Are you intelligent?

This issue of The Lawyer Management deals with the perennially thorny issue of data, and more precisely business intelligence. As our practice management feature in this week’s issue of The Lawyer highlights, access to sophisticated business intelligence has never been more critical in today’s fast-changing and ever-more competitive market, but at many firms the technology is not up to the job.

Read what the likes of Osborne Clarke IT director Nathan Hayes, Berwin Leighton Paisner’s director of IT Janet Day, and Allen & Overy’s chief information officer Gareth Ash have to say on the subject.

And as it’s financial year end time for most firms, there’s also a timely reminder from former SJ Berwin partner and Brilliant Law legal head David Mandell on the many issues relating to the market’s ongoing love affair with the billable hour.

Top-notch business intelligence is likely to underpin all of the entries for the inaugural The Lawyer Management awards, which will crown a one-day conference on 24 September. The deadline for entries has just been extended to next Friday 3 May, but with dozens of nominations already in the competition is hotting up.

Don’t miss out.

Elsewhere, the in-house sector is just as concerned as getting hold of up to the minute business intelligence. Learn all about money-saving targeted collection solutions from Symantec and allow TyMetrix to explain how it has helped four international organisations to get to grips with their spend on external counsel.

Matt Byrne
Feature editor