Irwin Mitchell – the 4th largest firm in the UK by staff numbers (it recently merged with Golds in Glasgow and acquired niche PI practice Alexander Harris) – has chosen Thomson Elite's 3E as its next-generation financial and practice management system. The firm previously ran an Axxia PMS.

Ian Fowles, Head of IT Business Systems at Irwin Mitchell, said “We were motivated to search for a new solution because of the high cost of running the existing mix of systems that constituted the firm's back office system, as well as the inflexibility of this legacy mix of applications to adopt new working practices.

“We chose Thomson Elite because they were able to demonstrate significant forward thinking around solutions for practices at the top end of the legal sector. Most importantly, the 3E solution has a unique openness which enables it to connect with other essential systems to improve compliance and efficiency.

“The system will undoubtedly be welcomed by our fee-earners and partners, as a lack of access to high quality financial data has been a growing frustration. Elite 3E will allow partners to quickly analyse performance data and make more informed decisions, particularly around the pricing of legal services.

“We anticipate that cash flow will also be increased through improved financial management such as efficient billing and cash collection. The process tool kit will be developed to ensure disbursement capture is consistent and effective.”

 Kaye Sycamore, the recently appointed Vice President International at Thomson Elite, said “The rate at which leading law firms worldwide are adopting 3E illustrates that they are becoming aware of how advanced technology can give them an unmistakable advantage over their competitors. Elite 3E has quickly established itself as the next-generation practice management solution of choice for innovative law firms, from magic circle to the smaller end of the market.”
 
Nearly 50 firms worldwide have chosen to adopt Elite 3E in the last year, including Allen & Overy, DWF, HLBBshaw, Nabarro, Ozannes, and Semple Fraser in the UK. Irwin Mitchell plans to implement 3E across the firm in late 2008/early 2009.