Speculation here about a proliferation of apps for in-house lawyers was on the mark (See my post of June 15, 2010: apps that screen out distractions; Feb. 1, 2011: cottage industry of apps for matter management; and March 29, 2011: HTML5 enriched apps.).
Eversheds has released an app for the iPhone and Blackberry that provides answers to commonly asked questions regarding employment contracts, ranging from recruitment, to the contractual terms themselves, and to termination. Moreover, according to Legal Tech. Insider, April 2011 at 8, “the really interesting aspect is that this is a global app with answers covering 25 countries including the UK, EU member states, Hong Kong and the USA. The app also includes information on family friendly employment rights and restrictive covenants.” Will such informative apps cost money for in-house users? I suspect not, over time. Must they register for updates. Probably
Law firms and law departments take note! Multitudes of apps for the delivery of specialized material and FAQs will appear this year and out into the future. Soon, client versions will appear so that law departments can inform their internal clients through an app. After that will come customizable and annotatable apps. After that ….