The Government's much heralded Digital by Default strategy was announced in 2010 with the objective of replacing cumbersome and expensive paper transactions with an easier and more cost efficient digital model. Step-by-step this is gradually changing the way legal professionals interact with official agencies.
However ideal the objective of the government's strategy, the non-collaborative approach taken by the various government agencies is inadvertently adding complexity to law firm processes. Separate sign-ins and different workflows for each authority are just 2 examples of why government portals present a less than ideal environment for the legal practitioner. Additional efficiency barriers include limited functionality and reporting, time-out issues and, critically for law firms, a threat that risk management and compliance could be compromised.
The Oyez Gateway was developed to overcome the shortcomings of government portals and our primary aim is to allow legal practitioners to collaborate and incorporate digital submissions into their current workflows using a common process across multiple agencies.