The Digital Solicitor Podcast
Making hybrid working for law firms a reality

Making hybrid working for law firms a reality

July 21, 2021

The pandemic has pushed the dialogue around working from home forward by about 30 years. It has raised the whole topic of how we work and where we work, so how can law firms continue to motivate, support, promote wellbeing and improve collaboration amongst their teams with working from home becoming increasingly popular? And what can be done to prevent loneliness, isolation and burnout?

My guest is Susanne Poole, who has worked with LEAP Legal for five years, starting off in an HR capacity in the UK and is now Head of People Operations, covering LEAP’s North American staff.

Has technology fundamentally changed the practise of law and what it means to be competitive?

Has technology fundamentally changed the practise of law and what it means to be competitive?

June 15, 2021

How we work and choose services has shifted dramatically since the pandemic. Competition is at an all-time high in the legal market with technology key to running an enduring legal practice.

This informative podcast will explore how and why technology is impacting the sustainability and competitiveness of firms by examining cloud working, process automation, real-time client collaboration and self-serve portals with Adrian Jardine and Alex Maitland of LEAP UK.

Key considerations when buying legal software

Key considerations when buying legal software

May 26, 2021

The need to become a digital business has involved law firms in change on a significant scale in the last 12 months. What should they consider when choosing legal software and a supplier to work with and what matters more, price or quality? Why do we hold to the belief that good tech is now essential if law firms are going to make more money and be more competitive in the next few years and, crucially, why should we invest in it?

 

These are fundamental questions and they are discussed in this podcast with my guest, John Espley CEO of LEAP UK.

Confidence in the Cloud

Confidence in the Cloud

May 5, 2021

In recent years there has been a cultural and emotional shift with the Cloud becoming an everyday part of our lives and yet few of us can truly describe what the cloud is. There remains something of the black arts about it that can cause uncertainty, especially for potential business users who are used to the idea of something solid like a server on premises. 

In this podcast we talk about some of these questions and concerns by taking a close look at what the cloud is – and isn’t – and what it offers firms, both in terms of flexibility and risk mitigation My guest is John Flanagan who is Head of Product and Innovation at LEAP UK .

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

March 7, 2021

An apposite look at the issues facing female legal professionals in this inspiring conversation with Jodie Hill, employment lawyer, a diversity, inclusion and mental health advocate and a Women in Law ambassador.

Legal Aid in a pandemic

Legal Aid in a pandemic

March 4, 2021

A deep dive into key issues in this extraordinary of times with Richard Miller, head of the Justice Team at the Law Society. We discuss frontline working in courts and police stations; remote hearings; means testing; payments on account; Legal Aid Review; crime contract extension and the positive effect of digitisation within legal aid firms.

Has there ever been a better time to start a law firm

Has there ever been a better time to start a law firm

February 5, 2021

Setting up a law firm during a global pandemic may seem irrational and high risk. However, in such a world-changing event the winners are those that adapt quickest and realise change rather than resist it. 

Many lawyers would have always dreamt of the possibility of setting up their own practice, and given the circumstances, for many, these dreams will have accelerated into reality, and there is good reason for this.  

This informative discussion highlights why now is such a great time for legal start-ups and looks at the practicalities and considerations of running your own practice. 

The challenges to practising family law firm in the COVID era

The challenges to practising family law firm in the COVID era

February 5, 2021

Recent months have brought about immense change in the way we all live our lives, simplifying life for some but for others, adding significant complexity.  Family law dispute work still needs to be dealt with and in many cases the demand for service has become more prevalent.

This informative session looks at the impact the pandemic has had on family law, how family lawyers are able to manage high demand whilst maintain empathetic service, and adapt to meet the requirements for online court hearings.

Digital transformation in the new abnormal

Digital transformation in the new abnormal

January 26, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 on the legal profession has been considerable, ‘remote’ working and cloud technology have now become an everyday part of legal practice, and law firms have had to adapt quickly, running their business to meet the current needs of both client and staff during this tricky time.

This informative session looks at the impact the last few months have had on the profession, how law firms have had to change, the lessons learned and the barriers to overcome when digitalising your legal practice. 

Stamp Duty:  Conveyancers, when it rains gold, put out a bucket!

Stamp Duty: Conveyancers, when it rains gold, put out a bucket!

January 26, 2021

The Government cut in stamp duty (until 31st March 2021) has provided a much needed boost to the property market. It’s how conveyancers scale operations to meet the expected increase in workload that is paramount.

As well as detailing the impact and lessons learned within the housing market over the last 6 months,  this informative session looks at how law firms can ensure scalability and develop working practices to meet both the highs, and the lows in the demand for conveyancing work.