Jack Shepherd explains some of the benefits and challenges those in the profession may face going paperless.


Before I started my law degree, I worked as an IT administrator at a high street firm near where I grew up. Alongside advising solicitors to reboot Windows XP if they encountered issues with their computers, I was also in charge of organising the stationery cupboard. This was an important role – all hell would break loose if partners could not access bright yellow highlighters in a time of dire need.

I later practised at a ‘magic circle’ law firm in London. There were many differences between life in the city versus life on the high street, but a well-organised stationery cupboard wasn’t one of them. This was a trade based on paper.

Paper and collaboration

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Jack Shepherd
Legal practice lead

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