A Lawyer’s Perspective on Legal Cloud Technology

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Legal Cloud Technology (LCT) is one of the most talked about innovations in the legal industry. In a recent interview between James Vickery of I Know IT and Wajiha Ahmed of Buttar, Caldwell and Co, Wajiha shares her thoughts on cloud technology.

“How amazing is it that people can carry their whole office around with them as a single device and just tap in whatever at any point in time, anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection”, says Wajiha.

LCT provides many benefits, including unlimited data storage, real-time sharing, cost-effectiveness and convenience. However, with unclear criterion on data ownership, there are still law firms who hesitate to make the change to using the cloud.

As Wajiha explained, “The greatest concern that the law firm has, from a legal perspective, is the ownership of data via a third-party [provider] when our clients are entrusting their information from both a privacy perspective and a confidentiality perspective.”

With these issues in mind law firms need to ensure the safety and privacy of their firm’s data. Data that is susceptible to theft or loss can bring about confidentiality and liability issues, not to mention putting a law firm’s reputation on the line. Therefore using a secure and reputable cloud service is a must.

James asked, “Would having an Australian cloud versus a public cloud influence your decision? If you knew that it was local, and governed by New South Wales law or Australian law?”

Wajiha replied, “Absolutely. Australian jurisdiction, obviously, has a massive impact on our decisions in terms of service providers.”

James added, “I Know IT is going to launch another site for law firms to show the choices within the cloud. This is all legal because its Australian based, it’s goverened by Australian law, and data is confidentially handled and stored on Australian servers.”

If you’re considering cloud for your legal firm, and security, data protection, a governance by Australian laws, being based in Australia, and targeted towards the legal industry are important to you, then talk to us about Legal Cloud Technology.

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About the Author: James Vickery is the founder and CEO of I Know IT, a transformative IT services provider. James connects law leaders to their strategy through technology with a firm belief that lawyers must re-enter their profession as innovators, thinking and acting as technology companies do in order to survive, compete and prosper in a digital economy.

James enables this new way of thinking and executing through consulting, coaching and delivery of technology solutions to Australian and international organisations. .

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