Oon & Bazul, and Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Bazul Ashhab, was recently featured in a Ministry of Law Singapore article titled, “The Future is Legal Tech”. The featured section is as follows:
Oon-wards with Technology
When Singapore entered the circuit breaker period last year, business continuity across most industry sectors were affected as overnight, telecommuting became the only mode of operation – but not for Oon & Bazul LLP. Disruption was kept to a minimum thanks to their technology-focused business continuity plan, which included simulations of various scenarios including a complete shutdown due to a terrorist attack.
As the law firm had always placed technology at the core of its growth philosophy, this allowed them to better navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic. In fact, for some segments of practice, the firm’s productivity went up and billings increased even when travel restrictions kicked in. They were able to meet with clients more frequently via virtual meetings – across different time zones – and receive instructions faster as compared to traditional face-to-face meetings.
Bazul Ashhab (presenting), Managing Partner at Oon & Bazul LLP, at an internal meeting with employees pre-COVID-19.
“Technology will continue to evolve. One needs to be laser-focused when it comes to technology or risk being annihilated in a dynamic and competitive environment,” noted Bazul Ashhab, Managing Partner at Oon & Bazul LLP.
The firm leveraged the Tech-celerate for Law initiative to procure software such as Tessaract.io, an end-to-end collaborative practice management software. Apart from Tessaract.io, the firm also adopted the productivity tool Clarilis, a document automation platform that helps lawyers and corporate counsel with the drafting process for all forms of legal documentation.
Bazul Ashhab, Managing Partner at Oon & Bazul LLP.
The success recipe for the firm was a combination of a bottom-up approach involving staff across all levels, formulation of a comprehensive technology learning and development plan for all employees, as well as regular investments in technology. “I will not make a decision until I have heard from every business segment, including non-lawyers,” said Bazul, emphasizing the firm’s senior management’s belief in adopting a consultative approach.
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