Inverness welcomes the Cloud

Earlier today (Wednesday 26 October 2011), The Mercure Hotel in Inverness hosted the fourth and final instalment in a series of legal practice management events chaired by Warren Wander, founder of LawCloud. Speakers included David Calder, managing partner of MBM Commercial LLP, Warren Wander, managing director of LawCloud, Andy Glasgow, senior commercial banking relationship manager at RBS, Alison Stark, chartered accountant at The Cashroom and Gavin Ward, search and social media marketing manager at Moore Legal Technology.

David Calder – MBM Commercial

The day started with a keynote from David Calder, managing partner of MBM Commercial. David explained the inception of MBM Commercial from a buy-out of the commercial business of a leading law firm in 2005. With its recent acquisition of a niche technology practice in Oxford, MBM Commercial has been able to establish itself as a specialist UK wide commercial law firm with a niche focus on acting for entrepreneurs, growth companies and investors who are based throughout the UK.

MBM Commercial has used innovative strategies to outsource various functions. One such function, cashroom services have been outsourced by MBM Commercial to The Cashroom, which provides outsourced accounting services for law firms across the UK. David explained that it wasn’t until 2008 that such outsourcing of accountancy was viable for his firm. Now, because of the Cloud, MBM Commercial is able to outsource this vital part of its business, which enables greater flexibility and cost savings for fee earners.

David Calder and his team at MBM Commercial can be contacted on 0333 2400 313 or at mailto:david.calder@mbmcommercial.co.uk.

Warren Wander – LawCloud

Cloud Computing

Warren Wander then presented on the benefits of cloud computing for law firms, explaining how LawCloud has enabled over 170 lawyers across the UK to improve their legal practice with cloud technology.

Explaining LawCloud for the audience, Warren said “In simple terms, LawCloud is the name of our secure server on the internet which you can rent space on. It delivers LawWare Enterprise and is the new generation in Practice Management & Office Software for law firms. It’s built on Microsoft’s Cloud Services platform and housed in a Fort Knox style data centre provided by LawWare business partner Rise Ltd.”

Elaborating on the main features, Warren then discussed Cash Accounting, the Full Electronic Case File, Risk Management & Compliance tools, Microsoft Office 2010 with Email, Shared Diaries, and, a secure, robust, high performance set of servers that have no single point of failure.

Summarising the main ways in which LawCloud benefits law firms across the UK, Warren noted that “It enables flexible working because it’s on the Internet. It supports your mobile and remote working capability which means you can work as easily from home, court or holiday as you can from the office.”

Warren also explained that “Access to all information is at your fingertips. It also means that you can link branch offices together without the need for expensive servers to route the information. We simply connect your remote offices up to the LawCloud Server and straight away you have a wide area network for your teams to share information.”

To discuss any of these aspects in greater detail, please call Warren and the LawCloud team on 0845 2020 577.

Andy Glasgow – RBS

Next, Andy Glasgow of RBS presented on the various financial issues for law firms in the current economic climate. Recognising the downturn and its effect on law firms, Andy noted that the more prudent law firms, from a banking perspective, are those which are able to and, indeed, have adapted quickly to economic pressures, despite the fact that difficult decisions, including staff redundancies, may have to be made.

Andy concluded by recommending that law firms should keep in touch with their accountants or financial advisers to remain in control of their firm’s finances in the current economic climate.

To get in touch with Andy please email Andy.glasgow@rbs.co.uk.

Alison Stark – The Cashroom

Chartered accountant at The Cashroom, Alison Stark then explained the benefits of outsourced accounting and how cloud computing has enabled The Cashroom to grow and continue to work with an expanding range of law firms across the UK.

Alison elaborated on why outsourced accountancy for law firms is a serious consideration for the practice manager of every law firm in the UK. Against the backdrop of the vast array of rules and regulations that have to be followed by a CRP (CashRoom Partner) for a firm to be compliant, such as Law Society inspections, HMRC, VAT returns, PAYE & NIC, cashflows, surplus, accounts, budgets, etc, As explained that The Cashroom aims to alleviate much of this burden for law firms, allowing all partners to be able to focus on fee-earning activities. This also removes the need for an internal cashroom to be staffed and frees up essential office space and other IT expenses.

