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Why Your Law Firm Needs an Email Subscriber List

Monday, 23 November 2015 16:31

email lists for law firmsFor most lawyers email is the bane of their existence – I would be willing to bet good money that you have hundreds (if not thousands) of emails piled up in your inbox right now! But email can be a lawyers friend, particularly when it comes to marketing a law practice and establishing yourself as the “go-to” authority in your practice area.
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Law Society Concerned at Threats Against Lawyers and Judges in Lesotho

Monday, 23 November 2015 13:02

LSSA concerned about lesotho lawyersThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) expresses its solidarity with our colleagues in Lesotho and also its serious concern at reports from our colleagues of threats being experienced by lawyers and judges involved in matters relating to Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) soldiers who were alleged to have mutinied earlier this year.


Cybercrime and South Africa

Monday, 23 November 2015 15:02

cybercrime in South africaCybercrime is any criminal act dealing with computers, networks and smart phones. Additionally, cybercrime also includes traditional crimes conducted through the Internet. Cybercrime has become a huge issue not only in South Africa but around the world.


Don’t Be the Only Firm Underfunding Marketing and Business Development

Monday, 16 November 2015 16:24

marketing law firms spendLaw firms currently spend 2.6% of firm revenue on marketing and business development.* This is less than half of what other large B2B professional service firms spend: 5.6%. More importantly—in 2005 law firms allocated 2.3% of revenue. In effect, marketing and business development is no more of a priority today than it was 10 years ago. Yes—the absolute dollars have gone up—but proportionally it is virtually identical to 2005.
Read more at The Mad Clientist...


How the South African government will spy on your Internet activities

Monday, 16 November 2015 17:12

office of interception centreAmong a row of business offices in Sunninghill, Sandton, sits an unnamed, unnumbered three-storey building. It seems out of place: against the backdrop of tall trees and built in a style resembling early 1900s architecture, it could be on a European university campus. But the peaceful premises on a hectare of land are protected by electric fencing and security cameras and houses what could be described as a formidable crime-fighting unit: this is 25 Tambach Road, home to the Office of Interception Centres (OIC).
Read more at MyBroadband...


9 Less Obvious Tools All Social Media Marketers Should Try

Monday, 16 November 2015 17:40

social media toolsFor most businesses, social media marketing is something that shouldn’t be ignored. Depending on your audience, there’s generally a social media platform that actively engages with them, and offers a channel for you to engage with them, too.
Read more at Tweak Your Business...


Legal Research that Builds a Solid Foundation

Monday, 09 November 2015 16:10

lexisnexis south africaToday’s lawyers use legal research on a daily basis to prepare for advising clients, negotiate with opposing counsel, or persuade a judge. Their understanding and analysis of a case often begins during this important stage when they identify the relevant facts and determine the legal issues that must be researched. Good legal research is thus a sophisticated process demanding tools that offer efficient and accurate legal information that is easily accessible.


Building a Niche Practice: Go Small to Go Big

Monday, 09 November 2015 12:22

niche law practiceIt’s no secret that the legal marketplace is in turmoil. The combination of tight-fisted consumers, an oversupply of lawyers, and increased competition from nonlawyers has created the perfect storm in the legal market. In this competitive environment, lawyers must distinguish themselves from the competition in order to claim a bigger piece of the pie. One way to do this: Build a niche law practice says Jeramie Fortenberry.
Read more at the American Bar Association...


BLA calls for the introduction of body cameras for the police in order to curb police brutality

Monday, 09 November 2015 12:05

cctv warn by SAPThe CCTV camera footage released to public recently once again displayed the horrific and brutal disregard of human life by some members of the South African Police Services. Black Lawyers Association has been consistently vocal against police brutality.


Ishbia & Gagleard leverages Philips digital dictation to improve productivity

Monday, 02 November 2015 12:56

speechexec at ishbie gagleardI&G attorneys had always relied on dictation and transcription to create documents, but they used handheld analogue cassette recorders. In 2014, however, the firm transitioned to digital dictation and transcription tools from Philips. The results have been increased productivity, reduced administrative expenses and faster documentation turnaround.


Windows 10 dual screen is blank with only the mouse pointer showing

Monday, 02 November 2015 15:41

blank screenThis morning I switched on my Windows 10 computer to find that after the Windows logo appeared, both screens on the system when blank, with only the mouse pointer to be seen. The start up jingle played, so I assumed that the PC was alive, but just not showing me anything.


