Two interesting pieces of channel news to report today featuring Worldox & Copyrite in the UK and Advanced Legal in Northern Ireland…

World Software Corporation has just announced its strategic relationship with Copyrite Business Solutions Ltd, an IT consulting company based in the UK. This new strategic reseller relationship furthers World Software’s plans for continued expansion in the European market place. www.copyrite.co.uk

Ray Zwiefelhofer, the president of World Software said “We are very excited about this new reseller relationship. Copyrite has been serving this market for many years and has the similar values in customer relationships and the quality of service that we hold dear. While the Worldox document management system is in over 4000 U.S. law firms, this new relationship will allow us to gain further traction in the European market.”

Ben Summerfield, Head of Software at Copyrite, added “We see this as an exciting new step that will enable us to expand our offering in a sector we already specialise in. Having spent a considerable amount of time analysing the DMS (Document Management Systems) market in the legal sector, Worldox really stood out from the crowd. From our perspective, we believe the product will enable us to bring a very full featured and effective toolset to drive huge efficiencies in document handling, security and office space – all at a far lesser cost than our clients may traditionally expect to deliver a rapid return on investment. In economic times where the ability to act quickly to a rapidly changing market means we all need to be scalable, an effective DMS offers a true competitive advantage.”

• Advanced Legal has launched its ALB practice management solution into the Northern Irish market. More than 50 law firms from Northern Ireland attended the launch event to learn more about the ALB software.

ALB offers core financial and practice management functionality and cutting edge workflow solutions which enable standardisation and automation of time consuming processes, assisting firms to increase efficiency and speed up case progression. The workflow toolkit allows staff to create and amend processes quickly and easily without the need for development knowledge. Advanced has also launch two ‘out-of-the-box’ case applications, Client & Matter Inception, and Conveyancing, which have been customised to reduce the amount of data-entry duplication. The apps will also simplify the overall process for firms managing routine and complex case loads.

Doug Hargrove, Managing Director of Advanced Legal, comments, “Advanced Legal is very pleased with the market reaction to the new ALB case apps and the workflow toolkit.  Clients find ALB easy to use and can quickly build automated processes. We are already fielding many requests from firms interested in seeing how they can take advantage of the new apps.”

Jimmy Scullion, Ireland General Manager of Advanced Legal, says: “The legal market is ready for leading edge software that enables smarter working and we are seeing an increasing number of law firms investing in practice management software, such as ALB. These firms are realising that technology investment is not an option, but a competitive necessity.”

Advanced Legal has already signed up its first ALB customer in Northern Ireland and is actively engaged with a number of firms looking to achieve efficiency gains by replacing its multiple aging systems with a single, fully integrated solution.

COMMENT: The Worldox product has always had a strong following in the United States but the company has so far lacked a consistent route-to-market in the UK. Let’s hope Copyrite can change this, the two companies already have one customer in common. As for Ireland, since the demise of Axxia as an independent company, the mid-tier end of the Irish (both Northern and the Republic) legal IT market has been generally ignored. Advanced Legal could find themselves pushing at an open door.