Lawyers work wherever they want
Antwerp lawyers Dhaenens-Vermeulen are no longer irritated by traffic jams thanks to the Philips digital dictation solutions
Law firm Dhaenens-Vermeulen was set up in 1993 by Didier Dhaenens, LL.M. and his internship supervisor back then. In 20017 Raoul Vermeulen, LL.M. became a partner. Since then they have operated under the name D&V Advocaten. Their main activity concerns dispute settlements in all its possible legal forms, ranging from real estate and insurance law, over family law and criminal law, to commercial law. The firm has five lawyers and two administrative employees. Since end of 2016 both lawyers have frequently been using the SpeechAir, the smart voice recorder by Philips.
The work of a lawyer involves a lot of dictating. Letters and submissions which have to be typed out later. Until six months ago D&V Advocaten worked with tapes. A system that worked... until something went wrong. Mr. Dhaenens: "There would be small dramas. A cassette could be accidentally erased or lost. The tape was not be correctly fitted into the device and only half of what was said would be recorded. This would mainly bother the administrative staff, who had to decipher and type everything.
I sometimes forget my SpeechAir at the office when I need to dictate something urgently. In emergencies I can always use my mobile phone.
LL.M. at Dhaenens-Vermeulen Advocaten
When we leave a hearing, everything that is been said is still at the front of our mind. Because we have our SpeechAir with us, we can set to work immediately. We dictate, send the voice file to the office and by the time we arrive the entire dossier is updated.
LL.M. at Dhaenens-Vermeulen Advocaten, Antwerp