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Downloadable and online resources about legal business services from LSN and our networkpartners.

  • Outsourcing technology considerations for law firms

    There appears little doubt there is growing acceptance of how lawtech, like automation and AI, can help lawyers access, interrogate, understand and use large amounts of data, with greater efficiency offering the opportunity for increased profitability.
  • Make the switch to a client portal

    17/06/19
    technology
    You’re probably already aware of the dangers associated with email, but we bet you’re still continuing to use it, despite the risks. In the current climate, it’s almost impossible to completely avoid using email as part of your daily communication, however, you should be making an effort to minimise your email usage by only using it in certain scenarios, i.e. inquiries. For lawyers in particular, once a client has been acquired, you should move all communications and file sharing to one secure portal, this not only streamlines all communications, but generally makes it easier for you and your client to contact each other and share files.
  • The PDF Binder application that helps users create court bundles 75% faster

    10/06/19
    technology
    Combining PDFs into a document bundle to be distributed to a client or filed with the Court can eat up hours of billable time. But it doesn’t have to.
  • The client quid pro quo

    20/05/19
    marketing & bd
    Michael Warren, vice president, business development practice, Wilson Allen, says to derive value from clients, make sure that you’re first delivering it.
  • Accelerating your law firm's response to cyber threats

    It's tempting to think that because your law firm hasn’t felt the full impact of a cyber attack, you’re not at risk, especially if you've already invested in security.
  • GDPR: Are the fines real?

    Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), organisations may be fined up to €20 million, or 4% of the total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year, whichever is higher.
  • Law department analytics survey reports

    14/05/19
    finance
    The rise of data analytics has in the past decade substantially impacted how businesses operate and provide services. The legal industry, on the other hand, has been much slower to adopt analytics than other verticals. That is beginning to change, as interest and investment grows in legal organizations.
  • Best practices in contract management

    Every organization has contracts, but not every organization adequately manages its contracts. And while the nature and complexity of these agreements can vary widely, careful governance enables organizations to maximize their value and limit their exposure.
  • How confident are you in your firm’s redaction process?

    No law firm in 2019 needs to be masking text instead of properly redacting it. The days of running a black marker over a hard copy and scanning it back in to create a new soft copy should be long gone. The modern equivalent – drawing a black box over content in Microsoft Word and converting to PDF – shouldn’t be far behind it, either. Why? Because PDF redaction solutions are widely available, reliable, and efficient.
  • Testing document management systems in the legal sector

    The document management system (DMS) is a central component of a firm’s IT systems. When looking to upgrade, a robust test approach will provide confidence that the new system will work effectively.
  • Does your redaction process pass the bar when it comes to efficiency and risk mitigation?

    Improper redaction is a leading source of data breaches globally. In many countries, lawyers have a legal obligation to redact all kinds of confidential information prior to filing court documents – including financial account details, names of minors, home addresses, and dates of birth.
  • How centers of excellence are accelerating efficiencies across the legal landscape

    03/04/19
    human resources
    Across today’s legal ecosystem, a set of complex forces has pushed law firms to strategically reexamine and transform operational support in a way that places a greater emphasis and value on corporate client-facing activities. Cost pressures, new competitors and emerging technology, and evolving workforce dynamics are influencing an industry that is now embracing change in different ways.
  • How to put mobility to work for law firms

    22/03/19
    technology
    When we visit law firms around the globe, we are often struck by just how many firms are still reliant on paper and paper-based legal business processes. Even at firms with paperless initiatives, we’ll see billing partners packing up stacks of pre-bills to review and edit in the evening at home.
  • Everything you need to know about legal document automation

    05/03/19
    technology
    Legal document automation isn’t scary. Automating the creation of documents is not intended to replace, minimise or threaten what lawyers do. Lawyers always have been, and always will be, the guardians of the legal documents that form the basis of all business; but by automating certain parts of the process, they can be liberated to focus on elements of the role that add real value.
  • Trust in collaboration

    The word collaboration derives from the Latin com and laborare (to work together). In simple terms, it means working with someone to produce something. It is also defined to as “traitorous cooperation with an enemy”, but in this article I am going to assume we will not need to investigate collaborating with our enemies!