Special offer from Philips - Increase your productivity

Monday, 23 November 2015 13:53

Philips DVT8000 and Speech exec specialIt has become increasingly important to record HR meetings, disciplinary hearings and labour disputes to ensure that an accurate record can be archived for future reference. Philips is offering an end-of-year special price on a DVT8000 meeting recorder and LFH7177 transcription kit bundle, including installation and training!


Lawyers’ biggest grievances revealed

Monday, 23 November 2015 15:19

Most frustrting challenges for law firmsThe Lawyers Weekly Legal Market Update survey, conducted in conjunction with the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, asked readers to cite the most frustrating aspects of their practice. A significant portion of respondents identified changing client expectations as a major challenge. One respondent suggested their clients often had “excessive, unrealistic demands” while another suggested “clients increasingly expect something for nothing”.
Read more at Lawyers Weekly...


IBM lays out massive potential for Watson in the law

Monday, 23 November 2015 15:09

watson and the law firmCognitive computing could be used to suggest which arguments in court might play well or badly with a particular judge at a given time of day, according to a senior member of IBM’s Watson development team, although she outlined a number of more benign uses for the technology. Speaking at the Legal Futures Annual Innovation Conference in London this week, Kyla Moran, senior consultant, Watson Industry Leadership, said Watson could in future be listening to conversations with clients and giving advice, dealing with paperwork, and so on, potentially providing new business insights gleaned from the vast amounts of data generated by law firms.
Read more at Legal Futures...


Is artificial intelligence the key to unlocking innovation in your law firm?

Monday, 16 November 2015 16:46

artificial intelligenceThe recent media frenzy about artificial intelligence (AI) has been unavoidable. This vision has perhaps come a step closer with the arrival of IBM Watson and Richard Susskind's latest book, The Future of the Professions, which predicts an internet society with greater virtual interaction with professional services such as doctors, teachers, accountants, architects and lawyers.
Read more at LegalWeek...


Review: The iPad Pro And The Death Of A Metaphor

Monday, 16 November 2015 16:40

ipad proThe iPad Pro is coming into the world with a lot of weight on its shoulders. The speculation and expectation are running high. Is it a potential laptop replacement? An enterprise play? Will it bring the consumption-heavy world of iPad. And on top of it everything else, the onus is on it to prove that Apple’s tablet line has legs in the face of slowing sales and an incredibly long replacement cycle.
Read more at Techcrunch...


Differences of men and women's recording in diaries

Monday, 16 November 2015 16:58

his and her diariesWife's Diary: Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a new restaurant for dinner.


Law firm streamlines transcription process

Monday, 09 November 2015 11:23

philips dpm8000 and dns13professionalIntegration of digital dictation and speech recognition improve efficiency and productivity. Modernisation was in order when La Cava & Jacobson, P.A., launched itself as an independent practice in June 2010. The 12-attorney medical malpractice and civil defence law firm in Tampa, Fla., split from a larger organisation and acquired the former parent company’s office along with decades-old tape-based dictation equipment.


Webber Wentzel Recognises SA’s Leading Legal Journalists for 2015

Monday, 09 November 2015 12:13

Legal Journalist of the Year 2015 webber wentzelThe 2015 rendition of the Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Awards took place on Wednesday, 4 November 2015. Since 1999 the awards have been acknowledging the important role which journalists play in promoting knowledge of the judiciary and understanding of the country’s civil and criminal justice systems.


Some big firms are finding profit in commoditised work

Monday, 09 November 2015 16:32

commoditisation in law firmsYou wouldn’t think that law firms would be so discriminating when it comes to their revenue streams—after all, money looks the same whether it’s in a bank account or an account ledger. But for many large firms, there is a stigma that comes with doing the kind of repetitive, low-end work that rarely generates sizeable fees.
Read more at The ABAJournal...


Huawei partners with Rapid Response to put safety of customers first

Monday, 02 November 2015 13:11

Huawei partners with Rapid Response Huawei is excited to announce that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Rapid Response, the award-winning mobile app that transforms a mobile phone into an emergency panic button.


Welcome to Dumb & Dumber LLP

Monday, 02 November 2015 15:56

dumb and dumber llpIf you rely on hourly billing, you might as well go ahead and change your firm’s name to Dumb & Dumber LLP. So says law management consultant John Chisholm, who predicts the “selling time” business model will soon go the way of the dodo. “Rather than wait for clients and external disruptors to kill it as will happen, as a profession we are better moving to a different business and pricing model ourselves,” he says in this interview with LegalTrek.
Read more at Lawyers Mutual...

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