After reacting to the initial outbreak of COVID-19, many legal and accounting firms are now beginning to plan for the next phase in their response - 'recovery'. But having learnt many lessons from responding the crisis, it's clear that succeeding in this phase will require firms to adapt - changing the way they work and leveraging technology to maintain productivity.
This live page will help legal and accounting leaders navigate the near-term, while moving forward with their recovery plans. It will be regularly updated with advice and helpful resources. Through insightful webinars, videos, blogs and guides, we'll explore how to enable remote working strategies, maintain strong leadership, develop culture and respond to changes in the wider legal and accounting systems - and much more.
A selection of insights are already available, however please come back often to get the latest advice from thought-leaders and experts from the legal, accounting and technology arenas.
We are proud to be hosting The Legal Tech Virtual Forum 2020, a Birmingham Law Society 3 day event. From the 3rd - 8th October, over 25 legal tech experts will be providing key insights needed to help your firm move forward.
The gradual, long-term transformation of the legal sector has been hugely accelerated as a result of the pandemic. No doubt your firm’s technology strategy will now come even more sharply into focus, as a key enabler of change.
Helping you make the right decisions at this critical time is the main focus for our virtual forum.
The pandemic has slowed demand for legal services. But as the wheels of the economy begin to turn again, many law firms have recognised the need to take business development more seriously.
Despite a common, and often deep-rooted reluctance to appear too “salesy”, the law firms that embrace business development in the wake of the pandemic, will be those that are better placed to recover, and thrive, in the years to come.
In this expert panel webinar, we were joined by two of the sharpest minds in law firm business development - Alex Mackie, Commercial Director at Tozers, and Legal Marketing Expert, Lara Squires.
Digital transformation can be an ambiguous term, and can sometimes feel unattainable to mid-size firms - who often believe they lack the budget and resources to keep pace with their enterprise level counterparts.
So, in this live panel webinar, Jas Bassi, Head of Solution Delivery at Gateley PLC, gives us a practical view of digital transformation from a top 100 firm. While Lauren Riley, CEO of The Link App, explores what lessons mid-size firms can learn from this - and how they can embrace digital transformation, without the same level of enterprise applications and resources.
The legal landscape is shifting dramatically, and many law firms are now questioning their pre-pandemic business and technology strategies.
With the short-term need to adapt to new ways of working and deal with economic uncertainty, business priorities and tech projects have had to change. But looking further ahead, what does this mean for those planned innovation and improvement projects?
How to reimagine the future and revise your strategies is the focus of our latest guest webinar. The expert panel session features Sarah Blair, Director of IT, Thorntons Law LLP and Derek Southall, CEO of Hyperscale.
Expert webinar: How legal and accounting firms can get more from data
If you need to make significant or difficult decisions as a consequence of C-19, you’ll want a clear and accurate view of how they might impact staff, customers and operational capacity.
Data is vital for informing decisions in areas such as the streamlining of operations and the management of a more agile workforce. Yet, many legal and accounting firms struggle with data literacy - the ability to access, aggregate and analyse information.
In our latest webinar, Barry Talbot from QlickiT looked at how firms can improve data literacy - to help develop a more competitive edge in such challenging times.
Why the cloud is the saviour of business continuity
Every business in virtually every industry you can think of has had its world turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic. And as the lockdown has progressed, it’s become increasingly clear that things won’t be returning to normal any time soon.
In late March, when the UK government’s lockdown measures were announced, employees were told to work from home unless they were unable to do so. Suddenly, companies big and small had to dramatically readjust their working practices in just a matter of days, with entire workforces switching from office environments to home-working.
So, in this blog, we detail the sudden rise of remote working and explore how the Cloud has helped, and will continue to help organisations make the transition.
Expert webinar: The one on cyber crime
Cyber crime has been getting increasingly worse recently, and COVID-19 has emphasised this. Are you as safe online as you can be?
Cyber criminals are adapting and getting stronger in the current climate. So, businesses should be becoming increasingly aware of the threats that they face, and how to make your information more secure.
