26 November 2015 - Typist Never Took a Day Off in 23 Years Yet Faster and Friendlier Than Ever
23 years ago, barrister Mark Robinson started with a slow and unfriendly typist. Today the situation has turned around completely - faster, friendly and more accurate than ever, and never took a day off work over all these years.
24 November 2015 - First PEXA Integration with Practice Management Software
19 November 2015 - Integrating SMS into Document Management - LEAP Software New Features
16 November 2015 - The Technology Tools That Give Two Leading State-Based Law Firms a Productivity Edge
The JRT Partnership: Location - Melbourne; Seven senior lawyers plus additional legal and support staff.
Practitioners who once had a dedicated PA are now sending out client letters efficiently without the intervention of an assistant.
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Mullins Lawyers: Location - Brisbane; 95 staff including 17 partners.
One minute of recorded dictation used to take 3.5 minutes to type. It now takes around 1.1 minutes.
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13 November 2015 - NuLegal to offer Everlaw eDiscovery Software in Australia and New Zealand
12 November 2015 - First Trust Accounting Software to be Certified Under New Uniform Rules
9 November 2015 - VEDA Launches Data Visualisation for Combined PPSR and ASIC Searches
9 November 2015 - Thoughts on Tomorrow's Law Firm: Digital, Divergent, Differentiated
More than 300 delegates recently gathered on the Gold Coast to learn about new ways technology is improving the legal services industry.
The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) Summit gave legal professionals from a range of sectors a chance to learn about developments in digital services and learn how these changes would revolutionise the industry.
GlobalX Legal Solutions CEO Peter Maloney said the huge turnout demonstrated the industry was enthusiastic about available new technologies and ready to embrace digital change.
“Technology has slowly infiltrated all areas of our lives, so it comes as no surprise that lawyers are looking for ways to increase productivity and efficiency through streamlined online solutions,” he said.
Open Practice Mobile is soon to be released and GlobalX recently announced an integration for Open Practice with Worldox Software.
6 November 2015 - Aussie Software Used By Major UK Firm for Document Management Solution
4 November 2015 - Mobile First, Cloud First, Profit First
28 October 2015 - Artificial Intelligence Expert System App for VOI Compliance
21 October 2015 - Trust Accounting Changes Under Uniform Rules
The Uniform Rules came into effect in July 2015 for NSW and Victoria. In the videos below, the changes are highlighted from the previous regulations that applied in Victoria. The new rules described in the video apply also to NSW. View the Uniform Rules for trust accounting here. The rule for sending trust receipts - Rule 36. The rules for transferring to the office bank account - Rule 42.
19 October 2015 - The New Android Phone with Blackberry Apps and a Physical Keyboard
14 October 2015 - Microsoft OneDrive for Business Improvements
9 October 2015 - Roper Technologies Acquires Aderant
9 October 2015 - Wise Owl Legal - A New Practice Management System For Law Firms
7 October 2015 - Gilbert + Tobin Becomes First Australian Adopter of Thomson Reuters Business Development Premier Solution
6 October 2015 - A Frustrated User Declares Sunset for Office 365
2 October 2015 - Thomson Reuters Acquires Document Automation Tech Company Business Integrity
Business Integrity has announced that it is now part of Thomson Reuters: "Business Integrity will be part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters which offers industry leading solutions, tools and information that integrate content, expertise and technology. Key brands include Westlaw, Practical Law and Serengeti."
Business Integrity's key product is the document automation tool ContractExpress.
"It is essential that lawyers are able to create and update automated templates without the help of the IT department or other external resources.
"The ContractExpress authoring tool delivers fast and easy template automation for even the most sophisticated documents right inside Microsoft Word, without the complexity inherent in traditional document assembly tools. The template authoring process involves surrounding optional text with brackets and can be likened to marking up a document with a red pen. Finished templates can go live to end users with just one click," from:www.business-integrity.com
30 September 2015 - Expensive Consequences of New Rules for Estimating Costs and Written Disclosures
It is now three months since the Legal Profession Uniform Law and Rules commenced in NSW and Victoria.
At the time The NSW Attorney General, Gabrielle Upton said “NSW and Victoria have done the hard yards. I would urge the other States and Territories to stop sitting on their hands and embrace reform. Only when there is a national legal market, will all the benefits of this reform be realised.”
Will the other States and Territories be rushing to adopt a regime where a law practice not meeting the rules for estimating costs and written disclosures faces the following consequences:
(a) the costs agreement concerned (if any) is void; and
(b) the client or an associated third party payer is not required to pay the legal costs until they have been assessed or any costs dispute has been determined by the designated local regulatory authority; and
(c) the law practice must not commence or maintain proceedings for the recovery of any or all of the legal costs until they have been assessed or any costs dispute has been determined by the designated local regulatory authority or under jurisdictional legislation; and
(d) the contravention is capable of constituting unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct on the part of any principal of the law practice or any legal practitioner associate or foreign lawyer associate involved in the contravention.
