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Technology and the Progressive Lawyer

Monday, July 14th, 2014

(This article has been published in Praxis April-June 2014 Supplement )

Why technology should be a vital consideration in your law firm selection

Technology has become so firmly ensconced in our daily lives, both personal and professional, that it has become almost impossible to imagine life without e-mails, mobile phones and computers, Facebook, WhatsApp, Google search and all the other forms of social media and cloud computing.

In 1988, when I commenced my legal career as a fresh associate in a mid-sized firm, the state of technology comprised standalone Wang word processors (which is what we used to create and edit documents) and telex machines (for instantaneous communication). In those days, it would have been hard to imagine how we could possibly fill up even 30MB of hard drive storage.

In a few years, Wang word processors, floppy disks and telex machines had altogether disappeared from the office inventory. In its place today are personal computers, thumb drives and e-mails as the primary tools of trade. In addition, mobile computing, social media and cloud computing have hijacked our lives and now become both commonplace and indispensable.

 

Technology has permeated every facet of our lives. What impact will it have on your practice experience, and should the level of technology adoption in a law firm be a factor you should be concerned about?

In this article, I explore how technology is critical to providing a fulfilling practice experience and why the level of technology adoption in a law firm is an important item for your consideration.

 

1. Technology Makes Light Work

Technology is no longer relegated to back office support operations. For the progressive lawyer, technology is taking center stage as a critical component in the practice. Proper use of technology can empower an otherwise overwhelmed legal professional, helping the lawyer reduce and control the busyness of the practice, achieving “More with Less”.

In other words, technology makes it possible for lawyers to achieve greater work outputs and greater client satisfaction, and with significantly less effort. It is really the only strategy that can help lawyers achieve what every client demands: good, fast and cheap.

Generic applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail, electronic calendars, practice and financial management applications, hosted research databases and Court/Government e-filing systems are now baseline technologies in law firms.

Beyond that, off-the-shelf legal technologies can further eliminate labour intensive efforts and costs associated with various legal processes. For instance:

  • In litigation or arbitration, where the average volume of evidence continues to grow exponentially, human search and retrieval of relevant documents has been supplemented or even replaced (in jurisdictions where an eDiscovery framework has been approved, such as Singapore, UK, Australia and North America) by search engines processing instantaneous keyword and concept searches;
  • The use of secure cloud-based online document repositories enable lawyers and clients based in different locations and jurisdictions to access,  manage, review and collaborate on a single set of electronic documents with ease and efficiency, in both litigation and corporate transactions;
  • For conveyancing and corporate lawyers, the use of automated document assembly and intelligent templates facilitates fast and accurate turnover of standard documents (conveyancing and Court forms), and more complex documents (syndicated loans, project finance documents  and commercial agreements). In fact, any structured, rule-based document that you need to produce on a repetitive basis can be transformed into an automated template, no matter how lengthy or complex it might be.

The smart use of appropriate technologies in a law firm ensures that lawyers do not spend time and effort undertaking repetitive and tedious work that is better carried out by computer processes. Lawyers in such practices are able to focus their efforts on undertaking more higher-value strategic analysis work that justifies the charge out rate their clients are paying.

 

2.   Small is the New Big

Increasingly, today’s complex world requires a level of competency that can often only be honed with specialism. In the past, it was extremely difficult for small law firms to develop a specialist law practice. Hence, young progressive lawyers who were keen to develop specialist skills had no choice but to join large law firms.

Low-cost web marketing and social media platforms have made it much easier for boutique practices to develop and market specialist practice areas. Over the last few years, we have seen the rise of breakaway boutique/specialist law practices helmed by entrepreneurial and progressive founders with enough clout and dynamism to attract high-end legal work and talented lawyers who are keen to develop specialist legal skills.

As Thomas Malone, author of The Future of Work, writes:

For the first time in history, information technologies allow us to gain the economic benefits of large organizations without giving up the benefits of small ones, like freedom, creativity, motivation and flexibility.

