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18 February 2002

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Linklaters to operate on
single global technology platform

Linklaters has announced a major
overhaul of its back-office systems to enable its 29 offices to operate on a
single, global technology platform in a move that the firm hopes will give it a
market lead on its main rivals.

The move, which involves a firm-wide rollout of a suite
of software applications from SAP, will allow Linklaters to conduct business as
a single entity across multiple jurisdictions.
Unlike
most IT systems used by law firms, SAP’s software is used by major corporates
such as Nike and BMW. Linklaters believes the system will speed up billing and
aid the provision of legal services online.

 

Baker & McKenzie introduces global electronic
billing system

The system, which was launched in December, will link
across the firm’s 62 offices and represents an important part of the firm’s
long-running global integration strategy.

It
has been estimated that the firm has spent around £10m on its IT infrastructure
to improve quality across its global network.
In addition to support services
investment, the firm has moved to further integrate the finances of its offices,
increase the local use of its global name and build stronger international
practice groups.
An earlier project sought to unify management systems
throughout Bakers’ spread of practices.
Holding billing information in
multiple currencies has been a key driver behind the implementation of the new
billing system.

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