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Freehills has awarded Phoenix Business Solutions a contract to support over 1500 users of Autonomy iManage WorkSite. This project forms part of a comprehensive partnership between Freehills and Phoenix, a leading global provider of software solutions and IT & business consultancy for professional service firms. Phoenix have been working extensively with Freehills to advise the leading law firm in emerging technologies such as: mobile, time capture/recording, document assembly and business process automation amongst others. Freehills are currently in the process of working with Phoenix to introduce some of these emerging technologies into the firm.

Iridium Technology, a consulting firm that is 100% focused on business intelligence (BI) for law firms – is pleased to announce that they have opened an office in the Albany suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. This office will be the center of Iridium's global consulting and client support operations.
“As our client base and staff has expanded, we need to expand our infrastructure,” said Tom Jones, President of Iridium Technology. “The new Auckland office will provide us with a centralized location as we continue to grow our BI consulting staff, as well as a solid infrastructure to support our rapidly expanding client base. The office is also well positioned to support the increasing number of firms in Australia and New Zealand that are looking to Iridium Technology to handle their mission-critical BI implementations.
“Opening the New Zealand office is a logical extension of our goal to provide world-class implementations of BI solutions for law firms in all regions. By consolidating our consulting resources in one facility we will get increased synergy: more great ideas, more powerful and intuitive dashboards, and more SSRS content built on top of the ADERANT ClearView Performance and Practice products.”

BigHand has announced South Australian law firm Bartel & Hall has replaced its legacy dictation system with BigHand’s latest v4.2 Voice Productivity technology for iPhone and Android. Kym Bartel, partner at Bartel & Hall, assessed a variety of systems in the firm’s efforts to replace its aging tape system, which it had used since it was founded in 1979. BigHand was the winner following a product comparison and also was recommended by another similar firm in the region.

Said Bartel “Using BigHand is far more efficient than using tapes, with much greater control and accuracy. Work from our three branch offices is sent back to our main office via the Smartphones. No time is wasted physically coming back to the office with tapes. This enables our lawyers to record and capture more chargeable time than they could ever have done with tapes. We opted for Smartphones as a dictation device rather than new digital recorders as the option to work anytime, anywhere, and have dictations delivered immediately to support staff was very attractive to our lawyers, who now say they can’t live without this technology. The win-win is that it is also more cost effective, as the firm is not paying for multiple devices.”