Practice Management & Technology

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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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


28 April 2014 - Smartphone OS Market Share

Android is the most prevalent operating system in Australia, UK and USA. The battle looks like it will be between Windows and Android over the next two years. Is there room for a fourth major player?



 Source for statistics: Kantar Worldpanel


23 April 2014 - Mobile Device Security Options


14 April 2014 - New App for Clients of Conveyancing Firms



9 April 2014 - SILQ Practice Management Software Becomes E-conveyancing Ready with InfoTrack Integration

SILQ now offers property, company and personal searching from within its software through an integration with InfoTrack. Searches can be ordered directly from the matter within SILQ.

Information, including the matter reference, automatically pre-populates from SILQ into search fields and completed search results are returned directly back into the relevant matter. Cost recoveries are automatically captured on the client ledger in SILQ in real-time.

Steven Richardson, Director of Silqware Pty Ltd (the maker of SILQ software) says "firms will save money by avoiding disbursement write-offs due to real-time cost recovery and by reducing manual bookkeeping data entry. The integration with Infotrack enables fast certificate and search return. SILQ users will be e-conveyancing ready with seamless integration into the PEXA system when available."

NSW SILQ users also now have the ability to electronically lodge a NSW statement of claim via InfoTrack.

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8 April 2014 - Slater & Gordon to deploy Aderant Expert software in its UK offices  


7 April 2014 - The New Power PDF $99.95 and $149.95


3 April 2014 - Actionstep Introduces Probate and UCPR Precedents Plus a New Gmail Integration

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1 April 2014 - Worldox for iOS now available

World Software Corporation® ( has expanded its mobility suite and is proud to announce the availability of the new Worldox for iOS apps in the Apple® iTunes App Store.

Enjoy the convenience of Worldox® on your iPad® or iPhone®. Experience the power of remote access to our leading document management system directly from your device with the new Worldox iPhone app and Worldox iPad app, version 2.

These powerful apps provide access to the core features of the Worldox document management system and include integration with the Good Dynamics platform for enhanced security and privacy.

The apps include access to the same Worldox search forms, Favorite Files, Workspaces, Favorite Matters and other features that exist in your desktop app, so you can now access your most essential documents and collaborate with colleagues and interact with clients on the go more easily than ever before.

President Ray Zwiefelhofer comments, "We are very excited about our new lineup of Worldox and partner solutions that we’ll continue to launch throughout 2014. Enhanced law firm mobility, sharing and scanning solutions are top priorities and our team is working hard to help our clients with these important sectors. You will get to experience Worldox your way, whether you prefer mobile, desktop, cloud or enterprise solutions."

Founded in 1988 and based in Glen Rock, New Jersey, World Software Corporation® is an innovative leader in the Document Management Systems (DMS) category. The company's flagship product Worldox has an install base of over 5500 companies in 52 countries


28 March 2014 - Launch of Australian-Hosted Online Document and File Sharing Service

A secure online document and file sharing service for Australian law firms has been created to overcome concerns about privacy and data sovereignty with offshore services.
The service known as DocPost has been created by Brisbane-based software company Skyhatch. The company’s first online product was a workflow-tailored dataroom for M&A corporate advisors.
The service is suitable regardless of the document management software used by a law firm. However, for Worldox users, DocPost offers an integration. Sharing files with clients from Worldox profiles is accomplished by right clicking a document in Worldox and selecting 'Send to Skyhatch'.

Ash Patel, Director of Business Development at Skyhatch, told Legal Practice Intelligence that “secure document sharing done correctly can help firms reduce operating costs by eliminating time spent by photocopying and mailing copies of documents to multiple parties; readily produce proof of disclosure by reporting how users access documents and cut information security risk by avoiding email or other less secure file sharing methods.
“No one, not even Skyhatch staff, can access a law firm’s documents without the law firm’s authorisation. We employ a combination of 256-bit AES encryption, token security and activity controls.
“A secure document solution that complies with Australian Privacy Principles, is easy to use and integrates with existing systems, may be a wise option for increasingly lean law firms,” said Mr Patel.

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26 March 2014 - GlobalX Releases Details of New Version of Open Practice


24 March 2014 - Xero is Heading for Market Leadership


19 March 2014 - Agents, Brokers and Conveyancers Encouraged to Adopt e-Signing



17 March 2014 - Three Law Firms Select Envision Software


14 March 2014 - Expert legal business and conveyancing panellists added to GlobalX’s free e-conveyancing events


12 March 2014 - Aderant - Going Forward




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."

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5 February 2014 - FilePro Releases Conveyancing Module, Plus Becomes eConveyancing-Ready



3 February 2014 - Thomson Reuters ProViewTM eReader Platform Version 1.8 Launched



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