Following an extensive review of its IT systems, Oxford-based Henmans LLP has opted for a unified technology platform and has selected SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software to replace its legacy LexisNexis Axxia Arista practice management and LexisNexis Visualfiles Solcase case management systems. The new software will be rolled out to 130+ users.
 
Henmans say the IT selection process began in earnest at the Legal IT Show 2009 with the realisation that change would be necessary whether or not the firm chose to follow the LexisNexis product roadmap, following the acquisition of the Visualfiles and Axxia businesses. The starting point was to see which integrated systems were in use with other law firms. This led to a short list for more detailed evaluation of various systems including SOS.
 
There were a number of factors which led to the choice of SOS Connect. Henmans LLP head of information management & technology Colin Paice said: “SOS Connect is based on modern, flexible technology giving us an expandable platform to compete with new business models including virtual practices, extranets, mobile and remote working. We liked the tight integration of accounts, case management and marketing which enables a golden copy of reference data and a completely unified system to be accessible by the whole team. SOS also has the advantage of close integration with Solcase and previous experience of converting data from Axxia systems which augurs well for a smooth changeover.”
 
Initially Henmans LLP will roll-out SOS practice management and accounts enabling standardised business processes such as for file opening, together with performance and statistical data to be adopted by everyone. “We didn’t want a big bang implementation and with SOS we can introduce case management to areas not catered for currently, such as family and corporate before phasing in the other departments from Solcase,” added Paice.