Law firm homeworking is nothing new. However, the outbreak of Covid-19 forced many firms to accelerate their move towards it.
We’ve already taken a look at what government assistance is available. State aid is one thing, but what is the wider world of business offering?
Here are just a few aids and free offers that are open to you.
Crafty Counsel , the online learning and development platform for lawyers, is making all its content free for two weeks. Check out the offer by following the link.
The Link App is innovative and easy-to-use. It provides a secure and confidential communication tool – now for free. It works on all devices: home computers, laptops, ipads, iphones and androids. Users can message clients, share documents, and enable clients to access case updates. Visit the Link App website here.
Google’s general manager and VP of G-Suite Javier Soltero said at the start of March that Google will begin rolling out free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally.
Google Hangouts Meet is a cloud-based collaboration tool that is part of its business productivity bundle, G-Suite. Hangouts Meet is Google’s latest video conferencing app while Hangouts Chat is Google’s Slack alternative, allowing G Suite organizations to create group chats and channels for internal discussions.
The new free access will include:
Perhaps not applicable for all law firm homeworking but well worth checking out.
Microsoft said at the start of March that if you work for a business that isn’t currently licensed for Teams, you can get a free Office 365 E1 offer for six months.
Teams is part of Office 365, so if you have a licence for that you already have it. It’s worth noting for small businesses that Microsoft already has a good freemium version and you can find details here.
According to Cisco, there is an unprecedented increase in remote work happening around the world due to COVID-19. If you are working remotely, Webex can help to keep your team connected on any device, enabling you to keep work moving from anywhere.
To support its customers to get the job done and continue their activity, Cisco is offering free and enhanced services to support working from home and learning across the globe, whatever the size or industry they are active in.
LawWare will try to update this blog post as other helpful offers become available.
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