Boutique practices usually afford lawyers greater exposure and the opportunity to rise up the ranks faster.

 

3.   Mobility and the Ability to Work from Anywhere

The use of mobile and cloud technologies enables lawyers to work from anywhere. This ability to work from anywhere can mean a big difference in you enjoying legal practice or not. Armed with a smart phone, lawyers are able to convert traditionally non-productive Court waiting time, cab rides, waits at airport lounges, etc. to productive fee earning hours. Working mums also enjoy the ability to work from home.

 

4.   Technology – A Key Factor in Determining the Success of a Firm 

In today’s hyper competitive world, technology plays a key role in differentiating the winners from the losers. The strategic advantages of a law firm’s technology adoption manifest as:

  1. Speedy and accurate document production;
  2. The ability to handle transactions with technology components. This is more common than you think. For example, increasingly, evidence in dispute matters is in the form of electronic mails and electronic documents, as well as social media posts and SMS messages.
  3. The ability of a law firm to extract and digitalise the knowledge residing in the minds of its lawyers and make it available on demand to its members; and
  4. Service Delivery (using electronic methodologies rather than traditional paper-based methodologies).

Given the advantages that technology confers in today’s world, law firms that continue to deploy only baseline technologies and traditional paper based methods are likely to lose whatever competitive edge they may currently enjoy, and longer-term prospects at such firms may be less than secure.

 

Concluding Remarks

The level of technology adoption in a law firm impacts the firm’s long-term survival, as well as a young professional’s work scope and enjoyment of work.

Young lawyers, with their grasp of social media and competence in using computers, are well placed to embrace the use of technology in practice. They should explore the possibility of using technology in their work whenever possible.

With today’s Software As a Service (“SaaS”) business models, law firms are often able to enjoy the flexibility and economies of scale of subscribing to technology on an ad hoc “as-need” basis without the need for any hardware or software purchase, or hefty capital investment. As such, conditions for technology adoption have never been more optimal.

 

From Lawyer to eLawyer

Monday, July 14th, 2014
(This article has been published in Praxis April-June 2014 Supplement )

Interview with Eddie Law about his journey from a practising lawyer to an entrepreneur and legal recruiter. He shares his thoughts and experience on recruiting lawyers, as well as his observations on the legal career market trends etc.  

Mr. Eddie Law

Q: Hi Eddie, can you briefly tell us about your career before you started eLawyer.com.my (“eLawyer”)?

Ans: I was in private practice for two to three years. My main areas of practice were in corporate and conveyancing. Thereafter, I left private practice and joined an IT company as their group legal counsel cum PA to the Chief Operating Officer. Due to the financial instability of the company, I decided to leave the job after almost two years. At that moment, I was so fascinated with the unlimited possibilities of online business, I thought I’d take a chance and set up my first dot com company in 2006 with a programmer. It was a failure due to a lack of experience in the business. I persevered and continued to pursue my online business dream. I joined a web development company as their project manager and later invested in the company. There was where I started eLawyer.com.my in Nov 2007 together with Larry Lam, who was the owner of the said web development company.

 

Q: Why did you start eLawyer? How did such an idea come about?  

Ans: I realised that people are the main asset of law firms and only with good people a law firm is able to deliver quality work to its clients. More often than not, getting good/suitable people becomes a “headache” for many law firms. Recruiting requires sourcing for the right candidate and scanning through many resumes, and if a resume looks good, then time has to be taken to arrange an interview with them. As I am a legal person myself and understand a legal firm’s needs, I thought I could take over the tedious work of finding good candidates for them.

 

Q: What are the services provided by eLawyer.com.my?

Ans: Legal recruitment is our main product. We provide online job advertisements, online resume search and placement services. Law firms or corporations can advertise their job vacancies on our website and also search for online CVs (with the permission of the potential candidates) via our website. Our placement service is like an executive search service where we help employers search for prospective candidates and conduct the first round of interview with them before recommending the shortlisted candidates to the employers for their interviews.

