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15 December 2005

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  • Shoosmiths has rolled out the new version of BigHand’s digital-dictation-workflow technology, BigHand3, to over 300 staff across their Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading and Solent offices. Shoosmiths was one of the first UK law firms to implement the new release of the product, to improve day-to-day efficiency, reduce overheads and enhance overall client-service levels.
  • Thomson Elite, a global provider of business software to professional-services firms, has won a contract with Croydon-based firm Streeter Marshall to implement its ‘Out of the Box’ system. A TMA Sims client for more than 25 years, Streeter Marshall was recently forced to select a new financial-management system when its old supplier withdrew from the market. The firm was keen to select a technology partner that could offer a similar, long-term, stable solution.
  • Visualfiles has won the contract to supply a regulatory-management system to the Law Society of Scotland. The company was selected following a nine-month selection process, to implement a full suite of Visualfiles software throughout the Society, which employs 130 people at its Edinburgh offices. Visualfiles technology will integrate with the Society’s existing finance system, OpenAccounts, and nflow’s digital-dictation system. It will also allow solicitors to update personal records and CPD activity, as well as reserve places on legal-education courses.

Expansion strategies

  • Irwin Mitchell is expanding overseas, with the launch of two Spanish offices in Marbella and Madrid. The offices, which will trade under the name Irwin Mitchell Abogados, will be headed up by Jose Maria de Lorenzo, who was formerly partner at personal-injury firm Lorenzo Zurbrugg, which merged with Irwin Mitchell in 2003.

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