‘Tech Start for Law’ Programme Launched to Help Law Practices in Singapore Leverage on Technology

March 1, 20178:41 am336 views

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:

  1. Three practice management systems (CoreMatter; Lexis Affinity; Clio): These practice management systems will help law practices streamline their work processes such as cases and client record management, timekeeping and billing, and calendaring. They then do not need to reply on paper-based records and manual processes, which are labour-intensive and less reliable.

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  1. One online legal research tool (i.e. INTELLLEX): The online legal research tool will help law practices access a composite database of cases, commentaries and regulatory materials across jurisdictions on one platform, and organise the information into a personal knowledge library for easy retrieval. They then do not need to reply on hardcopy publications which are tedious to update. The tool also provides them with a systematic way of recording past research materials for knowledge management.
  2. One online marketing tool (i.e. Asia Law Network): The online marketing tool will help law practices establish their online presence at low cost and publicise their services to potential clients, including overseas ones, over the Internet. Without such online marketing tools, small law practices may find it tedious and expensive to build their own website.

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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