In a big shift from 12 months ago, the New Zealand legal sector is increasingly using mobile devices for work, with almost half using a company issued device, 18 per cent bringing their own device to work, and the remainder are using a mixture of the two, according to a LexisNexis survey of leading New Zealand legal professionals.

Undertaken at the recent NZ LAW conference in February, the survey shows that NZ Law members are using mobile devices for submitting information (100 per cent), referencing legal books (63 per cent), searching for specific legal information (63 per cent), capturing their own notes (58 per cent) and accessing commentary (17 per cent).

The respondents declared mobile devices most helpful for increasing productivity (40 per cent), saving time (30 per cent), increasing communication (20 per cent) and saving money (10 per cent). "As mobile technology, digital books and social media cross over through advances in technology; it is changing how people work. When you combine the time consuming requirements of the legal profession; the referencing and research, a range of very exciting possibilities emerge that will increase productivity, save time and money," says Rachel Travers, LexisNexis Pacific executive director, content development.

Practitioners want to access information in court, the office, on the move, in down time and at client's offices, without having to be online.

In response to this demand from these increasingly mobile legal professionals, LexisNexis Pacific has developed LexisNexis® Red™, the world's first mobile digital referencing tool designed specifically for legal practitioners that is set to revolutionise the way lawyers work, both in and out of the office.

Developed locally in partnership with legal professionals from across New Zealand and Australia, LexisNexis Red allows lawyers and legislators to carry and instantly access the most up-to-date legal research and reference materials via their iPad, laptop and desktop computer, whether they are online or offline.

This world-first technology features advanced search, referencing and annotation functionality using hyperlinked indices, dynamic tables of contents, bookmarking and recent history, and provides access to a substantial proportion of looseleaf titles; eBooks and additional content to be released later this year.

In addition, looseleaf content is updated automatically when a user is connected to the internet, ensuring information is current and correct, as well as reducing significant filing and tracking time for legal practitioners.

Perhaps more than any other profession, the law revolves around words, reading material and research. The way in which it is accessed and utilised will continue to evolve due to advances in technology. "We have learned that the need to be mobile is very important," says Travers. "Practitioners want to access information in court, the office, on the move, in down time and at client's offices, without having to be online. So eBooks and legal content is highly desirable on mobile devices. From legislation and cases, to dictionaries, alerts, and newsletters — it will all be mobile soon."

Alan Hay, executive officer at NZ LAW agrees: "Mobile devices are inevitable, so combining them with applications that can help increase productivity and efficiency is only obvious."

To find out more about LexisNexis Red, please visit www.lexisnexis.co.nz/lexisnexisred.

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About LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LexisNexis® Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

About NZ LAW

NZ LAW Limited (www.nzlaw.co.nz) is an association of independent legal practices with member firms located throughout New Zealand. There are currently 61 member firms practising in a wide range of legal disciplines ranging from business law, home buying and selling, immigration law and intellectual property to aviation law and viticulture.

The group was established in 1992 when about five law firms met in Auckland to find a way to benefit their clients by replicating the conviviality and the sharing of ideas and expertise that occurs in larger law firms, but still be able to retain client confidentiality and their own independence.

NZ LAW members meet formally at three meetings a year. The agendas not only cover current legal issues, but also legal practice management topics and work/life balance workshops. Each meeting or conference ensures there is time to meet socially to enjoy the warmth and friendliness that has made the group the success it is.

The group as a whole is keen to ensure the collegiality and contact occurs at all levels of staff, not just partners and directors of member firms. NZ LAW holds regular conferences and courses for senior and junior lawyers and legal executives, and there is a strong practice managers' group.