Legal practice

Why the legal industry shouldn’t wait for QASA

As reported in Legal Futures, the much delayed Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) – originally scheduled for implementation in December 2011 – is still showing no sign of movement. QASA has been described as “the only way” to protect all members of the public involved in criminal proceedings “at an upper level” but has […]

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The “dispersed” law firm

Nick Holmes and I have been covering “virtual law firms” in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers since 2006. In May 2007, I wrote an article called “Virtual Law Firms – where we are now” which looked at several of the firms we had already covered, and cross linked this with the size of firm, the […]

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Legal Web Watch April 2016: Never mind the quantity

This article first appeared in Legal Web Watch April 2016. Legal Web Watch is a free monthly email service which complements the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. To receive Legal Web Watch regularly sign up here. We all know the term “clickbait”: content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to […]

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Law firms still not proactively investing in IT?

It is now nearly 20 years ago since my book Legal Practice in the Digital Age was first published. The book’s central theme was that despite all the money law firms were spending on technology in those days, most of this money (money which might otherwise be going to partners) was being spent on the wrong stuff. […]

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Sharing, caring and re-intermediating

Susan Mclean has written an excellent article in the May issue of Computers & Law on The Rise of the Sharing Economy, its challenges and the legal issues concerned. I’d recommend you read it! The purpose of this article is to point to some useful further resources and alternative perspectives that may help in our […]

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New cloud-based case and practice management system from DPS

DPS Software have launched a new web-based practice management system for law firms incorporating team and personal target management tools as well as all the benefits of the DPS case management software. It allows fee earners to record time, create attendance notes, dictate against a file, create emails from tasks and view their file history […]

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A barrister-only ABS enabled by technology

Richmond Chambers LLP is an award-winning, innovative partnership of specialist immigration barristers. Authorised by the SRA as the first barrister-only ABS in July 2013, our members share a core commitment to providing high quality immigration law advice and representation directly to the public. Following the introduction of the public access scheme for immigration work in […]

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Reinventing law

ReInvent Law London 2014 took place on 20 June. This was its third London outing. It appeared first in 2012 as Law Tech Camp and was renamed ReInvent Law for 2013. I have attended all three and gave a presentation at this year’s event. ReInvent Law is the brainchild of Daniel Katz and Renee Knake […]

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Legal Web Watch June 2014

Legal Web Watch is a free monthly email service which complements the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. To receive Legal Web Watch regularly sign up here. Follow Nick Holmes on Twitter @nickholmes. Reinventing law – the Twitter story Reinvent Law London 2014, a conference featuring presentations on "law + technology + innovation + entrepreneurship" was held […]

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Legal Web Watch February 2014

Legal Web Watch is an email service which complements the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. This issue was published 15 February. To receive Legal Web Watch sign up here. Nick’s legal web picks Legal futurology Legal Futures is the leading UK site tracking the fast-evolving legal landscape, providing daily news coverage on alternative business structures, new […]

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Reinvent Law London 2013

How long does it take for an event to become a fixture in the landscape? The London marathon managed to do it following its first running in 1981 and has not looked back since. Another event, not quite on the same scale perhaps, looks set to make a similar impact in the legal arena. Last […]

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Implementing a hosted practice management system

More than 2,200 UK legal practices and ABSs now use a hosted practice management system (PMS) with their system and data held (hosted) in a secure, remote location, accessed via the internet, in preference to keeping servers and software on-premise in their own offices. That is roughly 20 per cent of all law firms and […]

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