The War for Talent in Ireland’s Legal Industry: Leveraging Technology to Attract and Retain the Best Employees

“It’s really difficult to hire new solicitors. There is a lot of pressure on firms with escalating wages and increased pressure to offer remote working, etc. As I’m working with fewer staff, I really need to be more technology and efficiency-focused. My feeling at the moment is that I have to make sure I get the maximum out of technology…”

-Dye & Durham Client



In recent years, law firms in Ireland have found it challenging to recruit and retain good talent due to increased competition and a shortage of professionals with the specialised training and skillset required by the industry. Against this backdrop, and with rising wage inflation, it has become crucial for companies to prioritise talent retention, as the cost of replacing skilled employees is significantly higher.

Since law firms reap the benefits of incorporating technology in various areas of their operations, can they also harness it to attract and retain top talent?

Seven Ways Technology Helps Law Firms Attract and Retain Talent

Much like a Swiss Army knife, technology is a versatile tool that offers multiple benefits. By investing in the right technology, law firms can improve operational efficiency while attracting and retaining skilled employees. Specifically, technology can help in the following areas:

  1. Improved competitiveness: The proliferation of international firms in the Irish legal sector has led to increased competition and intensified the battle to recruit legal talent. Skilled legal professionals often prioritise access to innovative legal technology tools that enhance productivity and enable exposure to broader markets. By investing in such tools, law firms can maintain competitiveness and position themselves as a great place to work.
  2. Better time management and work-life balance: Legal tech tools can help lawyers work more efficiently and effectively. For example, many law firms now use document and case management software that enables lawyers to create legal documents quickly and easily, saving time and reducing errors. By investing in such tools, law firms enable their solicitors to work smarter, not harder, freeing up time for their personal lives outside work ─ an increasingly important factor in today’s work landscape.
  3. Quality cases + satisfied clients = quality talent: The satisfaction of a firm’s clients and the quality of its cases can attract top legal talent who seek engaging and challenging work. Investing in comprehensive practice management software with efficient onboarding and client management capabilities enables law firms to provide high-quality service to new and existing clients. In addition, automating routine tasks gives solicitors room to focus on more complex tasks and provide clients with value-added services.
  4. Efficient workforce management: Technology helps tackle the talent retention challenge by providing law firms with tools to manage their workforce better. By using workforce management software, firms can monitor the performance of their lawyers, recognise areas needing improvement, and provide personalised training and support to help them enhance their skills. This can give firms a competitive edge.
  5. Efficient task management: Technology such as Keyhouse, which includes task management as part of its comprehensive practice management system offering, enables firms to manage their teams more effectively with customisable workflows for managing tasks and cases. A simple task manager enables firms to see what files their solicitors are working on, what stage they are at and where the blockages are.
  6. Recruitment: Another area where technology helps is the recruitment process itself. Using online recruitment platforms to advertise job openings and connect with potential candidates makes it easier for firms to reach a wider pool of candidates and identify the best fit for the firm.
  7. Cost-savings = improved staff perks and benefits: Employers who offer attractive benefits and perks are more likely to retain skilled employees and increase their appeal to potential candidates. By effectively using technology, law firms can streamline their operations, reduce costs, and ultimately increase profitability, thus allowing them to allocate more funds towards better compensation packages and employee benefits. Moreover, implementing cloud collaboration tools enables law firms to offer their staff the flexibility to work from any location, which can be a major selling point for job seekers, making these firms more desirable in the hiring market.


If you are a law firm looking to solve the talent problem, it’s time to start leveraging technology for solutions. A comprehensive practice management solution like Keyhouse Practice Management software from Dye & Durham is a great place to start. To learn more about our suite of complete practice management solutions and book a free demo, call us now on 01 290 2222.

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