SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software (SOS) has become the preferred integrated practice and case management system with the merger this month of Hooper & Wollen and Harold Michelmore, two leading Devon law firms. Wollen Michelmore, as it will be known, aims to become the ‘super law firm’ of the area. SOS Connect, which was selected by Hooper & Wollen three years ago, will now also replace the Axxia system currently used by Harold Michelmore.

Consolidating IT is just one of the challenges resulting from any merger but in this instance the future IT strategy proved straightforward as Hooper & Wollen practice manager Clive Meredith explained: “Having successfully rolled out SOS Connect our systems were more up-to-date than our merger partner’s and more flexible to cope with our expansion and the needs of different departments. SOS Connect really sold itself to Harold Michelmore’s IT manager when demonstrated throughout the fact-finding stage of the negotiations.”

During the last couple of years Hooper & Wollen has progressively extended the use of SOS Connect for the accounts, document and case management throughout the firm. The software also enables the Torbay walk-in law shop to be accounted for as its own entity following its rebranding under the Quality Solicitors livery. The expanded firm – Wollen Michelmore – will have offices in Torquay, Newton Abbot, Paignton, and Dartmouth, 15 partners and will employ over 100 staff. As well as extending services geographically the new firm will also offer a wider range of specialty skills including those geared around agriculture.