Prominent Lawyer and activist – Stewart Levitt – releases poetry book with his take on politics, religion and life

Stewart Levitt, best known for his work as a lawyer successfully fighting public causes against banks and governments for the underdog, whether Indigenous outliers or down-at-the heel farmers, has released an anthology of poems titled ‘Too Soon to be Late’. Drawing on his liberal values, Jewish heritage and experience as an Australian lawyer, the 184-page compilation has been written by Stewart over twenty years. The content explores themes associated with his career, including social activism, politics and human rights, as well as his personal experiences related to his close-knit family and travels around the globe, to every continent except Antarctica. […]

Five hours of billable work per day

What is a reasonable number of hours of billable work for a lawyer? According to Thomson Reuters Legal’s latest State of the Legal Market Report (2019), which tracks larger law firms, the average hours billed per lawyer in the year 2018/19 was 1,180. This was down by 3% on the previous year. Assuming four weeks of annual leave plus one week for public holidays, there are 47 working weeks per year. 1,180 hours divided by 47 weeks is 25 hours per week or five hours per day.  Larger law firms dealing with ‘blue chip’ clients would expect to get their […]

InfoTrack named a Deloitte Best Managed Company 2019

InfoTrack has been named a winner of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies 2019. InfoTrack, is among eight private Australian companies recognised for their outstanding business performance in Deloitte Australia’s first ever Best Managed Companies (BMC) awards. The Best Managed Companies program recognises local excellence among privately owned Australian companies. Hundreds of innovative and entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process – but only truly the best are awarded the prestigious title of Best Managed Company. This is the first time the Best Managed Company awards was hosted in Australia with a long history across Europe and the Americas. InfoTrack was awarded this prestigious title […]

Litigation funder makes $141 million acquisition

Litigation funder IMF Bentham is acquiring Omni Bridgeway Holding B.V. (Omni Bridgeway) for up to €87.5 million (approx A$141 million) in total consideration. Omni Bridgeway is a leading funder of litigation, arbitration and enforcement proceedings focusing on civil law jurisdictions primarily in Continental Europe and Central Asia. Upfront consideration on completion to be funded by a fully underwritten A$139 million institutional placement and pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offer. Omni Bridgeway is a leading provider of funding and specialised skills for litigation, arbitration and enforcement proceedings, and for the work-out and monetisation of claims and non-performing loans focusing on civil law jurisdictions […]

Produce documents at the speed of sound

Dragon types for you as you speak, and as we talk three times faster than we can type, the productivity implications are considerable. It quickly and accurately turns your spoken words into text. It lets you put your voice to work to easily dictate and edit documents, proposals, reports and more. With Dragon you spend less time producing documents, and more time on activities that boost the bottom line. “I thought I was a good typist until I started using Nuance Dragon Legal,” explains Joseph Garven, a Patent Attorney with New Zealand’s leading patent and trademark attorney firm, James & […]

IPH and QANTM – a new competitive race begins

It is almost two months since Xenith IP was fully acquired by IPH. Up until this point, it was a competition between three ASX-listed intellectual property companies: IPH, Xenith and QANTM.  IPH was the first to list in November 2014. All three companies grew rapidly through acquisitions, leading to an incredible consolidation in the intellectual property services market. The latest combination between IPH and Xenith is the biggest of these combinations. In hindsight, a merger such as this was highly likely. Three companies listed on the ASX with effectively the same strategy and goals would have eventually led to a […]

Gains being made though gender gap in barrister briefings remains, report finds

The aggregate major findings from this second year (2017/18) of reporting are as follows: Female barristers received 5,739 or 25% and male barristers 17,431 or 75% of the total 23,170 briefs reported by briefing entities. Female barristers received $85,286,520 or 17% and male barristers $425,154,123 or 83% of the total $510,440,643 in fees reported by briefing entities. In other words, as a group, male barristers received approximately 3 times as many briefs and 5 times the value in brief fees as their female counterparts from equitable briefing entities. Barristers (senior and junior combined) reported that 274 (55%) of the junior […]

Learning new ways to complete admin tasks doesn’t have to be time consuming

By InfoTrack. Now, 94 per cent of eligible conveyancing transactions are being completed electronically in NSW. This figure is close to 100 per cent for Victoria. As the adoption of e-conveyancing increases, some lawyers and conveyancers may be left behind. This is due to several factors such as: the inability to price competitively, difficulty upskilling resources, a gap in technology knowledge or challenges with adopting new online processes. How can we transform these threats into tomorrow’s opportunities? The Eventful Group’s “2019 Legal Innovation Report” found that 48% of Australian firms surveyed expressed their biggest challenge to driving innovation and using […]

Australian law firms under attack from cyber criminals

Nearly one in five Australian law firms have suffered cyber security breaches in the last two years, as the legal industry faces increasing pressure to improve data security measures. Research by leading Australian technology company GlobalX and the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) found that 27 of the 172 firms surveyed, or more than 15 per cent, reported a breach. The survey also revealed that 87 per cent of firms are concerned about cyber security, with more than 80 per cent saying they would invest in more cyber security training over the next five years. GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney […]

To become the new normal? Document management integrated with AI capabilities

NetDocuments, secure cloud-based content services platform, has announced a joint technology integration with Kira Systems and SeeUnity providing a simple way to pass NetDocuments content to Kira’s artificial intelligence engine for deeper content understanding. AI and machine learning innovations have caught the interest of the legal tech community, yet many are still waiting to see practical implementation and repeatable, real-world results. NetDocuments has pioneered an open, easy to use partner ecosystem that allows customers to choose which best-of-breed technology partners to integrate into their DMS so they can reap the benefits of AI today. Peter Buck, Vice President of Product […]