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HIPs likely to hit MDA

The latest bulletin from research analysts at Scotia Capital says the company is lowering its financial estimates and target price on MDA following the delay and phased introduction of HIPs. The note goes on to say “Our view is that political uncertainty relating to HIPs will remain an issue over the coming quarters. Factors that […]

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Government in disarray over HIPs says Law Soc

“A complete shambles” said the Law Society today as it commented on the Government announcement that HIPs will be delayed to August 1 and initially only affect 4 bedroom houses and larger.“The Government has turned the whole process of HIPs into a farce.  Its consultation with stakeholders has fallen seriously short of what we would […]

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HIPs put on hold

The introduction of Home Information Packs is to be delayed until August – when they will be brought in for sales of four-bedroom properties. The packs were due to become compulsory for all home sales from 1st June however Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly told the House of Commons today that the packs would now be […]

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Blackberry and digital dictation – the latest

As the war of words continues between Bighand and nFlow (total silence from Winscribe, the other big player in the digital dictation market) over the use of Blackberrys as a DDS recording device, Bighand have asked to point out that the recent posting by a “David Jones” was not made by a Bighand employee.Dan Speed, […]

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Now you can be a dictator with a BlackBerry

At the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando earlier this week, PaperIQ announced the launch of Enterprise Digital Dictation for BlackBerry smartphones in partnership with BigHand's BigHand3 digital dictation workflow system. Enterprise Digital Dictation for BlackBerry allows users to record, edit and play back digital dictations on their BlackBerry smartphone and immediately upload them wirelessly into […]

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CS Group buy FAST for £10.5m

The Computer Software Group plc (CS Group) has acquired the whole of the issued share capital of FAST Limited for a total consideration of £10.5 million to be satisfied in cash provided by an additional banking facility. At completion FAST Limited had cash resources of £5 million. FAST Limited, which is based in Maidenhead, is […]

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Survey reveals big disparity in law firm finance department salaries

A new salary survey among financial staff in solicitor's offices reveals wide regional variations with some roles commanding double the salary in a North/South split. For example the salary for an office assistant ranges from £13,000 in a small London firm to £19,500 in a large firm, whereas in the Midlands and North of England […]

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Law firm website winners and losers

The Intendance Fast 50 – the industry-standard benchmark for law firms’ websites – is published today. Addleshaw Goddard, one of the biggest losers in last year’s Fast 50 survey, this year topped the rankings with its brand-new site, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Linklaters, Maclay Murray & Spens and last year’s winner, […]

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Oyez group changes hands

The Oyez Straker legal forms-to-stationery supplies and digital dictation systems group has been bought by venture capitalists Hermes Private Equity for £80 million. It has acquired the business from the rival private-equity outfit Bridgepoint Capital. Hermes is backing a management team led by Jeff Whiteway, who becomes chief executive and succeeds Hugh Sear, who moves […]

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Thomson enters recruitment software biz

Thomson International Legal & Regulatory (TILR) has acquired cvMail – www.cvmail.net – a leading provider of web-based recruitment and talent management solutions to law firms in Australia and the UK. TILR ANZ will manage cvMail Australia, and Sweet & Maxwell will manage cvMail's UK operations.Founded in Melbourne in 2000, cvMail has approximately 50 top tier […]

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Beancounters merge – now less than 57 varieties

On Sunday the partners of Grant Thornton UK LLP and RSM Robson Rhodes LLP announced their agreement to merge the two firms to create the largest form outside the 'big 4' accountancy practices.  The new organisation will operate as Grant Thornton UK LLP, with the merger expected to complete on 1 July 2007. The merger […]

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Gazett advertising for a new leader

One month after the English Law Society unceremoniously parted company with Jonathan Ames, the long-time editor of the Gazette magazine, it is advertising for a replacement. In an ad in today's Guardian, Chancery Lane says it is looking for “A Great Leader” to take over as editor-in-chief of the Law Society Gazette and its companion […]

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Field Fisher Waterhouse get a Second Life

Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP has become the first major law firm to open an office in Second Life, a virtual 3D world. Second Life was created by US company Linden Labs in 2003 and is one of the fastest growing virtual worlds. There are currently over 5 million users resident in Second Life alone and […]

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Snowflakes in December – using video to deliver a message

US lawyer and technology writer Ari Kaplan has commenced a weekly web-based video documentary looking at the contentious legal issues assocated with the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Called Like Snowflakes in December it is intended to become a resource for individuals seeking to understand the Guantanamo litigation and learn from the individual insights […]

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First UK legal blogging conference coming to London

The anonymous intellectual property barrister 'Geeklawyer' has announced plans for the first UK conference for blogging lawyers. LawBlog 2007 is supported by CPA Global and Freeth Cartwright and will take place in London at the offices of CPA on the 18th of May 2007. The event aims both to bring together, face to face for […]

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American Lawyer Media up for sale – again

Our thanks to Sean Hocking and his team at Law Librarians News for drawing our attention to this story: according to a story in the New York Post “A decade after buying American Lawyer, Lazard boss Bruce Wasserstein is ready to bail on the legal publishing business. Wasserstein & Co.ended months of rumors and conceded […]

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UK small firms leading the way with VoIP

The percentage of small businesses using the internet to make phone calls is set to almost double over the next 12 months. According to new research commissioned by BT Business, 48% of small businesses will be using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services this time next year. Currently the figure is 25%. The research, which […]

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Law Society Gazette editor gone

There have been rumours flying round since the start of the week as to why long-time Law Society Gazette editor Jonathan Ames – he actually joined the mag as a reporter in the early 1990s – has departed. A less than forthcoming statement from a Law Society spokesperson says “With its new focus on supporting […]

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LexisNexis to host webinar – legal publisher joins 21st century shock

LexisNexis is hosting its first ever live webinar, to coincide with the launch of the 2007 edition of The Civil Court Practice (the 'Green Book). The free webinar, which takes place on 17 April, will include a pre-recorded presentation from The Rt Hon The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, and three live lectures given by Green […]

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March issue of Insider out now

The March issue (no.196) of the Legal Technology Insider newsletter is out now. The digital edition has already been distributed and the print edition will be hitting desktops from this Thursday.  Click Here to Subscribe