In my role as a tribunal barrister I travel a lot and so am committed to paperless working as I find it enables me to work with increased flexibility and means I can respond to client enquiries no matter where I am working, and can respond quickly and effectively (e.g. you will not get a “sorry your papers are in London and I am in Manchester, so I can’t help too much until I get back to Chambers” type conversation with me).

PDF Software

I use the PDF Expert software package from Readdle to compile and manage papers in a case.

I have used this software to run cases from one-hour telephone directions hearings up to 10-day 7 lever arch file Final Hearings without any problems. Clients tell me that when using this software I am often ahead of the tribunal and my opponents when calling up pages and references.

The software can be used easily and can le learnt quickly. Over the next few weeks I will be posting text reviews, workflows and video guides to this excellent piece of software.

Data Management

Being fully committed to paperless working means all my resources are available to me at any time. This means I have a vast array of journals, books, emails and newsletters at my fingertips. However, such a huge pool of resources would be unwieldy without a robust program to manage the disparate sources of information. For this I use Devontechnologies amazing DevonThink, which is currently going through an open beta process whilst DevonThink3 is perfected.

Again over the next few weeks I will be posting video tutorials on how to use this app to assist those who wish to go paperless.

Data Security

Of course, access to all this information would be a risk to data protection if that information was not secure. Elsewhere on this site I have explained the lengths I go to to ensure data is securely held. When working paperlessly and accessing the internet I do so using ExpressVPN to ensure the data I am accessing is secure from prying eyes.

Hardware

Of course all this technology needs hardware to run off. For my papers I use a 12.9″ iPad Pro as its the nearest in size to a sheet of A4 paper; and a 15″ MacBook Pro as my laptop as its larger size is useful when I am regularly using it for long periods of time.

To assist with working remotely I have the excellent Fujitsu Scansnap IX1500 scanner at home. Which I will review soon.