Russell & Russell Solicitors has signed a five year deal with Advanced Legal (Advanced) for ALB, its practice and case management system (PCMS). The 128-year-old firm recently merged two of its branches and ALB will be key to driving efficiencies and supporting mobile working throughout the business following the change.
The ALB system is designed to help legal firms efficiently manage their clients, cases and documents by offering a fully-integrated practice and case management solution in an on-premise or hosted environment.
Russell & Russell has 190 staff working at eight sites across the north west. The system will initially be used by the firm’s crime, wills and probate, and family teams, with a view to rolling it out to other teams including conveyancing and personal injury in the future. ALB will replace a legacy system that has become outdated.
ALB will improve internal processes, for example by creating a uniform letterhead for all offices and the use of e-signatures will speed up turnaround times. Paper documents will be scanned in and stored online, allowing easy access to client files from any location. This will improve efficiency, risk management and be more environmentally friendly.
Andrew Perry, practice manager, Russell & Russell, says: “Choosing the right company to work with on this project was very important to us and after a thorough selection process, we shortlisted three software providers. Advanced was selected as the provider because it has the necessary resources to invest in its products and also takes a partnership approach – running user groups and allowing customers to play a collaborative role in influencing future developments.
“ALB will allow our lawyers to move from office to office and still have online access to files, thereby reducing paper usage and making us more efficient and consistent in delivering services to our clients. In the legal sector, clients expect firms to use up-to-date and innovative technology and ALB will support us to maintain competitive advantage.”
Doug Hargrove, managing director, Advanced Legal, says, “We are pleased to welcome Russell & Russell as another law firm that will be able to take advantage of the efficiency gains ALB brings. ALB is the perfect solution to support them in continuing to deliver quality service following their expansion and we look forward to building our relationship with them.”
Advanced Legal is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group Limited, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards and ranked in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK.