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The difficulties of IT Support for Legal & Law Firms

We explore the challenges that face Legal and Law Firms when it comes to IT Support Services and the importance in choosing the right company.

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HOUSTONJuly 24, 2017PRLog — There are many challenges that face Legal & Law Firms specifically when it comes to IT Support and choosing the proper IT Company. Choosing the right company can mean making or breaking your firm. The importance of billable hours means your systems must be running properly at all times, the constant access to legal documentation, a secure way to communicate with your client where both parties are confident their information is not at risk, secure/encrypted email communication and a knowledgeable go to for help with client portals.

Many Law Firms in Houston are using simply a standard IT Company and coming to find years down the road their data has been exposed or not properly secure. This is critical to their businesses success as not only loss of information is critical to the firms continuation, but accidental exposure of client sensitive data can destroy a firm in an instant.

This is why when shopping for an IT Company, you want to make sure they specialize in the legal industry and are familiar with the handling of sensitive data.

Encryption is key to communications, especially when communicating with a client who perhaps is going through a divorce or is trying to maintain privacy for legal purposes. Having a secure way to communicate with your client to for both parties to be confident that their information is not at risk of being exposed it crucial to client & attorney relationship. Doing this in a method that is both simple, straight forward and usable by anyone who has access to a phone is also a priority. When thinking security, some fear the difficulties it may entail, but once done properly you will find its as simple as opening a gmail app, but secure so no prying eyes are able to expose the communications.

When also considering that law firms charge on an hourly basis, its good to know that your IT Support company understands this and is quick and responding to issues to ensure you never miss a billable hour. You also want to ensure that your machines and network/document access is running as fast as possible to ensure you are doing as much accurately as possible without bottlenecks with your networks performance.

Security is primary, even when considering virus protection and malware prevention. One of the worst things that could happen is a crypto-virus spread across your network and encrypt all contracts or client information where you firm is now responsible for a $10,000 ransom. This is why proper firewall filtering and virus protection is critical, but more so that proper training and techniques are taught to not only the law firms counsel, but those who work at the firm to make sure everyone is sticking with best practice for security.

The last point I want to touch is how your clients receive and work with you on a daily basis. You want to ensure you using the proper software to invoice and document share with your client, something that is beyond a simple web login that a password and email address can get exposed. You also want to make sure the application is always running, easy to use and simple. It takes an IT Company that specializes in these areas to be able to identify what will work best for you Law Firm.

When considering an IT Support Vendor for your Houston Law Firm, make sure they are proper equipped with not only the knowledge, but the experience to handle your sensitive and critical data in a way that both allows for progress as a law firm, but also gives you the edge over others who are competing for placement in Houston Legal.

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Don wants less use of technology in law

Folashade Adebayo

Professor Emeritus of Law, Isaac Agbede, has called for a legislation to limit the role of technology in the adjudication of cases.

He expressed concerns that as the proliferation of ICT tools continue to enhance the efficiency of legal research, law firms would in turn be forced to reassess their organisational structures.

Agbede made the call amid growing concerns on the possibility of robots taking over legal briefs to the detriment of younger generation Lawyers.

He said this recently during the first International Conference on Law and Digital Technology held at Babcock University, Ilishan Remo.

The academic, who is also the Provost, Babcock University School of Law & Security Studies, expressed concern that robots were now competing with lawyers, adding that there should be a ‘modulator’ to the functions of technology to ensure the survival of legal practititoners.

“The law industry and practices have not changed much in decades in spite of new tools developed. However, new products such as virtual assistants are designed to help in-house legal department to manage their work more efficiently,’’ he said.

In his address, a senior member of the faculty, Prof. Bankole Sodipo, said lawyers would become an endangered species if technology was  allowed to solve all the problems of litigants.

“Who will be responsible: the designer or the passengers of an unmanned car or ship that is involved in an accident?” he asked.

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DVLA sells 19,000 vehicle details a day to parking firms

  • Information is being sold for around £2.50 a vehicle, making £1.5m per month
  • This is then being used by parking companies to chase fines of up to £100 
  • MPs are calling for a crackdown as trade in information reaches record levels  

James Salmon Transport Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Parking firms are buying details of more than 19,000 vehicles a day from the DVLA to chase unpaid fines.

Last night MPs warned that ‘bully boy’ firms are using the information to hound innocent motorists.

They called for a crackdown to protect drivers as it was revealed that the trade in information has reached record levels. 

Between April and June the DVLA sold 1.74million vehicle keeper records, up from 1.06million in the same period last year. The DVLA, which sells the information for £2.50 a vehicle, is generating almost £1.5million a month.

