Woodfines Solicitors LLP, a regional law firm in Beds, Bucks and Cambridgeshire, is to standardise its legal software on SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software in preparation for further expansion and a post-Legal Services Act landscape.

Headquartered in Bedford, Woodfines has grown through a series of mergers and acquisitions and now operates additional offices in Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Bletchley and Sandy.  A long-standing user of SOS for practice management and accounts, over the years Woodfines had assimilated a variety of applications, including Outlook, for running the business and more recently has introduced its first case management system for conveyancing.  In order to prepare for full Lexcel accreditation and better serve the needs of its clients, Woodfines needed to standardise procedures throughout the firm. The impact of the Legal Services Act was also a significant factor. Adrian Frost, managing partner of Woodfines said: “As a dynamic, forward thinking firm looking to further expand into the region, it would be foolish not to keep an eye on our competitiveness as the Legal Services Act issues new challenges and opportunities.”

A visit to SOS customer, Buckles of Peterborough, proved transformational. As Adrian Frost recalls; “We were impressed by the functionality of SOS Connect when it was demonstrated across all practices areas and disciplines. The idea that everything from document management and time recording to key performance indicators, management reporting and case management could all be made available under one umbrella, gave us the reassurance that we would be able to use the software to continue to provide our clients with the best possible service.”