Learn how to avoid this new minefield in a seminar to be held in Sydney CBD on 14 October 2015. Fran Moffitt & John Fleming (NSW Law Society) will be presenting. The seminar is combined with a session on adopting new technology in a legal practice, covering Digital Visualisation, iPhone Applications and efficient lodging of court documents. This will be presented by Matthew Perriam of InfoTrack. Learn more here.
InfoTrack is also hosting two free Continuing Education events on the 2016 economic outlook to be held on the evenings of 8 October and 13 October.
28 September 2015 - GlobalX launches Verification of Identity (VOI) Solutions in Readiness for Electronic Conveyancing Boom
25 September 2015 - NetDocuments has Signed 600 New Clients Worldwide in 18 Months
NetDocuments is a cloud document and email management system. This year the company began offering its service from within Australian based data centres.
Excerpts from NetDocument's announcement:
... signed 600 new customers in the past 18 months, with over 15% of the Am Law firms now using NetDocuments document and/or email management services.
Customers are coming to NetDocuments because of 1) the sophistication and security of our native cloud infrastructure; 2) the redefined user experience in terms of usability, mobility and productivity gains; and 3) the simplicity of cloud conversion and adoption.
At the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) conference this month in Las Vegas, NV, NetDocuments and Microsoft announced a software partnership to further align and integrate Azure, Office 365, Exchange Online, and ndOffice add-ins for a best-of-breed, cloud-to-cloud integration.
22 September 2015 - Every small law firm can implement an eSignature solution. So can Linklaters.
21 September 2015 - The Next Step in BlackBerry's Comeback
18 September 2015 - iManage Announces Roadmap and Vision for Work Product Management
14 September 2015 - The State of Legal Research Tools – LexisNexis Customer Interviews and Roundtable
Users of legal research tools were interviewed. The resulting report has brought the following into focus:
“More work needs to be done by both organisations and publishers to create tools and systems that replicate the simplified ‘Google’ search process but deliver superior quality research.”
Topics included in the report:
• Key research practices
• Ease and accessibility of research tools, and
• Biggest search frustrations
• Data visualisation and graphical representation of information
• Providing content in context
• Practical guidance and workflow productivity applications
14 September 2015 - When a Mallesons lawyer went out on his own he had to select a legal research solution
After many years with Mallesons, Marc Jaku started his own firm, Jaku Legal. The law firm is a boutique dispute resolution practice with a focus on issues that arise in the fields of Environmental and Planning, Local Government and Administrative Law.
At Mallesons, Marc Jaku used the case citator by LexisNexis – CaseBase, a service which he describes as “valuable and relevant.”
For his new practice Marc Jaku had to find an affordable research solution that would meet his budget while efficiently accessing trusted research content.
11 September 2015 - LegalVision Takes Prize in a Field That Included Robotics
9 September 2015 - BigHand Extends Workflow Solution Beyond Digital Dictation - Unveils New Logo
7 September 2015 - Legal IT News From Microsoft, NetDocuments and InTapp
2 September 2015 - GlobalX Legal Solutions and Worldox Announce Alliance
2 September 2015 - AutoStore and eCopy Update
1 September 2015 - Thomson Reuters Launches New Cloud-Based Practice Management System
28 August 2015 - Gadens Announces First Electronic Property Contract Exchange in Australia
Gadens’ National Head of Property, Steve Healy, has announced the launch of the firm's new electronic property contract exchange system.
Mr Healy said the e-exchange system, which removes the need for traditional paper-based land contracts, will revolutionise the way in which purchasers and vendors exchange contracts as part of property purchases.
“As the market leader in ‘off the plan’ property sales, Gadens has a history of driving innovation through our use of technology. This is the next exciting step for us and our clients. The launch of our e-exchange system gives property vendors the power to exchange land contracts with purchasers electronically, wherever they are in the world.”
Mr Healy also said, “The combination of Gadens’ new electronic property contract exchange system and our existing settlement technology means Gadens can offer vendors a fully electronic, integrated solution for ‘off the plan’ development sales contracts.
27 August 2015 - NetDocuments Launches Two New Regional Data Centres in Australia with NEXTDC
NEXTDC Limited (ASX: NXT), Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider, and NetDocuments, a world leader in cloud-based document and email management, today announced a colocation deal to support NetDocuments’ growing Australian customer base, which includes a top 10 Australian law firm.
NetDocuments have established a presence in two NEXTDC data centres, giving the company stronger connections to Asia and strengthening NEXTDC’s unique ecosystem of carriers and cloud and IT service providers.
Alvin Tedjamulia, CTO at NetDocuments, commented: “As the leading cloud-based document and email management provider for financial services and professional services firms, NetDocuments relies on world-class companies like NEXTDC to build and support a best-of-breed technology infrastructure that will ensure a highly secure, reliable, and efficient environment for NetDocuments' global content management service.”
NEXTDC’s CEO Craig Scroggie comments, “We are delighted to be the home for NetDocuments’ new regional data centres in Australia, and we welcome NetDocuments to our national ecosystem as a leading global cloud platform that is driving further depth in our legal and financial services vertical offerings.”
“NetDocuments and NEXTDC are deeply committed to reliability, security and privacy, a fact reflected in the companies’ ISO27001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification. Today’s announcement with NetDocuments illustrates the importance to the domestic market of national, neutral data centres operators like NEXTDC that offer an industry-leading service to the world’s leading IT companies and encourages their investment in Australia.”
