Another Anti-Corruption App Comes to Town: Latham’s AB&C Laws

Law Firm: Latham & Watkins LLP
Firm Size: Large
Released: May 1, 2013
Platform: iPad (iTunes)
Cost: Free

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On the heels of O’Melveny’s FCPA app, Latham has created an app called AB&C Laws. As described by the app’s iTunes profile:

The AB&C Laws Application sets out anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws in thirteen of the world’s major economies. Users have access to the legislative framework, the key elements of offences, extra-territorial application, limitation periods, enforcement, potential penalties, and official guidance including (where available) steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of liability for bribery and corruption.

Law Firm Mobile appreciates the creation of substantive resources by law firms, including Latham’s app. Even so, we have higher design aspirations than what has been produced so far from AmLaw firms.  In Latham’s case, one area for critique is the text-heavy nature of the information in the app. As a legal resource, it is not surprising that there is a significant amount of textual information. Even so, Latham should consider some design enhancements to make the text easier to read. There are plenty of news and non-legal resource apps that are pleasant to use and read and thus can be used as a model. Personal and business users have high expectations for good interfaces. Law firms should meet those expectations.

On a separate note, surprisingly, Latham’s app is iPad only. Denying support for iPhones really limits the total potential audience for the app.