WINNER: A&L Goodbody
A&L Goodbody’s knowledge team has developed a CPD Tracker App, which automatically calculates outstanding CPD requirements, to enable Irish in-house legal teams and legal professionals to log their CPD records “on the go”.
The app was the brainchild of one of the knowledge team’s paralegals, Margaret White. She observed that at year-end the firm received a number of calls from clients asking whether it had records of CPD events they had attended at the firm. She realised that keeping track of CPD training and finding the exact information about CPD requirements was an administrative challenge and a chore for many lawyers. A formal business case to develop the app was presented to A&L Goodbody’s management team and was approved.
All CPD tracked for an individual user may, at the touch of a button, be exported to the user’s email. This assists with visibility and an understanding of the training that was actually received, especially as the CPD year-end approaches. The app also includes a list of FAQs relating to the Law Society CPD requirements and is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.
One judge said: “I really liked the sound of their CPD app and how that idea came about and was taken on board and implemented.”
Another added: “Although this focused on one main initiative, I really like the innovative approach. The fact that no-one else has done this and the firm backed an idea of one of their paralegals through to submission is very impressive. This is truly thinking of what makes life easier and also uses technology seamlessly. The most unique of all the submissions.”