Apart from providing legal recruitment services, lawyers and law students can also sell their used law books via our website. This service is free. In addition to that, visitors to our site can also browse articles posted on our law blog which discuss legal career tips, news on legal market trends, legal events and others.

 

Q: Who are your clients? 

Ans: As of today, we have more than 400 law firms using our services, including advertising their job vacancies on our website and engaging us to recommend suitable talents for their firms. We also have clients from various industries, including but not limited to, oil & gas, banking and finance, insurance, technology, tobacco, property, regulatory bodies, hotel, pharmaceutical, shipping, infrastructure, manufacturing, etc.

 

Q: You have more than six years of experience in legal recruitment, what are the current market trends and observations you can share with us?

Ans:

1. Rapid increment of remuneration – interestingly, the pupillage allowance and lawyers’ salary has shot up rapidly over the past five years. From RM1,500 to RM2,500 (for pupillage allowance) and from RM2,500 to RM4,200 (First-year lawyer’s monthly salary). It has close to doubled over this five-year period; it definitely beat the annual inflation rate. I can safely foresee that a first-year lawyer’s monthly salary will hit RM5,000 very soon. I guess such rapid increment may be due to the shrinking talent pool.

2.  Change in motivating factor to work – Gen Y lawyers are no more motivated to work just for money, they want more than that, including but not limited to, having a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose in their work.

3.  Work-Life-Balance – many drop out from the legal profession for want of work-life balance.

4. Mobility of workforce – more and more young lawyers are very keen to work overseas.

5. Decaying quality in young lawyers – although there are more law schools and law students than before, based on feedback from the market, the quality of young lawyers being churned out is not meeting most employers’ benchmark.

6. Lawyers are more enterprising – I noticed that many young lawyers tend to set up their own firms within one to three years after they are called to the Bar. This was pretty rare when I was in practice.

 

Q: In your opinion, what should law firms do to retain talent?

Ans: There are many things a law firm can do to retain talent. Paying a good or competitive salary is just one of them but not the most important factor (as the saying goes, money is important in life but not the most important thing). Ultimately, it boils down to knowing the needs of your people and trying your best to fulfil those needs. For instance, the need of being understood/cared for should be fulfilled by genuine engagement, the need of learning should be fulfilled by training, the need of belonging should be fulfilled by creating a more cohesive working environment, etc.

 

Q: What is your top career advice for young lawyers?

Ans: Let me answer this with the three “Fs”.

First: Finding the right platform – knowing your strength/personality and choosing the right area of practice which matches your strength will make you stand out from the crowd. In many cases, making the right choice is more important than working hard in an area which is not your strength.

Second: Finding purpose in your career – many talented young lawyers gave up practice due to challenges faced at work (eg feeling constantly burnt out, lack of self-confidence due to harsh criticism, etc). At such vulnerable moments, they may see their work as meaningless. In order for them to empower themselves, they have to find a sense of purpose in their work. Possessing such a sense of purpose is like the wind that will move the sail boat to its destination instead of drifting on the vast sea without a direction.

Third: Finding a career mentor – having someone whom you trust to journey with you in your initial career is such a pleasure. Your career mentor can be your peer, your boss, a senior lawyer or a legal career adviser. A mentor is able to listen, to encourage, to enlighten, to give you a different perspective when needed and to inspire you in your practice journey. On this note, I would like to share that many young lawyers like to talk to me about their careers and I am always happy to listen and give advice.

 

Q: What is your most satisfying recruitment assignment?

Ans: I placed a partner who was working in a mid-sized reputable firm with a smaller-sized firm, thus enabling her to spend more time with her young family, and at the same time also increase her income within a certain time, which she would not have achieved it if she had continued to stay with her previous firm. I truly felt that she is a happier person now. I also recruit for corporations and there was one instance where the whole legal team was recruited through me, including the head of legal, which is really satisfying to know. They are able to work very well with each other. I believe the leadership of the head of legal plays a very important role and I also believe that since I know all of their characteristics/personalities, I was in a better position to find the right match for the team.

