Jenny Assheton-Smith

Working from home [#WFH] is challenging almost every organisation.

Here are some tips to make WFH, or working from anywhere for that matter, more cost effective, efficient and expedient.

Engage regularly with your team

Let your team know that the lights are still burning, encourage them to be creative, brainstorm ways to drum up new business with them. Write articles on topical issues and send them to your clients reminding them that your firm is there to help them through their legal issues during and after lockdown.

Engage regularly with your clients and potential clients

Use your time freed up from the daily commute to systematically call and check in with your regular and not so regular clients. After checking up on them find out what their business challenges are and think about where your firm could alleviate or mitigate their issues.

Use the time during lockdown to implement a cloud strategy

Many law firms still use on-premise systems. Aside from the security issues around using VPN access to a file server located back at the office, there are risks of the server going down and not being able to be brought back up again without manual physical intervention.

Any and all of the above will have further drastic implications for your firm.

Engage with your current or new IT service providers to move to Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 Business Standard at R190 (ex VAT) per user per month for an annual commitment provides

  • Exchange email in the cloud hosted in Microsoft’s Azure centres in South Africa
  • Sharepoint and Onedrive to share files in the cloud
  • Microsoft Teams to chat, conference call, share files and more

We’re experts at business systems and processes, and our cloud-based billing and accounting software for law firms will emancipate your firm from ever-growing costs of maintaining servers, backup systems and undergoing upgrades.

Call us now – we can even convert your existing data and implement a new system for you while WFH.