At the Business Leadership Summit 2017 run by the Lawyer we hosted a roundtable discussion looking at, amongst other things, whether Microsoft Word would still be the document programme in 2025.
No one saw an obvious alternative to Microsoft Word and anticipated it would still be used to write and edit documents. The attendees were very very conscious of how content is generated. One person noted how their time is wasted rewriting standard clauses. The integrity of the document and how it was distributed, stored and comments captured was a concern of the group. The role of AI to review, check and identify content was something that everyone was very aware of and their firms were involved in to varying degrees.
Microsoft Word was seen to be a static product and was not a management focus.
However that reveals a mismatch with the view of lawyers working day to day with Word. In the research ‘Are client relationships compromised by inadequate investment in Word?’ that Brochet commissioned from The Lawyer Research Service, 99% of fee earners agreed Word was critical for them but 40% believe their firm has not invested or developed tools in Word.
Plenty of frustrations were aired and they were also reflected in the research – particularly working with numbering, collaboration and applying house style.
At Brochet we have developed a tool for fee earners (and DPU), Brochet Paste, that will clean and repair legal numbered text in one click.
Next Tuesday 26th September we will be at the Business Leadership Summit at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London.
We are going to be releasing the research ‘Microsoft Word in law firms – Are client relationships compromised by inadequate investment in Word?’ We worked with The Lawyer Research Service to ensure the research was independent and rigorously carried out.
Everyone saw Word as a critical tool and yet that wasn’t matched by a commitment to invest in Word or get the most out of it.
If you’re going to the Summit we’ll have copies available and will be discussing it at our round table.
Otherwise if you’d like to get in touch we can email you a copy.
In our training sessions we often advise users not to copy the last paragraph maker when copying and pasting between documents.
In order to add a landscape page you will need to change the page orientation to Landscape on the Page Layout tab. Of course just doing this will change the whole of the document to Landscape. To have just one page in landscape, you will need to go through a number of steps. All are simple but they need to be done correctly and in the correct order. The steps are:
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