Legal: the lawyer certainly participates in the digital revolution

You know the stories by now. The lawyer or lawyer can no longer read it and turns his or her eyes away before the sentence has been read. The legal profession is seen as a rigid market that has difficulty embracing technology and change. The lament continues to be repeated by everyone. The diligent IT people in particular cannot distance themselves from it. Then why is it so difficult? Legal tech fanatic and attorney alike continue to hammer home real concerns about data security, transparency, compliance and client confidentiality that make the large-scale changes risky.

However, I would like to inform readers that the legal profession is indeed participating in the digital revolution. The high expectations of the client, the increasing flow of tech-savvy lawyers and office managers with an entrepreneurial drive are pushing the buttons on digitalization. They no longer find the old-fashioned systems acceptable. Consequence? Law firms are replacing outdated systems with web-based systems that can be logged in via a 2FA from Microsoft. Genius. But that’s not the only thing. How about those hundreds of terabytes of files that they move to their tenant in Microsoft’s cloud. Daring! Besides, don’t look beyond your nose. The Microsoft 365 package, which almost every law firm in the Netherlands uses, also has some software creation applications that “in principle” do not require any code. Which law firm does not have a Microsoft 365 package these days? What I would like to emphasize are the possibilities of applications with which you can build your own environment or tool without any code.

A no-code software creation application from Microsoft, among others, can help the lawyer with a complex digital solution considerably faster and at a fraction of the cost of a legal tech or software package. Off-the-shelf packages in some cases have more redundant applications than they are relevant. You can quickly unleash your creative ideas on the Microsoft applications SharePoint, Power BI and Power Automate.

For example, with SharePoint you can build a communication site or an intranet without code. With the help of blocks you can create everything according to your own wishes in the corporate identity of your office or public website. With the help of blocks you can create everything according to your own wishes in the corporate identity of your office or public website. When building a dashboard, you can upload, drag and choose data into your own charts, colors, or blocks. Linking the data sources to Power BI requires a code that specialists can enter for you. If building appears to be unknown territory for you, then you certainly don’t have to build it all yourself. IT Factor is happy to build it for you, but with the no-coding applications you can at least keep track of the management yourself.

In addition to Microsoft applications, there are a number of no-coding applications that have experienced significant growth in the legal profession. For example, Betty Blocks from Alkmaar is a major player in the market and Bryter recently landed in the Benelux. Examples of no-coding applications include self-service intakes, collecting internal and external feedback and automating declaration processes. In addition, legal services can be standardized in an application, for example a WHOA process or a valuation of a building, loan or other asset.

Consider that as a lawyer you can decide for yourself what you would like to see. You create your own application, as it were, without code. Until recently, the barriers to digital transformation facing law firms have been complicated and perhaps hopeless. However, no-code software could represent a turning point for the legal profession. Companies can modernize processes one by one, at minimal cost and risk, deliver excellent customer experiences and proudly participate in the digital revolution.