 

Q: What have you learned from the journey from lawyer to eLawyer?

Ans: I find this journey so rewarding as it has widened my perspectives of life and it has also allowed me to know myself better than ever. I would say that having the Right perspective on things that we do and things that we see is so crucial as the Right perspective will bring the Right action and the Right action will generate the Right result. The wisdom of having the Right perspective is gained from your experience in life and your ability to reflect on the experience and through thoughtful discussions with wise people. I must say this is a life lesson.

 

Q: What makes you different from other recruiters?

Ans: Drawing from my lawyering experience in both law firms and a corporation, I am able to share first hand information with my candidates about the differences in both working environments. Also, due to my nature of work, I have the privilege to talk to different levels of lawyers, including very successful senior lawyers and in-house counsel. This allows me to have a macro, yet micro insight to a lawyers’ career (both in private practice and as an in-house lawyer). I believe these are all very insightful information that I am able to share with candidates.

 

Q: What are your future plans for eLawyer?

Ans: eLawyer still has a long way to go. I have many plans for eLawyer. To mention a few: I hope to someday set up an eLawyer Scholarship to help deserving students accomplish their dreams to become a lawyer. I also plan to create an eLawyer Community to compliment the Bar by providing assistance and resources to lawyers in various areas. We dream to be the leading and trusted service provider to lawyers through HR, technology and networking in Malaysia and beyond. On this note, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to those who wish to understand more about eLawyer and those who wish to join us in furthering eLawyer’s dreams to contact me directly at eddie@elawyer.com.my.

Empowering Legal Practitioners with Knowledge for Tomorrow’s Needs

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Taylor’s Law School increases its stable offerings to meet the needs of the growing local legal scene

 

 

Dr Assaduzzaman Khan


The implementation of the first Entry Point Project of the National Key

Economic Areas, which is to profile the Greater Kuala Lumpur area as a magnet for business in Southeast Asia, has been attracting foreign entrants into Malaysia who are keen to tap into the country’s potential.

InvestKL Malaysia, set up in August 2011 as a Government entity under the Economic Transformation Programme, has, to date, enticed 27 global companies, to set up their regional headquarters in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area. This achievement, as per a recent report published by The Star, has so far seen a total of RM800 million being invested into the country.

Among the 27 companies moving their regional base to Greater Kuala Lumpur are oil and gas player Schlumberger, Vale, IBM, Darden, Cargill, Naton, Colas Rail, Linde and Rentokil.

In view of this exciting development, there is a need for aspiring and current legal practitioners to be well-versed in international business and trade law in order to be able to facilitate the business dealings of these multinational corporations and large-scale businesses that are shifting their businesses to the Greater Kuala Lumpur area.

Taylor’s University took a pre-emptive step by introducing the International Business and Trade Law (IBTL) Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and LL.M Programme as part of its course staple at Taylor’s Law School in 2012, as a way to meet the future needs of the local business scene.

The IBTL programme aims to graduate students who are highly proficient in their fields and well-versed with business laws around the world.

The small class size allows IBTL graduates to take advantage of the highly interactive nature of the courses, as well as benefit from the unique quality of group discussions. This setting also transfers into other areas, such as presentations and exchanges of ideas enriched by diverse perspectives.

Taylor’s Law School lecturer, Dr Assaduzzaman Khan, shared that the programme is unique as it covers common agreements and conditions used in commercial practice, as well as issues such as exclusion clauses and analysis of key risks in high value transactions where bespoke rather than standard goods are supplied.

“As both the students and lecturers come from different countries and different legal cultures, the environment strongly contributes to a special and a truly global character of the IBTL PGCertLaw/LL.M Programme,” he said.

Taylor’s Law School Dean Harmahinder Singh agreed, adding that lecturers in the programme are highly qualified legal academics, as well as legal practitioners.

