100 hours available to bill

Being a single practitioner or a small-firm lawyer is challenging. To be a good lawyer is just one aspect of your job. You also need to find time for marketing and growing your practice, managing relationships with existing clients, handling the billing and admin, and managing all the compliance and regulatory aspects. You'll also need to be innovative and smart, and you'll need to embrace technology in order to succeed.

Karl Blom of Webber Wentzel

South Africa has recently suffered its largest data leak to date with, conservatively, an estimated 60 million South Africans' personal information becoming publicly available. The gravity of the leak (and the risks associated with the sensitive information that has been imparted from it) cannot be overestimated. It has exposed numerous people to threats of identity fraud and related crimes.

AI vs Lawyers

In a new study, LawGeex has achieved an  average 94% accuracy rate at surfacing risks in Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), one of the most common legal agreements used in business. This compares to an average of 85% for experienced lawyers.The study pitted the LawGeex AI solution against 20 US-trained top corporate lawyers with decades of experience, specifically in reviewing NDAs.
Read more at LawGeek...

Copyright bots

Christy Turner will do a lot for a good picture of the night sky. The photographer feeds her passion for the Northern Lights by monitoring weather conditions at home and, whenever she flies over the Arctic Circle, by making sure to sit on the right side of the plane. Her diligence has paid off: Turner’s work has been featured by CNN, HuffPost, and the Canadian edition of Reader’s Digest. Like many photographers, however, she’s also discovered her work elsewhere, even in print, in publications that never contacted or paid her.
Read more at Fast Company...

blockchain and capital investments

With the market cap of cryptocurrencies growing from around USD 15 billion in December 2016 to a staggering USD 815 billion in December 2017, it is not surprising that the subject found its way to many dinner table discussions during the 2017 festive season.

BlockChain Technology

Let’s start with the basics. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency — a digital version of an asset, much like gold. In 2017, its value skyrocketed. Blockchain is the tech that underpins it. It’s a powerful concept and has the potential to change the world pretty drastically.
Read more at Medium...

6 top marketing tips for lawyers

Are you having marketing meetings? Talk is cheap. Buy-in and action is key. Thinking and planning is the easy part for lawyers. Implementation is not. Remember that discussions, meetings, and planning are only the start. The key is taking ACTION. The big question… What actions should be taken? Here are our Top Six Marketing Tips...
Read more at Legal Marketing Blog...

Happy to pay your law firm bill

Some say that the most important piece of paper that a lawyer sends to his client is the bill! Why? Yes, it is the thing that helps us get paid, but it should be a lot more. Your bill should tell a story for the client on what is happening with their matter and how you are helping them with it. 
Read more at Legal Technology Today...

Law firm of the future

Several news items, reports and articles in recent weeks have provided insights that should make traditional law firms nervous.  Here’s what caught my eye...
Read more at Patrick J Lamb's Blog...

Google Yourself

While many South Africans may have typed their names into Google to see what fun results pop up, the fact that these results are permanent can be troubling – especially when the results call your character into question. Speaking to BusinessTech, Verlie Oosthuizen – head of social media law at Shepstone Wylie – explained that “at this stage it is not possible to ask for Google to remove links associated with a name search in South Africa.”
Read more at BusinessTech...

Blockchain and the law

Blockchain technology has received quite a bit of attention over the last year, with the potential to be a transformative force across multiple diverse industries. At the heart of this is the blockchain itself which offers a technique to create and maintain an immutable – but also transparent – distributed and shared ledger to be able to store information in.
Read more at TechRadar...

Friend or enemy

The relationship between lawyers and technology is complicated. Many lawyers—especially those that did not grow up with computers—have a curious ambivalence towards it. They adopt technology for personal use but are reticent to embrace it professionally. They often tout their firm's ‘cutting-edge technology’ but do not provide a powerful voice to professionals within the firm charged with deploying it.
Read more at Forbes...

