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Legal IT landscapes 2021

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Has a year of Covid-19 transformed law firms' technology wants and needs?

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WHO'S WHO THIS MONTH

Andy Bevan Pulsant
Andy Bevan
Cloud sales specialist
Pulsant

Comment:
Forging ahead with hybrid working
p25

Guy Phillips, OnePlace.Global
Guy Phillips
VP, International business
NetDocuments

Comment
More power to productivity in 2021
p34

Samantha Steer, director, market development – large law, Thomson Reuters
Samantha Steer
Director, market development – large law
Thomson Reuters

Comment:
Investing for the future – People, process and technology
p9

Pat Fox, Mitie
Pat Fox
Director,
business services
Mitie

Comment:
The space to make change
p21

David Fazakerley
David Fazakerley
In-house legal CIO
CTS

Comment
Cloud days to come
are clear
p29

Alan Conway
Alan Conway
Practice group leader
OnePlace operations
and finance
Intapp

Comment:
Price rising as
priority?
p18

Mike Giles Fieldfisher
Simon Farthing
Commercial and marketing director
LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions

Comment
Changing drivers in 2021?
p16

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ISSUES IN BRIEF

Briefing November 2020: Alert to change

Briefing Frontiers Legal IT landscapes is back to gauge how far the first year of a global pandemic has changed law firms’ attitudes to different types of technology, their spend plans and project priorities. Once again we ask technology and other operational leaders at leading law firms across the Briefing market for a wide range of views – from which businesses pose them the biggest competitive threat to the practicalities of building efficient and productive remote teams? What will hybrid-working really mean once lockdowns ease, and will any new office spaces that result require different or enhanced systems? Where do firms now stand on the road to an operation fully in the cloud, and what impact has the year had on information security pressure points?

And in this year’s wave of the Briefing magic wand: just what would firms spend a spare £100,000 on to make the biggest difference to business in the landscape that confronts them today?

Once again Briefing Frontiers Legal IT landscapes clearly displays and assesses all the data, with commentary from a number of research participants and the perspectives of our partners CTS, Intapp, LexisNexis, Mitie, Netdocuments, Pulsant and Thomson Reuters.

If you like the sound of this, don’t miss our annual Briefing Frontiers 2021: Legal IT landscapes event, on Thursday 25 February 2021. Click here to find out more and book your free place.

 

THREAT COLLECTION

LITL21 Graph

Law firm leaders continue to regard ‘other law firms like mine’ as a greater competitive threat (84%) than any other form of competition for business. But the Big Four and comparable large consulting firms are now seen as a marginally more significant threat than larger law firms.

CHANGE OF SPACE

Three-quarters (77%) of operational leaders say they believe the next property agreement the firm signs in an HQ city will be for a smaller space (or a significantly smaller one). Almost a fifth (19%) said they’d be looking for approximately the same size of space again.

AUDITS UP?

Are firms seeing more information security audit requests from their clients? Just over three-fifths (61%) say yes – a drop on last year’s 87% – but movement is very clearly still in the same direction, representing a risk and resourcing challenge.

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