“We also have practising lawyers from leading law firms, retired judges and legal advisors who are affiliated to Taylor’s Law School participating in the programme as guest lecturers, which will add another dimension to the quality of the experience for our students,” said Harmahinder.

The Master of Laws and Postgraduate Certificate in International Business and Trade Law equip graduates with a profound understanding of the impact of international law and institutions such as the World Trade Organisation (“WTO”), as well as the legal rules regulating business activity worldwide. The key modules in these programmes include International Business Transactions, International Dispute Resolution, Law of International Sales of Goods, as well as the Law of WTO.

 

Another programme aimed at   increasing the technical knowledge of legal practitioners is the Master of Laws (Healthcare and Medical Law) and Postgraduate Certificate of Laws (Healthcare and Medical Law) programmes.

Dato’ Mahadev Shankar

The programme, which was launched in November 2012, focuses primarily on the healthcare provisions in the Federal Constitution, the Medical Act and all ancillary laws and regulations, the concept of informed consent in the Malaysian context, the broader aspects of medical negligence and the duty of local authorities to provide a healthy environment.

Harmahinder, who works closely with Dato’ Mahadev Shankar, former Court of Appeal judge and a well-known figure in the legal industry in this programme, shared that this programme came about as a result of the huge demand for legal professionals in the healthcare industry in Malaysia.

The 18-month Master of Laws and 12-month Postgraduate Certificate of Laws are specialised programmes providing a thorough grounding in legal knowledge and skills which will fill the gap and the need of legal practitioners in the healthcare and business sector.

The postgraduate programmes are open to medical and para-medical officers in the healthcare industry, as well as other professionals, with basic entry requirements of a Bachelor degree. Classes will be conducted on weekends by Taylor’s Law School, which has over 20 years in developing capable aspiring legal practitioners.

These postgraduate programmes will assist with graduating highly-qualified legal professionals as the modules taught will be closely interlinked with ground conditions in the local healthcare centers, with its jurisprudence inevitably having a Malaysian flavour.

 

With more than 20 years of experience since its establishment, Taylor’s Law School has nurtured more than 1,200 students since 1992 in partnership with notable UK partner universities.

The postgraduate programmes offered by Taylor’s Law School are now open for registration. Financial aid of up to 75 per cent tuition fee waiver is also available for qualifying applicants. For more information, kindly contact 03-5629 5336, e-mail postgraduate@taylors.edu.my or visit www.taylors.edu.my/tls.

 

David Gurupatham & Koay (DGK) Christmas Party

Monday, January 27th, 2014

eLawyer is honoured to be invited to the Christmas party organised by David Gurupatham & Koay (“DGK”) on Monday, 23 December 2013 at The Roof @ First Avenue, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya. DGK is a well-established law firm focusing on both litigation and conveyancing & banking practices.

Graced by approximately 60 invited guests, the event was a huge success as it was meant to celebrate the close ties and amiable co-operation that was forged between the guests (being the ever supportive business partners of the firm) and the DGK family since the firm was founded. The invited guests come from a diverse background wherein most of them represented financial institutions such as CIMB Bank, RHB Bank and UOB Bank, and developers like See Hoy Chan, Nadayu, Country Garden, RK Group and Twin Pavilion.

Equally strong presence was felt from the DGK family led by the partners, Dato’ David Gurupatham, Mr Koay Eng Hooi and Mr Chan Tuek Seng, 15 lawyers and 50 supporting staffs. Together they form one sturdy yet fun-loving team. This is evident from the night itself when the planning and execution of the event went on so smoothly and how the DGK family carried themselves throughout the night.

