LegalVision uses strategic acquisition to launch subscription legal services for employers

LegalVision has announced it has acquired the subscription legal services arm of another legal tech business, Cooee. Cooee’s employment subscription service is an end-to-end workplace relations solution for employers. Like LegalVision’s commercial law services, the Cooee service is delivered through an online model and supported by the use of technology. The deal is motivated by LegalVision’s effort to offer greater cost-certainty, value and efficiency to the needs of its growing client base. LegalVision aims to leverage its existing expertise as a…

Legal Technology Developments are Overwhelming – Contextual Framework to the Rescue

There is so much happening at present at the intersection of law and technology that trying to put it all into context is overwhelming. Without a contextual framework it is harder to appreciate the significance of these developments. Not all developments are significant. Without a framework, everything can seem random. We know we shouldn’t be ignoring these developments because they are becoming embedded in our working lives.  At a recent event, at Stanford University's CodeX Center, such a framework was presented by its Executive Director,…

Hands free lawyers and the end of user software training

By Peter Frankl. Talking to a computer is not new. Issuing voice commands to operate software is not new either. You might already be taking advantage of this type of functionality with your smartphone. What is new is a growing realisation of where this is heading and what its implications are for learning how to operate software. I was invited to attend VANTAGE, the Thomson Reuters Elite user conference, which was held in Sydney this month. My report on the conference is being prepared.…

Parliamentary committee recommends lawyers be allowed to practise migration law independent of migration agent regulations

Recommendation to end dual regulation of migration lawyers marks a win for access to justice The era of inefficient, costly, and confusing dual regulation of migration lawyers could be coming to an end, in a development warmly welcomed by the Law Council of Australia. The Federal Parliament’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee has handed down its report into the Regulation of Migration Agents and has recommended passing the Bill permitting lawyers offering their services independently of the regulatory body…

Robot in Chinese Court and Online-Only Court in China

The worldwide trend of legal services being enhanced with technology has reached China. Here are two separate developments: • China Daily has reported that the Chinese capital's first artificial intelligence robot for legal services was put into operation in a Beijing court. The robot provides simple legal advice and guidance for litigants. • An online court has been established that specialises in internet related disputes, "concerning areas such as online shopping disputes, copyright protection, Internet loans and domain name disputes. Legal officials believe the city…

Sparke Helmore Selects Intapp Time Ahead of Financial System Migration

Intapp, a global leader in legal software, has announced that Sparke Helmore, a major law firm with eight offices across Australia, has selected Intapp Time for total time management. Sparke Helmore will use Intapp Time as it looks to transform time recording capabilities for some 400 lawyers. “As we plan our migration to a new financial and practice management system, we’ve made the decision to select Intapp Time as part of our solution,” said Lee Hodge, CIO, Sparke Helmore. Hodge…

How a progressive law firm uses document automation

JHK Legal has adopted the cloud-based document automation tool, Automio. Watch video below: Case Study - JHK Legal from Automio Team on Vimeo.

New pricing app to help with setting fixed fees

The new app is the creation of respected professional services consultant, Joel Barolsky, principal of Barolsky Advisors. The app includes free and paid features. It is currently available for iOS, with an Android version under development.  The app allows a lawyer to set criteria for a fixed-fee quote. Different criteria can be given different weightings so that variables are incorporated in the pricing decision. You can select from over 50 pre-defined decision criteria and add your own.  It is often said that pricing is as much an…

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