bighand installs at evershedsEversheds, one of the largest law firms in the world, has partnered with BigHand to enhance its document production processes with the addition of speech recognition functionality.

thomson reuters eliteThomson Reuters Elite, part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters, today announced that award winning and leading UK full-service firm Boyes Turner LLP has made the decision to implement Client & Matter Management as part of Elite’s enterprise business management solution (EBMS).

connection telecomConnection Telecom, the leading cloud-based PBX/call centre provider, has acquired FatBudgie, itself a cloud PBX provider for business and a market leader in the SMME/SOHO segment.

thomson reuters eliteThomson Reuters Elite, part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters, has announced that MatterSphere, the matter management component of Elite’s Client & Matter Management offerings, has been selected to support leading Australian and UK firm Slater & Gordon throughout its continued expansion.

elite thomson reutersElite’s Enterprise Business Management Solution Benefits Leading UK firm with Improved Data Accessibility More Efficient Workflows. Thomson Reuters Elite, a leading global provider of enterprise business management solutions (EBMS) to professional services firms, today announced that EMW Law LLP, a leading, UK-based commercial firm, has become the latest firm to select MatterSphere, the matter management component of Elite’s Client & Matter Management offerings.

cloudwareApplication delivery company Cloudware says every school in South Africa could have 100 internet-connected computers within four years -- and it would cost no more than what the government is already planning to spend on a private cloud alone.

voteOn Wednesday, 7 May 2014, millions of South Africans will be heading to voting stations around the country to cast their votes. This act of nationalism has been made easier and less stressful thanks to the availability of the official IEC South Africa app, now available in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, which amongst others enables users to have their voter registration status and other vital details at their fingertips.

witsThe South African Attorneys Association welcomes the announcement by Wits University that it intends to make the LLB a post graduate degree. There is general agreement that the current four year LLB is not adequate. In addition, many universities have to devote course time to the teaching of numeracy and literacy skills to first year students. 

connection telecomConnection Telecom, South Africa’s leading cloud-based PBX provider has attained CounterPath’s ITSP partner certification, making it the first to bring enterprise-class mobile voice over IP (MVoIP) solutions to South Africa.

howard stephenson presents award to caleb jonesRecognising the rapid evolution of environmental law within South Africa in recent years and with the aim of encouraging young law students to specialise in this field, Garlicke & Bousfield, leading Durban law firm, has once again presented a University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) student with the coveted Garlicke & Bousfield Environmental Law Award.

LLB degree changeThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has noted recent views expressed by various stakeholders regarding the LLB degree following the announcement by Wits to offer its LLB as a postgraduate qualification only. ‘At the outset, the LSSA wishes to state that it is committed to cooperating with all stakeholders to promote the reform of legal study which will ensure that the public receives the best possible service from professional and ethical legal practitioners.

connection telecomThe announcement by Telkom recently that it plans to replace almost 300 of its unprofitable copper-based exchanges with wireless 3G and LTE services is good news for the telecommunications industry.

LLB degree scrapRetired Transvaal Judge Bernard Ngoepe has called on South African universities to scrap the four-year LLB degree, The Saturday Star reported. “In the olden days, you would not even be allowed to enrol for an LLB without a junior degree,” Ngoepe told the newspaper.
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popi data problemCertain provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (Act) dealing with the establishment of the office of the Information Regulator (as well as its powers, duties and functions) have, on proclamation by the President of the Republic of South Africa, come into effect as of 11 April 2014.

John chen blackberryJohn Chen clarifies a recent Reuters article and reiterates that BlackBerry is Not Leaving the Handset Market. 

nashua mobileReunert Limited, a JSE Limited (JSE) listed entity and the holding company of Nashua Mobile, today issued a JSE Securities Exchange News Service announcement detailing a transaction that Nashua Mobile has concluded with Vodacom and MTN (MN0s).

rendezvous workspaceNorton Rose Fulbright, an international law firm with nearly 3,800 lawyers in 52 offices worldwide is the latest organisation in South Africa to take on board Rendezvous meeting room software from global suppliers NFS Technology Group.

LSSA Boqwana and BarnardPort Elizabeth attorney Max Boqwana and Somerset West attorney Ettienne Barnard have been elected as Co-Chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA). They will lead the attorneys’ profession through the crucial initial stages of the transitional process to a new dispensation under the National Forum envisioned in the Legal Practice Bill.

3d printing copyright lawThe increasing availability and decreasing cost of 3D printing technology has led to a mushrooming of creativity. It looks likely that 3D printers will soon be in every home. So how does copyright law keep pace with the technology?
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cliffe dekker hofmeyrOn 13 March 2014, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced that it will be instituting a high-level inquiry into competition in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

MNO should cut costsRecent events are evidence of unprecedented pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs) to lower their prices. Yet a sober analysis reveals that the networks are really their own worst enemies, and can turn their fortunes around by simply lowering prices.

mix radioMobile music streaming service Nokia MixRadio this week announced the addition of the 30 millionth track to its international catalogue. The track, ‘Ma Tegi Hena’ is by Lebanese artist Nancy Ajram and is from the forthcoming album Nancy8. Currently the South African service boasts an impressive 24 million tracks available locally.