The event started at approximately 8:15 pm when the emcees for the night, Joshua Chin (a Legal Assistant with the Dispute Resolution group) and Stephanie (a Chambering Pupil) went up on stage to greet and welcome the people present. They subsequently invited Dato’ David Gurupatham to present his opening speech wherein he spoke about the firm, the achievements that the firm has documented to-date and recorded his gratitude and thanks to the invited guests for their support and the DGK family for contributing immensely to the firm’s success. Subsequently Mr Koay shared about the vision of the firm which is to deliver legal services of high quality to their clients and to have regional presence over the next 2 to 3 years’ time, followed by a short appreciation speech by Mr Chan. The event was then officiated by the three partners. Thereafter on the agenda was dinner. Guests were treated to a scrumptious buffet selection.

Among the highlights of the event was that the people were entertained to a few song selections by Chelsia Ng, a Malaysian actress well known for her roles in Kopitiam, Homecoming, Papadom, etc. Speaking of entertainment, invited guests and the DGK family were also greeted by Dato’ David Gurupatham himself who dedicated a few songs to everyone present. The atmosphere was nothing other than light and jovial as some people were seen to be immersed with the entertainment while the rest was busy catching up with each other.

Everyone was asked to bring along a gift for the night. It was put to good use during the ice-breaking session when people have to exchange it with one another continuously until the music stopped. As people exchanged the gifts, they briefly introduced one another and exchanged pleasant words too. That definitely helped to break the ice and got people moving around instead of just being seat warmers.

There were of course a few rounds of lucky draw that people looked forward to. Prizes such as electrical and electronic items, traveling gear, hampers, etc. were up for grab. The lucky draw prizes were generously contributed by some of the guests present being the business partners of DGK.

The event ended rather early at approximately 11:00 pm in view of the fact that the following day was still a working day. As guests made their way out, each of them had the opportunity to pose for the camera with a striking red backdrop carrying the DGK logo and the season’s greeting.

Reported by Donovan Lee

The Guru of Contract Drafting: Kenneth A Adams & Victor P. Leginsky will be presenting at Precision Contract Drafting and Contractual Risk Management 2014

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

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The Guru of Contract Drafting: Kenneth A Adams & Victor P. Leginsky will be presenting at Precision Contract Drafting and Contractual Risk Management 2014

According to the Canadian periodical – The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Kenneth A Adams is the Guru.” On Day 1 and 2 of the course, Mr. Adam will address issues relating to contract language and the contract process based on his book, “A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting” (ABA 3d ed. 2013 ). Participants will be presented with a copy at no extra charge. Rather than simply lecturing, Mr. Adams encourages participation through questions, discussion and drafting exercises.

On Day 3 and 4, renowned Contractual Risk Management course leader, Victor P Leginsky prepares delegates in minimising risk, limiting losses and ensuring clarity from the very beginning whilst gaining the essential knowledge and success strategies in risk allocation, effective negotiation and conflict resolution.

marcus evans is hosting “Precision Contract Drafting and Contractual Risk Management” on the 24th to 27th of February 2014 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This 4 days course will guide delegates allowing a greater hold in structuring enhanced contract drafting techniques while assessing contract risk and formulating effective dispute resolution strategies

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In 2013, the 4 days course was attended by more than 50 delegates from across industries such as SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad, UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd, Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, Chevron Malaysia Limited, Tabung Amanah Pekerja (TAP), Shell Malaysia Trading, SN Power, Salamander Energy, Amata B. Grimm Power Limited and Internal Revenue Commission.

Please contact Ms. Jascinta Ling at JascintaL@marcusevanskl.com or call +603.2723.6676 for full programme brochure
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Corporate Legal Risk Management and Compliance

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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Corporate Legal Risk Management and Compliance will be taking place from the 9th – 10th September 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organised by marcus evans, the conference will bring together in-house legal professionals to dissect issues that are critical to putting in place legal risk management programmes and also its compliance.
One of the core skills of the in-house lawyer in today’s world is their ability to manage the risks in this more intense climate by better clarifying the role of the legal function within the business, demonstrating value-add while selecting, managing and getting the most out of their internal and external legal resources. The conference aims to minimize and eliminate one organisation’s exposure to legal risks in today’s challenging business environment through various case studies and discussions.

