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Something for the Legal IT Weekend – why even Abe Lincoln hated PowerPoint – probably

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So, we all know Microsoft PowerPoint is the spawn of the devil and has been the cause of more wasted hours in the day at business meetings, conferences and product demos (Death by PowerPoint and all that) than just about any other technology since the invention of chalk by Neanderthals so they could sketch GANTT charts on the walls of caves (Cro-Magnons – Opportunity or Threat?) however now it also appears that PowerPoint contains a zero-day vulnerability that can be exploited in all versions of Windows except Windows Server 2003. (Presumably Windows XP is also safe, so there’s another reason for not upgrading: older software cannot run the latest generations of malware and viruses!) Anyway, it is not just modern businesses that are plagued by PowerPoint, thanks to Peter Norvig we now that Abraham Lincoln himself struggled with PowerPoint when he delivered the Gettysburg Address in November 1863.

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th Oct 2014 at 3:27 pm No comments

Dutch legal library service SWETS pops its clogs

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The Dutch-based library and subscriptions service agency SWETS Information Services, which serves (or at least used to serve) many of the UK and Europe’s law firms with periodicals subscription management services, has filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy petition includes the Dutch parent company as well as SWETS subsidiary companies in the UK, across Europe, Japan and Australia.

Added by Charles Christian on the 24th Oct 2014 at 11:24 am 2 comments

Comment: The case for ‘zero trust’ internal security in law

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You might think that lawyers, being well versed on the issues of sensitivity of data and information and adherent to a strong code of ethics, would be among the best-behaved professions when it comes to sticking to security process. Or, you might be aware that this is slightly optimistic thinking, and that in fact employees in the legal industry are not quite as security conscious as we might hope. But most would be shocked to know the extent of the truth. Which is, that the legal industry is flat out the worst of all industries when it comes to internal security and the behaviour of its employees in respect to keeping data and systems safe from threat.

Added by Charles Christian on the 23rd Oct 2014 at 4:13 pm No comments

Harmans launch costs interest calculator app for iOS & Android

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Harmans Costs, the UK costs lawyers and costs draftsmen, have today launched Costs Expert – a new app featuring first ever costs interest calculator for the costs industry. The app, available on both iPhone and android, is free and available to download now and will act not only as an industry resource but also as a tool to help solicitors with their everyday workload. The key feature of the Harmans app is the interest calculator which allows users to input various data such as date of order, amount of offer, costs to date and any payments on account to calculate totals inclusive and exclusive of interest. Previously this calculation could only be done using a complex formula (and some well educated guess work!) so Harmans are confident this will prove to be a popular tool for users.

Added by Charles Christian on the 23rd Oct 2014 at 12:43 pm No comments

Technical Consultant – London – £55,000 – Law Firm

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Our client is a provider of technical services to Law Firms across the UK. Due to continued expansion there is now an opportunity as Technical Consultant to support both the Project Management and development teams, […]

Added by Job Form on the 23rd Oct 2014 at 10:41 am No comments

Financial Systems Analyst – London £55,000 – Law Firm

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Our client is one of the largest Global Law Firms in the world with offices across the globe. The company is now looking to recruit a Financial Systems Analyst who has excellent Aderant skills and […]

Added by Job Form on the 23rd Oct 2014 at 10:39 am No comments

Legal Technology Business Analyst – Leeds £45,000 – Legal IT Vendor

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Our client is a Global provider of IT solutions to the Professional Services sector and has a strong client base with Worldwide Law Firms. Due to continued expansion our client is now looking for a […]

Added by Job Form on the 23rd Oct 2014 at 10:37 am No comments

Australian Law Firm Best Practice – the infographic

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We’ve got an interesting infographic here from Thomson Reuters Australia looking at law firm best practice in Australia, taking into accounts such issues as Global Competitiveness, Good and Bad Practice (firms consider themselves ineffective at innovation + marketing + legal IT) and Process and Reporting.

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Oct 2014 at 7:03 pm No comments

New US Case Study: Why one US start-up firm is using Worldox, the Cloud & DocsCorp contentCrawler

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Here’s a new case study on how the law firm of Barry Yellin safeguards documents with 
Worldox Cloud Backup and leverages PDF content more effectively with contentCrawler for Worldox and the Productivity Suite.

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Oct 2014 at 5:20 pm No comments

Comment: There will always be Death, Taxes – and Isokon Probate Software

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In the last issue of the Insider newsletter, we ran a story about the UK probate and private client software company Isokon having notched up seven more law firm wins and company managing director Gregory van Dyk Watson saying Isokon now has 36% of this market. As we had a couple of other software vendors say “Yah, boo, sucks, rubbish” we asked Mr Watson for clarification and he provided this very outspoken and amusing reply…

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Oct 2014 at 4:12 pm No comments

Microsoft stunner – is Office 365 SRA compliant? UPDATED

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Just had a message in from a top 200 UK law firm saying they have been informed that Microsoft Office 365 is not SRA compliant. One of the firm’s partners told the Insider “The Solicitors Regulation Authority tell us that it is our responsibility to use compliant software but they won’t comment on individual products.” All thoughts and comments welcome.

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Oct 2014 at 2:30 pm 10 comments

DJM signs up to SOS Connect in six-figure deal

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Douglas-Jones Mercer (DJM) Solicitors has signed a six-figure deal for SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software (SOS) as part of its drive to harness technology to deliver an enhanced service to clients. The firm is replacing its legacy legal solution with SOS Connect for integrated practice and case management. DJM Solicitors is a full service law firm with 60 people based in Swansea, and also in serviced meeting facilities in Cardiff, Porthcawl and The Mumbles.

Added by Charles Christian on the 22nd Oct 2014 at 8:56 am No comments

Handshake announces legacy DMS file & document converter for Microsoft Matter Center for Office 365

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Handshake Software just announced the availability of Handshake Converter, a new product that converts documents and other files from legacy document management systems such as HP WorkSite, OpenText eDOCS, file shares and others to Microsoft SharePoint, both on premise and online with Office 365. As a result, the converted documents and files will also work with Matter Center for Office 365, Microsoft’s new legal document management and collaboration solution.

Added by Charles Christian on the 21st Oct 2014 at 8:02 pm No comments

APAC Legal IT New Round-up

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We’ve a lot of APAC news to cover today, with stories involving Bird & Bird in Australian merger + HighQ opening an Australian data centre + Lexis Interaction going into ASEAN law firm DFDL + CPA opening a new office in Taiwan.

Added by Charles Christian on the 21st Oct 2014 at 7:48 pm No comments

Leading Colombian firm Posse Herrera overhauls IT as competition hots up in LatAm’s fastest growing major economy

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As Colombian law firms face increased competition from a slew of international entrants, local independent magic circle firm Posse Herrera Ruiz is undertaking a complete overhaul of its IT systems including looking at SAP or an “equivalent” enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool. The full service firm has already migrated over to Cisco’s Voice over IP phone network and is working alongside Janders Dean founder and director Justin North in selecting an ERP provider, with a decision expected shortly. The integrated system will be rolled out next year to coincide with the circa 100-lawyer firm’s adoption of new international accounting standards.

Added by Charles Christian on the 21st Oct 2014 at 4:43 pm No comments
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