Parking firms are buying details of more than 19,000 vehicles a day from the DVLA to chase unpaid fines (file image)

Parking firms are buying details of more than 19,000 vehicles a day from the DVLA to chase unpaid fines (file image)

Parking firms are buying details of more than 19,000 vehicles a day from the DVLA to chase unpaid fines (file image)

The information is used by parking companies to chase drivers for fines of up to £100. 

The most prolific of these is ParkingEye, owned by outsourcing firm Capita – which was exposed by the Daily Mail for using ruthless tactics to collect TV licence fees for the BBC. 

It obtained 570,000 vehicle records in the three-month period, followed by Smart Parking with 125,000 and Euro Car Parks with 118,000.

The RAC Foundation said the industry is out of control, with the data suggesting a parking fine is issued every four and half seconds. It warned that the details of around seven million vehicles could be sold during the financial year, which would suggest that almost a quarter of motorists are being chased for a parking fine.

MPs are worried that the information is being widely misused, with motorists unfairly targeted while visiting hospitals and high street shops. Drivers have complained about being fined up to £100 for returning their cars a few minutes late, or after being unable to buy a ticket because of a faulty ticket machine.

Tory MP Sir Greg Knight said there appears to be a worrying rise in a practice known as ‘ghost ticketing’. 

This is when a warden puts a ticket on a car and takes a photo. The warden then removes the ticket so the driver is unaware they were given one. 

The firm waits 14 days, then hits the driver with an increased fine of up to £100 because they have not paid.

Jacob Rees-Mogg wants the DVLA to srike off companies 'suspected of behaving badly'

Jacob Rees-Mogg wants the DVLA to srike off companies 'suspected of behaving badly'

Jacob Rees-Mogg wants the DVLA to srike off companies ‘suspected of behaving badly’

Sir Greg, who has tabled a private members’ Bill in the Commons to crack down on the self-regulated parking industry, said: ‘These figures are concerning. It is highly unlikely there has been a massive increase in bad parking.

‘Instead bully-boy parking firms are hounding innocent motorists and milking them for money. We need to put rogue firms out of business. There are many private parking companies who are playing fair. But others are clearly making a killing out of pursuing and persecuting motorists who have done nothing wrong.’

Fellow Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said: ‘My concern is that some of these firms use the fines they levy as part of their business model.

‘This gives them a strong incentive to levy fines unjustly and aggressively. We would not need a new law if DVLA was more willing to strike off companies suspected of behaving badly.’

A ParkingEye spokesman said: ‘We operate with clear, standard and proportionate procedures which follow the British Parking Association’s code of practice. We encourage people who have received a parking charge to appeal if they think they should not have received a charge.’

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IEBC drafts technology firms to help secure August 8 vote

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Three technology giants have been drafted to help protect the Kenyan vote.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it had contracted IBM, Oracle and Dell to help it protect its systems during the election.

IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe, who refused to name the firms, expressed confidence that the deal would ensure the highest forms of digital security for the election.

“They are using each other’s strengths to mount threats on our systems and ensure all possible attack loopholes are blocked and give assurance of the technology deployed,” Dr Akombe told Nation on Monday.

Dr Akombe, who also spoke about the integrity of the IEBC system at a breakfast meeting with ‘Mkenya Daima’ forum, said the contract with the three firms was multi-faceted.

“The technology partners are providing logical security for the electoral systems at various levels such as network, application, database and hardware on an end-to-end solution basis,” she said.

Elections have become a magnet for hackers, who try to break into computers to alter the outcome.

Intelligence services in the United States are adamant that Russia sought to influence the outcome of the November 2016 presidential election in favour of Donald Trump and against his main challenger Hillary Clinton.

State level electoral authorities in the US use old technology, which is feared to be vulnerable to sophisticated hackers.

At any rate, the Democratic campaign systems were penetrated and sensitive emails stolen and later used to hurt the Clinton campaign.

In December last year, hackers targeted Ghana’s electoral commission website and doctored results in the tight race.

The commission was compelled to clarify that the results were fake and urged the public to disregard them.

In May, Botswana elections team invited hackers to attempt to hack into its system to test the firewall for its 2019 General Election.

“The demonstration session will offer an opportunity for those with the know-how to disrupt, hack and compromise the secure performance of the machines to do so… All those with the technical capability to hack the EVM are invited to come forward and register,” the commission said.

Last month, India’s electoral commission  set up a challenge for hackers to get access to their system as it sought to assure political parties and voters that its systems were safe.

This was part of the recommendations of audit firm KPMG which had said it was denied access to do the penetration tests, and that two default administrator passwords had not been changed.

Dr Akombe said the passwords had been changed.

IEBC has deployed 40,883 kits to polling stations and three backups for each of the 1,450 wards that will be deployed in case of failure, like it did in 2013.

Dr Akombe said IEBC would conduct a countrywide simulation of results transmission on July 31.