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Timmy Trihartama, Associate General Counsel, Qatar Petroleum
Sharifah Hanifah Aziz, Sr. Vice President Legal & Secretarial, Malaysia Biotechcorp
Mazliana Mohamad, Group Chief Internal Auditor, Bursa Malaysia
Stephen A. Maloy, General Counsel Asia Pacific, General Electric Company, China
Revantha Sinnetamby, General Counsel, Scomi Engineering Bhd, Malaysia
Mohd Shah Hashim, Head of Legal & Secretarial Malaysia & Singapore, Nestle Group of Companies, Malaysia


marcus evans is proud to be running this event with the support of the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association’s (MCCA), The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”), eLawyer.com.my, Conventus Law, and CDR (Commercial Dispute Resolution).
Please contact Jascinta Ling at JascintaL@marcusevanskl.com or call +603.2723.6676 for more event information.

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About the Organiser

marcus evans is one of the world’s leading providers and promoters of global summits strategic conferences, professional training, in-Company training, business-to-business congresses, sports hospitality and on-line information. The company also owns a leading football club, represents Hollywood stars and produces films and entertainment.

Founded in 1983, the company now employs over 3000 employees operating into countries around the world. The company’s revenues are generated from clients from the majority of the world’s top 1000 companies. Our international network of offices provides a one-stop shop for a company’s business intelligence, learning and training needs.

The company maintains the highest standards of quality and service in research, technology and product development. Our commitment to service and quality are the basis for our reputation as the world’s leading provider of business intelligence.

5 essential pieces of Software for Law firm managers

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Panorama of my home office

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Just like every other type of modern office-based business, law firms are becoming more dependent on technology to do their jobs efficiently and to the highest possible standards. But if you’re a law firm manager, what type of software should you include in your annual budget, and how can it help you run your firm more efficiently? Here is our list of the top five essential pieces of software any law firm needs to have.

 

#1 – Accounting software

We all need to keep track of our finances, and for law firms this is particularly important. Invoices, fees paid and money due needs to be watched carefully, and the best way to stay on top of the bottom line numbers is to employ a piece of accounting software. While paper ‘books’ are still useful, today nearly every business, revenue service and accountancy firm has gone digital. So investing in a good package such as QuickBooks online by Intuit, which can be integrated with your invoicing software and other packages, makes sound financial sense.

 

#2- Security

This has to be one of the most important priorities for any online business. For law firms, who are dealing with highly sensitive information every day, online security is an absolute must. To protect your system against online attacks you will need to not only install firewalls, but also anti-viral and anti-spam software too. Go for the most up-to-date version, and choose one that has a good reputation for reliability. One of the very best on the market is AGV, a combined anti-spamware, anti-virus and anti-spyware program that costs just $50. Investing in AGV is probably the best $50 you’ll spend all year! Don’t rely on freeware, as it is often easily hackable and vulnerable to outside attack.

 

#3 – Copying and scanning

If you’re going over to digital records then you will need to invest in a scanner to ensure that you can make digital copies of existing paper documents. The best combination on the market is the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500, which comes with a full Adobe Acrobat package and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. There are, of course, other scanners and software available, but if you have a lot of documents to scan in to your digital records then time efficiency will be an important consideration. So you may find that, while there may be cheaper versions available, they take much longer to scan in documents and are ultimately less cost-effective.

 

#4 – Digital dictation and voice recognition software

Want to get rid of those annoying dictaphone cassettes? Digital dictaphones are now commonplace, but transcribing audio into written notes is a time-consuming business. Dragon NaturallySpeaking from Nuance.com allows you to make digital recordings on the go and then transcribe them either in-house or by using an online transcription service.

 

#5 – Cloud computing

The cloud is, without doubt, the future of digital data storage. This concept represents the next generation of the Internet, and allows you to access your stored data files from anywhere in the world using any device. Using the cloud to store your records means that you don’t have to fill up your own hard-drives with data or invest in your own server. And with security now better than ever with full back-ups, the risk of losing your data is eliminated. Major names such as Google, Intel, Microsoft and Apple are all now cloud hosts, so go online to find the best one that suits your needs.

