Repstor, a content services and Microsoft 365 matter management specialist, has today (28 April) announced a partnership with Panoram – a new digital transformation business led by former Neota executives Rick Seabrook and Greg Wildisen as well as former Epiq director Martin Bonney. It will see Panoram implement Repstor Custodian for Legal as its default document management system for corporate legal departments and law firms.

“We are establishing Panoram at a time of great disruption, from which a ‘new normal’ will quickly emerge: one in which old rulebooks are torn up and new ways of working are adopted,” Seabrook said. “To survive and stay relevant and agile, law firms and in-house legal teams have no choice but to embrace digital technologies and new delivery models.”

The imperative is to enable new digital ways of working immediately, and without disruption to everyday activity, he adds. It was this ethos that made Repstor the obvious technology partner for matter lifecycle management. Repstor’s Custodian for Legal platform – designed to run natively within Microsoft 365 – harnesses the investment legal teams have already made in the Microsoft 365 platform whilst transforming matter use cases such as document & email management, collaboration and matter lifecycle management.

“We’ve known of Repstor for a long time, and our visions and values are very closely aligned,” Rick says. “Too often legal teams have got in a mess trying to implement specialist IT systems which cost a lot of money and take an age to roll out, without ever really transforming operations in the way that’s needed. Like Repstor, we firmly believe it doesn’t have to be that way – particularly when established systems that are already widely in use – most notably Microsoft 365 and its inherent collaboration platform, Teams – offer everything legal teams need. It’s just a case of optimising the platform for everyday legal use via solutions like Repstor Custodian for Legal.”

Under the reseller relationship, Panoram will offer the full range of consultancy, build, execution/delivery and cloud/SaaS-based system hosting, depending on clients’ requirements. Panoram also provides eDiscovery solutions, via technology company Nuix, and broader digital strategy and transformation services for legal teams. It also plans to build additional applications on top of Custodian for Legal, for enhanced compliance and risk management.