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Eclipse wins £250k deal

London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is implementing Eclipse's Proclaim practice management software system in a deal valued at £¼ million.

Recent growth propelled the firm's headcount to almost 200 staff and this volume of throughput necessitated a review of internal IT systems. Following full analysis of the software market, Hodge Jones & Allen selected Eclipse's Proclaim system. The practice is implementing Proclaim for all staff, with Case Management solutions in the Crime, Family and Personal Injury Employment teams. In addition, the firm is tailoring a Proclaim Matter Management solution for non-prescriptive work areas. To complete the full Proclaim implementation, Hodge Jones & Allen is implementing Proclaim Accounts to provide a firm-wide Practice Management Solution. Eclipse is undertaking a conversion of data from the existing case and accounts packages.

Patrick Allen, Senior Partner at Hodge Jones & Allen, said “Right from the start, I appreciated Eclipse's approach to our needs. The firm had a refreshingly practical take on the legal market and available solutions. The Proclaim system we are implementing will provide a stable and integrated accounts and case management solution to carry us forward in the ABS era. We are particularly attracted by Proclaim's report writing functions, the facility to scan incoming documents into the case (a big step towards the paperless office) and the ease with which we can adapt the system to ongoing needs and new departments. Proclaim will play a key part in assisting Hodge Jones & Allen to expand and remain profitable in these challenging and competitive times.”

COMMENT: The announcement doesn't give any details but from our records we see this is an SOS + LexisNexis Visualfiles swapout. So it's official, Proclaim is the 21st century's answer to Solicitec. And, in the light of the recent Pilgrim acquisition, Eclipse is now also the UK's most successful – and still independent – legal software supplier.