The Ministry of Law, the Law Society of Singapore and SPRING Singapore announced the launch of the ‘Tech Start for Law’ programme to help Singapore law practices embrace and leverage on technology.
Technology can help law practices improve productivity and deliver better legal services. However, a consultancy study commissioned by the Law Society in 2016 showed that only 9 percent of the small and medium-sized Singapore law practices interviewed used technology-enabled productivity tools.
One main reason cited for the low adoption rate was cost. The ‘Tech Start for Law’ programme will help these law practices defray some of the initial cost and kick-start wider adoption of basic technology.
Under the programme, Singapore law practices can get funding support of up to 70 percent of the first-year cost of adopting technology products for practice management, online research and online marketing.
Five technology products have been identified jointly by the Law Society and SPRING Singapore, as basic technologies that would help law practices perform their essential day-today tasks more efficiently. These five technology products are:
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Interested law practices can apply for funding support to use up to three of these solutions (i.e. one practice management system, one online legal research tool and one online marketing tool), depending on their needs.
Up to $2.8million has been allocated for the ‘Tech Start for Law’ programme. This can help support up to 380 units of these technology solutions. The programme is funded by SPRING Singapore under its Collaborative Industry Project (CIP) initiative and will be administered by the Law Society.
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