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IRIS Legal nominated for ‘best technology’ legal award

IRIS Legal, who describe themselves as the largest provider of software and IT services to UK law firms, has been shortlisted for The Lawyer Awards 2012 in the Best Technology Project category for its delivery of the hosted IRIS Meridian Law Connected project to No5 Chambers, one of the largest set of barristers’ chambers in England & Wales. The award recognises and highlights the on-going impact that innovation in technology has on the business of law.

The project was a complex integrated IT system spread across three UK chambers. As part of the agreement, worth more than £1million, No.5 Chambers also outsourced all of its IT requirements to IRIS Legal and a full-time senior IRIS Legal employee will work on site on a day-to-day basis.

Jitendra Valera (JV), chief marketing officer at IRIS Legal, said: “We’re delighted our work with No 5 Chambers has been recognised for making such a significant impact on operations.We pride ourselves on providing market-leading technology for law firms and barristers chambers, so they have a competitive advantage. Investment in the right legal technology can increase efficiencies, decrease costs and most importantly, improve client experience.”

The winner will be announced on 26 June, at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The judging panel includes Roger Bickerstaff, partner at Bird & Bird, Janet Day, director at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Jan Durant, director at Lewis Silkin, Sue Hall, director at Linklaters and David Jabbari, partner at Clyde & Co.

4 replies on “IRIS Legal nominated for ‘best technology’ legal award”

The largest – on that broad definition – in the UK – as an independent supplier – is probably Tikit. On a head to head case, matter and practice management basis the new enlarged Elite group in the UK is almost certainly bigger than IRIS/CS now, but it is close.

Definitions and boundaries are important here. More to the point, no one team has ‘leadership’ in the proper sense of being able to dictate development timescales, pricing or functionality etc. That’s a good thing, especially now, as it gives oxygen to the innovators that continue to improve the market.

For the facts see RBP’s Market Report’s; we’re independent and we have no axe to grind for any particular supplier.

Well done Jitendra for putting the best face foot forward – that’s what good marketing people do. Awards are interesting in a way, but the award that matters most is called ‘long term superior stakeholder returns’ – and that’s an economic benchmark, not applause between courses.

Have just seen the results of this and it turns out that IRIS won this award last night!

Now before people say that IRIS should never win anything, it should probably be pointed out that this award has a lot to do with deployment and project management and not necessarily the product. The delivery team must have worked extremely hard, probably in very difficult circumstances, and well done to them.

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