The managing director of Quill Pinpoint, Julian Bryan, has pledged to extend the membership of the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA) to a wider spectrum of members following his appointment as chair of the UK industry body for legal systems developers and vendors.

Bryan, who takes over from Matt Lancaster, said: “I am delighted to be picking up the chairman’s baton and build on the successes of my predecessors.  With technology touching every aspect of our business and personal lives, it is time for the LSSA to extend its membership offering to a far wider spectrum of software suppliers to the legal sector.  I see this as a key component of the LSSA’s strategy for the forthcoming year.”

Dominic Cullis of Easy Convey continues in the role as vice chair and Phil Snee of Linetime continues as treasurer.

The LSSA is responsible for setting and maintaining professional standards within the legal software industry and its notable recent activity has included engaging with the Law Society of England & Wales over the Law Society’s preferred IT supplier scheme, including sending an open letter to the Law Society saying that the scheme is not in the best interests of the profession.

The LSSA was also indirectly responsible for the demise of the Law Society’s online conveyancing portal Veyo, after launching rival free offering Free2Convey. It manages areas of mutual interest between lawyers and software providers and has links with a number of legislative bodies, including the Land Registry, HMRC, The Law Society, the Court Service and the Legal Aid Agency.

Previous chairs have included Glyn Morris, principal product manager of Advanced Legal, and Roger Jackson, managing director of Cognito Software.