The Cashroom provides a virtual cashroom service, on demand 9am-5pm, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. This is made possible by The Cashroom’s use of the Cloud to provide better communication with clients, support flexible working for staff and to manage cashflow better.

To discuss outsourced accountancy further, please contact Alison Stark or Catherine O’Day on 01506 592 263 or by email at info@thecashroom.co.uk.

Gavin Ward – Moore Legal Technology

Gavin Ward, Search and Social Media Marketing Manager at Moore Legal Technology, then presented on the return on investment for law firms in optimising their use of social media marketing and online presence.

Gavin introduced the subject by explaining the various components of return on investment (ROI) in a social media context. These included brand awareness and development, growth of digital assets, development of risk management capability and direct or indirect financial results.

Using examples of successes both personal and for client law firms, Gavin elaborated on several types of social media use in the legal profession. These include blogging, which can be used to develop personal brands and the brand of the law firm, to share legal knowledge, develop current awareness and ultimately to expand online presence and generate more business online. This LawCloud blog itself, which is listed as one of the top 100 blogs on cloud computing was used as an example of how blogging can work well for firms.

Discussing Twitter as a tool to develop relationships, maintain current awareness and drive traffic to law firm websites, Gavin illustrated examples of Twitter accounts, such as LawCloud’s Twitter account or Lawford Kidd’s Twitter account, together with analytics to measure the use of those accounts.

Lastly, LinkedIn was discussed, with Gavin looking at LinkedIn groups can be particularly rewarding. He looked, for instance, at Warren’s Cloud for Lawyers group which was set up earlier in the year, which has attracted over 500 members and which itself ranks first in Google for the term “Cloud for Lawyers”.

Gavin concluded by suggesting that firms should focus on the benefits and value of social media use in the broader sense, with financial results, e.g. in terms of client wins, inevitably following.

If you’d like to discuss web presence, social media activities or legal website design further, Gavin and the Moore Legal Technology team can be contacted on 0845 620 5664 or at  gavin@moorelegaltechnology.co.uk.

Future Events

On 9 November 2011, the Law Society of Scotland is chairing a conference on cloud computing for Scottish law firms. Please see our blog post on this event for more information.

LawCloud’s data centre partner is named global Microsoft Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year.


We are delighted to announce that today, Rise, LawCloud’s Data Centre Partner has been named as Microsoft’s global Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year for 2011. This acknowledges Rise as the partner of choice for demonstrating Cloud solutions, innovation and our commitment to partnering with Microsoft.

Our selection criteria for hosting LawCloud was stringent and an absolutely essential choice for the future of LawCloud. This award confirms that our choice of hosting partner was absolutely correct.
Beating strong competition from over 3000 entrants, Rises’ revolutionary DataCenter on Demand service has been recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services to the partner community.

This award is a testament to our alliance with Microsoft and Rise and we are proud to be officially recognized on the global stage as working with Microsoft’s Hosting Solutions Partner of the Year. This award reflects Rise’s commitment to its partners and their customers by offering them the most flexible, affordable and manageable platform possible, and we are delighted to reinforce that through this acknowledgment.

Get more LawCloud News here, find out more about Rise here

Cloud Event in Leeds: 21 June 2011 | Join Us


Upcoming Leeds Event on Outsourcing for Law Firms

LawCloud is hosting an exclusive legal event focusing on Law firm management, outsourcing and technology on 21 June 2011. The event is a must if you want to find out more about new technologies, outsourced services, better financial management and internet marketing.LawCloud, The Cashroom and Moore Legal Technology Image

This event is for lawyers in the North of England interested in a fresh approach to overcoming some of the challenges faced by law firms in the 21st century.

It is a free business event that qualifies for CPD points. It is recommended that delegates book early as places are limited.

There is no doubt that the market around us is in a transitional period, whether this is from an economic, societal or technological standpoint.

