Kent firm floats into the Cloud with LawSoft and K-Cloud

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26 November 2010

Kent-based law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has selected K-Cloud and Legal Futures Associate Pilgrim Systems to provide all of its business critical applications.

K-Cloud will provide the 200-strong firm’s entire IT infrastructure through fully managed data centres operated by 2e2. This ground-breaking Software as a Service deal centred around the replacement of their legacy Iris AIM Evolution system with Pilgrim Systems’ LawSoft.

K-Cloud will deliver a consolidated service incorporating LawSoft, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange and Centurion’s BreatheHR solution. It will also accommodate the continued use of BigHand and Mimecast.

K-Cloud will also provide a 24/7 IT service desk and a single consistent service-level agreement across both applications and infrastructure.

Thomson Snell & Passmore recognises the challenges that face mid-tier law firms in today’s increasingly competitive legal marketplace. The decision to implement LawSoft will underpin the firms drive towards improving client service and to provide clearer visibility of engagements across the firm.

Head of information systems David Bennett said: “Like the majority of other mid-tier firms, we made a conscious decision to delay upgrading core components of our infrastructure. We knew that we would need to upgrade our Microsoft Office environment this year (2003 to 2010) but we recognised that we could introduce real efficiencies across the firm if we took the opportunity to re-evaluate the IT systems we used. This included our practice management system.

“Moving to the Cloud has provided us with an opportunity to build an infrastructure based on best practice and the inclusion of the new practice management sSystem allows us to review all of the business processes used within the firm. The solution effectively allows us to take advantage of recent software and hardware advances and simplified business processes, without having to compromise their implementation by incorporating them into the existing infrastructure.

“The changes we are making provide us with the opportunity to make significant business change in a fraction of the time it would take us in the more traditional implementation – it makes perfect business and economic sense.”

Malcolm Simms, K-Cloud’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to have finalised contracts with Thomson Snell & Passmore. The firm’s circumstances are similar to that of many other legal practices we are currently speaking to and we are confident that an increasing number of firms will start to see the clear economic, strategic and operational advantages of the K-Cloud proposition.”

Pilgrim’s COO Colin Kennedy added: “It is very rewarding to receive clear evidence that our Cloud strategy is being ratified by the profession. We expect Thomson Snell & Passmore to be one of many LawSoft clients on the Cloud.”

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