This week I sat down and reviewed different software packages and IT solutions that are most commonly used by legal firms and solicitors. What I’ve done is list them out below and review the pros and cons of each package. It’s not an exhaustive list by any stretch, but should provide some good pointers for lawyers and solicitors who are thinking about increasing their use of technology in their offices to help them with everyday tasks to streamline their business. You might also find a recent post I wrote about legal content marketing useful too.
This package is billed as being “designed by lawyers for lawyers” and is a legal practice management software solution. The great thing about this package is that you don’t need to use an expensive IT support company to get everything up and running. The software technology lets you control all IT aspects to your firm including billing, time management, document management and more. It can be used on standard PC, Mac, plus now iPad and iPhone if you are on the move and mobile frequently. They currently have a free trial on offer.
Created by an IT Support company in London, this software lets legal professionals manage their own back-office solution without the need to outsource their IT requirements. It is superb for those practicing in civil litigation, criminal defence, family law, personal injury, and immigration cases. Comes with the standard items you would expect such as billing solutions, professional services, court rules and workflows, legal document templates, and also has mobile access. No free trial is available with this one unfortunately but a great IT package none the less.
This software and IT solutions helps lawyers and solicitors keep track of time and expenses. But it doesn’t stop there. It also lets you invoice clients with highly detailed billing documents and sheets, produces instant reports on profits and productivity, and lets you have an immediate top down view on their financial position of your clients. The IT company behind the product states that LawRD helps to measure ROI (return on investment) and can improve productivity and profitability. It is possible to set up a demo account on their website.
According to their website, thousands of lawyers save time using Clio (and they have data that shows savings of up to 8 hours per week when using this software). Comes with time and billing, calendars, collaboration features, and other advanced law practice management functions. The bills and invoices that get produced by Clio look very good and can help to really make your law firm look a lot more streamlined and professional. Pricing is handled on a monthly subscription basis with pricing starting at around £30 per month for the standard package.
This company is an award-winning legal software provider, who have developed their Legal Service Platform. It’s built on a Microsoft platform and includes legal case management software, document management, legal accounts, billing and time recording, business intelligence reporting, risk management features, legal online services, knowledge centre, and a CRM and marketing application. Definitely one of the leaders, and is developed by an IT support company based in Nottingham in the Midlands. Worth a second look for sure.
A personal favourite of mine, this comes with practice management software, case management applications, legal accounting software, probate software, case tracking management, and even offers up hosting services for solicitors and lawyers. They have been providing legal software services for over 20 years and are one of the longest standing players in the industry. They are based near London (in Harlow, Essex), and can support your company either on a remote IT support basis, or over the telephone or via a contact form.
Summary and Conclusion
So to summarise and conclude, there are literally hundreds of software products on the market that are aimed at legal practices, lawyers, and solicitors – far too many to feature in this blog article. Choosing the right package for you should be done diligently, and I would recommend taking the free trial or demo offers available before making a final decision. Having effective IT support for your legal firm can be achieved by spending as little as £30 per month, but of course, those costs could dramatically increase depending on how many staff you employ and your personal requirements.
For legal firms with more than 50 staff, I would recommend that you use a dedicated IT support company in addition to one of these packages in order to support you with IT infrastructure and networking, as a small software package isn’t going to be the answer to all of your technology needs.
Search for software packages online and trial some services for a month before you make that final decision on which provider and supplier to go with.