Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) used last week’s LawTech Futures event in London as the venue at which to announce to the world it was intent on becoming a major player in the legal systems market. TCS global head of legal services PS ‘Ranga’ Ranganathan said following the successful implementation of its LMS (Legal Management Solution) at Shoosmiths (the official sign off is expected in early May) and more recent work with Portuguese law firm Abreu Advogados, it could now offer a templated ERP solution to mid-tier/top 200 law firms.

Ranganathan said despite being based on an SAP platform, the LMS product would be competitively priced, making it a viable alternative to both Elite and Aderant, as well as providing Lexis Axxia and larger IRIS sites with a migration option. TCS say one of the benefits of the new template model is firms will be able to rollout LMS in six months (Abreu took just 24 weeks) compared with two-and-a-half years at Shoosmiths. TCS add that unlike the Peppermint  LSP product, LMS offers a choice and will be available as an inhouse client/server installed application or on a cloud/SaaS basis. Both will offer users the option of a monthly subscription pricing model.

In addition, TCS also announced its new Mobile Legal Office suite of legal-market specific applications for Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPad and other devices. What is interesting about this initiative is while it will offer the usual time recording, client contact-type apps, it is a PMS-agnostic suite that will interface not just with TCS software but also any other vendors’ systems.

If you want to know more, talk to Kieron Walker at TCS.