Web-apps and Geo-targeting are delivering new clients to law firms

Cost effective web application development and mobile location tracking services are being used to deliver new clients to law firms and to stay in touch with existing clients. Gadens new web application for Building Codes Gadens recently launched a user-friendly web application to assist head contractors and subcontractors to be compliant with building codes for Commonwealth funded work. Corporate Advisory Partner Jonathon Hadley, a specialist in workplace relations, said: “There are strict building codes for Commonwealth funded work which could ultimately result in exclusion sanctions if contractors don’t meet their obligations.” “The codes are complex and our new web application is a step-by-step tool […]

The Value of Voice and Face-to-Face Communication in the Digital Age

by *Maria Skettos. In today’s digitally saturated world, texting, emailing, mobile messaging and social media interaction is the norm. These modes of communication are efficient, quick, convenient and appealing in a business world that encourages greater productivity. But has the shift towards these new communication preferences come at a price? Face-to-face communication has declined and telephone calls are a dying phenomenon. Text messaging in the US grew significantly from 14 billion in 2000 to 188 billion in 2010, and according to German firm Statista, in 2012, 2.2 trillion text messages were sent in the US. A 2012 Pew Institute Survey […]

Legal operations platform LawVu now integrates with Workshare file comparison

The LawVu platform helps in-house lawyers and laws firms work together more efficiently and transparently. It makes collaboration a natural and easy part of the lifecycle of a legal issue. In-house teams are able to instruct, scope, allocate budgets, measure current and future spend and view all legal matters in one place. The platform has now become even more powerful with the integration of Workshare’s file comparison software. “Partnering with LawVu is an exciting opportunity for Workshare, as our leading document comparison engine, Workshare Compare, will be seamlessly embedded into the full suite of services offered through LawVu’s innovative SaaS platform.” said Shaun Locke, General Manager of […]

triSearch enters market for property, corporate and personal searches

triSearch provides a national service and has direct links to organisations such as Land Registry Services and ASIC. The triSearch name was previously used by a NSW search business. It is now a new and separate entity. Comprehensive searching, electronic contract preparation and integration with PEXA is possible for the new company by leveraging the InfoTrack platform where needed. triSearch CEO Taylah Allen says “We are very excited to introduce triSearch as the newest provider in the Australian conveyancing and legal market. Our aim is to provide a great searching solution at a competitive price without sacrificing on service.” Taylah Allen […]

Visionary Services Provider of the Year Award for LegalTech Company

Lawcadia wins prestigious legal services award in Hong Kong Brisbane-based legal technology company Lawcadia has been named the In-House Community’s Visionary Non-Law Firm Services Provider of the Year. Held in Hong Kong on 10 May 2018, the In-House Community awards celebrate legal counsel and legal service providers across the Asia Pacific and Middle East. Recognising the changing landscape of legal services, the Legal Services Provider Award focuses on excellence in service delivery and client focus. Nominees are assessed on their ability to assist General Counsel with the three prevailing challenges of managing costs and evaluating value-add, talent and career management […]

Contract formatted as a comic book

Free of legal jargon, our new visual employment contracts were developed in partnership with Law Professor Camilla Andersen from @uwanews https://t.co/zU54NdLvcI.@UWA_CCContracts #comicbookcontracts #makingthecomplexsimple — Aurecon (@Aurecon) May 8, 2018 Aurecon, an engineering consultancy firm, has produced an employment contract in the form of a comic. The company believes it to be Australia’s first visual employment contract.  According to Aurecon: Developed in partnership with Law Professor Camilla Andersen from the University of Western Australia, Aurecon’s employment contracts are legally binding contracts in which Aurecon and its employees are represented by characters – free of legal jargon and akin to a comic strip format. and Lawyers […]

Deloitte names LexisNexis® in Top 10 for commitment to CSR for second year

LexisNexis has been named among the Top 10 companies for corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the 2018 Annual Review of the State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand for a second year running. The Annual Review of the State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand is an ongoing annual research study of CSR capabilities, practices and trends in the region. The initiative recognises organisations that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to aligning business strategies to corporate responsibility and sustainability, along with those who lead the industry in terms of stakeholder engagement, dialogue, and values alignment. Simon Wilkins, General Manager of LexisNexis Australia, welcomed […]

Regulations to be written so that a reasonable algorithm will be able to understand it

Computerworld reports: “The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has revealed the results of a regtech pilot that uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to convert regulatory texts into compliance obligations.” According to the report: “What took CBA’s compliance team six months, was completed by Ascent within two weeks. The obligations register created was scrutinised by legal firm Pinsent Masons and found to be 95 per cent accurate.” The question arises, is 95 per cent  accuracy good enough? Will it be lawyers who are called upon to bridge the gap between 95 per cent and 99.9 per cent? Some of […]

Innovative property startup partners with GlobalX

Victorian legal professionals will now have access to the latest property due diligence via one succinct report, thanks to a new partnership between legal technology provider GlobalX and property startup Landchecker. The new property report is accessible via GlobalX’s suite of award-winning online and software solutions. GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney said legal professionals have to keep up with the demand from their clients to provide detailed and specific information relevant to Victorian properties.  “This tool is a new way to streamline the due diligence process and make it easier for legal practitioners and buyers to undertake the necessary property checks […]

RegTech Association receives NSW Government financial support to pursue Association’s aims

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair has announced the NSW Government was backing new events designed to drive growth in the state’s emerging regulatory technology (RegTech) industry with the first event in Sydney this week (on 3-4 May). Mr Blair said the Government was supporting The RegTech Association with $30,000 in sponsorship to run the program of education and industry forums. “Regulatory Technology or RegTech is an emerging sector where Sydney and NSW have the potential to achieve serious global standing. “The RegTech industry supports organisations in managing regulation and compliance. It can help automate complex processes, cut red […]