Practice Management & Technology

16 December 2014 - NZ Public Company Acquires LitSupport

 

15 December 2014 - Open Practice Mobile Announced


 

11 December 2014 - Cloud and the Unstressed Law Firm CIO

 

 

 

 

9 December 2014 - Major Upgrade Announced for pdfDocs

The new version of pdfDocs is v4.1.

New design - pdfDocs 4.1 is a complete redesign with a MS Office 2010/13 look and feel, including Backstage view and Ribbon menus. The modern user interface reduces complexity and clutter, allowing the user to focus on the task at hand.

More speed - users will also see significant speed improvements in software performance, as well as streamlined workflows. These enhancements have been achieved through a combination of new technologies and the availability of multi-core CPUs.

Work in Single Document mode - pdfDocs 4.1 now works independently of Organizer and Binder Projects. Single Document mode eliminates the need to use Adobe Reader. Simply double-click on any PDF on your desktop or email attachment, edit and save the PDF to your desktop or directly into your document management system.

Text editing - improved inline text editing makes it easier to make changes to PDF documents.

New Editor functions - a completely redeveloped PDF Editor pane allows you to easily review and edit PDF content. Forms capabilities are now standard in pdfDocs including formfilling and design.

Optical Character Recognition support – the OCR module extends document workflows to digitize business information contained in paper documents and image files, which can be converted to MS Word, or text-searchable PDF. The OCR module supports more than 180 languages.

Digital signatures – users can apply a digital signature to sign or validate a form or document.

Interactive E-Learning – a series of E-Learning modules can be accessed from within pdfDocs 4.1. These have been developed by online learning specialists, Capensys.

Commenting on the new pdfDocs 4.1 design and development, Dean Sappey, President DocsCorp, said that the company had invested over USD $2 million in the product over the past 12 months with more than 80% of the original pdfDocs code being rewritten in the latest development languages. cleanDocs, compareDocs and contentCrawler have also been redesigned with the same, modern user interface.

 

5 December 2014 - BigHand Launches Australian-Hosted Solution plus Cowell Clarke Case Study

 

4 December 2014 - New: Workshare Professional 9

 

 

2 December 2014 - InfoTrack Acquires Largest Independent Property Search Company in England and Wales

 

 

26 November 2014 - Henry Davis York Implements Technology to Overcome Staff Reimbursement Admin Pain Points

 

PROBLEM: Used a paper-based expenses system that resulted in write-offs and limited visibility over outgoing costs.

PROCESS: Worked with business and travel expenses technology company Concur to fully automate all of its expenses.

RESULT: Reduced the time it takes to process expenses from 60 days to 14 days.

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25 November 2014 - The Quiet Revolution in the Federal Court is Getting Louder

 

20 November 2014 - New cabenet Features and Technology Workshop for Law Firms

 

18 November 2014 - LexisNexis Establishes an E-Lending Library and Partners with Wolters Kluwer

 

14 November 2014 - Firms Large and Small are Taking Advantage of Integrated Online Searching

 

13 November 2014 - LEAP Legal Software is now in the UK

 

12 November 2014 - SAI Global: From Information Broking to Information Solutions

 

11 November 2014 - PCLaw Integrated Batch Invoice Emailing and Online Searching

 

5 November 2014 - Nitro Receives $15m Investment

Nitro is best known as the company offering an alternative to Adobe PDF products. Nitro has announced that it has received a $15m investment from Battery Ventures.

Nitro provides some background to the investment:

“… the start of Nitro’s “second chapter”. If chapter one was about first generation document sharing, chapter two expands to include second generation document sharing. And we’re excited to have the team from Battery joining us for the next part of the Nitro story.

“When we talk about first and second generation document sharing, we’re really talking about changes in the way people work. Until recently, most office productivity happened on the desktop. Today, it’s happening everywhere. We’ve had incredible success with Nitro Pro over the past 9 years, as the first and now leading alternative to Adobe Acrobat, but increasingly customers were asking for new and even better ways to share documents – in the browser and on mobile – and that led to the creation and launch of Nitro Cloud.

“Our Nitro Pro customers wanted to know how they could get contracts signed faster, collaborate more efficiently, seek document approvals in seconds, and get more visibility into their high-value document workflows. Nitro Cloud has been created for those customers, and many more we haven’t met yet, as the ultimate “smart documents” platform. And we’ve only just gotten started. We have big plans for the product roadmap and will talk to those publicly in due course.”

 

4 November 2014 - The Most Misunderstood Legal Technology Company

 

30 October 2014 - LexisNexis Has Announced the Launch of Lexis Affinity™ 6.0


29 October 2014 - PricewaterhouseCoopers Aligns with Google Apps

 

28 October 2014 - Accountants and Bookkeepers Who are Happy Not Visiting You 

 

24 October 2014 - SAI Global Acquires Perpetual Rights to Encompass Software in Australia

 

23 October 2014 - Microsoft Wakes up to Law Firms

Microsoft is in the process of developing new systems for law firms. Learn more here.

