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By Ian Wimbush
A survey conducted earlier this year by the market research company YouGov reveals that almost half (47%) of UK adults now use their personal smartphone, laptop or tablet computer for work purposes. Worryingly, according to the Information Commissioner's Office "less than 3 in 10 who do so are provided with guidance on how their devices should be used in this capacity, raising concerns that people may not understand how to look after the personal information accessed and stored on these devices".
In the past, lawyers were neither able nor expected to be in contact with clients when they were out of the office. Now that we live in an "always on" age a client expects to be able to contact his/her lawyer pretty much constantly on demand. If they are not able to do this might they consider using a lawyer that they can be in contact with. In this era of constant communication many lawyers have taken it upon themselves to circumvent procedures and to use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops to
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Ian Wimbush is the Chairman of the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA).
The LSSA is the UK industry body for legal systems developers and
vendors, and is responsible for setting and maintaining professional
standards within the legal software industry. The LSSA also manages
areas of mutual interest between lawyers and software providers. Wimbush
is also the Chairman of Peapod Legal Office.
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