Matthew Newton from Oosha, and Javvad Malik from KnowBe4, are experts in cyber-security, and have collaborated in this webinar to provide you with an insight into the sort of cyber attacks to be aware of, and how you can be best prepared for them.
Expert webinar: Survive or thrive? Accountancy in the pandemic era
Making the right decisions to maximise the benefits of today’s enforced changes is critical.
Most accountancy firms are managing remarkably well with fewer people and working from home. Arguably, returning to the office with full staff and historic working practices seems unnecessary. But how do you improve and modernise your firm to the make the most of this opportunity to reboot?
Jeremy Hyman and Helen Day are leading IT advisors to accountancy firms, and in our next guest webinar they will look at how firms can reset and adapt to new client and operational realities.
Expert webinar: Leadership during the Pandemic
The foundational truths of leadership have not changed, but our circumstances are now radically different.
During this webinar, we review the trajectory of the pandemic and enable you to think about how you are showing up as a leader - and what the needs of your colleagues may be, now and in the near future.
We are joined by leadership consultants, Nicola Jones and Clay Lowe who specialise in the legal sector. The session focuses on what people need from their leaders in order to feel safe, positive and motivated during the pandemic. We also consider the resources, approaches and actions, which may serve you well as a leader within a law firm - in whatever role.
Expert webinar: How law firms can manage the risks of COVID-19
Following our last session on enabling remote working, this guest webinar focuses on how to deal with the new risks law firms are facing as a result of COVID-19.
Many firms have or are still implementing major changes to the way they operate. This means processes that were previously secure and compliant may not be being followed - while new ways of working will have been implemented quickly with no real risk impact assessment.
In this webinar, author and compliance consultant for the legal sector, Amy Bell outlines today’s key risks, as well as the pragmatic steps you can take to mitigate them.
Panel session: How legal firms can adapt quickly to remote working
Law firms have been relaxing their policies to remote and flexible working for some time - moving away from traditional working practices.
But the global pandemic has acted as a catalyst. Many law firms are having to adapt quickly to enable remote working - as they attempt to mitigate as much disruption as possible and continue normal working processes.
So, we brought together a panel of legal business continuity experts. Including legal IT expert Martyn Wells, learning and adoption expert, Nicola Jones, and Oosha’s Joint Managing Director, Matthew Newton.
In this panel session, they address many of the questions legal IT teams are asking as they attempt to enable remote working. They also share their own experiences to help law firms adapt to remote working as quickly as possible.
Data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know
The ICO has published important advice on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In their guidance, they recognise the need for all businesses to balance responsiveness with compliance. They also address many of the data protection questions you might have in the wake of this global pandemic.
How Office 365 can help professional service firms enable remote working
COVID-19 is putting business continuity under the microscope. While vaccine-seeking scientists remain confined to labs, the government enforced lock-down has meant many employees are having to work from home.
This is a big change for many legal and accounting firms. So, in this blog we look at how Office 365 can help smooth the transition to home-based working.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many firms trying to quickly enable remote working. And for many, one major challenge is ensuring staff continue to be able to communicate and collaborate effectively.
As a result, many have adopted Teams - Microsoft's free to download team collaboration tool. So, to help legal and accounting firms successfully roll-out the software we invited Tim Price, specialist teams trainer to host a remote Teams training session.
The training session is completely free, and can be share with all of your employees to help them get to grips with Teams.
Expert Webinar: How law firms can use technology to improve back-office operations
There’s no denying that law firms face an increasingly competitive landscape, with pricing pressure and the threat of non-traditional legal services. This means you must balance the need to provide great services to your clients, while managing your costs and working with limited support staff.
Technology can help you automate many administrative tasks and give you greater visibility into your back-office. With a more centralised approach, workflow automation can help you protect your operating profit, while increasing the turnaround time on client deliverables.
In this guest webinar James Kippenberger, Managing Director of Commercial Product Management and UK Client Delivery and Matthew Davis, Client Solutions Manager from BigHand join us to discuss how efficiencies can be found in back-office operations.