Friday, August 22, 2008

BigHand Mobile Helps Russell Kennedy Maximise BlackBerry Investment

Leading Australian law firm sees lawyer 'mobile productivity' increase, plus work-life flexibility.

Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) August 22, 2008 -- Prominent Melbourne law firm Russell Kennedy has seen an increase in BlackBerry utilization for mobile working, and an associated improvement in document turnaround times, as a result of implementing BigHand Mobile (BlackBerry Edition) across the firm in 2008. The BlackBerry digital dictation capability, together with other remote working options offered by BigHand, has also enabled both lawyers and secretaries to work from home when required; such as for maternity or to enable a better work-life balance.

BigHand Digital Dictation
BigHand Digital Dictation

Bruce Stafford, Information Technology Manager describes: "The key to good technology management is making the most of the systems you have in place and the great thing about BigHand software is that it enhances our existing investment in BlackBerry wireless technology. Getting lawyers to use their Smartphone for dictation means document production is boosted by the instant nature of wireless technology, and the increased workflow visibility helps work sharing among office-based support. In terms of product selection, we originally looked at several products as software solutions but our use of BlackBerry technology meant BigHand were the most viable option."

Following the BigHand BlackBerry project Russell Kennedy are now set to look at the Interwoven BlackBerry module, with both 'Best-of-Breed' systems also offering integration with each other and the potential for further efficiencies down the line.

Bruce Kent, Principal and head of Civil Litigation, comments:

"The introduction of BigHand digital dictation has been a problem free exercise and has produced immediate benefits for our Team.

It is a real "plus" to be able to direct your work to your secretary or the word processing staff, to prioritise work from your desk, to see what work is being typed at any particular time and to see where other dictation sits in the queue.

We have found that we now send individual pieces of dictation for typing as they are dictated rather than dictating numerous letters and documents on the one tape and then delivering the tape to our secretaries or to WP. This "more immediate" transmission of dictated items inevitably leads to a quicker turnaround time.

Overall, there have been no negatives and lots of positives."

BigHand Digital Dictation software is used by four of the top five Australian law firms, as well as Crown Law QLD, Deacons Hong Kong, HWL Ebsworth, Gadens Lawyers, Gilbert + Tobin, Hicksons, and Keddies Litigation Lawyers among many others. As such BigHand is considered the Australian digital dictation market leader.

For more information visit or email enquiry @

Dan Speed, Marketing Director, BigHand.
Tom Nockolds, Regional Manager Asia-Pacific, BigHand. tom.nockolds @ DDI: +61 2 9290 8595

About Russell Kennedy
Russell Kennedy is a prominent and highly respected Melbourne commercial law firm. The firm proudly counts among its clients some of Australia's leading corporations, government bodies, statutory authorities and local government organisations.

The firm combines a number of key areas of legal expertise including banking & finance, building & construction, commercial litigation, employment & industrial relations, health & aged care, insurance, leasing, planning, environment and local government, property & development, transport & logistics and wills & estate planning.

The firm's key objective is the provision of quality, practical and results oriented advice and representation.

About BigHand
A Microsoft Gold Partner and BlackBerry ISV Partner, BigHand is based out of Sydney, London, Chicago and Toronto. BigHand is the leading digital dictation vendor in the global professional services sector. BigHand3 was awarded "Best of Breed System of the Year" at the Legal Technology Awards for 2008, and nominated as 'New Product of the Year' at the LTN Awards 2008. BigHand was named as the fastest growing legal software developer in The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 league tables for both 2006 and 2005. BigHand was also recognised by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing software vendors in Europe in 2006. Additionally BigHand was voted "Best Legal Office Technology System 2004" from votes from over 14,000 lawyers and IT managers across the legal sector at the LOTIE Awards. BigHand's leading product also won the Society for Computers & Law IT Award in 2003 for "the most outstanding application of information technology to the law". Further information is available at

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