She said the commission had helicopters at its disposal which could be deployed to any part of the country to assist commissioners and senior staff access all parts of the country.

“We expect only less than two per cent not to be identified biometrically, and at most five per cent. So if we find more in any polling station — like no identification in the morning then an unexplained surge in the afternoon — we will land there in a second and see what is happening,” said Dr Akombe.

If it fails, IEBC will resort to an alpha numeric search using IDs where all agents will sign that the said person could not be identified.

The commission warned its 360,000 temporary staff that they would be held personally responsible for any breaches of the law at polling stations.

To further guard against mischief in the polling stations, the commission has asked presiding officers to send periodic updates every three hours of the number of ballot papers issued.

“This figure must tally with the machine-generated number of voters who have been identified,” Dr Akombe told journalists at the Intercontinental Hotel.

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Keir Starmer in talks for role with law firm that represented Gina Miller

Tory MP raises possible conflict of interest over shadow Brexit secretary having paid advisory post with Mishcon de Reya

Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer is considering a paid role with law firm Mishcon de Reya.
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Keir Starmer in talks for role with law firm that represented Gina Miller

Tory MP raises possible conflict of interest over shadow Brexit secretary having paid advisory post with Mishcon de Reya

The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, is in talks over a possible role with the law firm that represented Gina Miller in her court battle with the government over article 50, leading a Conservative MP to raise the question as to whether it could involve a conflict of interest.

Starmer, a barrister and director of public prosecutions before he entered parliament, is discussing the possibility of the paid advisory role with Mishcon de Reya, the firm said.

The Labour MP has previously given legal advice to the firm, according to his register of financial interests. He spent four months in 2016 as a legal adviser to the Mishcon de Reya Academy, an arm of the firm connected to learning and leadership.

Starmer was paid £4,500 a month for six hours of work, but gave up the role when he became shadow Brexit secretary in October last year. He is in talks to resume the same role, which would not be expected to involve direct interaction with clients.

After Starmer stepped down, Mishcon de Reya represented Miller, the investment banker who was the most prominent among a group of claimants who successfully argued that MPs and peers had to give consent to the triggering of article 50, which formally began the UK exit from the EU.

The government was forced to introduce emergency legislation after its appeal to the supreme court in January upheld the decision favouring Miller and her co-claimants.

Asked whether there was a worry that Starmer’s role could potentially involve any conflict of interest, his office referred the Guardian to a statement from Mishcon de Reya. It read: “We are in discussions with Keir Starmer about reappointing him as an adviser to the Mishcon Academy.

“His wide experience and previous association with the firm would enable him to play a key and unique role in shaping the work of the academy, which leads new thinking and develops the potential of everyone in the firm.”

Tory MP James Cleverly has written to Starmer asking him to explain the role, and whether it could involve any conflicts of interest.

“Mishcon de Reya have been an active participant in legal cases surrounding the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union,” he wrote in a letter, released by the Conservative party.

“The firm stressed that the result of the referendum was not legally binding and supported anonymous claimants in their legal efforts last year.”

The letter cites a section of the MPs’ code of conduct, which says they should avoid conflict between personal and public interests, and states that Starmer’s role meant he “will be personally involved with drafting and speaking on legislative amendments on the EU withdrawal bill”.

Cleverly said that Starmer should explain his Mishcon de Reya role and how he will avoid any conflicts of interest, and explain whom he provided advice to.

Starmer was a leading human rights barrister before becoming the MP for Holborn and St Pancras in 2015. Called to the bar in 1987, three years later he was among the founders of Doughty Street Chambers, which specialises in rights issues. He served as director of public prosecutions from 2008 to 2013.

His register of interests shows that before taking the frontbench role, he received payment for one-off advisory work to other firms of lawyers.

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10 American firms withdraw from Mindanao business gab

SOME 10 American companies have withdrawn their registration in the Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) which will be held this September in Cagayan de Oro City.

Ruben Vegafria, chairman of MinBizCon 2017, said the companies withdrew because of the travel advisories issued by the United States government against travel in Mindanao, which will be under martial rule until yearend.

Vegafria insisted that it is still “business as usual in the city” and pointed out that other than the US firms, other foreign guests are still coming, and that the roster of delegates are still largely intact.

“Nothing has changed, in Cagayan de Oro, business is better than usual. The participants are still intact, but others have withdrawn, and of course we cannot stop them from withdrawing,” he said.

“The exhibitors have reserved a pavilion, where they can display their products there, kadto sila ang nag-withdraw kay siyempre ang ilang mother company sa US, dili siguro ganahan muanhi,” he added.

“However, as a whole, we still have foreign visitors, the Russian ambassador is not giving up, so we are now really hoping that nothing will be changed in our program,” he said.

The companies that withdrew, he said, are some of the supposed exhibitors of the MinBizcon’s trade fair.

