Sword Group's Enterprise Content Management Practice has been awarded a contract by leading Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West LLP to deliver its new SharePoint 2010 based Legal document management solution Excalibur to its 700 users including 300 attorneys.

Excalibur will replace the firm’s existing document management system from one of the major legal vendors with a client/matter centric solution leveraging business value from familiar Microsoft SharePoint, Office, Exchange and SQL platforms. Following an extensive review of the market, including other SharePoint offerings and traditional legacy document management solutions, and with advice from independent industry consultants, Sword’s solution was chosen.

Matt Kesner, CIO at Fenwick & West said: “Sword’s Excalibur solution on SharePoint 2010 has come at the right time for us and for the legal sector. We are witnessing a wave of adoption of SharePoint as an enterprise platform for delivering solutions for our business. We are very impressed with Sword and we are equally impressed with the original vision and achievement of Lewis Silkin in leading the way for the legal market. Having reviewed very many offerings and upcoming developments, Excalibur was clearly the most advanced and represented the least risk, not least because it was fully in production at a legal practice. Sword has proven to be an extremely responsive and collaborative partner and we are already working with them on future enhancements. We like the fact that we are dealing with a company with a background in ECM and legal, and one that has full control of product development. Finally, there a great many SharePoint partners out there and the global reach and financial strength of Sword helped in our due diligence process.”

Terry Coyne, UK head of business development for Sword’s legal and commercial sectors said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Fenwick & West. Matt and his team are highly visionary and we are formulating an exciting roadmap together. Having delivered solutions for the legal market and wider enterprise commercial sectors for over 15 years, we are seeing a major sea change in adoption of SharePoint as a true platform for business innovation. We are also witnessing cost take-out advantages as firms are realising they can gradually decrease the reliance and cost associated with legacy point systems by doing more with a single SharePoint platform. As one of Microsoft’s key global partners, we are excited to be helping both Microsoft and the legal community to take advantage of this wave.”