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Bowman Gilfillan Consolidates its Position in Maritime Law with New Durban Office

Monday, 21 July 2014 15:42

Bowman Gillfillan AfricaBowman Gilfillan’s maritime, transport and logistics practice area has announced that one of Durban’s leading maritime law firms, Velden Pike Nichols, will be joining the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group with effect from 1 August this year. 


Strictly Conveyancing Announces their Fixed Pricing Structure

Monday, 21 July 2014 11:16

strictly conveyancingSydney, NSW – Strictly Conveyancing has announced that they use a fixed pricing structure unlike other similar services out there. The company has said that their new fixed pricing structure has no hidden charges and there are unexpected fees added to the final bill presented to their clients.


Using the BlackBerry Passport

Monday, 21 July 2014 12:08

blackberry passportEarlier this week, I started to tell you about my experiences actually using the BlackBerry Passport (albeit a beta version). It has changed the way I work with its large square touch screen. At its core, this is a messaging powerhouse, built for writing and talking all day long. I can tell you right now, this device has the battery chops to back up all the conference calls, emails and browsing I do throughout the day, with more than enough juice to let me blast some tunes over Bluetooth for my commute home.


The Productization of Legal Services

Monday, 14 July 2014 15:02

Productization of Legal ServicesLawyers tend to be unwilling to look to other professions or industries to find ways to improve their practices and work. We might call this approach “law practice exceptionalism,” the belief that nearly every aspect of the practice of law is unique and must be considered in isolation from what we see elsewhere. We all have heard or said, “But law is different. Really.”
Read more at the American Bar Association website...


Canon moves up in Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands ranking

Monday, 14 July 2014 15:22

Interbrand for canonCanon, world-leader in imaging solutions, has risen to 26th place on the latest Interbrand Best Global Green Brands list, up from 30th place in 2013. The Interbrand report highlights Canon’s implementation of sustainable practices in 2012, including reducing CO2 emissions over entire product life cycles by nearly three times the company’s target, and collecting 310,000 tons of used toner cartridges globally since 1990, consequently reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 450,000 tons and avoiding the need for 201,000 tons of new resources.


Armless man at the bar

Monday, 14 July 2014 16:37

barmanAn armless man walked into a bar which is empty except for the bartender. He ordered a drink and when he was served, asked the bartender if he would get the money from his wallet in his pocket, since he has no arms.


7 Reasons Law Firms Should Outsource Their IT Operations

Monday, 07 July 2014 16:44

outsource law firm itOver the last decade, advancements in computer technology have dramatically changed the way lawyers manage their offices. Today, lawyers are able to take on more cases, keep better track of clients, and quickly sift through more information than ever before. The importance of technology in today’s law firm can no longer be ignored…and neither can the growing complexity. So how can the average attorney, office manager, or administrator juggle all the pieces and parts that make up your IT environment?
Read more at Accellis Technology Group...


The smiles and frowns of facial recognition

Monday, 07 July 2014 16:25

facial recognitionThe use of facial recognition within surveillance systems is gaining a lot of traction locally, especially in secure environments such as border posts, as well as platinum- and gold mines where these systems protect employees against illegal miners and the mines themselves from product theft.


Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!

Monday, 07 July 2014 15:58

bill and blanche jokeBill and his wife Blanche went to the state fair every year, and every year Bill would say, "Blanche, I'd like to ride in that helicopter."


Philips Smartphone Dictation

Monday, 30 June 2014 07:06

speechexec-for-smartphonesPhilips Smartphone Dictation Hub service enables you to use all the benefits of a professional Smartphone dictation solution without spending money on the underlying server infrastructure or investing time and money in maintenance and support.


FLYSAA app lands on Windows Phone

Monday, 30 June 2014 07:39

flysaaThe official South African Airways FlySAA app has landed in the Windows Phone Store. Complete with a neat and modern user interface, the South African Airways (SAA) app comes packed with a variety of features that include checking a specific timetable for all upcoming SAA flights and searching departure and destination cities.


