Anne-Sophie Vérité, lawyer, uses Philips digital dictation in her activity
Long-since established in Lille and boasting 80 years of experience, the Marchal & Associés law firm is reputed as an expert in property law. This approachably sized firm comprises a team of twenty and is renowned for its offensive strategies in property lawsuits and for the drafting of constantly changing legal and technical deeds.
Created by the grandfather of its current leading associate, Yves Marchal, Marchal & Associés has been passed on from generation to generation. And although led by a man, the firm is comprised of an essentially female team, among whom is Anne-Sophie Vérité.
Within this ‘patriarchal’ family business, this young and dynamic lawyer, and mother, decided to give a shake to some old habits. In order to move on from traditional practice, still firmly attached to analogue techniques, she called upon Elindo to facilitate the transfer of dictations from lawyers to legal secretaries.
Shaping work from day to day
‘In our profession, we dictate a great deal in order to save time. If I had to type all my correspondence, there would never be enough hours in what are already quite short days. Given our hourly rates, I’m not sure that our clients would appreciate me spending my time typing, even if I am gradually gaining speed. Transcription also occupies a vast share of our time, which is absorbed by our secretaries.’
For a long time impervious to new technologies, the lawyers need tools that can facilitate the pooling and sharing of the many documents they produce. The key aim was to approach the digital transition that would allow them to alleviate the constantly strained workflow ensured by their secretaries. For, at Marchal & Associés, administration is not outsourced but entirely managed internally by its three legal secretaries.
In the case of an urgent dictation, I send it with a red indicator and I can monitor it by simply consulting the software, to find out when it has been dealt with and by which secretary.