Technology tips for lawyers: 4 tips for healthy innovation
Legal tech – The phrase alone is enough to make any firm shudder and has become somewhat of a buzzword in the industry.
It’s no wonder that even exploring the idea of technology investment can be intimidating when the narrative surrounding it perpetuates a level of immediacy and pressure.
However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the sector is somewhat outdated when it comes to using technology to innovate and develop; In fact, 25% of UK legal departments are not using any technology at all – Yikes!
That’s why we’re going to share a few technology tips for lawyers in a very easy-to-understand manner to truly help you to understand the importance of legal tech – without the pressure!
Go at your own pace
This is an important point to cover first because it intertwines with every tip that follows.
When it comes to technology, we can’t stress how important it is to go at your own pace. The legal sector is an incredibly fast-paced and competitive industry, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s ‘hot right now’ or what your competitors are doing, but don’t!
Every business is different and going at your own pace will incur the highest chance of a successful tech roll-out. You’ll have time to research new tech, you’ll be certain that you have picked the best option and your team will have time to adjust and be trained on how to use/implement it – What’s not to love?
It’s about your firm, your staff, your clients and your investment!
Automate where you can
Within every business there are little tasks that we do multiple times every day – Although they may be small, they take time to complete, and as you know, time is money!
Next in our technology tips for lawyers is automation. Automating simple tasks such as inserting a digital signature, requesting a case status update or uploading and syncing specific data are all necessary tasks, but also quite simple in reality, yet they will take up a lot of your working day.
Finding technology or applications that are able to complete these tasks automatically on your behalf will save you a lot of time and allow you to focus on the important aspects of your role – Like billable jobs and client experience.
Surprisingly, fewer than 50% of law firms in the UK are using automation tools so use this to pave the way!
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Speed up case management updates with your voice!
You didn’t really think we were going to get through this blog without mentioning speech recognition, did you? To be honest, we’d be doing you a disservice if we didn’t!
Some of you may already be aware of how helpful speech recognition is for creating your legal documentation, but more specifically for updating your case management records.
Using Dragon speech recognition like this is a really quick way to record attendance and telephone notes quickly with lots of detail – Not to mention the new Dragon Legal Anywhere version has an in-build legal vocabulary which will boost accuracy and make life easier for you!
Get your head in the cloud – No, really!
You’re probably sick of people telling you about cloud technology and how amazing it is, so we’ll try to avoid that; however, there is a reason that people are talking about it.
Cloud software allows you greater flexibility when it comes to accessing your technology (and let’s face it, after the past two years, we could definitely do with that!). It means you can work remotely, in the office or on a beach with a margarita for all we care. The point is, your work is there whenever you want it.
Furthermore, cloud hosting means less strain on your IT infrastructure. Gone are the days of installing on your servers and taking up extra space and making work for your IT department. Cloud-hosted technologies do that part for you.
In summary, technology doesn’t have to be this huge, intimidating, up-scaled project, nor is it something you have to join in with ‘just because.’ We hope that our technology tips for lawyers have demonstrated the power that technology can have within your firm and the benefits that can come from small changes.
If you think that digital dictation or speech recognition might be helpful within your organisation, we’d be more than happy to have a no-obligation chat to discuss your options and how they may help your workflow processes.
We’d love to hear from you – And good luck!