Legal system shift to digital is hailed

Published

14th January 2021

Progress in modernising the Scottish courts system must not be lost once the pandemic passes, according to the leader of a Dundee solicitors.

Blackadders managing partner Johnston Clark highlighted the dramatic systemic changes caused by Covid-19.

He said 10 years of progress had been made in the last 10 months.

Virtual hearings and submissions made in writing instead of in person have created “efficiencies”.

Solicitors not spending as much time travelling to courts could also mean smaller bills for customers, he claimed.

Mr Clark said: “Systems and courts have come forward 10 years in 10 months with the use of technology and ‘default to digital’.

“That must not go backwards.

Mr Clark said the impact of the pandemic on the business was “less than initially might have been feared”.

“We know we can cope with pandemic conditions and maintain client service,” he said.

“The main concern is for the wellbeing of our staff, and a period of recession and high unemployment will inevitably affect some of our lines.”

The company has 28 partners and 206 staff. 150 workers are based across its Tayside offices in Dundee, Arbroath and Perth.

Blackadders also has offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Newly filed accounts for the year ending March 31 2020 show Blackadders had a turnover of £13.9 million, a 21% rise from 2019.

Profits for the financial period before members’ remuneration and profit share was recorded at £3.9m, a rise from £2.8m the previous year.

You can red the full article from Rob McLaren on The Courier website 

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders is one of the leading law firms in the East of Scotland. Legal expertise, professional support staff and technical resources help to create a first class legal service for both business and individual clients.

Back to news