 

 

 

21 October 2014 - 3 Ways a Smartpen Can Enhance Your Day

 

17 October 2014 - In-House Legal Client Win for Lexis Visualfiles

 

17 October 2014 - Law Firm Data and Documents in the Cloud - Risks, Responsibilities and Rewards

 

 

 

15 October 2014 - The Evolution of Legal Publishing

 

14 October 2014 - Aderant 2014 APAC Momentum Conference excerpts (videos)

 

13 October 2014 - Progressive Asian law firm implements LexisNexis CRM software

13 October 2014 - InfoTrack Finalist at 2014 Australian Growth Company Awards

Growth Company of the Year Finalists:
• Findex Group
• Five D Holdings Pty Ltd
• Green’s Foods Holdings Pty Ltd
• RTC Facilities Maintenance Pty Limited
• InfoTrack Pty Limited

The submissions were assessed by an independent judging panel and the awards recognise the achievements of the country's fastest growing businesses in the mid-market.

Head of the Corporate Group at Sparke Helmore, Nick Humphrey, said: "I was impressed by quality of the submissions this year. They definitely show that Australian businesses in the mid-market space are growing, innovative and sustainable. It was very hard for the judging panel to decide the finalists, who are fantastic examples of the qualities these awards celebrate. We congratulate the finalists and wish them the best of luck for the awards night."

Winners will be announced at a cocktail function at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on 16 October 2014. The Australian’s Alan Kohler will be MC for the night and Tim Power, Managing Director of 3P Learning, will be the keynote speaker at the awards.

The awards are co-sponsored by Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Macquarie Capital, Deloitte, Westpac Institutional Bank, MYOB and the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL). The Australian and Private Equity Media are also supporting the awards as media partners.

 

10 October 2014 - LitSupport Acquires NextDiscovery

 

9 October 2014 - Cooper Grace Ward Switches to NetDocuments

Cooper Grace Ward, a firm of more than 220 people, has switched from iManage to Cloud-based document management system NetDocuments.

Cooper Grace Ward, one of Brisbane’s largest independent law firms, has chosen NetDocuments to replace their existing on-premise document management solution with the help of Feynbrook, one of NetDocuments certified channel partners servicing the Australian market. NetDocuments’ leading cloud-based service allows for the high level of security, collaboration, and search capabilities that Cooper Grace Ward requires as they continue to heavily invest in their technology processes firm-wide.

In an effort to provide exceptional service to their clients, Cooper Grace Ward searched for an application that provided true cloud-based mobility and that would keep the firm on the forefront of technology.  NetDocuments’ solution matched their needs, and they were able to move from a legacy, on-site model into the security of the cloud.  “Cooper Grace Ward’s focus on modernizing technology has been crucial in their decision to choose NetDocuments,” said Marc Duncan, regional sales manager in Australia.  “Their commitment to their clients remains the firm’s top focus, and NetDocuments will further legitimize this commitment by providing the firm a modern document management platform with enhanced security, collaboration, and efficiency.”

The firm’s decision to move to NetDocuments was a result of extensive due diligence and research to find a solution that best fits the firm’s needs.  “We chose NetDocuments because it is the only document management solution that addressed our requirements of ease of use and management, along with increasing the level of security for our documents and emails”, said Miz Brmbota, IT Manager at Cooper Grace Ward.  “It also allows us to share documents with clients and other professionals in a timely and seamless manner, and we look forward to leveraging the excellent functionality that comes out of the box.”

 

8 October 2014 - HWL Ebsworth's Award Reflects Changing Attitude to Information in Law Firms

 

6 October 2014 - Legal Encyclopedia Celebrates its 21st Birthday

 

2 October 2014 - The Need to Deliver Legal Services More Efficiently has Become a Critical Priority

 

1 October 2014 - A New Windows

 

 30 September 2014 - A New Blackberry

 

29 September 2014 - Interview: Rod Drury of Xero

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29 September 2014 - Australia Post Signs on with PEXA

 

26 September 2014 - Secret Non-Lawyers Business

A session recording from ILTA 2014 which features a number of presentations about initiating change in law firms - including by stealth. One of the presentations is about the challenges faced by Corrs Chambers Westgarth's adoption of an open plan office.

See pictures of Corrs new Sydney office space

 If you can't see video below - watch on YouTube

 

 

23 September 2014 - GlobalX Releases the 2014/15 Schedule of Training Courses for Open Practice

The half day courses are available online or onsite and are delivered by a certified Open Practice Trainer to meet the needs of all users, beginners to advanced.

Open Practice Manager, Tina Shergold said GlobalX was excited to release the new training schedule and provide courses that will optimise productivity and skills for all users to achieve best practice.
 
“It is extremely important all our Open Practice customers are equipped with valuable product knowledge so that they can maximise the power of their software investment,” Ms Shergold said.

Open Practice currently supports over 7,400 legal professionals across 500 firms nationally.

Ms Shergold said the new features of version 8 leveraged web technology and were aimed at providing clients the full picture. It includes a centralised integrated search tool, which meant lawyers could search for a client, a matter, or a program, in one click from the one central portal.
 
Open Practice 8 provides real-time information and services, allowing firms to manage the entire legal process from the one central desktop including matters, documents, times, billing, fees, client relationship management, search, conveyancing and financials.
 
The company has committed more than $2.5 million into future proofing of the software to ensure it remained relevant and market leading.
 
To register your interest in a scheduled session visit
website

 

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 - e.law 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."

www.bighand.com/apac

 

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


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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

 

 

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