With endless tales of doom and gloom in the legal IT market, Eclipse Legal Systems is one UK vendor that reckons it is bucking the trend and enjoying its best year ever – arguably at the expense of its competitors, including the one-time market leader. Eclipse has now published some details of its latest trading results – official statement follows…

Case management software specialist, Eclipse Legal Systems, has reported a record trading year for 2007/8.  The firm’s previous best results came in 2006/7, when it published a turnover of £4.25 million with profit levels of around the £1 million mark. The financial year 2007/8 – which ended on 30th June – saw Eclipse announce a turnover increase of approximately 20% to over £5 million, with similar profit levels.

The company’s growth has been based upon a parallel focus of client acquisition strategies and strong ‘new business’ campaigns. In the financial year 2007/8, Eclipse recorded 76 new ‘greenfield’ client wins (not including existing client upgrades). Highlights from the last 12 months include:
• Almost 2000 new Proclaim end-user licence sales, bringing the overall user figure to over 9000
• Staff headcount reaching 75, with the purchase of additional premises giving headroom for over 200

Eclipse sales director Russell Thomson said: “Given the uncertainty and misinformation that has surrounded many legal software vendors, law firms are understandably looking for a transparent and driven IT solutions partner. We are enjoying unparalleled success, and our long-term strategies are very much aligned with those of forward-thinking and expanding legal services providers.”