What the best High St Law Firms do – Part 1 – Going Paperless in Court

SMART way to work

If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that there has never been a better opportunity to trial working a bit smarter. Even the unyielding court lawyer has started to join the tech revolution.

One reason lawyers love their mobile devices is because they’re convenient, help them work/communicate on the go and for the most part increase productivity. I don’t think anyone could really argue with that.

When you can work from numerous locations, you must be able to make the most of the very little time you have in your day. Many lawyers we partner with see using devices as the “smart” way to work. They maintain that working from a mobile device like a smart phone or iPad makes it easy to be a more mobile, productive lawyer. By using the likes of an iPad to manage your tasks, you can easily track your productivity and ensure that work gets done, whether you’re at home, in the office, visiting a client or in court. At least, that’s the goal. However, if your law firm doesn’t use iPads, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority when it comes to court lawyers in this country.

Going paperless in court for real

Carrying bundles of case files to court can be disorganised, time consuming and unsecure. Lawyers are taking files between offices, courts, prisons, and home. What if somebody told you that all of your file notes, witness statements, productions, correspondence and everything else you need could be available electronically on an iPad, would you do it?

The team at McGovern Reid Court Lawyers in Glasgow did it. That’s right, they bit the bullet and one day just stopped producing paper files. Was it easy? No. Was there some apprehension and trepidation about walking into court with a bit of tech instead of the ever reliable mountain of tangible paper files? Absolutely yes! But the proof is in the pudding. When a lawyer tells you that something is “revolutionising” the way they run their business that’s normally when ears prick up. So, in this case, it’s not the fancy tech company spouting a line to get you to buy their product, it’s coming from the guys at the coalface, the ones in the trenches. But now they’re armed with a powerful weapon – technology!

We reached out to Matthew McGovern and asked him about how him and his partner, Bobby Reid, are changing the game in court…

Click here to read the full interview with Matthew McGovern.