How speech to text software helps the legal profession

Dragon Professional Anywhere brings productivity advantages to legal professionals, helping them produce documentation faster and more accurately, and, at the current time, being a particularly useful support to working from home. We carried out a survey in June this year to find out how legal professionals were coping with working from home, and what speech to text software could bring to help them be more efficient.

Here are some of the things we learned:

  • Legal professionals told us they spend an average of three hours a day typing. That works out to around two full days a week. Speech recognition software like Dragon Professional Anywhere can dramatically reduce this time, creating space for other tasks, such as client liaison.
  • 70% of IT decision makers in legal firms said productivity tools are a great investment with regard to staying competitive in the future, and 60% said thin client support in virtual environments was important for them when making IT decisions. Dragon Professional Anywhere  is a perfect fit, as it is cloud based and supports thin client  environments like Citrix, Windows Terminal Server and VMware.
  • 89% of legal professionals said they use external transcription services some of the time. Transcriptions services can add to document turnaround time, and, if they are used on an ad hoc basis can be a costly unbudgeted expense. Dragon Professional Anywhere is an annualised expense so it is easier to budget for. Where legal professionals create their own meeting and other case-relevant documentation using Dragon it can be both more detailed and more quickly produced.

Overall our survey found that 80% of legal professionals using speech recognition felt properly equipped for working from home before Covid-19.

As Covid-19 presents new challenges to the legal profession, and may keep us working from home for the foreseeable future, there has never been a better time to try Dragon Professional Anywhere.

We’re always here to answer your questions about how Dragon Professional Anywhere can help you. Book a demo today.

You will find our full research report here.

Ed McGuiggan

About Ed McGuiggan

Ed McGuiggan is General Manager for the Dragon Professional and Consumer business, overseeing the strategy for Nuance's Dragon speech recognition and documentation product line. Ed has held various leadership roles within Nuance over the past two decades, including the creation, development, and expansion of the company’s worldwide eCommerce business, as well as the management of the Corporate and Retail sales teams. Prior to joining Nuance in 1997, Ed held senior management roles at FTP Software and Corporate Software, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College.