The trade fair will feature products, technology, and various investment opportunities.

But despite the setback, Vegafria said the martial law extension has not affected the MinBizcon.

“We are not afraid sa extension, siguro ang uban na sector naapektahan, but sa amo, in so far as the participants ug ang movement sa tao, wala may affected, in fact we are thankful sa tight security we feel secured. We haven’t received any information na ni-atras because of martial law, it’s okay for us,” Vegafria said.

The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (Oro Chamber) will host what is tagged as the biggest gathering of business executives and policy makers in Mindanao, the MinBizcon on September 7 to 9, 2017, at the Xavier Estates Sports and Country Club, Upper Balulang, this city.

About 1,000 business executives, investors, industry players, policy makers, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are expected to attend this year’s business conference with the theme “Emerging Opportunities-One Mindanao”.

Oro Chamber President Robert Pizzaro earlier said foreign guests from the United States and Russia have expressed interest in attending the event, and that President Rodrigo Duterte will be the event’s keynote speaker.

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How Law School Expelled Student Over Argument on Seat Reservation

The Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja, has expelled a student, Kayode Bello, after he allegedly had an argument with a fellow student, identified simply as Chidima, over seat reservation in a lecture room.

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Bello, a graduate of University of Ibadan, Oyo State, was reportedly bundled out of the school’s library by law school officials and policemen attached to the Bwari Police Station on the day he was expelled.

According to Punch, Bello’s issue with the school management started shortly after he gained admission into the institution in November 2016.

It was gathered that he complained to the Secretary to the Council of Legal Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Max-Uba, over the leakage of the sewage pipe in his room’s toilet.

He said he also reported to the secretary that the water system in rooms in the hostel was not functioning, adding that his complaints were not attended to.

The 34-year-old explained events which led to his expulsion starting from March 15, 2017, when he went to the class for a morning lecture.

“The class is usually overcrowded. There are no enough chairs in the lecture room and we have issues over seat reservation. At a point, the Head Marshal, Mr. Akinyemi, announced publicly that there should not be seat reservation again because it was causing problems.

“That day, I met Chidima and other persons sitting on some chairs. There was a book on a vacant chair. As I made to sit on the vacant chair, Chidima said she was keeping the seat for a student. I said I would leave when the person came.

“When the lady came 20 minutes later, Chidima angrily told me to vacate the seat. I told her that her approach was wrong. In the process, a marshal came and took both of us to Mr. Akinyemi’s office. He asked me to look for another seat. I made him to realise that he was the one that gave an order on seat reservation, but he ignored me.

“I went to report the matter to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Mr. Ogunboyan, but he was not in the office. I called him on the telephone and he asked me to be patient, saying he would address it when he came back.”

Bello said the CSO took him to Akinyemi later that day and the Head Marshal complained that he (Bello) was rude.

Bello said both officials flared up at that point and Akinyemi threatened him with a query. He stated that he immediately submitted a petition on the issue at the secretary’s office, adding that she did not acknowledge it.

He said he also sent the same petition to the email of the Nigerian Law School without getting a reply.

He said Akinyemi announced the query in the class the following day and gave him a copy, which he replied to.

“I also made my response known to the class. He issued the query and signed it on behalf of the Dean of Students’ Affairs, which is wrong,” Bello said.

He said the officials suddenly turned the matter against him, accusing him of inciting students against the school management, adding that his room was inspected on March 20, but nothing incriminating was found.

Bello explained that the Students’ Representative Council was also influenced to issue a disclaimer against him.

“On March 21, the CSO and the Head of Academic Affairs, Mr. Osamolu, came to my room in the midnight and forcefully evicted me. I paid over N300,000 as school fee, of which N60,000 was for hostel accommodation. They handed me over to policemen at the school’s police post. When I explained what happened to a policeman, he was surprised. He gave me a space to pass the night.

“When I returned to the hostel the following day, I met the door of my room broken, while my bed had been taken away. I reported at the Bwari Police Station, but a policewoman I met there requested money to buy a case file, which I declined to provide.

“My lawyer wrote to the secretary about my victimisation, but she didn’t reply. I also petitioned the Public Complaints Commission, which wrote to the Nigerian Law School.

He said he kept sleeping in the open room until they went for externship (attachment to law firms and courts) in April 24, adding that his application for hostel accommodation during the programme was rejected by the school.

When contacted on the telephone, the CSO directed Punch correspondent to the Secretary to the Council of Legal Education.

Asked what actually led to Bello’s expulsion, the Secretary, Max-Uba, said the management would issue a statement on the issue on Monday (today).

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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC – the sole Cyprus firm among the 100 elite firms of Europe

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC – the sole Cyprus firm among the 100 elite firms of Europe – Cyprus Mail

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