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Baker McKenzie, Eversheds Sutherland, Latham & Watkins and Paul Hastings are the firms developing the most mobile phone apps for their businesses, a new ranking shows.
A legal sector survey shows that 24 per cent of a pool of 300 US and UK law firms have invested in apps in the last two years. According to the research conducted by app building company Fliplet, 74 per cent of firms that have developed apps are US-headquartered.
The pressure from clients seeking compliance and regulatory information is reflected in these figures; 57.7 per cent of the apps recorded were aimed at an external audience, while 19 per cent were targeted at an internal audience.
However, the overwhelming majority of apps (59 per cent) were geared at law firm event information for attendees.
The top 10 law firms with the best app store presence was topped by Baker McKenzie, with 24 total and 16 unique apps; Latham & Watkins with 23 total and 12 unique apps; Eversheds Sutherland with 11 total and six unique apps; Bird & Bird with nine total and five unique apps;and Paul Hastings with six total and four unique apps.
The report states: “Not too long ago, a handful of firms jumped on the app space because no one else was there. It was an unmissable opportunity to be seen as innovative, especially by tech-savvy clients.
“Today, we stand at a crossroads – a quarter of the top firms have adopted apps, so having an app is no longer an innovation in its own right, but many are still to make the leap, and most are still to figure out what makes a great app.”
For most Android apps in this report, the most common range of number of downloads was 100 to 500, with one rare exception: Latham & Watkins’ ‘Book of Jargon for Mergers & Acquisitions’ fell in the 1,000 – 5,000 downloads range.
The development of apps has not been constrained to private practice. The Lawyer reported that Royal Mail launched a ‘Crisis Response App’ developed by its in-house team to help the business react more effectively to a dawn raid or investigation by regulators.
Two years, ago The Lawyer reported that Pernod Ricard launched a contracts compliance app devised by its legal team to cut time spent managing commercial paperwork
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