One Should Always Play Fairly When One Has The Winning CARDS -Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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The Litigation Asia Summit is the premium forum bringing together leading in-house counsel with specialist global law firms. As an invitation-only event taking place behind closed doors, the summit offers regional GCs and international external counsel an intimate environment for focused discussion of key new drivers shaping dispute resolution strategies.

The one-to-one business meetings provide access to managers of the largest dispute resolution budgets in Asia – corporate counsel with direct responsibility for researching and selecting law firms. A thorough selection process ensures a qualified audience, which grants unparalleled business and networking opportunities in a luxurious and stimulating environment.

To ensure the success of the Litigation Asia Summit, marcus evans is pleased to partner with a limited number of companies offering valuable services and expertise. The event sponsors are leaders in their fields. The number of companies in each product or service category is strictly limited to ensure an appropriate overall balance. For more information or to recommend a colleague, contact:
summits-apac@marcusevans.com

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World Renowned Contract Drafting Expert Kenneth Adams will address contract issues in Precision Contract Drafting and Contractual Risk Management 2013

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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Contract drafting is a vital function at companies and law firms. But traditionally, contract drafting has consisted of recycling contract language of questionable quality and relevance. Many organisations are looking at alternative ways of minimising and mitigating such instances, thus, considerations in legal risk from the very start is essential to mitigate any possible risk for disputes in the future.

It is more critical than ever before that all business practitioners who deal with contracts or other commercial agreements to keep up with and deep dive into the skills and knowledge to effectively draft and develop a legally enforceable business contract by including the best contractual terms.

marcus evans is hosting “Precision Contract Drafting and Contractual Risk Management” on the 25th to 28th of February 2013 at JW Marriot Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This 4 days course will guide delegates allowing a greater hold in minimising risk, limiting losses and ensuring clarity from the very beginning whilst gaining the essential knowledge and success strategies in risk allocation, effective negotiation and conflict resolution. This course is specially designed to equip all industry professionals with effective contract drafting methods and dispute resolution as well as risk assessments for every business situation – from regular work environment to complex contract drafting and risk management. (more…)

Finance for Legal Professionals

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Finance for Legal Professionals

Empowering the underlying principles of your financial know-how to provide sound advice and practical recommendations

Event Date: 23-24 Apr 2012
Location: Venue to be confirmed, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Many professionals in non-finance fields may feel inadequate owing to a lack of financial understanding. This two-day course will address the need and focus on the work and requirements of legal professionals. It will take delegates through from the fundamentals of finance to sophisticated financial analyses. By the end of the session, delegates will be able to demonstrate a marked improvement in their level of personal confidence when communicating about  matters involving finance and accounting.

Financial terms and jargons will be de-mystified with clear concise explanations, reinforced with short exercises. Delegates will learn to talk with confidence about matters concerning   income statements, balance sheets and cash flows. They will be able to understand the financial justifications behind major business cases and acquisitions. This engaging and interactive course will also focuses on some practical steps delegates can take to improve their influence within their organisations and add more value. An improved financial understanding will help them present their cases and make justifications for both decisions and advice. There will be numerous practical exercises and lively case studies to make the programme both interesting and relevant.

Take charge of financial decisions and succeed in their implementation attending this  dynamic and practical course.

Key Topics

– Discovering modern fundamentals of finance by understanding the nuts and bolts of financial statements

– Finding out why creative accounting is bad for the shareholders and for the business

– Clearly identifying the impact legal professionals have on businesses performance whilst adding value and promoting the role of the legal team

– Translating the link between cost pricing and breakeven

-Learning how to identify and present details of risks in elaborating on and contributing to investment decisions

For registration or an updated brochure, please contact Ms Cherrie at CherrieK@marcusevanskl.com.