Simon SlaterLAW Holdings recently registered one of its latest innovations, Stordoc, onto Matchi - an innovation matchmaking platform that has been making waves recently at FinovateAsia 2013 and at FinovateEurope 2014 in London last month.

eversheds logoAccording to the firm, the research found a younger generation looking for more flexible ways of working, new technology and a desire for a more commercial approach in the way the legal profession works in the future.
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lexisnexislogoForty newly qualified, previously disadvantaged advocates have been given a technological leg up in the form of a R 1.9 million sponsorship package from content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis® South Africa.

ICT POLICY GREEN PAPEROn 24 January 2014 the Minister of Communications published a National Integrated Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Policy Green Paper aimed at revamping South Africa's current out-of-date and misaligned ICT Policies. Following a request by several stakeholders, the Department of Communications has extended the deadline for public comment submissions from 24 February 2014 to 24 March 2014.

ilta 2013 technology surveyThe 2013 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) annual law firm survey is out. Here are some of the findings, broken down by firm size (over and under 50 lawyers). Like 2012, purchases focused on core hardware and mission critical software purchases, while software upgrades declined. Purchases of printers/MFDs and server-based virtualization was strong, the same as last year.
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bighand installs at webber wentzelLeading African law firm, Webber Wentzel, has deployed BigHand’s digital dictation technology to enhance its document production processes, improving productivity and efficiency. The BigHand solution is providing visibility of workloads across departments and, in doing so, is transforming the way in which transcription work is shared. It’s improving the turnaround time for the creation of legal documents.

dronesAs interest rises in a fast-growing technology popularly known as drones, the Richmond-based LeClairRyan law firm has opened a practice group focused on unmanned aircraft systems. Tim Adelman, the leader of the group in LeClairRyan’s Annapolis, Md., office, said he knows of no other law firms practicing in this area.
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Google in 2014While some companies pride themselves on secrecy, Google doesn't seem interested in surprises. The future of the company is often proudly demonstrated on a stage in front of hundreds of people or announced to the world via a company acquisition press release. Everything Google mentions publicly is for a reason, and if you just listen, you'll pick up a few hints and get a pretty good idea of what the company is working on.
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Certificate-Dave HalvorsenBowman Gilfillan, one of South Africa’s “top 5″ law firms honored Maynards Office Technology’s Dave Halvorsen for over 25 years of exemplary service. Dave’s relationship with Bowman Gilfillan (formerly Findlay & Tait) spans back to the 1980′s and over that time Dave has pioneered a rock solid relationship between the two companies based primarily on outstanding customer service.

AISAssimilated Information Systems (AIS) Pty Ltd., an established South African specialist services provider of software and Information Technology, has confirmed its participation in the 2014 Banking Document & Workflow Management Conference and Workshop scheduled for 19, 20 and 21 February in Johannesburg.

young lawyers main users of social  mediaYounger lawyers and solicitors in larger law firms are the strongest users of social media, according to a Scotland market survey. The Law Society of Scotland survey of 583 solicitors found that LinkedIn was the most widely-used social media channel, followed by Twitter and then Facebook.
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StordocFebruary 2012 marked a new chapter in the evolution of the conveyancing industry with the introduction of Stordoc – the first-of-its-kind secure electronic FICA & document management solution.

young lawyers technologyResearch from Eversheds has revealed that a new breed of young lawyer is seeking to reform the legal sector. According to the research, many young lawyers would like the law to be more like a commercial business than a profession and see embracing technology as the key to transforming what many consider to be outdated working practices.
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xpressdoxsThe XpressDox Enterprise document assembly solution is being used by more than 1,500 users spread throughout Fasken Martineau’s international offices. XpressDox is a powerful and flexible document assembly software system that speeds up legal document production and is designed for use by firms of all sizes.

Lawyer365 (as well as the Afrikaans version is a new website containing more than 365 FAQ’s on a wide variety of legal topics, including: the law of marriage, divorce, maintenance, criminal law, consumer law, contract law, commercial law, constitutional law, landlord and tenant, labour law, personal injury law, property law, intellectual property law, immigration and environmental law.

matric resultsThe announcement of the Matriculation Examination results with an increase in the percentage pass rate has been welcomed by some. However, there are serious concerns that Matric learners who enter the legal profession, lack certain basic skills which are needed, firstly, to cope with the LLB degree curriculum and secondly, to be able to practice Law.

list of cool technologiesI used to make a year-end list of technologies to investigate. Now I make a list of lists and check it throughout the new year. Here’s a start to my list. Technolawyer’s NewsWire readers selected their top 25 products of 2013 last week. Noteworthy items include:
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gateway to africaDespite unrest in the mining sector, South Africa is likely to remain a draw for international firms wanting to get their feet on African soil. Looking back, 2013 could well go down as a critical year for South Africa. The country’s international icon Nelson Mandela has died, the country’s mining sector, for so long one of the drivers of its economy, has suffered as a result of industrial action and the rand has been sliding downwards against the US dollar all year.
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