What is blockchain

This post starts from the ground up, and today, I just want to help you answer this: What is a blockchain? (… And I promise I won’t describe it as ‘a type of distributed ledgerbecause what the heck is that?)
Read more at HackerNoon.com...

Nicole Black

Here’s a retrospective on my focus here on Legal IT Pros since last January. While not all encompassing, it offers a (hopefully) instructive glimpse into a small sliver of the legal technology world and provides some insight on what to expect in the upcoming year.
Read more at Legal IT Professionals...

Legal Things

Dutch software firm LegalThings has kicked off with the digitisation of Dutch legislation on the Blockchain. LegalThings launched its LegalThings One platform, an Ethereum-like platform that decentralises contracts and laws on the Blockchain. According to the firm, it beat household names like Capgemini and CGI in the competition for the contract. The Ministry of Justice aims to run the first legislation in the Blockchain by the end of 2018.
Read more at Tahawultech...

The law firms of the future

A recent panel discussion has heard from key representatives on whether the law firm model remains viable in today’s legal market considering that technology continues to climb.
Read more at Lawyers Weekly...

Bitcoin settlement for equity deal

Managing director for the legal firm, Nicolene Schoeman-Louw, said: “It is no longer a question of whether such currencies, including Bitcoin, should be regulated or not, but rather who will be doing the regulating.” Until this regulatory framework has been determined, Schoeman-Louw stressed that those interested in conducting business transactions using such currencies should first seek professional advice on the taxable responsibilities, implications, and obligations.
Read more at Business Tech...

Aalia Manie from Webber Wentzel

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the apex of today’s technology age as we push the boundaries towards Industry 4.0 and superintelligence. It is already here in disruptive narrow forms, cutting across the economy and leaving no sector untouched. It has the potential to solve many of our biggest and most persistent problems.

Social Media apps for lawyers

Social media is no longer an optional marketing channel -- it's a necessary one. But that doesn't mean results are a given. When it comes to social media, you'll either have a lot of success interacting with your customers, or you'll see little results -- and that depends on the level of effort you put into it.
Read more at HubSpot...

Whats a lawyer

Lawyers like to define terms, so how do they define themselves? Fewer lawyers will have traditional ‘practice’ careers, and many will work in hybrid practice/delivery roles that require a combination of practice and delivery skills. Legal delivery is not simply about lawyers anymore, and ‘just knowing the law’ is an insufficient toolkit for lawyers to function effectively in the new legal marketplace. 
Read more at Forbes magazine...

Graeme Palmer of Garlicke & Bousfield

There are many different cryptocurrencies, the most well-known being Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a convertible virtual currency, in other words, it has an equivalent value in real currency and can be exchanged back and forth for real currency. Cryptocurrencies are growing in popularity with a market capitalisation in excess of $150 billion.

Back pain

Sitting at a desk all day can wreak havoc on your back health. It can leave your spine in pain and feel stiff and sore. It can also cause tightness in your lower back and hips. Whether you’re experiencing a little tension or more serious back pain, here are a few ways to lessen work-related back pain.

Ross gets huge funding for AI IBM Watson project

At its core, ROSS is a platform that helps legal teams sort through case law to find details relevant to new cases. This process takes days and even weeks with standard keyword search, so ROSS is augmenting keyword search with machine learning to simultaneously speed up the research process and improve relevancy of items found.
Read more at TechCrunch...

Craig Leppan, business development manager at Assimilated Information Systems (AIS)

The shift toward cloud and paperless is fast gaining momentum as the new global cohort of millennial customers demand digital and mobile business options. According to Craig Leppan, business development manager at Assimilated Information Systems (AIS), an e4 company, digital document solutions will be fundamental to reaching tomorrow’s customers.

Alexia Christie

Technology and the law - Technology is changing almost every aspect of our lives. It is therefore no surprise that it has already had a profound effect on how legal contracts are made (and signed), for example, we now negotiate via email, VC and Skype and sign electronically without ever meeting face to face.

