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Who are Digital Transcription for Lawyers (DTFL)?

Digital Transcription for Lawyers (DTFL) was established in 2003, by Annabel Hurdman, to provide a trusted, confidential and secure outsourced legal digital transcription solution, with same day turnaround as standard.

The service is for any firm within the legal field including sole practitioners, busy law practices, Barristers’ Chambers, the Police, the Probation Service and Expert Witnesses amongst others.

Annabel has drawn on her own legal secretarial experience gained over more than 40 years.  Her experience covers crime, family, child law, personal injury, human rights, court martial, company commercial, conveyancing, marine and probate.

Annabel saw the potential for a fast and accurate outsourced digital transcription service for the legal field that capitalised on the ease of using digital files.

DTFL was developed as a flexible and user-friendly legal audio typing and digital transcription service that produces work in pre-agreed, bespoke client templates.

What does Digital Transcription for Lawyers offer?

Digital Transcription for Lawyers uses a pool of experienced UK-based legal audio typists.  All are personally vetted and tested by Annabel, have a minimum of five years’ legal secretarial experience and meet the rigorous standards for quality, accuracy and expertise for which DTFL has become renowned.

Legal Audio Typist digital headsetHaving a readily available team of legal audio typists ensures that there are always enough typists to meet the demand.  It is one of the reasons why DTFL can guarantee that all sound files received by 1.00pm will be transcribed and completed work returned the same day.

DTFL has expanded rapidly, largely through word of mouth and enquiries through its website.  However, Annabel has made great efforts to ensure that the company retains the personal touch which has proved popular with clients and provided the foundation for its success to date.  See some of our reviews.

Why Digital Transcription for Lawyers?

The DTFL team pride themselves not only on their speed, but also on the accuracy of their transcriptions.  Completed documents are monitored and checked by the company’s quality control staff.  Work is treated as confidential and is transcribed using your own templates, or templates created for you by DTFL.

More importantly, DTFL provides clients with a secure and confidential transcription service.  UK based servers accredited and certified to ISO27001 and PCI DSS security standards and 256 bit SSL encryption ensures that your data stays in the UK, under UK jurisdiction.

The company’s working hours – 7.00am to 7.00pm – enable it to guarantee industry-leading turnaround times.  All sound files received by 1.00pm are guaranteed to be transcribed and completed work returned the same day.  Urgent sound files are transcribed immediately.

If you use Digital Transcription for Lawyers regularly, Court headings, names and addresses need only to be dictated once.  DTFL uses online checks to ensure correct addresses and/or company names, including completing missing or incomplete postcodes.

Keyboard and headset used by legal audio typists working with a legal transcription serviceDTFL is one of the fastest growing oursourced digital transcription companies in the legal market because of its accuracy, responsiveness, reliability and flexibility.  The company provides an invaluable, cost-effective legal typing and outsourced digital transcription service across the legal spectrum.

The DTFL team pride themselves on their confidential service, high levels of accuracy and swift turnarounds.  Whether you are a sole practitioner, a small, medium or large firm, DTFL can help.

The service is available on demand and comes at a fraction of the cost of in-house secretarial staff.

Some of our Reviews

“DTFL has been a revelation.  The standard of their typing and the speed of their response has changed the way that chambers can function.  We would now be lost without them.  All members of chambers that use the facility have been similarly stunned.  We could not recommend the service more sincerely”

Chambers, Civil and Public Law, Cardiff

"Annabel and her Team provide a flawless service.  The work is meticulously accurate and beautifully formatted and comes back straight away.  I cannot recommend DTFL highly enough nor is it possible to imagine any way in which their service could be improved upon"

Family Law Solicitors, London WC1

"Life in the office is fast and hard.  We could not meet the needs of our clients without the services of DTFL who are always there whether it be to cope with a crisis quickly or deal with the daily deluge of correspondence."

Family Law Practice, Birmingham

"We have been using DTFL for well over a year now.  We have found DTFL, and in particular Annabel, to be exceptional.  Their service is excellent both in accuracy and speed.  Many of our documents are lengthy and having such accurate transcription of our dictation makes our lives easier and our client service better.  I cannot recommend Annabel and DTFL highly enough."

Specialist Employment Law Solicitors, Lincolnshire

“I have worked with Annabel and the team at DTFL for many years.  The service is professional but personal.  Annabel takes great pride in her business and the service that she provides.  The work is of a very high quality.  The typing is very accurate which is impressive as the turnaround time from sending the sound files for typing to the finished product is very fast indeed.  I would not hesitate to recommend DTFL as an outsourcing service to lawyers as a replacement for or as a supplement to an inhouse typing team.”

Family Law and Divorce Solicitors, Essex

“Annabel and her team at DTFL give us great flexibility of secretarial resource and always provide a speedy, accurate and efficient response to our requirements; they are an indispensible part of our team enabling us to deliver with their help the rapid and professional service required by our commercial clients.”

Commercial Property Lawyers, Oxfordshire

“I have been so impressed with the professionalism and speed that DTFL offer.  I have worked with a number of digital dictation services over time, but none has really been able to deliver whey they promise.  DTFL really do what they say they do.  My clients are really impressed with how quickly their work is turned around.  I am amazed at how much time this service saves me.  In a world when we are all used to doing at least some of our own typing it comes as a surprise when you see it done quickly, efficiently and accurately.  A fantastic service – what more could anyone want?”

Solicitor and Mediator

“We have been using DTFL for over eight years now.  They have reduced the need for in-house secretaries considerably, at a fraction of the cost.  With a one hour turn around, accurate transcription and an “as and when we need service”, we have not looked back.  We are happy to recommend them.”

Multi-Disciplinary Law Firm, Hertfordshire

“We have worked with Digital Transcription for Lawyers for approximately 10 years and we have always found them very personable, helpful and above all efficient with an ability to turn work around accurately and on time!”

Multi-Disciplinary Law Firm, Sheffield

“Finding DTFL has revolutionised my work.  Access to such a reliable, efficient and cost effective transcription service has significantly reduced the pressure on my time.  I have come to rely on this service as I am confident that work will be completed accurately and quickly, which is crucial as I have tight court deadlines to meet.”

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Bury

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