LPM magazine, February 2015 – Technology trends


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Technology has revolutionised almost every industry in the land, and for some it's wiped clean from the map traditional ways of working – insurance, banking, retail, estate agency and media, as examples, have been radically altered. Is it possible, yet, to say the same about law?

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What's in this month's issue?

Feature: Are law firms staying market-relevant when it comes to technology? LPM takes a look at tech progress in SMEs – and how they may not be as far behind big law as many think. Including views from leaders at Ashton KCJ, Hawkins Family Law, JB Leitch, Bowden Jones, Hodge Jones & Allen, and Aberdein Considine.

Practice Makes Perfect: Digital marketing and graphic design man Mark Slater at Bolton's Asons Solicitors talks new-look legal businesses for a digitising legal market.

The columnists: Introducing Jane Pritchard, systems and BD manager at TV Edwards, on transferring skills from legal to helping the community; Geraldine Collier, finance and practice manager at Dawson Cornwell, argues the side for non-lawyer COLPs; The File Queen Natasha Rawley of ADDS returns with a new tool to make information governance easy; Jitendra Valera of Advanced Legal, on knowing the best time to upgrade your technology; and Janine Parker of Paragon on new developments in the PI insurance market.

In practice: Rob Adams of Anthony Collins reviews The Reinventors, and finds out how it may (or may not) apply to legal; HR Agony Aunt Polly Jeanneret talks stressed-out trainers, failed probation and new year's resolutions (for 2016); Your View on whether the Clementi report and the Legal Services Act have delivered; plus our monthly recap of the news, reports and research that matter.

Industry views: Jeremy Stillman of Konica Minolta on how SMEs building better practices and unifying content early stand to benefit as they grow; Peter Alderson of LDF on the changed lending landscape – and how firms thinking differently about financing agility can grow; and Gwen Philippou of Nicholas & Co talks modernising the firm's dictation tech and empowering the firm's people with BigHand.

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