Recently, Linklaters announced that, following a rigorous review process, undertaken over a couple of years, that the firm is adopting the iManage Work cloud-based document and email management system (DMS). Significantly, they are the final one of the Magic Circle law firms to have made the decision to go with the iManage solution. This now brings the total to 115 of top 200 UK law firms that are utilising iManage Work. Clearly, iManage Work has become the de facto choice for a DMS amongst the larger law firms.
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The European Commission’s resolution to adopt the ‘adequacy’ decision for the UK under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), allowing the continued free flow of personal data from the European Union to the UK, has been greeted with much relief by the business community. It means that – at least for the next four years – personal data can continue to flow freely, and firms don’t need to adopt other bespoke and potentially costly measures to comply with data protection rules. Should the UK decide to exit the GDPR, then of course the European Commission will reassess its position.
Fundamentally, records management is about information governance, which in turn – given all the regulatory scrutiny that exists today – is key to minimising operational risk. Due to the continuous and exponential growth of data in a variety of formats, a manual approach to records management is likely to be a losing battle. On the other hand, a strategic, in-place and automated approach can make this function routine and ‘par for the cause’.