Practice Management & Technology

18 September 2014 - [USA] - The Dark Side of Legal IT

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16 September 2014 - What is your firm's mobile-device management policy? 70% don't know


15 September 2014 - InfoTrack Named as Great Place to Work


11 September 2014 - and LitSupport Consulting merger


10 September 2014 - Victoria Police Prosecutors to Adopt Westlaw AU and Proview


9 September 2014 - Lawyers Required to Take a Technology Test

If you want to provide legal services to Kia Motors America Corporate Counsel D. Casey Flaherty, then you will have to take a test. It is not a test about your legal knowledge, negotiating abilities or communication skills. It is about how proficient you are at using technology in your practice of law.

If this is the first time you are learning about the Legal Technology Audit you might be shocked. Is it demeaning to put a “trusted advisor” through a test to see how well they can use a computer? 

On the other hand, the difference between technology proficiency and non-proficiency can be inefficient work practices, longer turnaround times and extra hours for which someone is going to have to pay. D. Casey Flaherty is adamant that the extra cost won’t be coming out of his budget.

If you are sceptical about the Legal Technology Audit or think it is a crazy idea, the video below might start to change your opinion.



5 September 2014 - GlobalX Legal Solutions looks to future as Queensland economy continues to grow


4 September 2014 - InfoTrack named Best Mid-Market Leader at BRW GE Capital Momentum Awards

2 September 2014 - 5 Tips to Secure File Sharing




28 August 2014 - Views on Workflow and Productivity 



28 August 2014 - New: Binder Express – An Electronic Ring Binder Designed for Smaller Firms


25 August 2014 - Microsoft Intends to Release a Document Management System for Law Firms


20 August 2014 - New Web-Based Time Tracking App


18 August 2014 - An Online Workspace Where You Can Prevent Almost All Conveyancing Settlement Failures


14 August 2014 - 161 Firms Sign Up to New Verification of Identity Service


12 August 2014 - Thomson Reuters Elite Announces New Functionality in Envision 2014.1


8 August 2014 - Cloud Document Management System - Demonstrated

Last year, prominent Western Australian law firm Lavan Legal chose NetDocuments to replace its existing document management system. Assisting Lavan Legal in its implementation was Feynbrook, a top tier NetDocuments partner based in Australia. Tony Brooks of Feynbrook recently hosted a comprehensive demonstration of NetDocuments which was given by US-based Marc Duncan of NetDocuments. View a recording of the demonstration below. 





7 August 2014 - Red Rain Releases Mobile Timesheet


6 August 2014 - Five Amazing Things You Can Do With Power PDF


4 August 2014 - InfoTrack Recognised as ABA100 Winner for Service Excellence


31 July 2014 - Lexis® for Microsoft Office® wins Best New Product & Product Innovation



29 July 2014 - GlobalX Enters Strategic Partnership with LexisNexis and LawMaster


29 July 2014 - 580,246 Settlements Attended by SAI Global Property in FY 2014


28 July 2014 - Property Exchange Australia Announces Major Industry Sponsors


22 July 2014 - Nikec Solutions upgrades its file sharing software to heighten document security and control


18 July 2014 - Recognition for Innovative Practices and Technology in Law Firms and In-House


15 July 2014 - LEAP Legal Software Unveils Innovative Online Learning Portal


10 July 2014 - Law Firm in the Whitsundays is Using Mobile Technology to Better Service its Clients


8 July 2014 - How do you know if your new client is using a fake ID?

Although the picture on the document matches the person’s face, the document itself could be fake or illegitimate.

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department has been upgrading its Document Verification Service (DVS) - which is used for real-time verification of proof-of-identity documents.

Australian governments decided to extend the use of the DVS to private sector organisations. Organisations currently approved as Gateway Service Providers for the DVS are: Veda Advantage Limited, Zip ID Pty Ltd, Global Data Company, DVGL Pty Ltd, Edentiti Pty Ltd and Optus Networks Pty Ltd.

Read about a recent attempted fraud in WA.


