In another bold move in the practice management space, City law firm Fox Williams has become the first UK firm to select Thomson Reuters Elite’s newly-launched cloud version of 3E, after a competitive review to swap out its sunsetted incumbent Elite Envision system, we can reveal. 3E Cloud, which just recently became available in the UK, is a SaaS financial management solution, providing an Elite-managed cloud environment using the Microsoft Azure platform.

Fox Williams is an independent business law firm founded in 1989 and based in the City of London, which positions itself as a cost effective alternative to the larger City firms. The adoption of 3E Cloud is being described as a natural next step for the firm, which already has other cloud-based solutions in place. It also builds on the firm’s long-standing relationship with Thomson Reuters, with the firm using a number of solutions such as Practical Law, Westlaw, and HighQ.

Selling points for 3E cloud include data security, power and load capacity flexibility, improved disaster recovery, and enhanced risk management of business data, as well as reduced infrastructure costs, no on-premises hardware, the flexibility to scale up or down, and automated upgrades.

“Being able to benefit from a large law firm solution was a real differentiator for us,” says Jeremy Gubbay, partner and chief operating officer of Fox Williams. “3E Cloud gives us the benefits of 3E plus the security, managed service, and automatic upgrades of a cloud offering, all without the upfront investment that would be needed for an on-premises system.”

3E Cloud was first launched in the US in 2018, with New Orleans-headquartered law firm  Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan the first to go live on it. Elite formally launched its cloud solution in the UK in March 2020.

Law firms typically shy away from being the first at anything but this has been an interesting few weeks in the PMS space. As we revealed in the May Orange Rag – Kemp Little – which is also on Envision – is set to become the first to sign up to Oracle’s new PMS. Firms on Enterprise and Envision have little choice but to swap out given that those systems have been sunsetted by TRE, which stopped bug fixes for Envision last year.

Last week we announced that UK top 30 law firm Macfarlanes – which is moving off Enterprise – has selected Aderant Expert.

As with Kemp Little, firms needing to switch will be watching Fox Williams’ progress closely.

To check out which UK firms are still on Envision and Enterprise see: http://www.legaltechnology.com//top-200/ – we are in the process of updating the chart so if any of your data needs updating please contact caroline.hill@legalitlabs.com