Now this is interesting… LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions just announced that Fieldfisher has selected LexisOne to be its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution and the firm’s core technology platform. It is doubly interesting in that this is the biggest LexisOne site to-date – Fieldfisher is #39 in the Insider Top 200 chart with a turnover of £104 million AND because the firm is currently an Elite Enterprise site and has opted for LexisOne rather than Elite 3E. Fieldfisher already runs the Lexis InterAction CRM, as well as Lexis Visualfiles for some of its case management.

The solution will underpin the business to create a unified business environment across the firm’s nine offices in Brussels, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Munich, Silicon Valley, Paris and Shanghai. Over 800 employees including more than 400 lawyers and 160 partners will use the solution when fully deployed. LexisOne will replace multiple business systems at the firm, providing a fully integrated suite of applications including matter planning; time, travel and expense processing; billing; procurement; purchase; general ledger and legal accounting; business intelligence and asset management and human resource management.

LexisNexis say that following a rigorous selection process, Fieldfisher chose LexisOne for its ERP capability that traditional practice management systems aren’t able to offer. The solution provides legal and business level capability for modern law firms, it’s built on the proven Microsoft Dynamics AX platform; and has a well-defined product development roadmap for the future. All this swung Fieldfisher’s decision in LexisOne’s favour.

“We work across a number of jurisdictions and having different systems operating in different offices defies business logic,” Mike Giles, Finance Director at Fieldfisher explained. “LexisOne will give us a single, integrated system across the firm and allow us to introduce best practice processes in all our offices. This approach will improve our ability to deliver consistently excellent service to our clients whilst at the same time providing better systems and business information to meet the needs of the business leading to improvements in overall efficiency. Ultimately, I see LexisOne helping us to become a more connected firm providing a single view of the business, which is critical in the current competitive environment.”

LexisNexis will drive the implementation of LexisOne at Fieldfisher with the support of Hitachi Solutions, the company’s global deployment partner for large scale projects.

COMMENT: So, an Elite Enterprise site opts to go for LexisOne rather than 3E – maybe a number of ongoing delayed and over-budget 3E implementations were an influence? And if even Enterprise users are avoiding 3E, what does this mean for all those Elite Envision aka Pilgrim LawSoft sites? LexisOne is now also firmly placing itself as a viable alternative to Elite, along with Aderant and Peppermint Technology.