This event is a must if you want to find out more about how new technologies, outsourced services and better financial management.

Join us for an exciting day. Guest speakers include executives from LawWare Ltd, The Cashroom Ltd, and Moore Legal Technology and experience real live technologies on display including a showcase of the highly acclaimed LawCloud.

Agenda

12.00 Registration & lunch (Sandwich Buffet, tea/coffee)

12:45 Welcome & Keynote Address, from Warren Wander, Managing Director LawWare Ltd,

13.00 Legal-Technical Showcase, overview and live presentation of LawCloud by Warren Wander

13.30 Outsourcing Cashroom Services by Catherine O’Day, Proprietor of The Cashroom Ltd

14.00 Outsourced Web Marketing & Social Media by Stephen Moore, of legal website design company Moore Legal Technology Ltd.

14.30 Panel Q+A

14.45 Optional Breakout session – Discovery workshops uncovering opportunities

15.30 Close

Book now at http://law-firm-challenges-leeds.eventbrite.com/

I very much look forward to the prospect of meeting you in person at the event.

Warren T Wander
BSC(hons) CEng MBCS CITP

Managing Director
LawWare Ltd

PS places are limited so we suggest you book early!

How Cloud Can Help Law Firms in Challenging Economic Times

In a special feature on cloud computing for law firms, the Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer magazine focuses on the business partnership between LawCloud and The Cashroom, which has harnessed the latest IT to offer a platform for law firms facing the challenges of the 21st century.

Following the driest April on record it may seem a little odd to be talking about clouds. However, there has probably never been a better time to discuss cloud computing: a buzz phrase blown into the marketplace in recent months on the back of gathering concerns about the future of legal services.

Alternative business structures will come into being on October and already one major firm, (Irwin Mitchell) has confirmed plans to attract outside investment in an effort to expand. In the meantime, and with the spectre of Tesco Law looming large over the high street, smaller practices continue to collaborate, join forces and prepare for the future by going down their own route.

Whether new entrants to the market or new-look existing firms, the likelihood of increasing competition means that there has never been a better time to consider the key issue of costs. Outsourcing functions like HR, finance or IT is a serious consideration for all practices and this is where am specialist service like cloud computing can begin to make sense. Put simply, the term explains the outsourcing of IT services through the internet instead of physically investing in the staff and infrastructure required to carry out those vital functions in house.


Bridging the gap

“The phrase cloud computing is used to describe a new way of delivering IT software and services by simplifying technology so that the end-user no longer needs to worry about issues like backup, availability, performance, security and robustness,” explains Warren Wander, Managing Director of LawWare.Cloud Computing Definition

“Rather than having applications and data held in your premises, they are delivered from state-of-the-art data centres in the cloud. In reality, cloud has been around for a long time but under the guise of hosted services. Essentially, the technology provider is responsible for delivering its software as a service over the internet and usually at a low fixed monthly cost. At the moment both Microsoft and Google are investing enormously into their cloud facilities.”

LawWare, through an initiative known as LawCloud, offers such a service to firms in Scotland and is set to roll out its offering to the North of England in the coming months. LawWare itself has been around since 1998 and over 190 firms north of the border presently use its case management software.

Click here to download the full, original Leeds and Yorkshire Lawyer article and visit LawCloud’s Outsourcing section for further information on outsourcing for law firms.

Upcoming Leeds Events on Outsourcing

Further, LawCloud is hosting an exclusive legal event focusing on Law firm management, outsourcing and technology on 21 June 2011. The event is a must if you want to find out more about new technologies, outsourced services, better financial management and internet marketing.

On behalf of LawWare Ltd, The Cashroom Ltd and Moore legal Technology, we hope you can join us for what promises to be another exciting and informative few hours.

I very much look forward to the prospect of meeting you in person at the event.

Warren T Wander
BSC(hons) CEng MBCS CITP

Managing Director
LawWare Ltd

PS places are limited so we suggest you book early!

LawCloud: Cloud for Lawyers UK