Practice Management

Practice Management

Actionstep, a leading cloud-based legal practice management software provider, is offering free access to its secure cloud-based legal practice management software to law firms that are struggling to enable remote working amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Teams is fast becoming the default collaboration environment across all sorts of organisations. More than 20 million people using it daily now, and legal professionals are no exception.

Indeed, use of Teams by law firms and corporate legal departments has risen sharply, as the platform becomes a hub for project, practice area and client/matter-related collaboration – especially as Microsoft has positioned Teams as the replacement for Skype for Business.

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Atlas is an independent tax law firm in the Netherlands, with its office in the city centre of Amsterdam.

Branded under the name T/A International, the growing business has entered into a significant strategic partnership with Tiberghien, another leading tax law firm with a strong presence in Belgium and Luxembourg. Combined, the two firms have formed an impressive tax network across Benelux, providing access to more than 100 dedicated tax lawyers across three jurisdictions, via offices spanning Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt and Luxembourg.

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Repstor, the ECM software and matter management specialist, today unveiled its latest flagship European customer, Atlas, an independent tax law firm in the Netherlands, which has transformed its approach to business with Custodian for Legal.

Following the formation of a strategic alliance with Tiberghien, another leading tax law firm with a strong presence in Belgium and Luxembourg, it became critical that teams across this powerful network needed to collaborate effectively and efficiently, both internally between different geographical locations, and externally with clients.

Stress seems to come with the territory of going to work and earning a living. Sometimes a little short-term stress can be a good thing because it helps people achieve a goal, meet a deadline or find the courage to try something new. But when stress becomes a regular feature of our lives and starts to impact our physical and mental health, it quickly becomes problematic.

With the beginning of the new financial year getting closer, we’ve chosen our new charity of the year for 2020-21. For the next 12 months, we’ll be actively fundraising for Action for Children.

Should you not already be familiar with the charity, Action for Children helps children and young people with practical and emotional care and support by delivering wellbeing courses and skills programmes, campaigning for change, publishing vital research, providing fostering and adoption services, and more.

Now in its 16th year, HBR Consulting’s Law Department Survey continues to serve as the leading source of market data on law department staffing, spending and management trends. It provides law departments with metrics to measure, manage and communicate their performance and to plan for continuous improvement.

Law firm cloud adoption continues to rise, with 72% of firms reporting they expect their adoption of cloud-based solutions to increase in the coming year, according to the 2019 ILTA Technology Survey. The potential economic benefits of the cloud have always been attractive: the substitution of operating expenses for traditional capital intensity; the scalability of consumption-based pricing; and the ability to allow core IT to innovate.

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It is no secret that law firms today face an increasingly competitive environment. Between accelerating pressure from alternative legal service providers and startup firms, new regulatory expectations with dire penalties, economic forecasts predicting rough seas ahead and clients demanding ever-greater services (at ever-lower costs) from their legal advisors, firms must find ways to eke out every last drop of value from their staff.

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This has been a transformative decade for the legal industry – and for HBR Consulting, as well. At the outset of the current decade, the legal industry was beginning to emerge from a recession. The decade saw a growing focus on value in legal service delivery, the rise of legal operations as a discipline, an abundant array of new technologies to help law departments and law firms better manage the business of law, and an evolving alignment with the voice of the client culminating in leading legal organizations’ desire to collaborate and co-innovate.

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