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New management reporting tools are likely to be a central focus for law firms’ IT budgets in 2003, while IT security, portals, unified messaging and development of bespoke applications are also near the top of most IT directors’ agendas. Legal IT and Open Orchard have produced a definitive survey of large law firms’ technology buying trends for 2003 which reveals, as one might expect, that the economic climate continues to have a major impact on law firms’ plans for IT investment and modernisation. But there are also a number of law firms within the UK top 100 taking advantage of some of the best bargains for software, hardware and services that they have seen in a long while.

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