Specialist law firm Abney Garsden McDonald has been nominated as a finalist in the 2010 BSC (British Computer Society) UK IT Industry Awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday 11th November. Abney Garsden McDonald has been nominated in the Small Business Project of the Year category for its development of a case management system in the field of child abuse claims.

The practice uses Eclipse's Proclaim software system and has utilised its integrated toolkit to develop a bespoke system uniquely tailored for this area of work. The system manages group and class actions, and is able to link together the often extremely complex information required to bring successful cases against individuals and/or care homes.

Peter Garsden, partner at Abney Garsden McDonald, said “We are committed to helping the victims of abuse claim their legal rights and find whatever legal remedies are available to them. We are the largest dedicated team of specialised lawyers in this field in the country and include several of the UK's leading abuse litigation lawyers. The importance of a resilient and intelligent IT system in this area of work cannot be overstated. Using Proclaim we have been able to bring about successful outcomes in the most complex of cases, some with history going back 40 years or more. To be nominated for a national IT award is testament to both Proclaim's power and our dedication in building a uniquely bespoke system for this vital area of work.”