NetDocuments is currently used by thousands of businesses across the globe for delivering cloud-based document and email management software, accessing NetDocuments' US, UK, and Australian data centres.
27 August 2015 - New Cross-Device Dragon Speech Recognition Solutions Harness the Cloud
25 August 2015 - Clio Document Automation
How assembling documents from precedents with merge fields works with Clio cloud practice management software.
20 August 2015 - PEXA Snares Two Major Awards
18 August 2015 - Over 8,000 Solicitors and Conveyancers Currently Use Settlement Room
14 August 2015 - GlobalX Legal Solutions Wins National Innovation Accolades
12 August 2015 - An Information Access Portal for Law Firm Clients
Red Rain Corporation has announced RedView Connect, the most recent update of their client portal product.
“Modern legal clients expect their legal provider to use the latest technology to provide them with the highest quality service,” said Stephen Butler, CEO of Red Rain.
“Client portal implies simple browser access. RedView Connect now covers mobility, secure messaging, push notifications, scheduled reporting, document uploads and much more.”
RedView Connect includes four important updates.
• Push and email notifications | Lawyers can automatically notify clients when certain events occur. For example, if a new document is available, clients can receive a notification on their phone and/or email.
• Documents | RedView now provides clients with their own secure document store. They can upload documents against a matter and, if desired, make the document available to the firm.
• Android compatibility | RedView Connect is now available on all Android devices with full capability.
• Improved user experience | The apps have undergone a number of improvements to usability and appearance to enhance ease of use.
“With over 40 firms now using RedView Connect, we are a world leader for client-access technology,” said Butler. “The recent ILTA Future Trends survey reported that 91% of respondents expect increased demand for transparency across legal processes, and this is something we’re happy to say many RedView firms are already experiencing.”
11 August 2015 - Growth and Acquisitions Spur InfoTrack Restructure
10 August 2015 - Study Reveals Technology Trends Affecting Australian Law Firms
7 August 2015 - Karla Hansford on Small Law Firms and Practice Evolve Software
4 August 2015 - Aderant Announces Record Growth
30 July 2015 - ALPMA/InfoTrack Thought Leadership Award Finalists Announced
30 July 2015 - For LegalVision Technology is at the Heart of Everything They Do
LegalVision CEO, Lachlan McKnight: “Traditional law firms just see their IT departments as an annoying overhead. Our approach is totally different. Technology is at the heart of everything we do. We develop our tech in-house, meaning we can quickly develop tools to assist both our legal team and our clients on an as-needed basis. Our approach to sales is also completely unlike that of a traditional law firm. We use a Software as a Service business sales structure, and divide the team into inbound and outbound sales. This means our lawyers can focus on doing what they do best: providing great legal advice to our clients”.
LegalVision was founded three years ago by corporate lawyer Lachlan McKnight and software developer Evan Tait-Styles. After a year of operating as a curated online legal marketplace, they teamed up with corporate lawyer Ursula Hogben to launch a law firm. Knowing that many aspects of business law could be standardised, the team set up technology and legal processes that would enable them to produce work that was better, faster and more cost-effective than that of big and mid-tier law firms.
“Our team of senior lawyers come from some of the largest law firms in Australia, such as Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker McKenzie and Norton Rose, all of whom have jumped ship because they’re attracted by our regular hours and flexible working options,” said McKnight.
Offering high-quality, cost-effective fixed fee services has proven to be a winning formula for the three-year-old company. LegalVision now employs at team of 39, including 20 solicitors, three developers and a 14-strong sales and marketing team. It recently closed a $1.2 million funding round, and acquired Capacity HQ (a curated marketplace of consultant lawyers) to enhance and strengthen its offering.
28 July 2015 - Knight Lawyers Makes the Move to BHL Insight Software
28 July 2015 - Top Three Legal Technology Trends
Eight legal tech industry experts were asked to give their opinion about the top three legal technology trends in 2015 and beyond. Click the image below to view the article at Aderant's Think Tank website.
23 July 2015 - LEAP Users Get Paid Swiftly With RapidPay
21 July 2015 - iManage Leadership Completes Buyout of Business Unit From HP
20 July 2015 - What Does Australian Privacy Principle 8 Mean For Email Marketing?
14 July 2015 - Smokeball Precedents Transforms into ByLawyers
9 July 2015 - PEXA: The Big Hurdle is Behaviour Change
PEXA video screen shot
The Australian reports today that PEXA "sets sights" on an early ASX listing, which might be even before it reaches profitability. The PEXA CEO is quoted as saying: “The big hurdle is behaviour change, and that’s about hearts and minds and we’ve got a team to work with practitioners, take them through the system and work on their concerns.”
9 July 2015 - Just Don't Call it Project Management
7 July 2015 - Revealing Reveal's Uptake Since Launch
2 July 2015 - SAI Global Forms Strategic Alliance with Rundl - Innovative Conveyancing Collaboration Software
1 July 2015 - Veda Acquires ZipId
1 July 2015 - Next generation of Aderant Expert On the Go Time mobile app now available