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A balancing act between digitisation and data security

A successful modern law firm needs to adopt digital processes to improve its practices, with those ensuring compliance at its heart, says Doug Hargrove

21 June 2016

Successfully running a law firm is a balancing act in more ways than one, not least in managing the drive for digitisation with the need for data security.

The government's Digital by Default (DbD) strategy - to make all its agencies or processes digital by 2020 - directly impacts every legal practice in the UK. The idea is to improve customer service while making cost savings through simplifying the way that billions of transactions are handled by government agencies, such as Companies House and the Land Registry, by moving from paper submissions to online forms.The DbD strategy has been active since 2012 and the drum has been banged so loudly that most people are well aware of it. Despite this, our own research suggests that there is still a dearth of law firms that have made the switch to digitally submitting data to government agencies. Only 23 per cent of 800 organisations surveyed by Advanced had made the move away f...

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