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Nigel Wright

MD and founder of Converge Technology Specialists, Nigel has 18 years’ experience delivering technology services to the legal profession in both the enterprise and SME sectors. Well-known and respected within the sector, Nigel is often invited to speak at events and to advise industry bodies on the issues and opportunities facing law firms today.
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Building a strong business case for IT investment

Posted by Nigel Wright on 12-Sep-2017 14:11:38

Investment in IT is necessary for forward-thinking law firms looking to succeed in today’s market. However, the value of IT is often underappreciated and seen as just another overhead by senior management.

It’s therefore important to understand how to write a convincing business case that helps decision makers understand why IT investments are necessary and the potential impact on the firm’s ability to compete.

Here are four steps to writing a successful business case.

 

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Topics: IT, business case

Law firms continue to accelerate into the cloud: The view from our MD

Posted by Nigel Wright on 20-Jul-2017 17:42:16

A recent study showed that three-quarters of law firms expect half of their IT systems to be cloud-based or a managed service within the next five years. This shift to the cloud has been predicted by the industry for a number of years but it’s only recently that momentum has really picked up.

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Topics: cloud, Legal, predictions

Flexible working: the competitive difference

Posted by Nigel Wright on 26-Aug-2015 10:14:49

Flexible working is an increasingly relevant topic across all organisations.  Employees have the statutory right to request a flexible working pattern.  Many firms are discovering that offering flexibility in working hours and location doesn’t just keep employees happy and meet statutory requirements, but also opens up new opportunities to improve customer service. In this blog, we discuss the benefits to your firm and the way that cloud technology enables your colleagues to access the systems they need to, securely, from any location.

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Topics: cloud, Flexible working, hosted desktop

Disaster recovery and planning – don’t get caught short

Posted by Nigel Wright on 20-Aug-2015 23:38:43

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 editon of LawTECH Magazine. LawTECH - Converge - Disaster Recovery

When fires raged underground in Holborn in London on 1 April this year, few businesses were prepared for the impact this would have. The London Chambers of Commerce estimated the cost to have been in the region of £40m.
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Topics: business continuity, converge, law, Legal Firms, legal technology, SRA compliance, disaster recovery

How safe is your data? Top Tips for Disaster Recovery Planning

Posted by Nigel Wright on 28-Jul-2015 22:07:15

Many believe that simply backing up documents, emails and case files is a job well done, a disaster averted, the compliance box ticked. But is that enough? Nigel Wright from Converge TS argues that it is critical for your disaster recovery plan to consider so much more and gives his top tips for Disaster Recovery planning.

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Topics: business continuity, compliance, law, legal data, legal firm, disaster recovery, SRA

The questions law firms should be asking their Cloud computing providers

Posted by Nigel Wright on 27-Jul-2015 15:40:50

Cloud computing is proliferating the legal sector as firms see the benefits of having effective business continuity procedures in place and being able to offer staff more flexibility around how and where they work.

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Topics: cloud, converge, Law Firm, Legal, SRA

Partner Piece "Compliance Audits in a nutshell".

Posted by Nigel Wright on 28-Oct-2014 15:46:14

Our partners Weightmans LLP have written this months Partner Piece “Compliance Audits in a nutshell”.

Leading compliance expert Michelle Garlick – Weightmans LLP, heads up Compli which is a bespoke risk management consultancy service. She is a consultant for the Law Society’s Risk and Compliance service, a committee member of and contributor to the Legal Compliance Bulletin and is the author of The COLP’s Toolkit. She is also a council member of Manchester Law Society and chair of its regulatory affairs committee and COLP and COFA Forum.

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Topics: compliance, Law Firm

How can a move to the cloud benefit your law firm?

Posted by Nigel Wright on 27-Oct-2014 09:53:36

“The cloud” is one of those buzzwords that seems to dominate any discussion of technology now. The cloud is a catch-all term for computer services and data storage via the web. It can deliver greater flexibility, reduce capital outlay and improve security of data. But how can it benefit your practice and what should you look out for when choosing a supplier

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Cloud Computing and Compliance

Posted by Nigel Wright on 22-Oct-2014 16:24:56

“The cloud” is one of those buzzwords that seems to dominate any discussion of technology now. The cloud is a catch-all term for computer services and data storage via the web. Before you ditch the hardware and dive into the cloud, make sure you have covered your compliance questions. As a law firm you must comply with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) Code of Conduct, outcomes-focused regulation (OFR), and your quality kite marks such as Lexcel.

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Topics: cloud computing, legal technology

Compliance and Accreditation

Posted by Nigel Wright on 22-Jul-2014 12:07:57

Ensuring that your firm meets compliance for business continuity and disaster recovery is no longer a matter of ticking a box.  Outcomes Focused Regulation has brought a new approach to mitigating risk and there can be few risks as serious as your business grinding to a halt in the wake of an IT failure. Of the ten principles outlined in the SRA Handbook, Principles 5, 8 and 10 are all impacted by IT as these relate to: services to clients, risk management and protection of assets. As a compliant law firm you are required to:

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Topics: compliance, Accreditation