One Third of Consumers Not Given Estimate of Legal Costs: Survey

The Legal Services Council (LSC) has published an Australian consumer survey report which focuses on what information consumers expect to be given about their legal costs. The Legal Services Council Consumer Survey 2017 was conducted by Piazza Research on behalf of the LSC in December 2016. Its accompanying report was completed in February 2017. The report contains responses from more than 2,000 consumers in every State and Territory in Australia. “The research provided valuable feedback on what consumers want to know about their legal costs and how they want that information to be presented to them. It also gives us […]

Customisation and Productivity Enhancements for Dragon Professional Group and Dragon Legal Australian

Nuance Communications has announced customisation and productivity enhancements for Dragon Professional Group and Dragon Legal Australian.  Both solutions provide powerful, enterprise-ready capabilities to easily deploy speech recognition across multiple users to improve documentation productivity within enterprises and law firms of any size. Dragon Professional Group and Dragon Legal Australian have been updated to include a next-generation speech engine leveraging Nuance’s Deep Learning technology to deliver high-recognition accuracy with the ability to learn and adapt to a variety of accents and environments, making both solutions ideal for large workgroups and a variety of settings. Helping organisations create outstanding documentation Dragon Professional Group, […]

Comprehensive Review into the Family Law System

The Turnbull Government has announced the first comprehensive review into the family law system since the commencement of the Family Law Act in 1976, paving the way for long term fundamental reform to better meet the needs of modern Australian families, said the Federal Attorney-General. Budget Funding As well, the Government has announced an $80 million funding boost to frontline family law and family violence services. This additional investment includes: • $12.7 million to establish Parenting Management Hearings; • $10.7 million for additional family consultants to deal with family law cases; • $3.4 million for additional domestic violence units; and • $55.7 million boost […]

$80 million for Family Law Sector

Federal Budget 2017-18 and the legal sector  The Federal Government has committed $80 million to family law and family violence services. “This will help repair a family law system on the verge of breaking,” Law Society of NSW president Pauline Wright said. “Families turn to the justice system in crisis. “This critically needed funding could help reduce the hardship for many parents and children who spend years and thousands of dollars struggling through mediation and court processes.” Ms Wright said the commitment of $10.7 million for family consultants to deal with family law cases and $3.4 million for six new domestic violence […]

NetDocuments Partners with Xakia Technologies

NetDocuments cloud-based document and email management (DMS) provider for law firms and corporate legal departments, is continuing its market momentum in Australia with the appointment of Xakia Technologies as the latest company to join its growing partner network. The new appointment will enable both NetDocuments and Xakia Technologies to satisfy in-house legal team demand for secure, compliant, cloud-based solutions.  Xakia Technologies has integrated NetDocuments into its own Xakia Matters platform which replaces manual processes and spreadsheets with an automated dashboard and reporting platform to track matters, resourcing and legal costss.  Xakia hosts its software on the Microsoft Azure platform. Xakia […]

Innovative legaltech firm gets $500,000 funding boost

Equity Investment from Queensland Government   Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt has announced Brisbane-based legaltech company Lawcadia has received $500,000 from the Queensland Government’s Business Development Fund.   Mr Pitt said the funding will assist Lawcadia expand its legal procurement business, which is already attracting significant business interest across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.   “This home-grown company is the first legaltech startup to receive funding from the Business Development Fund and it’s exactly the type of innovative business that the Palaszczuk Government is looking to invest in,” Mr Pitt said.   “The Lawcadia business model […]

Launch of 2017 Legal Innovation Index

The 2017 Legal Innovation Index is now open for entry, inviting pioneering firms and legal teams across Australia and New Zealand to submit their market-changing innovations.   The Index was launched in 2013 by Janders Dean, in partnership with LexisNexis, seeking to identify individuals and organisations across Australia and New Zealand that differentiate themselves from their peers by exemplifying innovation. Recognition can be achieved in areas like business development, client service delivery or legal community education.   “Since the inception of this Index, we have been proud to see some amazing innovations being rolled out by legal firms, in-house counsels […]

Launch of LawComparator e-billing and panel management application for in-house teams

Crowd & Co has announced the launch of its latest technology, LawComparator, a complete online solution for managing legal spend and analysing performance of external legal providers. LawComparator provides in-house teams with the ability to take control of their engagement with external legal providers through detailed financial analytics, internal review and team rating tools. GCs can quickly see where their legal budget has been spent allowing them to have more informed discussions with providers and internal stakeholders. Coupled with the ability to interact with law firms and independent legal consultants on the Crowd & Co marketplace, this product provides GCs […]

MinterEllison takes property settlement online

MinterEllison has completed its first property transfer involving financial settlement using the PEXA platform. The transaction was the sale of a residential property in Perth for a registered Australian Charity, a long standing client of MinterEllison. The settlement occurred online, in little over 15 minutes, without any party having to leave their office. The funds were transferred to the client’s account immediately after completion. As the buyer was an investor who financed the purchase, there were three parties represented in the PEXA workspace – the vendor, the buyer and the bank financing the purchase. MinterEllison’s Innovation and Networks Leader, Andrew […]

GlobalX announces Homes for Homes partnership

GlobalX has announced a national partnership with Homes for Homes, a not-for-profit organisation pledging to tackle the issue of Australia’s housing affordability crisis. Homes for Homes is a social enterprise backed by The Big Issue that encourages property sellers to make a 0.1 per donation of their total property price at the time of settlement.   Initial forecasts suggest the donations secured through the initiative will create an ongoing new supply of funding for social and affordable houses.   GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney said Homes for Homes was a creative solution to an increasingly important issue.   “Current estimates suggest […]