3 ways to boost productivity with an effective legal software platform

By Gareth Walker, CEO, LEAP UK

In today’s fast-paced legal landscape, efficiency and productivity are key to success. The old adage “time is money” has never been truer than in the legal profession. For law firms that are putting powerful technology at the heart of their business, addressing inefficiencies is having a dramatic and positive impact on their bottom line. They are finding that investing in the right practice management software reaps dividends for their practice both in the short and long term.

However, the introduction and implementation of new legal technology is just the beginning. It is also critical that those using the software are made aware of all the powerful functionality available to them that will support their everyday work. This short article highlights three unique and highly undervalued ways that effective legal software can drive law firm efficiency and end-user productivity.

  1. Capitalise on an extensive document library

An effective legal software platform provides your firm with a library of up-to-date forms, precedents and further documentation templates to cover all common areas of law, including those specific to the jurisdiction in which you practice. It also enables you to add, modify and automate your own templates. Having enhanced editing capabilities available within your solution standardises document production and ensures consistency, compliance, as well as improve client service and communication within your practice.

The efficient drafting of documentation is pivotal to the practice of law. By merging client and matter information previously inputted into your legal software platform, details can then be automatically included at the point of document creation, saving significant time and improving the accuracy of content.

Innovative document automation via your legal software platform boosts productivity across your firm. Ensuring accuracy and minimising risk, the automation of processes and the collection of information can greatly reduce errors or omissions which could otherwise negatively impact the level of service you offer.

The levels of automation available can vary from platform to platform, but an effective legal software solution will empower legal professionals to repurpose inputted matter information again and again across documents such as forms and precedents that are generated throughout the course of the particular matter. This removes the need to manually enter information each time, simplifying the document creation process, ensuring quality and accuracy of working and limiting duplication of work.

In today’s ever evolving legal landscape, the ability to anticipate and promptly respond to changes in the law is not just best practice, it’s an absolute necessity. Law firms that fail to stay up to date with legal developments can encounter various challenges and consequences.

An effective legal software platform should be dedicated to ensuring all legal documents, components, rates and calculations embedded within the software are aligned with legislation and appropriate for the area of law in which you practice. You should have confidence that your provider is constantly monitoring all areas of law and updating as necessary.

This automation of updates within the system will speed up your day-to-day work as well as bring peace of mind and assured compliance to your firm.  

Whatever your software’s capabilities, ensuring that you are not only financially investing in the right technology, but also are fully aware and optimising its full functionality will boost productivity across your law firm.

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