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Buying new technology is a minefield for smaller firms

Lawyers are good at what they do, but without genuine experts on hand even the most tech-minded partners in SME law firms find it challenging to select the right kit for their practice, says Russell Conway

30 October 2013

Let's face it, the vast majority of solicitors' practices have fewer than four partners and very few can afford the luxury of an "in-house" IT consultant. Most, like me, rely on outsourced IT solutions with a company sorting out software and hardware problems, advising on new products and assisting with the purchase and set-up of new systems.

That company in my case keeps my various servers up and running; ensures all my computers are working and constructs frighteningly expensive firewalls and malware detection devices to prevent rogues hacking into my system or selling inappropriate products to my staff. I have had a good relationship with that company for many years but they still seem to enjoy telling me that this server or that hard drive is redundant and I must replace it at (seemingly) ever greater cost.

Somewhere in the mists of time I had heard that the cost of computers was coming down. But there seems to be a constant figure which never a...

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