7 March 2014 - Australian Government Solicitor to Integrate 3E, MatterSphere and Engage
6 March 2014 - High Demand for Legal Bookkeeping Course
The Legal Bookkeepers Institute was launched in January of this year to provide training in legal bookkeeping. The primary emphasis is on trust accounting.
Courses were held in February. Institute Director Susan Jones told Legal Practice Intelligence “The first course filled within 24 hours and the two subsequent courses took 48 hours to fill.”
Four courses have been scheduled for March 2014 with one already fully booked. The March courses are being held in Sydney. You can also register your interest to have the course held in other parts of the country.
Comments from the February participants included: “Good general course for beginners and experienced alike” and “dealt with different levels of knowledge very well.”
Attendees commented on what they found most valuable in the course: Networking and information exchange amongst participants, “… communicate processes with the instructor and participants"; “explanation of the audit process” and “learning more about overdrawing trust funds requirements and statutory deposits.”
Book for the March 2014 courses in Sydney or register your interest to have the course held in other states.
4 March 2014 - Queensland Firm McCarthy Durie Lawyers Implements Canon uniFLOW with Lexis Affinity
28 February 2014 - HotDocs Supports Systems Integration for Minter Ellison Adelaide
25 February 2014 - Taking the Frustration Out of Manual Settlement Bookings
21 February 2014 - Microsoft and DocuSign Announce Strategic Partnership to Bring eSignature to Office 365 Customers
Microsoft Corp. and DocuSign have announced a long-term strategic partnership to make DocuSign’s eSignature apps widely available from within Microsoft Office 365. DocuSign’s eSignature apps for Office 365, available in the Office Store in early March, will provide customers with the ability to submit and sign documents without leaving Microsoft applications, allowing them to quickly, seamlessly and confidently transact their business.
“Leading partners like DocuSign are building apps on the Office platform to help our customers get more value directly from their most highly used applications,” said John Case, vice president of Marketing, Microsoft Office. “This partnership with DocuSign helps our customers keep transactions digital and manage eSignatures seamlessly from within Office 365, where they already communicate, collaborate and create.”
DocuSign’s new solutions, built on the Office 365 platform, will include integration within Outlook, Word, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2013.
“We’re excited about the momentum behind Office 365 and customers making the transition from their traditional Office applications to all-new scenarios enabled by cloud services,” said Keith Krach, chairman and CEO, DocuSign. “We believe Office 365 customers of all sizes will appreciate the seamless availability of DocuSign integrated into the applications they use every day. The combination of Microsoft and DocuSign further helps organizations keep business digital, and leverages the power of the cloud to help them focus on business results.”
21 February 2014 - Workshare and Worldox Integrate to Offer Comparison and Collaboration on Any Device
Workshare has announced integration with Worldox, allowing users in the legal field to compare, securely share and collaborate on documents directly from Worldox. With this new integration, Workshare is enabling a more accurate, efficient and secure collaboration process for Worldox users.
Worldox users can now access Workshare's comparison, secure file transfer and metadata cleaning services, as well as file synchronization on any device. Workshare enhances the collaborative processes, allowing users to highlight changes and prompt reviewers to prioritize different types of activities, create and share updates, all directly from the Worldox Document Management System. The integration also allows users to create a single PDF document from multiple Word documents sources, and convert PDF documents to Word format for editing.
"Workshare is committed to the legal community, and a strategic partnership with Worldox is another step in providing legal professionals with the collaboration capabilities needed to match both user and IT needs," said Anthony Foy, Workshare CEO. "With Workshare, Worldox is offering its users a simpler and safer way to share, compare and collaborate on documents. This new integration reflects our commitment to optimizing our customers' investments in all document management systems."
"We are very pleased with this latest integration between Worldox and Workshare. Our joint customers will certainly have a more efficient method of document comparison while in their Worldox DMS," said Ray Zwiefelhofer, President of World Software Corporation. "This type of commitment to enhance our customers' workflows makes Worldox and Workshare leading legal solution providers."
19 February 2014 - The Establishment of the LEAP Consultant Network
17 February 2014 - The Beginnings of a New Type of Legal Technology
13 February 2014 - New Release of Discover Patent Search Platform
11 February 2014 - Technology Expenditure by Law Firms as a Percentage of Firm Revenue
InsideLegal in partnership with ILTA has provided a new analysis of technology expenditure by law firms. The new analysis is based on data taken from a survey of 223 law firms (mainly USA and UK based) that was conducted during mid-2013.
The findings show that 75% of the surveyed firms spend 4% or less of their firm’s total revenue on technology. This expenditure excludes soft costs such as staffing and training.
The largest grouping was firms spending 2-4% of total revenue on technology. This group represented 48% of all firms surveyed.
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7 February 2014 - Launch of BigHand Go for iPad
BigHand has announced:
BigHand Go is the first fully-featured digital dictation application developed specifically for the iPad and is the most advanced mobile dictation tool on the market.
Mobile working is becoming the standard for many professionals and their organisations as they strive to become more efficient and productive. BigHand Go enhances BigHand’s existing mobile solution which enables digital dictation to be used on a variety of mobile platforms including iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 8.
BigHand go allows professionals to get more done whilst on the go by leveraging key features to enable efficient mobile working including:
• High-quality dictation
• Full workflow & priority integration
• Tracking your own and your team’s work
• One-tap profiling using Client/Matter centric working
• Review documents from your email or storage app while dictating
• Electronic document approval
Technology Director at BigHand, Andy Fielder, comments: "This app delivers a great step forward for mobile workers, enabling them to complete far more of their tasks without having to wait. Users are able to send feedback, make edits or approve documents on the go which will mean improved efficiency and significant time savings, all with a few taps of a button."
