The first meeting of the UK MatterSphere user group took place at Thomson Reuters premises in London on 13 May. With 30 people in attendance, the firms present at the gathering represented almost 6,000 MatterSphere seats.

This independent group is supported by Thomson Reuters Elite and includes in its management team senior IT figures from Slater & Gordon, Weightmans, Foot Anstey, Mills & Reeve, Thompsons Law, Kingsley Napley and MW Solicitors. The chairperson is Stuart Whittle, IS and operations director at Weightmans.

With the wide range of firms involved (from those new to MatterSphere to those with many years’ experience) as well as Elite’s management invited, the meeting focussed on determining what the key needs of the UK’s MatterSphere users were. This covered strategic needs, support needs as well as individual firm requirements.

Patrick Hurley, vice president customer advocacy at Thomson Reuters Elite said: “With the wealth of knowledge in the user group it offers great value to Thomson Reuters Elite in helping set and confirm how we progress with MatterSphere. As an organisation, we value the input we receive from our customers and this first meeting was exceptionally well run. We look forward to continue to working with and supporting the user group”.

Whittle said: “The user group’s aim is to be influential over the direction MatterSphere takes and from our first meeting I believe that this will be the case. It was also good that such a variety of people have joined including finance directors, risk directors as well as CIO’s and inhouse developers who have come from all over the UK.”

Enquiries for those wishing to join should be directed to Enquiry@ukmattersphereusergroup.com