The office on the move

The recent extreme weather , according to a leading economist*, has cost the British Economy at least £1bn a day over the 3 to 4 day period of severe weather disruptions (February 2018).  How do you make sure you are not among those who had no way of doing a day’s work?

Legal Software has evolved dramatically over the last few years and a secure cloud-based solution that is fully Law Society of Scotland compliant from a reputable supplier would have gone a long way to allowing you to get your day’s work done from somewhere other than the office. This type of flexibility need not just be reserved for the extreme weather situations we have seen this winter; it can be used whilst waiting in court, on a train and in fact anywhere where the comfort of your office is not available.
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Insight Legal integrates with Redbrick Solutions

Alongside its comprehensive Legal Accounts and Practice Management functionality, Insight Legal provides the facility to produce and store your case-related correspondence and documentation. The functionality is powerful and can be used by firms undertaking any type of legal work. For those looking for a more workflow–based solution, particularly in the areas of conveyancing and private client work, Insight Legal is proud to integrate with Redbrick Solutions.

Redbrick Practice Management integrates case management, document management, reporting, workflow, task and diary functions, compliance and outlook integration all via a user friendly interface with best practice built in.
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Are you still listening to Gangnam Style?

Technology is developed to simplify tasks and to improve our lives in many ways; through education, business, entertainment, communication, medicine, agriculture, the list goes on.  The rapid pace of development is hard to keep up with.

Just look at where we were five years ago – cheering on Andy Murray to his first Wimbledon win, celebrating the arrival of Prince George of Cambridge, watching underdogs Wigan Athletic lifting the FA Cup or listening to Gangnam Style in the top 10!

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New Year, New Challenges

So with January finally over, (the month seemed to last forever!) and all the promises of “new year starts” either beginning to bloom or now a mere faded thought, it’s not too late to challenge yourself or your business objectives to achieve new starts…

Our Projects Co-ordinator Jodie, is taking on a personal goal as she prepares to face the Virgin London Marathon in April 2018.

This has been a long term desire for Jodie, having been unsuccessful through the public ballot applications for more years than she can remember… but she didn’t give up dreaming of the Big Run and is delighted to have been accepted to take on the challenge with The Shooting Star Chase Charity team. Read more

Legal Software Suppliers and Sunsetting of Products

Purchasing a Legal Software product is not something that firms do very often. The research involved, the time taken and the pressure of choosing the right system can seem like a daunting task.

The Legal Software market is currently in the midst of a period of significant change and consolidation, with many providers being taken over by larger organisations.

In years gone by, suppliers in the 1 to 200 user firm market tended to be owner-managed businesses. Firms looking to purchase from them bought into the ethos of the company, the service and the people, safe in the knowledge that if they needed assistance or if there was a problem, the MD of the supplier company (and in most cases the owner) was a phone call away.

Today’s landscape is very different, with a good number of these MD owned businesses having been bought up by larger Venture Capitalist backed businesses seeking to consolidate the market.

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Age of Software – Does it Matter?

Everyone knows that Information Technology moves at a rapid pace and software is often considered ‘out of date’ within a remarkably short space of time. We know that there are many hundreds of firms still using Practice Management Systems that were written decades ago. So, if these old systems are working perfectly well then why should it matter?

The simple answer is that technology changes in many different ways. Often these changes go by without their significance being entirely noticed. Your old Practice Management System may work just fine for one or two Operating System upgrades but will it work on Windows 8 or Windows 10 or the next one for that matter? The software supplier may indeed find ways around cloud computing because the system itself cannot handle it effectively.

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Insight Legal Software has expanded its business into Scotland

Insight Legal has expanded and is set to create jobs and increase its share of the Scottish market as it has now opened its first office north of the border.

After much planning and processing we have also launched a Scottish version of our software product, that meets the needs of the Scottish legal community.

Investing in a Scottish base has long been an ambition for Insight Legal and our success across the rest of the UK has helped it become a reality.

Brian Welsh, Insight Legal’s director of operations and sales and a veteran of the legal software sector, heads up the firm’s new Glasgow office and lead on its expansion.

He says: “We are committed to providing excellent service and customer care so it’s important that we have a dedicated office for the Scottish market. The needs of our customers will be influential in the development of the Scottish product and we are building a local team to provide training and support. Unlike our competitors we will be investing in Scotland and we look forward to becoming a much more active part of the Scottish legal community.”
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Legal Software; Using the Cloud, Storing and Retrieving Data

Cloud computing continues to enjoy immense popularity amongst all types of businesses due to its major benefits of flexibility and low-cost deployment. It can also decrease risks to a practice by reducing or entirely eliminating the need for backups. Disaster recovery of the IT infrastructure becomes significantly easier if most of the services are cloud based and there are significant gains in terms of management time and money spent on on-premise servers.

When selecting a software supplier that uses cloud storage you need to be mindful of compliance with the SRA regulations if you operate in England and Wales or the local Law Society Rules governing data compliance in other areas of the UK.  No matter where you are in the UK, you must ensure that both you and your supplier abide by the terms of the current Data Protection act and the future GDPR.

As well as the need for compliance it is also prudent to ask the following;

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Insight Legal wins ILFM Solicitors’ Software Users Award for the second year running!

For the second year running, ILFM members have voted Insight Legal as their award winner!

This is the nineth time that ILFM members have been surveyed to choose an award winner and they again asked the users of legal accounts software to vote for their legal accounts software package.

Insight Legal were presented with their award at the ILFM Annual Luncheon.
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