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Did you ever consider a Digital Professional Support Lawyer?
Maybe you are thinking of hiring a Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) or a maybe they are already part of your team. In both cases hiring a Digital PSL like Alexandria.Works …
… shortens the time you spend on searching,
… increases the quality of your search results,
… lowers your costs and
… gives you more time to spend with your clients.
Read further to find out how you too can get these advantages.
The rise of the Professional Support Lawyer (PSL)
The Professional Support Lawyer role was first introduced in the 1990s by English law firms. Over the years the role of PSLs evolved to providing legal updates, conducting research and giving internal training. The reason of their existence was, and still is, to execute the non-fee earning activities that are withholding fee-earners in the firm to do billable work. In this context it is a response to cost pressure in a world in which new relevant information is coming to the law firm in an ever increasing speed and volume, and in an increasing number of formats.
The rise of the Knowledge Support Lawyer (KDL)
Larger law firms have Personal Support Lawyers for each area of law, for each department. Their PSLs are rapidly evolving into the Knowledge Managers of their department. Some Law Firms call them in fact ‘Knowledge Development Lawyers’ or KDLs instead of PSLs. The responsibilities of the KDL are somewhat broader than the tasks assigned to the PSL. The KDL may also be responsible for creating and maintaining a Knowledge Infrastructure and new ways of sharing expertise with others, setting up and maintaining training programs for both junior and senior lawyers in the department, assisting with client-facing training activities, etc.
The challenges of the PSL or KDL
PSLs and KDLs share the same challenges: making sure that they have access to all relevant information sources to keep the knowledge of their legal subject practice(s) updated at all times. It is their task to find all the information relevant to a case or question, from whatever source the information comes, while keeping track of the relationships between all these sources. Not an easy task.
Many Content Management Systems and Search Engines expect that your PSLs and KDLs structure all information in order to make it searchable. Structuring means: filing pieces of information in the right folders, tagging them, assigning categories, and more. Structuring information is a tedious task that eventually appears to be undoable, expensive and unrealistic. That is why legal support workers increasingly have to rely on technology to complete everyday tasks for everything from trial preparation to office management.
Legal support workers increasingly have to rely on technology to complete everyday tasks.
What if your PSLs or KDLs could rely on a digital colleague to do most of that tedious time-consuming work for them? Why whould they classify, tag, categorize information if they have a smart digital assistant that finds the information they need just by asking?
“Finally a search engine that understand me.”
“Finally a search engine that understand me.” said Bavo Van den Heuvel of Cranium enthusiatically when he first used Amexandria.Works. (You can dowload the Cranium testimonial here.)
With a little help from Alexandria.Works
This is where Alexandria.Works (AW) steps in. AW is a true Digital Professional Support Lawyer.
With Alexandria.Works you don’t have to tag or classify the information to make it searchable! Just add the pieces of information to an information collection, and Alexandria.Works will do the rest.
Even your PSLs can use some aid because they are under constant pressure to be cost efficient.
This is the biggest advantage for you: the benefits of intelligent search without the burden of tagging and classifying. Alexandria.Works helps you in all the activities and services in which finding accurate information without spending an excessive amount of time on it, is key.
Alexandria.Works understands your documents and helps you finding relevant information without having to actually read all the documents. Using Alexandria.Works as your Digital Professional Support Assistant gives you numerous advantages:
– less time spent on searching,
– higher quality of your search results, leading to better advice,
– lower costs and
– more feee-arning time to spend with your clients.