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One of the questions we are asked before a firm elects to outsource is, “once we are working with you, how can we monitor the value you actually deliver to us?”, and at a more tactical level “how will we know you are meeting agreed service levels?”

 

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.

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Hubshare is delighted to announce that Kennedys, a top 30 UK law firm, have chosen Hubshare as their collaborative project management tool to manage their Elite Practice Management upgrade to the latest version of Elite 3E. Kennedys, who have offices internationally and specialise in insurance, dispute resolution and advisory services, selected Hubshare, as it stood out for its usability and efficiency.

In a world where we are constantly thinking of ways to reduce our green footprint, it seems natural to extend the same thought to our working life. Everyone’s been guilty of printing off the wrong document or accidentally printing duplicates and overtime this adds up. Research by Kyocera found that an average office worker in the UK uses around 45 pieces of copy paper daily and two-thirds is deemed as waste. With our demand for paper being said to double from 2005 to 2030, we need to act to prevent these predictions from becoming a reality.

With International Women’s Day happening this month and Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s film, On The Basis of Sex, playing in cinemas across the globe, you might be led to think that women are dominating board rooms and senior roles across the country.

The data says otherwise. Huffington Post published an article which highlighted the fact that only 23 Fortune 500 companies are led by a woman.

Surely law firms are different? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, comments Lynn Sedgwick MD of Clayton Legal, the respected legal recruitment specialist based in Preston.

Introduction

In this report, we focus on how women in one of the most competitive and male-dominated industries; law, are progressing in their careers and using technology to support them in their daily work. We speak to five successful lawyers from Keystone Law, one of the UK’s top 100 law firms, about their experiences working in the legal industry.

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Thomson Reuters Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law (TWLL) programme is delighted to announce its second annual conference bringing together key individuals across the legal industry to address the structural barriers that impede women as they progress in their legal careers. 

In the past, decision makers in law firms believed that outsourcing administrative support services could compromise their firm.

More recently, due to growing pressures on profit margins, overextended internal resources, and an increasingly competitive environment, many have had to reassess these concerns.

Intelligent Office UK (IO), the leading support services provider to UK law firms, has been appointed by Stone King to deliver reprographic, mailroom, records, facilities and front of house services at the firm’s Bath, London and Cambridge offices. 

The contract began on 1st January 2019.

Historically, upon realisation of the ability to type faster than one’s secretary, a fee earner’s first thought might have been, “I’ll need to get another secretary!”

Today, fee earners are technologically savvy, they know how to type quickly, send lots of emails, and as a result often elect to forgo using a PA or other document production support for the majority of their communication or correspondence needs. Instead, they do it themselves, which often means taking up time and energy which might be better placed elsewhere.

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