Hodge Jones & Allen invest £250,000 in Eclipse's Proclaim

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8 December 2011


London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is implementing Legal Futures Associate Eclipse's Proclaim Practice Management Software system in a deal valued at £250,000.

Hodge Jones & Allen provides a full portfolio of legal services for clients nationwide. The practice has a long-standing and enviable reputation for cutting-edge legal actions, including representing victims of the King’s Cross fire in 1987 and the Marchioness ferry disaster in 1989. More recently the firm has acted for families taking action against makers of MMR vaccines.

Recent growth propelled the firm's headcount to almost 200 staff and this volume of throughput necessitated a review of internal IT systems. Following a full analysis of the software market, Hodge Jones & Allen selected Eclipse's Proclaim system. The practice is implementing Proclaim for all staff, with case management solutions in the crime, family, personal injury and employment teams. 

In addition, the firm is tailoring a Proclaim Matter Management solution for non-prescriptive work areas. To complete the full Proclaim implementation, Hodge Jones & Allen is implementing Proclaim Accounts to provide a firm-wide practice management solution. Eclipse is undertaking a conversion of data from the existing case and accounts packages.

Senior partner Patrick Allen said: “Right from the start, I appreciated Eclipse's approach to our needs. The firm had a refreshingly practical take on the legal market and available solutions. The Proclaim system we are implementing will provide a stable and integrated accounts and case management solution to carry us forward in the ABS era. 

“We are particularly attracted by Proclaim's report writing functions, the facility to scan incoming documents into the case – a big step towards the paperless office – and the ease with which we can adapt the system to ongoing needs and new departments. Proclaim will play a key part in assisting Hodge Jones & Allen to expand and remain profitable in these challenging and competitive times.”

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