3 July 2014 - BigHand Appoints Tony Bleasdale as Regional Director

BigHand, a global leader in voice productivity technology for over 191,000 legal professionals, has announced that it has appointed Tony Bleasdale as Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific division.

Over the last year, the BigHand Asia-Pacific team, under the leadership of Ben Mills, has achieved significant growth and decided to invest further in the region by appointing Tony.

Tony, throughout the last two decades, has worked in both the financial and legal sectors providing guidance to firms, across government, corporate and legal sectors. In addition, until recently and as a result of being nominated, Tony was both a Director and President on the national and state boards of Australasian Legal Practice Management Association. The association provides a network to over 675 members giving them access to the best learning and development and the opportunity to attend an annual conference as a Not-for-Profit organisation.

Tony Bleasdale expressed thoughts on his appointment saying “The opportunity to join BigHand is a rare one in the APAC region at my level. BigHand has a great reputation, and offers a mature solution. I've observed BigHand evolve as an organisation and align itself with changes in technology and development methods. The clear focus on client service is second to none. Having met with the teams globally, it was evident to me that BigHand people have a passion for their product. They use innovative technology, have a focus on development and the drive to deliver workflow improvements for their clients.

Jon Ardron, CEO of BigHand, commented "At BigHand we see the Asia-Pacific legal market, particularly Australia, as being innovative and willing to invest in new technologies. With this in mind we intend to increase our investment in the region, the first step of which is appointing a locally-based Regional Director to lead our existing Australian team. I am looking forward to working with Tony as he builds our business further, and in particular helps bring ideas and solutions from the Asia-Pacific market to the wider global legal community."


3 July 2014 - Nikec Opens an Office in Australia


2 July 2014 - Open Practice 8 Launched plus First Firm Using CATS 4.0


2 July 2014 - The up and up of legal CLOUD COLLABORATION

by Rhonda Arnott

1 July 2014 - Thomson Reuters Elite Signs InfoTrack as Latest Alliance Partner

1 July 2014 - New Cloud Based Practice Management System for Small Law Firms


26 June 2014 - Northern Territory Government Selects GlobalX’s Open Practice Solution



25 June 2014 - Brown Wright Stein Lawyers and Encompass Software - Case Study

When Brown Wright Stein Lawyers were approached at short notice by an insolvency client for advice on a matter, they knew a fast turn around would be expected. Download the Case Study to find out how they used Encompass data visualisation software to exceed client expectations. Click image below

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video explaining Visualisation Information Management


23 June 2014 - LexisNexis Red is E-Loose Leaf




20 June 2014 - Law Central Announces Joint Venture With PantherCorp

ILH Group Limited (ASX: IAW) advises that its wholly owned subsidiary Law Central has formed a joint venture arrangement with PantherCorp CST (PantherCorp).

Law Central and PantherCorp provide complementary online legal services. The joint venture is set to enhance the reach of the two companies by offering cross-referral opportunities to their different client bases.

Law Central provides standard legal documents on the internet for use predominantly by accountants and financial planners. Law Central also provides a legal information service and training and education products.

PantherCorp is a Perth based company specialising in new company registrations, new business names and change of company names, formation of trusts and self-managed super funds (SMSF) as well as corporate registry and search services.

The joint venture will commence in July and operate through a separate website offering a combined suite of online products.


18 June 2014 - LEAP Now Integrates with Xero


16 June 2014 - Legal Bookkeepers Institute to Launch Online Courses

The Legal Bookkeepers Institute was launched in January 2014 to provide training in legal bookkeeping. Its primary emphasis has been Trust Accounting.

It is not a software course and therefore is not specific to any software product. The focus is on legal bookkeeping principles and practice.

The Institute's classroom courses have been popular, filling to capacity. The online courses, which are planned to launch later this month, will give access to learning without the restrictions of schedules and location.  

Image from the online learning portal. Click image to visit Institute


13 June 2014 - Tasmania’s Department of Justice selects Lexis Visualfiles™



11 June 2014 - Convergence of LEAP Office 10 and Step-by-Step Guides


6 June 2014 - Working on Documents in the Cloud with NetDocument's ndOffice

NetDocuments has re-engineered native Microsoft Office integrations to function entirely inside the Office applications, including the streaming versions of Office 365 Web Apps. Metadata tagging (profiling), file open, file save and folder and workspace navigation are all now available directly within the Office application.

