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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Legal Aid Surgery – Falkirk

Date: Wednesday 4th November 2015
Time: 13.00 – 16.00 Or 17.00 – 20.00
Venue: Best Western Park Hotel, Falkirk

We will be running our free surgery for Legal Aid Practitioners again, this time in Falkirk. Diane Ireland (previously SLAB) will demonstrate how to ensure SLAB compliance whilst maximising your fee income. Diane will highlight methods that will increase the fee per case and eliminate abatements.

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Scottish Digital Skills Academy to Address Nation’s Skilled Software Developer Shortage

A Digital Skills Academy – CodeClan – has been established in Scotland with the aim being to help address the lack of skilled software developers in the country.

An initial fifteen students have now started at the academy are said students are due to graduate in January 2016.  Continue reading

Lawyer-client Communications to become Protected by Statute?

With the fast approaching Investigatory Powers Bill, the Law Society of England and Wales together with the Bar Council, is calling for privileged communications between lawyers and their clients to become protected by statute. The UK professional bodies are paper on the topic, which specifically focuses on balancing privacy and security.

The joint statement from Law Society and Bar Council suggests that:

1. Legal professional privilege is a vital principle of the administration of justice. It is the mark of a democratic society that citizens can consult a legal adviser in absolute confidence that the information they exchange will not be disclosed without the client’s authority. There are safeguards to prevent the abuse of legal professional privilege for criminal purposes.

2. The current legal framework for the exercise of investigatory powers is not fit for purpose. Next month’s Investigatory Powers Bill is an opportunity to consider and debate a new law.

3. The new law should expressly protect legal professional privilege from the activities of public authorities seeking to use investigatory powers, including the acquisition of communications data.

4. The new law should make clear that the deliberate targeting and use of legally privileged information is unlawful.

5. Protecting legally privileged communications would not pose any risk to legitimate investigations because legal professional privilege does not apply where the lawyer-client relationship is being abused for a criminal purpose.

6. More generally, the new law should include a system of prior judicial authorisation for all covert information-gathering by a public authority.

7. Bulk interception of communications or retention of communications data is questionable in a democratic society, but if such powers are approved by parliament, there should be special provisions to protect privileged communications between lawyers and their clients.

Commenting, current Law Society President, Jonathan Smithers, stated:

‘Legal professional privilege protects a client’s fundamental right to be candid with their legal adviser without fear that someone is listening in or that what they say will be disclosed to their prejudice.

‘The absence of explicit protection for legal professional privilege in earlier surveillance legislation has been of long-standing concern to the Law Society. Documents released before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal earlier this year illustrated the inadequacy of the existing legislation.

‘The government now has the opportunity to debate legislation that gives statutory protection to the client-lawyer relationships that a civilised society depends on, while including safeguards against abuse for criminal purposes.’

Also commenting, Bar Council Chairman, Alistair MacDonald QC, stated:

‘Intelligence agencies must not be allowed to spy on communications between clients and their lawyers. When you are defending yourself against the state or find yourself in a dispute against a public authority, it would be grossly unfair for them to listen in on conversations with your lawyer.

‘We have seen too many examples of prosecutions wrecked because it was found that a public authority had eaves-dropped on a conversation that should have remained private.

‘This is not special pleading for lawyers; the privilege is that of the client. Legal professional privilege has existed for centuries to enable clients to have a fair trial. We will be studying the draft Investigatory Powers Bill closely in the hope that it provides sufficient protection for privileged communications and the associated meta-data, which reveals information such as who sent it, when, where and from which device.

‘No argument at all has been made as to why privilege should be revoked and we must make sure that legislators do not sleep-walk into approving a bill that would corrupt the administration of justice.’

For more information, please visit: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/lawyers-call-for-statutory-protection-of-lawyer-client-communications/

Contact Denovo: Cloud Computing for UK Lawyers

For information on our latest cloud developments or to find out more about Denovo’s services, contact us today by emailing info@denovobi.com or by calling us on 0330 313 8458.

Denovo’s telephone numbers changing from 22nd October

Denovo will be changing our telephone numbers from 22nd October.  Our existing 0141 331 5290 number will remain unchanged but our support number will change from 0845 230 5290 to 0330 313 8455.

Short term Benefits to customers:-

– Customers are now able to contact us from anywhere within the UK, regardless of location, for the same cost as a standard phone call.

– There are no hidden costs or additional charges to the customer.

–  Calls to 03 numbers must also be included in any inclusive call minute packages or discount schemes offered by fixed and mobile network operators and from payphones, meaning less cost to the customer.  Effectively, this means 0330 numbers are included in the consumers’ “free” bundle of minutes.

– Statistics show that 0330 numbers are easier for people to remember!

Longer term customer benefits:-

This change of telephone numbers coincides with Denovo’s progressive move away from their traditional in house telephony platform to Microsoft Lync/Skype for Business. We are incorporating Microsoft Skype for Business as our primary phone system to meet our business demands and those of our growing client base.

As Denovo migrate to this new flexible Telephony/ Web conferencing platform the need for our staff to be permanently at our head office becomes less of a necessity, this versatility will further enhance the service levels we can offer our clients. When our traditional Scottish weather causes issues for most people Denovo can carry on business as usual from anywhere using our Denovo CRM / Telephony and Web conferencing all via the cloud.

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Should you be interested in learning more about Skype for business and how Denovo could help your company adopt this excellent service, please get in touch (click here) and we would be delighted to discuss your needs. Did you know this is available as a pay as you go monthly service, with no upfront hardware needed and we could save you money on your current ISDN line rental costs?

Property and Land Information Online Resource Coming to Scotland

A new comprehensive online system – which will allow users to obtain detailed information about any land or property in Scotland – is not too far away, according to Scotland Deputy First Minister John Swinney, who wants the resource to be operational by 2017.

The implementation of Scotland’s Land and Information System (ScotLIS), which is aimed at all users from citizens, communities, professionals and business user, will be handled by a taskforce specially chosen by Mr Swinney. Continue reading

Denovo Achieve Microsoft Silver Partner Status

We are delighted to announce that Denovo have now achieved Microsoft Silver Partner status, a prestigious award celebrating our growth, expertise and accelerating innovation across the business.

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The award of the Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions accreditation shows the advances being made at our company with all our technology professionals concentrating on identifying our client’s needs, and delivering the best Microsoft and Denovo cloud, or on premise solutions. We would like to thank our loyal clients for helping us achieve this accreditation, as they have proved how our Denovo Intelligent platform and Microsoft solutions combined significantly enhance their productivity. Continue reading

Free CPD! Scottish Legal Conference, Glasgow, 28th October 2015

It’s the return of our Scottish Legal Conference in Glasgow! Click here to book.

Date: Wednesday, 28th October 2015
Time: 09.00am or 13.30
Venue: Hallmark (Menzies) Hotel, Glasgow
Price: FREE OF CHARGE if booked before 21st October! Normal charge is £99.95

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Legal Career Not So Popular?

It would appear pursuing a ‘prestigious’ legal career by becoming a lawyer is no longer so popular, with an increasing number of UK-based legal professionals advising would-be lawyers to pursue to choose a different career path.

There is no denying that the UK legal landscape has changed dramatically but somewhat surprisingly, according to research by Wesleyan, forty-eight per cent (48%) of lawyers would not recommend the legal profession to their friends and family. Continue reading