Not so breaking news as the original email vanished into a blackhole…

Peppermint Technology has announced the general release of Peppermint Portal, the first module of its Legal Services Platform. Peppermint Portal, already deployed and live in a large regional firm, has been delivered ahead of the scheduled roadmap, demonstrating the speed at which the Peppermint Platform can deliver new services.

The Portal, which co-exists with a number of legacy Practice and Case Management applications, provides law firms with the ability to interact with prospects, clients and referrers securely online. It also provides fee earners with remote access to support services and an extended portfolio of business and performance reporting.

Arlene Adams, co-founder & managing director of Peppermint Technology commented “We are proud to have live our first deployment of Portal, with a highly satisfied client, in such a short time. Our delivery timescales demonstrate that technology has moved on significantly in the last decade and that Peppermint’s arrival is a welcomed burst of innovation and value to legal firms looking to invest in technology to improve their performance.”

Peppermint believes this to be the first legal solution specifically engineered for use on iPads, Android tablets and mobile devices, reflecting the innovative approach of Peppermint and the benefits of building on new technology.

Peppermint Portal is currently being deployed in a number of large firms across the UK. It improves the productivity of fee earners by delivering tailored services that can be accessed in the office or remotely through a browser. The Portal provides remote access to time recording and client information as well as extending the breadth and depth of available KPI (Key Performance Indicator) reports. The Portal makes it easier for fee earners to perform and enables them to maximise their personal billing time and margins.

It also enables practices to manage the complete lifecycle of any relationship: prospects can selfservice their own enquires online and complete a self-assessment process that allows the firm to pre-qualify potential clients; whilst clients and referrers enjoy the ability to access, track and update case information in real time from anywhere, anytime. While the Portal improves the client experience and reduces cost, it also enables firms to proactively promote new services tailored to the client. Combine this with, the soon to be released, powerful CRM (Customer Relationship Management) module on the Peppermint Platform and it is clear why the Peppermint Legal Services. Platform is an obvious choice for progressive firmsand manage the on-going service quickly and cost effectively.

A short demonstration of the Portal’s capability is available at
www.pepperminttechnology.co.uk/home/video

The Legal Services Platform, due for release in Q4 2011, will follow the Portal release. The Platform represents a step change in technology for law firms, away from traditional software systems to a cloud based platform supporting applications, transactions, content and collaboration. Peppermint Legal Services Platform is designed to enable law firms to outperform.