Legal IT News: Phoenix, SeeUnity, Quiss Techology, Digital Courtrooms, kCura & more
With just one week to go until ILTA, we bring you UK wins and deals from Phoenix and SeeUnity; Quiss Technology; Exponential-e and SproutVoice; and Digital Courtrooms, with a product launch from Redbrick Solutions. In the U.S., kCura is joining forces with the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers, Veritext has released its latest version of LawStudio and Wilson Legal Solutions has again earned a spot on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.
Wins and deals
Leading independent offshore trust Bedell Trust has selected the SeeUnity solution to help maintain common content across its document management systems with Phoenix Business Solutions as its implementation partner.
Bedell Trust uses Filesite from iManage to store and manage all client related documents but has recently begun using Microsoft SharePoint to establish client portals and share content, such as reports, directly with clients.
SeeUnity will help streamline Bedell Trust processes by using Echo Content Synchronization to replicate content between SharePoint and Worksite, providing full version control and maintaining a single version of the truth.
“We were pleased to find SeeUnity’s solution for content synchronization to help us address the challenges involved with using SharePoint and Filesite separately,” says Stephen Chiang, CIO of Bedell Trust
The official go-live implementation is expected within the next 2-3 months.
Following a competitive tender process, managed IT services specialist Quiss Technology has been appointed to deliver external support for 60-user Portsmouth-based solicitors Verisona Law.
Nick Hayne, professional services manager at Quiss Technology commented: “Verisona were clear from the outset that their growth plans required a service provider with experience in the legal sector, knowledge of the Peppermint Legal Service Platform and a record of proactive support, which happily played to our key strengths.
“With user numbers expected to increase significantly over the term of the contract, accurate budgeting was a necessity for the management team at Verisona. This requirement was easily met with our simple, comprehensive and inclusive pricing covering guaranteed service levels and unlimited support from our well-resourced UK-based helpdesk.”
British cloud and networking provider Exponential-e has partnered with legal IT specialist SproutIT to launch SproutVoice, a hosted private branch exchange (PBX) voice service platform.
Through the partnership, Exponential-e’s powerful 100 gig Ethernet network will ensure SproutIT customers have dedicated voice bandwidth. This means voice quality is not affected by data traffic, eliminating the effects of jitter, latency and packet loss, to provide high quality voice calls irrespective of location.
“With almost 60 per cent of law firms likely to further outsource IT services, including hosted telephony, the partnership between Exponential-e and SproutIT gives the sector the confidence needed to adhere to the sector’s rigorous security and compliance requirements,” said Alp Kostem, channel referral manager at Exponential-e. “The range of voice services now being offered, which includes the new SproutVoice, means geographical boundaries are no longer a barrier to communication for law firms.”
UK court technology innovator Digital Courtrooms is now available as a supplier on G-Cloud 8, the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) procurement framework for cloud-based computer services, hosted via the Digital Marketplace.
The CCS works with departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and to improve the quality of service delivery.
The Digital Courtroom solution is a software and service package that provides all the necessary tools required to digitise the UK court system. It combines ProjectFusion’s secure data room system; Zylpha’s e-bundling technology; and technical support from South London Legal Partnership. Digital Courtrooms has already proved itself to be a success in a mainstream family court environment at both the West London and Central London Family Courts.
Product launches and upgrades
Redbrick Solutions has released the latest version of its practice management solution, which includes enhanced and improved matter management, search, SDLT, custom fields and document management functionality.
Martin MacDuff, managing director of Redbrick Solutions, which has seen three years of record growth, said: “As leading innovators it is crucial that our case management solutions continue to evolve, for the benefit of our clients, whom we continue to assist in working in the most modern and efficient way possible.”
kCura is joining forces with the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers (CTRL), an open source community for legal practitioners, to advance the discussion on the use of technology in the legal space.
“We are happy to welcome kCura as our newest sponsor, helping us further drive the adoption of technology in this profession,” said Philip J. Favro, director of legal education and resources at CTRL. “kCura’s support allows us to keep empowering the legal community to learn about and use enabling technologies, and share their successes with each other.”
Veritext, the world’s largest court reporting company, has released its latest version of LawStudio, a secure cloud-based collaboration platform and online workspace.
The latest version includes improved security features, tighter integration with Microsoft Office and new time-saving aspects. When e-discovery is complete, LawStudio allows users to organise and manage all case materials, including case documents, transcripts, exhibits, and video testimony.
LawStudio has a robust set of tools to facilitate the identification and tracking of pertinent evidence such as issues, facts and testimony. It also allows users to collaborate and securely share documents with their litigation team, clients, experts and outside counsel.
Last but not least, Wilson Legal Solutions, a global provider of consulting services and analytics software to law firms and professional services organizations, has earned a spot on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. With a three-year growth rate of 141%, Inc. magazine has ranked the company at number 2523.
“Our focus in the last year has been on controlled, sustainable growth. This approach allows us to uphold our commitment to clients and earn referrals for new work from the law firms that we serve,” says Bruce Wilson, managing director and CEO of Wilson Legal Solutions. “We’ve strategically added staff to meet demand for our Wilson Ideate software and services that leverage our knowledge of Elite and Intapp software.”
Over the past year, Wilson Legal Solutions’ team ohas increased to 75 employees and 18 subcontractors. To accommodate its growing workforce, the company opened new offices in Richmond, Virginia, and New Brunswick, Canada, and relocated from Orlando to a larger office in nearby Celebration, Florida.