After 15 years IRIS Legal loses its flagship Blake Lapthorn site to Peppermint
UK law firm Blake Lapthorn (number #59 on the Insider Top 200 chart) has selected Peppermint Technology for its next generation practice and case management software.
Vivien Eaden, Blake Lapthorn’s IT Director commented “Our decision to partner with Peppermint was not so much about technology but about creating an environment for on-going business success. In today’s changing legal market we require a partner that can help us respond effectively to those challenges. We want to put our clients at the centre of what we do. The use of Peppermint Technology will help deliver the firm’s business objectives as we seek to streamline our service delivery and deliver the responsiveness, consistency, quality assurance and value that clients want. The Peppermint Platform not only allows us to put the client at the centre of everything we do, but it connects all our data and people in a way that will allow us to become a knowledge driven business.”
Blake Lapthorn serves four markets; private client, owner-managed business, corporate business and not-for-profit business. The Peppermint Platform will be rolled out across the firm’s offices in Southampton, Portsmouth, Oxford and London. The multi-year contract with Peppermint will replace IRIS Legal Videss accounts/practice management and LexisNexis Visualfiles case management systems among others.
Peppermint CEO, Arlene Adams, added “Blake Lapthorn joining the Peppermint community demonstrates the immense value the Peppermint Platform offers to law firms of every size. In larger firms, such as Blake Lapthorn, Peppermint offers all the benefits of an industry leading Microsoft Dynamics platform but tailored for the legal industry. In a world where it is difficult to keep up with new technology, the industry platform approach offers large firms the ability to get new products and services to market far quicker and more cost effectively.”
COMMENT: this is the biggest win for Peppermint so far – and no doubt doubly sweet because Blake Lapthorn had ben IRIS Videss’s biggest site. The firm had been with IRIS/Videss since September 1998 – here’s the original report from the Insider…
Blake Lapthorn, which with a total of 375 staff, including
43 partners is the largest practice on the South Coast, is
spending £1 million on the installation of new case and
practice management software plus associated hardware
and implementation. The Videss Legal Office suite, running
on a Progress database, will replace both the firm’s existing
Ushers system and a number of stand-alone applications.
The system will be based on two fileservers running
Windows NT Enterprise edition. This supports Microsoft’s
new Cluster Server (previously called Wolfpack) technology,
which Videss says provides greater network security.
The firm currently also runs an HP iManage DMS and LexisNexis InterAction CRM.