief but informative series of posts by US-based Legal IT consultants Eastern Legal Systems. Read about Worldox Cloud GX3 here and all the systems on the one page here.
30 July 2013 - All About Balance: Investing in the Right Technology at the Right Time
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26 July 2013 - Low-Tech Lawyers to be Exposed
A US law school is to promote lawyers’ technological competence through an online audit tool.
The tool was developed by a corporate counsel concerned that the inefficiency of low-tech lawyers was adding to his expenditure for legal services. Click image below to read more.
22 July 2013 - Position Vacant - Law Firm Pricing Manager
Allens is looking to fill the newly created role of Pricing Manager:
• implement initiatives that drive improvements in efficiency with which work is performed, driving positive outcomes for clients and the firm;
• design, implement and assist partners to manage financial outcomes under alternative fee arrangements;
• assist partners and the firm's business development team to develop pricing for competitive tenders; and
• support other members of the pricing team in assisting partners to plan and prepare competitive fee proposals using industry leading pricing tools;
• assist on strategic pricing activities that arise from time to time, including the ongoing development of pricing infrastructure for the firm.