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5 October 2004

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  • Five East Anglia firms are implementing BigHand’s digital-dictation software, leading to the creation of a BigHand team dedicated to covering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and bordering counties. Ashton Graham, Fosters, Howes Percival, Kester Cunningham John and Prettys have all announced BigHand digital-dictation projects in initiatives designed to maximise efficiency and add value for their clients.

  • Personal-injury firm Thompsons Solicitors has chosen Aderant’s CMS.Net software solution as its new practice and financial-management system. After reviewing other legal-software suppliers, Thompsons Solicitors selected CMS.Net to manage its network of 400 lawyers in 20 offices nationwide.

    CMS.Net will be integrated with the firm’s case-management system. CMS.Net will also receive imports from a number of other systems that are used by the firm’s service companies and costs draftsman for importing of invoices.

    Aderant will work closely with its chosen technology partner MYOB, which is providing the associated hardware and installation services required for the CMS.Net implementation.

  • Interface Software has released an upgrade to its InterAction for Lotus Notes synchronisation component. Organisations can now tie individual users’ Lotus Notes address books to InterAction’s centralised CRM repository, using a fully automated, server-based synchronisation process.

    InterAction for Lotus Notes allows professionals to add their business contacts to the centralised database, while maximising control over sensitive information. Administrators can schedule the server-based synchronisation process to occur as frequently as they like, without having to involve end users in the process. Behind the scenes, InterAction’s intelligent, rules-based synchronisation process identifies potential duplicates and data inconsistencies, routing questionable data to the data administrator, who can take appropriate action to resolve the conflict, before saving the information to the database.

  • LFM Group Laserform, a legal-software specialist, has signed up four law firms for its legal-forms software.

    Hill Dickinson, Berg & Co, Atteys Solicitors and Keoghs have signed up to the LFM8 SP5 product, which includes a PDF e-mailing facility, expandable forms, complex calculations and automatic databases.

  • Workshare, a provider of content-change applications for professionals, has launched Workshare Protect 3.0 aimed at eliminating the risk of exposing potentially damaging or sensitive metadata. Protect 3.0 aims to give companies greater control of content in their Microsoft Office documents, whether used on the desktop or shared via e-mail, through features such as automatic metadata cleaning options, internal and external metadata-policy settings and one-step PDF-conversion capabilities.

  • BigHand has appointed David Fryer, formerly managing partner at Taylor Walton Solicitors, as chief operating officer. Fryer will head up BigHand’s customer-facing operations departments, together with finance and general management.

    Fryer, who had been managing partner at Taylor Walton Solicitors since 1997, said: “I was proud to have helped take Taylor Walton to its current position in the legal market, but the time was right to seek a fresh challenge. BigHand is a legal-software vendor that has significant ambition and takes a genuine pride in the products it develops and sells. As a lawyer who both used its system and dealt with its operations team, I found both to be of the highest standard. Hopefully coming from ‘the other side of the fence’ I can contribute something that will help make the BigHand offering even more attractive to legal customers.”

  • Case-management specialist Eclipse Legal Systems has been named fastest growing legal IT supplier in the north of the UK at the Deloitte Fast 50 awards ceremony. The Fast 50 programme seeks to champion innovative and successful technology firms from regions across the UK and Ireland, and is now in its seventh year.

    Deloitte used financial figures for the years 1999-2003 to ascertain which firms are showing continued growth. This year's awards saw almost 1,000 firms nominated in the north alone, of which Eclipse's overall position was 31st.

  • The Office of the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman (OPHSO) is to use Visualfiles for its central complaints-management system. The new system will become the central repository for the processing and tracking of all complaints from inception to resolution, ensuring that all the necessary procedures and checks are adhered to. It will help staff to retrieve information more easily and identify emerging issues that can be shared with policymakers and those delivering public services. An analysis of the information held within Visualfiles will also help work management, measurement and allocation, and the Office's business plan and annual reports.

  • Top-200 firm Russell-Cooke has selected Axxia Systems to upgrade its IT infrastructure. In addition to its Artiion accounting software, Axxia will deploy its new browser-based Desktop to 230 staff, the largest installation to date of the latest version, which includes time recording, enquiry, conflict search, wills, deeds, archive and billing. Axxia KPIs and Axxia Vision, two recent additions to the reporting suite, will also be rolled out.

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