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The prospect of moving to a digital way of working can seem daunting for law firms, given that the profession has historically been paper-focused.

The advantages of going digital at a law firm


The prospect of moving to a digital way of working can seem daunting for law firms, given that the profession has historically been paper-focused. From reading to writing to research and presentations, a paper-heavy, paper-rich modus operandi is very much the norm.

However, more and more, the future of the legal industry is very much geared towards a digital-first approach to operations. Implicit in this is a move away from paper. For the most part, this is down to new technologies, which are challenging age-old conventions and offering firms the ability to improve the way they work in so many fundamental ways.

If this has piqued your interest, then stay with us. In this article, we take a look at the main advantages that come with embracing a business model that is much more in tune with the age of information.

Time efficient

Time is a luxury in the legal profession and every minute squandered on tasks and activities that you could ultimately do without isn't ideal to the kind of resourceful, proactive environment you'd like to work in.

The abundance of paper in any given legal firm compounds these problems, because it isn't time-efficient. Going digital cuts down on the amount of time you spend finding, sharing and organising documents and instead allows you to focus on what matters the most.

Cost-effective

With workplace inefficiencies comes superfluous expenses and, in short, you're going to be spending money that could be better used. There are always investments to be made, be it in staff, resources or new services.

With a digital mindset, you're already off to a good start. It boosts your finances by removing labour-intensive processes, streamlining the way you work, reducing the cost of storage and freeing up cash that was ultimately locked in a vicious cycle of waste.

Environmentally friendly

The environmental impact of paper is significant. Needless to say, in the field of law, firms can chew their way through an unbelievable amount of paper. This is, simply put, not a sustainable way of working: you're looking at a pretty big carbon footprint.

Going digital is synonymous with going green. It dramatically cuts down on the amount of paper that is needed and helps to promote a more sustainable way of working. Additionally, through greater efficiencies, there are direct, knock-on eco benefits.

Flexible working

Our idea about the workplace has changed tremendously over the last 20 years. The office, while still important, is no longer an absolute. Accordingly, flexible working is growing in prominence.

Technology has made it possible for people to work at home, on the move and at a time that suits their convenience. With paper documents, there is always more of a need to be onsite. However, digitise your collateral and you can access documents anywhere and at any time.


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