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Nigel Wright, managing director of Converge Technology Specialists, discusses the issues affecting IT in UK legal practices

We recently launched our Legal Landscape report, in conjunction with our colleagues at Zylpha. The report looks at the issues affecting IT in legal practices and brings together contributions from a range of firms who told us that there are some clear lessons to learn from last year and key changes taking place in the market, providing opportunities and threats. The many insightful contributions included come from: Anthony Collins, DAC Beachcroft, Genus Law, Olliers, Poole Alcock, South London Legal Partnership and Total Conveyancing Services.

Amongst the key areas of concern that these organisations have are: cyber security, agility and the digitisation of UK courts and online services. One of the report’s main findings is that many firms are now re-examining risk as cyber security takes centre stage. As the Solicitors Regulatory Authority continues to flag various scams, firms must tighten up security or face fines and loss of reputation. Having a good disaster recovery plan in place will be key to protecting data and securing systems but it will also provide a competitive advantage.

The report highlights how ‘agility’ will also become increasingly essential as location becomes less important. As clients are demanding that law firms are able to provide them with access to legal services anytime and anywhere, the ability to work from remote locations at times to suit clients’ needs will become a prerequisite.
Another main theme of the report is the increased digitisation of the courts and the growth of online services. Firms expect to see further improvements in processes and accessibility to case management files with more systems becoming electronic and digital in 2016.

2016 could herald a marked departure in the status quo of IT. As firms begin to grasp the opportunities afforded to them by getting IT right and digitising processes, a new window may be opened to greater efficiency, opportunity and profitability.

To download your copy of the report, please visit: http://convergets.co.uk/download/

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