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Using Dragon Speech Recognition software to streamline your document workflow

Monday, 08 February 2016 13:05

dragon naturallyspeaking professional for law firmsDocumentation is an essential function in a law office. It needs to be accurate, but does it need to be time consuming and expensive? Increasingly, attorneys and other personnel in law offices are discovering the efficiencies of speech recognition software. What does speech recognition software do?


LegalTech: 40+ Articles and Blog Posts Summarizing #LTNY16

Monday, 08 February 2016 12:35

ltny16We’ve rounded up a healthy roundup of articles or blog posts summarizing this year’s 2016 Legal Tech Show, otherwise known to many conference goers as, #LTNY16. In keeping with our tradition, this conference wrap-up includes quotes, quips and, of course, session summaries.
Read more at The Business of Law Blog...


BlackBerry PRIV review: the best Android smartphone of the year

Monday, 08 February 2016 12:59

blackberry privIn an industry where progress has come to be measured in annual increments, BlackBerry has leaped in to offer something refreshingly new. You might have to endure a few jibes about your smartphone, but when the joking is over what remains is an excellent Android smartphone – arguably the best phone BlackBerry has ever built.
Read more at MyBroadband...


The New Normal: Restoring Profitability

Monday, 01 February 2016 10:34

SilversoftWhat does it mean to practice law in “the new normal”? Simply put, it means lawyers will no longer be able to achieve financial success while operating with sloppy or ineffective business practices. For years, too many law firms have gotten by with marginal or inadequate management practices. Silversoft South Africa offers a White Paper on "The New Normal".
Read more at Silversoft...


Couple robbed of R250,000 by hackers while trying to buy a house

Monday, 01 February 2016 10:04

ZAR money couple loses R250000 in house transfer scamA couple who were buying their first home in Knysna had their R250,000 deposit stolen when a hacker scammed them into depositing the money into the wrong bank account. The scammer spoofed the e-mail address of the conveyancer, Deon Boshoff Attorney, and asked the buyer, Shandin Thompson, to deposit the money into their “trust account”.
Read more at My Broadband...


Cape Law Society and the Cape Bar Council condemn the attack on attorney

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 07:44

cape-law-societyOn Friday, 22 January 2016, on the day that marked the occasion of the Day of the Endangered Lawyers in The Hague, Netherlands, South Africa saw one of its own lawyers, Nico Du Plessis attacked by a mob of angry community members outside the Nkomazi Magistrates Court in Tonga, Mpumalanga. He was attacked because he represented two men accused of kidnapping a three‐year old girl, Lutricia Nkentjane on 29 November 2015.


The importance of recording your meetings and disciplinary hearings

Monday, 25 January 2016 10:13

Philips DVT8000Recording meeting minutes ensures that the decisions and actions resulting from a meeting aren’t lost or forgotten. By taking the time to record proper meeting notes you’ll make sure the time and effort that goes into a meeting isn’t wasted.


Why you should hire a criminal defense investigator

Monday, 25 January 2016 10:43

why hire a criminal defence investigatorLegendary attorney Melvin Belli once said, “If your investigator is good enough, most any lawyer will do.” That’s a bit of hyperbole, but there’s no question that hiring the right investigator really can make you a winner.


The BLA is shocked by the barbaric assault on a legal representative

Monday, 25 January 2016 12:42

BLA-Black lawyers associationThe video clip which is doing rounds in the social networks showing Mpumalanga Advocate being assaulted by a mob of people who disapprove of him representing his clients is a cause of serious concern to the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) in particular and the legal profession at large.


Law Society stresses the right and duty of lawyers to practise freely and without threat

Friday, 22 January 2016 07:33

day of the endangered lawyerThe Day of the Endangered Lawyers takes place today, Friday 22 January 2016, this year in The Hague, Netherlands. The purpose of the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is a call for attention on that day to threatened human rights lawyers with special attention to one designated country. This year’s call comes to aid the severely endangered state of advocacy in Honduras.


3 Tips to Hassle-Free Billing e-book

Monday, 18 January 2016 11:59

billing ideasOver this last weekend I came across this short e-book on eliminating client billing hassles while improving the law firm profits - it is old but has some great "take-aways" which are still very relevant to law firms.