Six Tips to Build a Rainmaker's Rolodex

Monday, 21 July 2014 11:49

six tips to becoming a rainmakerAs a lawyer, one of your most valuable assets is your professional network. Developing a meaningful network of potential clients and referral sources may seem overwhelming, but it is simpler than you may think. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to cultivating the type of contact list you will need to generate business.
Read more at The Recorder...


Is Evernote Secure Enough for Client Data?

Monday, 21 July 2014 10:58

evernote securityI love Evernote and I use it every day, but I am uncomfortable with the idea of using it for client data. The other day on the MILO list, someone said they were exploring using Evernote to manage client files. I responded that I do not think it is a good idea. Here are the reasons:
Read more at Lawyerist...


Heaven is full

Monday, 21 July 2014 16:16

st peterThree men were standing in line to get into heaven one day. Apparently it had been a pretty busy day, though, so Peter had to tell the first one, "Heaven's getting pretty close to full today, and I've been asked to admit only people who have had particularly horrible deaths. So what's your story?"


The Injury Lawyer and Google Glass

Monday, 14 July 2014 14:07

google glass injury lawyerNew technology like Google glasses may seem like a novelty rather than an aid to developing a personal injury law practice, but for California personal injury lawyer Mitch Jackson, whose practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death law suits, the use of Google Glass has been something he uses as what he sees as a short- and a long-term play. How? Why?
Read more at LawFuel...


BlackBerry Launches the BlackBerry Z3 in South Africa

Monday, 14 July 2014 13:48

blackberry z3BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, has introduced the new BlackBerry® Z3 smartphone in South Africa. The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone will be available to Vodacom customers in stores and online from mid July 2014. The device has the recommended selling price of R2 999 and will also be available on the Vodacom Smart S plan at R249 per month.


Legal Secretary Salary Survey Response

Monday, 07 July 2014 13:23

legal secretary salary surveySalary research in the local legal market is crucial to both employers and employees and we are often asked for the latest results – so why then is everybody so uncooperative when it comes to providing 11 clicks of the mouse in the anonymous legal secretary salary survey?


Strike Law – A Government dilemma!

Monday, 07 July 2014 12:01

Richard PembertonThe constitution entrenches the right to strike and the Labour Relations Act of 1995 (“the LRA”) provides that workers may strike subject to the compliance with certain procedures which involve a compulsory mediation to be completed within 30 days of referral of the dispute. Failing settlement the strike can commence on the giving of 48 hours written notice.


The 6 Profit Points of Every Law Firm

Monday, 07 July 2014 11:24

money tree 6 profit points for every law firmFrom reduced profits to the need for fewer attorneys, law firm partners and chief financial officers are well aware of the implications of continued economic conditions for their firm. But before taking drastic measures, such as layoffs and salary cuts, every law firm should look at strategies that can help relieve some pressure on firm profit margins. There are 6 Profit Points of every law firm that, in these days of shrinking client demand and growing firm expenses, should be integral to any strategy. If you want ideas for increasing firm profitability, this is a must read.
Read more on the PDF created by LexisNexis and The Profit Point Group...


Restructure of The LAW Group and renaming to e4

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 08:06

e4 LogoThe LAW Group has announced a “brand” new name following its recent restructure to consolidate operations in January 1, 2014. The transformation from LAW Group to e4 is an exciting expression of the company’s well-known and respected positioning as a leading edge technology company within the South African market.


Wearable technology creates new privacy issues for employers

Monday, 30 June 2014 07:47

wearable technologyTechnologies such as Google Glass and smart watches are gradually making their way into the workplace. But the intrusive nature of these devices, which could be used by employees to take clandestine photographs or videos, are ringing alarm bells among some employers, says lawyer Sue McLean at Morrison and Foerster. “There are huge privacy and ethical implications around wearable technology,” she said in an interview with Computer Weekly.
Read more at Computer Weekly...


Nedbank celebrates 50 years of banking technology

Monday, 30 June 2014 07:27

nedbankTechnological innovations are occurring at a rapid pace throughout all industries but the banking and financial services sector specifically has witnessed major change in recent years.

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