Tech Start for Law
To encourage law firms to adopt technology to enhance efficiency and productivity, the 'Tech Start for Law' Programme was jointly launched on 27 February 2017 by the Ministry of Law, the Law Society of Singapore ('Law Society') and SPRING Singapore. Up to $2.8 million has been allocated for the 'Tech Start for Law' programme which will end on 28 February 2018. Law firms looking to adopt technology to improve their productivity will receive funding support of up to 70% of the first-year's cost for technology products in practice management, online research and online marketing. For more information on the 'Tech Start for Law' programme and how to apply, please click here.
The SmartLaw Assist and SmartLaw recognition schemes were also launched by the Law Society at the same time. The SmartLaw Assist scheme ended on 30 June 2017 and provided law firms with a 70 per cent subsidy on first-year subscription costs for an online knowledge database. The $300,000 scheme had been funded by the Law Society Education Fund on a first-come, first-served basis.
The SmartLaw recognition scheme allows law firms that have a practice management or accounting software, an online knowledge management database and an online presence to use the SmartLaw logo on their website and marketing collaterals. More information on the SmartLaw recognition scheme and how to apply can be found here.
The 'Tech Start for Law' programme was featured by Channel News Asia ('CNA') on 1 March 2017. Click on the play button below to watch the coverage by CNA.