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5 November 2004

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  • National firm Beachcroft Wansbroughs is rolling out WinScribe’s digital-dictation workflow solution from SRC to all its London offices, following the successful completion of a pilot in the firm's commercial-property department in the Bristol office.

    Liverpool firm Irvings has rolled-out nFlow’s SMP digital-dictation solution to 44 users across two sites.

    The system will be integrated with Axxia’s practice-management system using nFlow’s Universal Practice Management integration module.

  • Case-management-software provider Eclipse Legal Systems is to rewrite its ProCLAIM system to embrace .NET technology. Software updates will be made available free of charge to ProCLAIM users.

    The first development has focused on Eclipse’s FileView software – the ProCLAIM tool that allows firms to make live-matter information viewable via a secure, password-protected section of their website. Eclipse has extended the functionality of FileView to enable firms to share more information with clients and referrers.

    Further developments, soon to be released, include a two-way integration with all NLIS search providers, enhanced SMS text-messaging features, and the option for practices to automatically trigger ProCLAIM case opening by accepting instructions online from their website visitors.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Interface Software has been named in Deloitte’s ‘Technology Fast 50’ programme for Chicagoland, a ranking of the fifty fastest growing technology companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche LLP. Rankings are based on the percentage of growth in fiscal-year revenues over five years, from 1999 to 2003.

    To qualify for ranking, companies must have operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 1999 and $1m in 2003; must be public or private companies headquartered in Chicagoland; be a ‘technology company’ defined as owning proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company’s operating revenues (using other companies’ technology in a unique way does not qualify); and/or devote a significant proportion of revenues to research and development of technology.

    Winners of the 18 regional Technology Fast 50 programmes in the US and Canada are automatically entered in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 programme, which ranks North America’s top-500, fastest growing technology companies.

  • E-learning specialists Wide Learning and accountants MacIntyre Hudson, which advises law firms on profitability improvements, have formed a partnership to produce an e-learning course to improve time recording by staff. Robert Mowbray, a partner at MacIntyre Hudson, who provides instructor-led training (ILT) on time recording, said: “Most professional firms are substantially under-billing for their work because their staff do not record their time accurately. Most firms do not apply a detailed and practical policy, so time recording among staff is inconsistent, incomplete and late, and the narratives on their recording are poor.”

  • Thomson Elite, part of The Thomson Corporation and a provider of business software to professional-services firms, is to implement its financial and practice-management system at Cripps Harries Hall. Mike Burton, head of IT at Cripps Harries Hall, said: “The firm is committed to integrating the provision of legal advice with the effective use of IT, a policy that resulted in Cripps Harries Hall winning a LOTIE Award in 2002 for ‘Best use of IT by a regional firm’. The rationale behind the firm’s policy is that IT can be used to enable fee earners to work smarter and provide a more efficient service to clients. To this end, Cripps Harries Hall is committed to continuing its investment and development within the IT domain.”

    The decision to partner with Thomson Elite for the provision of financial and practice-management systems continues the firm’s trend towards the use of ‘best of breed’ applications.
    Thomson Elite has also signed up London firm Tarlo Lyons for its out-of-the-box financial and practice-management system. The firm previously used a TMA Sims product, but was forced to seek a new supplier when TMA withdrew from the market.

  • Factiva, a global news and business-information provider, and LexisNexis Group, a global legal news and information-services and products provider, have announced that LexisNexis will provide Factiva’s global content collection to legal professionals at law firms worldwide.

    As of 1 March 2005, LexisNexis will provide Factiva content on an exclusive basis to law firms, including those in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Singapore, as well as courts, state/provincial and local governments, and law, tax and accounting schools in the US and Canada.

    The agreement allows LexisNexis to expand its current news and business-information offerings, totalling approximately 20,000 global sources, to its attorney customers. Unique content will be available through the partnership with Factiva, including Dow Jones and Reuters newswires, as well as 9,000 other sources from around the world. LexisNexis users at law firms will also gain access to the full text of The Wall Street Journal.

  • Interface Software is to deploy its CRM solution, Interaction, at 60-lawyer New York-based firm Ohrenstein & Brown. The firm is deploying InterAction to support more expansive marketing and business-development initiatives and to provide lawyers instant access to firm-wide contact and relationship intelligence.

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