For the past 11 years, since 2003, the Insider has been publishing its Top 200 chart showing the IT systems used by the UK’s largest law firms. This month we have added a second chart: The Legal IT Insider Global 200. Like the UK listings, the new global resource is published as a free-to-download Excel spreadsheet file and will be updated on an ongoing basis. The chart currently covers four IT system categories and these will be expanded over time. So what are the headline findings?

Who are the Global 200 ?
We are living in an American world with 150 of the top 200 firms having their head offices in the USA. Next up comes the UK with 27 global firms, followed by Continental Europe with 15 firms (Germany, the Netherlands and Spain each have 3) and then Australia with 5 firms. However China (2), Canada (1) and South Korea (1) also make the list.

• North America – 151
• UK – 27
• Europe – 15
• Australia – 5
• Asia – 3

Accounts, Billing & PMS
The runaway market leader is Thomson Reuters Elite with 3E and Enterprise in use in 122 firms, followed by Aderant Expert in 59 firms. Then comes a big drop to SAP-based systems in use in just 4 firms. (Note, some firms run more than one system)

• Thomson Reuters Elite – 122
• Aderant Expert – 59
• SAP (inc TCS) – 4
• Rippe & Kingston LMS – 3
• Tikit Firmware – 2
• Bespoke, other etc – 7

Document Management
Another two horse race although less evenly balanced with HP Autonomy iManage in use in 155 firms and Open Text in 12 firms. (Some firms run more than one DMS)

• HP Autonomy iManage – 155
• Open Text – 12
• Other – 2
• No DMS listed – 36

You can download the The Insider Global 200 2013 (as at 1 July 2013) here.