Learn more at www.bighand.com.au
5 February 2014 - FilePro Releases Conveyancing Module, Plus Becomes eConveyancing-Ready
3 February 2014 - Thomson Reuters ProViewTM eReader Platform Version 1.8 Launched
30 January 2014 - Log Me Out - More Trouble in Freemium Land
28 January 2014 - File Archiving Service Passes Milestone of 500,000 Files
23 January 2014 - Workshare Launches New iOS Mobile App
The Workshare app lets users collaborate on documents while on the move, allowing in-app annotation and positional commenting directly on a document. The new mobile app reflects user demand for contextualized collaboration and introduces a new Scribble feature, which lets users highlight key parts of a document to others by “drawing” directly on the document using different colors and pen styles.
Workshare’s mobile app allows people to tag comments to specific sections of the document to simplify commenting and review. Comments and new versions become immediately and automatically available to those who have access to the file. Members can create accurate comparisons between versions, helping to increase productivity and efficiency for mobile workers.
Key features include:
• Improved search and navigation – Instant access and preview of files lets users search across all online and offline files with full-screen, pixel-perfect views of any file.
• Private notes for author – Users can make private notes on a document only visible to them; helping to increase productivity and accuracy during meetings.
• Annotation – Users can highlight sections of a document for easy group collaboration.
• File sharing and sync – Lets users share files with collaborators and ensures that all updates and comments are automatically synced.
• Thumbnail view – Provides users with a quick overview of the pages of a document without having to flick through, making it the perfect app for meetings.
• Pixel-perfect, full-screen view – Tap on the document to enable pixel-perfect, full-screen view or zoom-in and zoom-out to view all parts of the page without losing resolution.
• Comparison – Workshare keeps all versions of the document and allows for accurate comparison between any two versions to avoid overlooking changes made.
• “My Briefcase” feature – For online and offline access. Users can download documents to their mobile device and keep them automatically synced, meaning they are always kept up-to-date.
To download the app, click here. See review of Workshare here
23 January 2014 - GlobalX and NECDL to Host Seminars to Prepare Practitioners for 2014 Launch of e-Conveyancing
21 January 2014 - divestIT Puts Your Desktop in the Cloud for $49.95 Per Month
16 January 2014 - Launch of The Legal Bookkeepers Institute - Endorsed by the NSW Chief Trust Account Inspector
14 January 2014 - A new version of a mobile app for LEAP Office - compatibility with other practice management systems being developed
10 January 2014 - Apps that make an Android phone (almost) bearable for a BlackBerry user
plus a physical keyboard/case for the iPhone!
9 January 2014 - Envision Practice Management Solution Expands Globally with Launch in Hong Kong
8 January 2014 - Online collaboration will be a top priority in 2014
• Big law firms in Australia don’t see an immediate threat from online legal services
• Ashurst is utilising Samsung AllShare and working with Yammer
• Herbert Smith Freehills has adopted meeting room collaboration tools
• Viewpoints also from CIOs of Minters, Norton Rose and Allens
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18 December 2013 - Encompass Corporation Pursuing Overseas Expansion
16 December 2013 - Shifts in the Cloud File Sharing/Storage Market
There was a time when if you wanted to store documents and other files in the cloud, you signed up to Dropbox.
Since then, the number of cloud storage service providers has increased dramatically. Some service providers invested in the specific needs of law firms such as Workshare and HighQ. Some companies, such as Box, positioned themselves as the choice for enterprises.
Except for software companies focused exclusively on the high-end corporate market, there is usually a free-option offered. If you sign up to enough of these free-option services, you can avoid paying anything at all for perhaps hundreds of gigabytes of cloud storage.
However, the status quo suddenly changed last week. In a bold move, one of the market leaders, SugarSync announced the cancellation of its free-option, effective February 8, 2014. In its place it is offering a free trial period.
“There are many companies in this space that are giving away free storage, however, most of these companies will not be viable. We are already in a solid financial position and this shift will further strengthen our business,” SugarSync CEO Mike Grossman said. “Also, this change will allow us to better serve loyal customers and expand our service offerings. We’re excited about the next stage in our growth and confident that our customers and new users alike will achieve greater value through these enhancements.”
Another company has also been shifting its position in the market. Box has partnered with a number of legal sector software companies in North America as well as the American Bar Association. It is making the case that Box should be the choice for law firms.
“In the past year, Box’s sales in the legal industry grew more than 150 percent as customers like Perkins Coie, Wilson Sonsini and Fowler White Boggs use Box to collaborate internally and externally, manage and share information, and access legal documents on mobile devices,” stated Box’s Nitin Gupta.
12 December 2013 - LEAP to Launch LEAP Websites 14
10 December 2013 - Cabenet Announces Integration with Office 365 and Insightly
6 December 2013 - Red Rain Releases RedView Client Portal Version 1.3
3 December 2013 - No More Attachments - A Review of Workshare for Law Firms
29 November 2013 - LEAP in the Cloud Explained
27 November 2013 - Slater & Gordon Selects Good Technology to Secure Corporate and BYOD Fleet of Mobile Devices
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27 November 2013 - How NZ Law Firm Duncan Cotterill Updated its IT Systems as a Result of the 2011 Earthquake
25 November 2013 - Does Technology Adoption in Legal Practice Mean Losing the Human Touch with Clients?
Article by Tania Mushtaq
21 November 2013 - How Sparke Helmore has benefited from Case Management Software
Case management software has helped Sparke Helmore to:
• Simplify management of internal processes
• Better track key performance indicators and
• Win new work plus a prestigious award
Read more in the downloadable PDF (2.3mb)
19 November 2013 - Taking the “noise” out of manual settlements and preparing for PEXA
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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
Files for Xero from Xero on Vimeo.
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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