Following last week's rumours about the senior management changes within the LexisNexis Practice & Productivity Management business (aka the legal systems division running Axxia and Visualfiles) we have just come off the phone from a briefing with LexisNexis UK managing director Josh Bottomley and UK general manager Tim Cheadle.

In brief, the LexisNexis group has implemented a “subtle shift of direction” with the realisation that “the ownership of the product roadmaps” for systems such as Axxia DNA and Visualfiles Streamline (the new name for Manilla – but still on schedule for going into early adopter sites in the New Year) “needs to be more local” so as to reflect the needs of local customers. The P&PM business will however still be subject to a global strategy, supervised out of New York, to ensure any new acquisitions or product development plans are complementary to, rather than conflict with, existing parts of the LexisNexis tech empire, such as Interaction and Redwood Analytics.

Bottomley also said that in terms of the use of transaction-based case management technologies, he believed UK law firms were leading the world and that both DNA and Streamline were “worldbeaters”.

As part of the refocussing, Streamline is being pitched as a product for the 'large-law' firm market, whereas DNA was aimed at the 'mid-law' sector, where there was a greater demand for an integrated PMS+ case solution. LexisNexis UK will also be announcing, in the New Year, a new head for a commercial & government team to focus on selling into inhouse legal departments etc.

So, where does this leave the P&PM senior management team of Kate Holden and Edouard Tavernier? Because of the change from a global to local focus, their roles are subject to a period of internal consultation and it is thought likely they will pursue other options within the Reed Elsevier (the parent of LexisNexis) group – although the finer details are still under discussion.

• As an example of what LexisNexis has achieved in terms of creating an integrated – everything from legal research to practice management software – solution, check out the attached Lexis Back Office Library brochure PDF from Australia.