There’s an App for (legal) it!
Four new legal and ediscovery-related apps have hit our deasktop in the last few days from @LegalDiscovery + Smart WebParts + Morton Fraser + AirHelp
• The first up is @Legal CasePoint from US-based ediscovery technology provider @LegalDiscovery LLC. The app allows CasePoint documents to be available both online and offline through an easy-to-use touch interface. For instance, when an attorney attends a deposition, they can bring pertinent documents on their iPad and be able to access them, whether they have Internet access or not. The app, which requires iOS 7.0 or later is available for free in Apple’s App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/legal-casepoint/id808159971?ls=1&mt=8
• Next up is Smart Time Mobile for the iPad from time recording specialists Smart WebParts. This free app enables timekeepers to enter and submit time anywhere, provides real time access to time entry information and users can run reports, see calendars and view time statistics. Timers are available for the user who wants to keep track of their time contemporaneously. Smart Time Mobile can be deployed as a standalone package for firms that need to add mobile time entry to the current timekeeping environment. Or, it can be combined with Smart Time’s desktop time entry and time capture modules to create a complete timekeeping solution. Smart Time integrates with Aderant Expert, Thomson Reuters Elite, Juris, Prolaw, LexisNexis PCLaw, Microsoft Dynamics and other leading accounting systems. The app requires iOS 5.0 or later and is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-time-mobile/id799128154?mt=8
• We’ve also been taking a look at MF HR Mobile employment law app from UK law firm Morton Fraser. This is a fantastic app in terms of its wealth of content, which includes a series of calculators for unfair dismissal, redundancy and maternity payments, extensive resources and checklists on such topics as family friendly leave, tribunal awards and redundancy, plus links to news souces and the firm’s own podcasts and YouTube videos. So what’s in it for the firm? There are in-app fixed-fee purchases for various HR documents, including contracts of employment. Final comment: the app is gorgeous, very well designed with great functionality and looks. In fact it’s the kind of app that makes you think, this is so professional, it cannot possibly belong to a law firm. This free app is designed for the iPhone and iPad and is iOS 7.0 compatible – available at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mf-hr-mobile/id372749607?mt=8
• Finally AirHelp from UK company AirHelp Ltd is a neat app designed to help passengers obtain compensation from airlines for cancelled, delayed or over-booked flights under EU regulation 261/2004. Passengers can win up to €600 in compensation and by using this app you just have to email the reason for the disruption and the ticket details to AirHelp and then they will take over the claim for you. AirHelp operate on contingency fee basis and will take a 25% commission on any awards but will charge no fee if they fail to obtain compensation. The app is free, will run on the iPhone and iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later. Unlike the other apps, there is also a version for Android (2.1 and up). The app will also shortly be available in the United States. Available at https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/airhelp/id698136946?mt=8 + https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.airhelp.mobile&hl=en_GB