Mandatory eConveyancing one step closer

September 27th, 2016 by

Electronic Conveyancing is closer to becoming mandatory in several Australian states, following the recent announcement by the NSW Government to accelerate the transition to electronic conveyancing. This would involve progressively phasing out paper certificates of title in NSW, with an overall plan to phase out paper-based conveyances by 2019. Steps are being taken in consultation with legal practitioners, conveyancers, financial institutions, and other entities involved in conveyancing to achieve an industry-wide shift to e-Conveyancing.

How to master online networking and digital marketing: Twilight Seminar Highlights

September 12th, 2016 by

Pushing past the acronyms and buzzwords that often dominate digital marketing – SEO, SEM, UX, LinkedIn optimisation and landing pages – to find useful insights can be a challenge. The digital equivalent of drinks and a handshake is fraught with a very different set of difficulties – pesky push notifications from mystery connections on Linkedin rather than loose lips and conflicting politics over too many drinks. However, the concern for both in-person and online marketing remains the same: will this initiative convert into a new client, new job, or new opportunity?

Pokemon Go, Smart TVs and Connected Cars: How will Big Data and the Internet of Things impact privacy law?

August 1st, 2016 by
Legal Technology

In case you missed it, Pokemon Go has turned your world into a virtual hunting ground for pokemon – little animated creatures who can be trained to duel each other. Within weeks, the app has become the most popular mobile game in U.S. history, surpassing Tinder, and with more daily users than Twitter. While earning Nintendo a healthy $7bn, Pokemon Go has also been accused of exposing its users to major data privacy issues – its initial version allowed the developer full access to every user’s Google accounts, which included seeing the contents of all Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Calendar information. (This issue has since been fixed, but only for users who updated their app.)

The ‘Firm of the Future’ – right now

June 7th, 2016 by
Legal Future

In recent years, the rise and rise of ‘NewLaw’ has continued at a gathering pace.

Many attributes of the traditional law firm business model have been questioned, marginalised and completely avoided by new entrants. For many law firms who until now have simply observed the developing trends, the pressure to at least iterate, if not fundamentally change, current business models has become overwhelming.

Matthew Burgess, a founder of 2 award winning ‘NewLaw’ businesses in the last 5 years, spoke to Insights about the benefits of, and misconceptions surrounding, the new normal for law firms and lawyers alike.

2016 Legal Trends to Shape the Year to Come

January 6th, 2016 by
2016 Legal Trends

Now the champagne bottle is empty and the smoke from NYE fireworks has cleared, it’s time to embrace a new year in earnest. Insights investigates four trends likely to impact and define this year, and how you can make the most of them. Automation, A.I. and Life in the Cloud Disruption driven by a strong […]

Monthly Breakfast Series No. 2 – From Trolleys to Tablets

September 1st, 2015 by

Last month, Peter McCullough kicked off College of Law’s Monthly Breakfast Series and showed us how to manage tax complexity. This month, for our second instalment, Michael Williams and Simon Gilchrist from Gilbert + Tobin presented their paper, ‘From trolleys to tablets: Is the electronic courtroom now mainstream?’.

Courting Change – What New Technology Will Mean for Australian Courts

May 26th, 2015 by

Last week, the Australian Financial Review published an article on the recent Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration’s technology conference in Brisbane, at which Federal Court Judge Nye Perram expressed the need for all courts to follow the Federal Court’s lead and switch to an electronic filing system. Justice Perram cited the mounting administrative issues and printing costs caused by paper files, and indicated that it should only be a matter of time before all courts adopt electronic documentation measures.

To assist Australian lawyers in preparing for its continued implementation, Insights has prepared an overview of what electronic filing entails, and how legal practitioners can best prepare for it.

Legal IT in the 21st Century

May 15th, 2015 by
IT in the 21st century web

What clients are looking for today are lawyers who are responsive and have all the information about their matter available all the time. The idea that one should need to wait to get back to the office for matter information is anachronistic. We asked our friends at LEAP to comment on the importance of IT in the legal industry, and what firms need to have in order to survive.

Big Data and the Law: the Impact of Expanding Data Collections on Legal Practice

March 10th, 2015 by
The College of Law Insights

Over the past few years, the amount of data being creating and stored online has grown at an astonishing rate. This proliferation of information is particularly pertinent to legal practice – in a previous article for Insights, College of Law Practical Legal Training lecturer and ConnectLaw owner Fabian Horton identified that “law at its core is information and the application of that information.” The question remains, however: does the growth of big data pose a benefit to legal practitioners, or a challenge?

How Technology is Affecting Paralegals

February 24th, 2015 by
Paralegal Technology

For almost as long as there have been lawyers, paralegals have served an integral role in the legal profession. They ensure the lawyers who represent the firm possess the research, resources, and documentation required to perform their duties. Many are lifelong professionals who have dedicated themselves to the paralegal craft. Others are law students or recent law graduates who are looking to learn the law from the ground up. Regardless of their motivations, paralegals contribute to the profession in ways that cannot be overlooked. However, due to the advancement of information technology, the future of paralegals is being challenged.