At the legal IT table in London

07 August 2015

Brian Inkster was invited to join a round table discussion on the use of legal IT by small to medium sized law firms at the offices of the Law Society of England & Wales in London. Joanna Goodman has written a report on the discussion for the Law Society Gazette: Roundtable - Legal IT.

In her report Joanna mentions Inksters use of IT:-

"Scottish firm Inksters moved its entire IT infrastructure into the cloud four years ago when the firm had fewer than 10 people. Brian Inkster explained that when his legal software provider offered the same system that Inksters was using on premise as a cloud service, he decided to switch. ‘It was the same software we had been using for the best part of 10 years, so the only change was the relocation of the server from our offices to the Rise datacentre in Gloucester. At the same time, we moved to Office 365 – that was all organised by the same provider. There were no problems with the transition and the cost, on a per-user basis, was not prohibitive.’ He added: ‘At that point we just had the Glasgow office, and it enabled us to easily open satellite offices in Wick and Portree without any server or hardware issues. Moving to the Rise datacentre enabled the business to expand in a way that would never have been possible if we had to set up servers and PCs in Wick and Portree.’

When asked what gave him the confidence to transform his business – as an early adopter of cloud services – Inkster replied that he had ‘no particular expertise’, just ‘a willingness to embrace change in order to expand the business throughout Scotland’."

Later in the article Inksters are referred to as tech-savvy by Goodman:-

"For the more tech-savvy firms, technology clearly is a differentiator, helping firms offer extra services and expand their practices, in the way that Stephens Scown and Inksters have done".

Brian Inkster took part in a similar discussion about larger law firm use of IT in London last year: Part of the Legal IT crowd.

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