Legal IT Win: UK conveyancing giant Simplify selects LexisNexis Visualfiles

The UK’s largest provider of conveyancing legal services, Simplify, has selected LexisNexis Visualfiles as its group-wide software platform for case and legal process management. Following a successful pilot, Simplify is now embarking on a phased roll-out of the solution.

Described by Property Market Eye as a “powerhouse market leader”, Simplify is the result of a merger in February 2019 of the Simplify Group and My Home Move. Bigger than the next five providers in this sector combined, Simplify processes more than 130,000 conveyancing cases per year, and with ambitious plans for further growth. It consists of four of the largest regulated property law firms: Advantage Property Lawyers, DC Law, JS Law and Premier Property Lawyers.

While My Home Move was already using Visualfiles, having selected it in 2014, the selection of Visualfiles by the combined group was made after a market review.

The Simplify senior management team is made up of an equal number of people from My Home Move and the Simply Group, and the business is jointly owned by all the current shareholders of those two businesses.

Speaking about the successful pilot, David Matthewman, Simplify CIO, added, “This pilot has been an exceptionally good introduction of Visualfiles to the whole of our business. For users, the project has provided a taste of what’s to come – the kind of productivity it will deliver is tangible and remarkable. From an IT perspective, the pilot is a huge success; it was ambitious, fast paced and delivered right on time. This has been helped significantly by the manner in which the Visualfiles team engaged with us, their understanding of our business and systems alongside the training they provided. Large, business-critical technology implementations of this nature require meticulous planning to be executed this well, it has been an incredible team effort with LexisNexis as a core part of the team.”

Simplify represents the largest single deployment of Visualfiles in the conveyancing industry. Following the planned roll-out, Simplify will have close to 1,300 staff managing their legal processes on Visualfiles.