One of the critical challenges for document management is the consciousness users must have in proactively checking in documents to the online repository. NetDocuments ndOffice eliminates this action by automatically routing every save – not just after the final document close – into NetDocuments’ service. 


4 June 2014 - Infinitylaw Practice Management System - Enhancements to User Experience



30 May 2014 - Time Recording on Your iPhone (LEAP Cloud)

28 May 2014 - Can’t get your lawyers to use social media? A new tool can help


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26 May 2014 - New Worldox Integrations Enhance Law Firm Document Productivity


22 May 2014 - "Best of a Laptop, Best of a Tablet"

Microsoft has launched a new version of its Surface computer. It can be pre-ordered in Australia from $979 to $2,279 depending on specifications. It is being promoted as a laptop replacement and a tablet computer in the one device, hence "best of a laptop, best of a tablet". See an early review.


20 May 2014 - Bring Your Precedent Documents to Life - Just Add KM


16 May 2014 - New Version Release of Grammar Checking Tool for Lawyers


14 May 2014 - Wings for the Mind - A commentary on Thought Processors, Outliners and Mind Mapping Tools

By Simon Lewis


8 May 2014 - Caseflow Announces Integrated Legal Searching incorporating PEXA support

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8 May 2014 - Workshare Secures Funds to Accelerate Product Development

Workshare, a leading provider of secure enterprise file sharing and collaboration applications, announced today that it has entered into an US$8.4 million credit facility with the Technology Finance Division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, part of AA-rated Wells Fargo Bank. This augments the company’s $33.8 million in funding raised from Business Growth Fund and Scottish Equity Partners, which was closely followed by the company’s successful merger with SkyDox and IdeaPlane, a cloud collaboration company and social business platform provider.

Workshare will use the facility to accelerate the development of its enterprise-grade file sharing and collaboration product offerings for cloud, desktop, and mobile channels.

Workshare is used by more than 2 million knowledge workers, from over 62% of the Fortune 1000, representing semi-regulated and highly regulated sectors such as legal and professional services, banking and finance, life sciences, and healthcare to securely create, share, and collaborate on high-value content.

“As this sector continues to evolve, companies will only succeed if they address users’ needs for simplicity and ease of use while providing IT groups with complete control of their organizations’ content,” said Steven Osborne, Business Development Officer and Director of the U.K. Technology Finance Team at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. “Our tech lending team has a deep understanding of the software sector and were impressed by Workshare’s business model, which boasts an established recurring revenue model, solid customer base, and high customer-retention rates. We are pleased to work with Workshare and look forward to the company’s continued success in this rapidly growing market.”

Anthony Foy, CEO at Workshare, commented, “It’s great to see that our measured approach to growing the company has been recognized by one of the world’s leading banks. We are proud to work with such a professional and experienced tech lending team that understands our vision and business model, as well as Torch Partners who have supported the process. This funding will allow us to continue to develop and provide innovative and highly secure enterprise collaboration offerings that exceed both IT and user needs.”

6 May 2014 - Be Your Own Boss Assisting LEAP Users

LEAP is looking for enthusiastic people with legal, bookkeeping or LEAP experience to run their own consultancy business as LEAP Certified Consultants.

Recently appointed manager of the LEAP Partner Network, Skye Dwyer, told Legal Practice Intelligence:

“There is a large existing database of clients which is continually growing as a result of new installations happening every day. The new installations provide a stream of work for consultants.

“The induction includes a certification process which enables consultants to do installations as well as assist clients with LEAP products. Services that can be provided by consultants include training, assistance with document management, precedents and reporting customisation. Options to provide specialised assistance within the legal accounting area is also available.

“With the ability to work where you want, set your own hours, and build a database of your own clients, there has never been a better opportunity to explore running your own business,” explained Skye Dwyer.

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2 May 2014 - Mobile Device Security Conference Attracts More Than 250 Attendees





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