Bitcoin explained

Most of you would have heard of Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies and many of you the blockchain, but understanding these terms is very difficult because they are complicated, made even more so by the myriad of articles trying to do so. I have seen many descriptions of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain for the layman and experts alike. I like none of them … because none of them can help my farmer-in-laws understand it.
Read more at LinkedIn...


Using smart contracts, BlockAudit allows workflow audit trail data to be seamlessly stored in the blockchain. BlockAudit’s private blockchain utilizes a system of record-keeping that is verified by a network of computers. The blockchain keeps a permanent record of all transactions, making it the perfect ledger for different actions that have taken place within a workflow.
Read more in Medium...

Legal World connected

All growing international firms will adopt the law firm network model (to some degree) to manage their global businesses from now on...
Read more at The Lawyer...

Gladly pay monthly bills at my law firm

Most law firms pay lots of monthly fees for different services. The lines in our credit card statements flow over to the second page. And those fees add up. Some lawyers are enraged by those fees, but not me. I love them. I see those fees like I see the cost of groceries used to make dinner. They represent ingredients. Over the past several years, many of us have shifted from buying technology products to renting them. We pay monthly instead of making a one-time payment to own it.
Read more at Rosen Institute...

implementing standard processes in law firms

Over the last few years, and increasingly more so over the last few months, the world as we know it is changing at a rapid pace around us. I recently saw a webinar which alluded to the fact that students embarking on legal studies from this point onwards would be wasting their time and money. As a legal professional, the thought of being part of a soon to be extinct species, is daunting. But truth be told, I agree things are evolving and I believe, we need to as well. 

HiiL Innovating Justice

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is delighted to announce the seven Southern Africa semi-finalists for our annual HiiL Justice Accelerator (HJA).

Law firm service

It isn’t easy to get clients to talk about your firm’s good service.  But it is easy to get them to talk about your firm if they are unhappy!  It’s a well-known fact that unhappy clients tell a lot more people about their experience than those who were happy with your service.  And the problem is exacerbated by social media and the Internet.  So what can law firms do to improve their service levels?

Cryptocurrency regulation

The Bitcoin Scaling Agreement was as much a story about technology as Titanic was about a ship.

Blockchain in law firms

I contend that blockchain technology is going to disrupt many businesses and industries and the legal profession just might be next. Although there are many appealing characteristics of blockchain technology for lawyers, perhaps the best one of all is that it can secure information in an immutable and transparent ledger.
Read more at Forbes...

How lawyers can embrace technology

“OK, so I understand that law firms need to embrace technology in order to survive going forward.  But how do I do that?” This is a question I hear regularly when giving talks about the future of the legal profession. There seems to be a general belief that technology is just something that happens automatically in the background.  So what should law firms do in order to truly embrace technology?

Richard Susskind speaks to George Miller

In the latest episode of the Oxford Law Vox podcast Richard Susskind talks to George Miller about the gaining momentum of technology and AI in the law profession. They discuss just how vital it is that lawyers learn to reinvent themselves and work alongside technology.
Read more at OUPBlog...

Law Firm Admin Outsource or Inhouse

I am often asked whether it is a good idea for a firm to outsource their admin functions or not.  For larger firms, this generally isn’t a good idea, although a number of large law practices overseas have relocated their admin departments to cheaper centres where good people are available at a more affordable price.  But for single practitioners and smaller firms, outsourced admin is almost always a smart idea.

Bowmans BowMoney Crypto currency

Sandton based pan-African law firm, Bowmans launched its own cryptocurrency – BowMoney – in July. BowMoney, it said, is the cryptocurrency that will underpin the innovative new Blockchain-backed reward and recognition system for Bowmans employees in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Read more at Business Tech...

Increase profits in law firm

Even as a law firm strives to achieve justice for its clients, it’s paramount to remain profitable. In any case, how can they meet their mandate of justice for all if they aren’t making substantial profits to keep them going?

ele engineering case study with Deltek

Ele Engineering is a technology consulting company that provides advanced services to technology-intensive engineering organization. The company is an example of Professional Service Innovation. 

FacebookTwitterLinkedInRSS Feed