Companies in Motion: What You Can Learn From These Growing Organisations

Monday, 08 February 2016 12:25

Project based ERP for law firmsThe Professional Services sector has seen encouraging growth over the last few years. Firms across the consulting, architecture and engineering, legal and marketing sectors have seen their level of business and headcount increase as its fastest pace since 2007. So how have these best in class Professional Services companies grown so successfully? Find out how three Professional Services companies are using project-based ERP to solve their key business problems.
Read more at SilverSoft...


The Long Nine: Essential Software for the Modern Law Practice

Monday, 08 February 2016 13:19

attorney AT workIt has been clear for quite some time that technology is essential to the modern practice of law — but now, the application of technology directly and formally implicates the more general question of a lawyer’s competence. Lawyers who have traditionally prided themselves on buying a local software application with a single log-in and using it until the wheels fell off now have to be at least thinking about upgrading their technology platforms.

Read more at Attorney at Work...


The man at the post office

Monday, 08 February 2016 13:36

valentines day at post officeA woman walks into a post office and notices a middle-aged, well-dressed man standing at the counter methodically placing "Love" stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them. As he seals each envelop he sprays it with a puff of perfume.


Allen & Overy officially launches new South African office

Monday, 01 February 2016 12:14

Allen  OveryAllen & Overy, one of the leading international law firms, has officially launched it's new South African office in Johannesburg, the key hub for its sub-Saharan operations. The firm’s focus in sub-Saharan Africa has been on the banking and financing sectors, as well as advising on projects in the mining sector on transactions that have included many of large ticket deals in the South African market since opening.
Read more at BizNis Africa...


Online Marketing Strategies for Lawyers in 2016

Monday, 01 February 2016 12:07

law firm online marketingIn a world that is dictated by technology, members of the legal profession must be able to create an online presence in order to stay ahead of their competition. A lawyer marketing specialist will be a very indispensable ally for any practicing attorney who would like to make his legal presence felt in 2016.
Read more at Before It Is News...


Canon wins People’s Choice Award at The Circulars 2016

Monday, 01 February 2016 11:44

CanonCanon, world leader in imaging solutions, announced today that the company has won the prestigious People’s Choice Award for its toner cartridge recycling programme at The Circulars 2016.


The Case for Taking Clients Out for Meals

Monday, 25 January 2016 11:44

lawyer business lunch tipsBuilding client relationships is a fundamental element of business that takes common sense, but is not common practice. The 2015 Altman Weil Law Firm’s in Transition survey revealed that only 64 percent of firms are planning on having their management visit key clients and less than half surveyed intend on conducting formal client interviews.
Read more at Bloomberg BNA...


9 Ways to Run a Small Law Firm as a Business

Monday, 25 January 2016 11:25

9 ways to run a small law firm like a businessBoth the paper and infographic propose nine proven techniques for running a law firm as a business. It brings together research, best practices and ideas from Ann Guinn, a practice management consultant. These nine strategies are:
Read more at The Business of Law Blog...


Dell South Africa hosts international Dell Solutions Tour in Johannesburg

Monday, 25 January 2016 10:55

dellDell will introduce its latest products and solutions at its annual 2016 Dell Solutions Tour on the 28th January, 2016, in association with Platinum sponsor Microsoft and Intel. The tour will take place at The Campus in Bryanston, Johannesburg between 9am and 4pm, and will be followed by an informal cocktail networking session in the venue’s exhibition area.


How to Speak More Clearly to Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Monday, 18 January 2016 10:36

dragon naturally speaking law firm better recognitionDragon Speech Recognition software can greatly enhance your efficiency and productivity if used correctly. Stephanie Diamond from ‘Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Dummies, 3rd Edition’ has some useful tips to help you use Dragon to its full benefit.


Introducing a 52 Part, Weekly, Series of Free Marketing Steps for Attorneys

Monday, 18 January 2016 14:20

Marketing-Your-Law-Firm-52Dawe & Gardner has announced a weekly series of step-by-step marketing advice, tips, and proven concepts to help attorney marketing for firms of all sizes.

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