The 14,500 member- strong Country Gentlemen’s Association have selected as their technology provider, in an effort to maintain their century-long tradition of providing outstanding services to their membership body. They are one of the latest ABSs to embrace DPS’s technology solutions for their legal department.
Based in Warminster, Wiltshire, the CGA  was established 120 years ago for the purpose of representing and serving the interests of its members through a unique combination of services such as expert legal and financial advice and small estate management. Many things have changed in the meantime such as the technology that they employ to deliver these services.
The association are using the wills module of DPS’s case management software for their wills-drafting service, a product which, according to James Baker, Solicitor and Managing Partner at the CGA, “takes away the time-consuming nature of drafting wills”. takes the solicitor through the logical steps involved by the process thus minimising the risk of errors and, being continuously updated, it ensures that the final result will always comply with the latest legislation. “I would describe the wills application from DPS as very user-friendly,” said Mr Baker.
The legal department of the CGA have also opted for , the supplier’s managed IT solution, in an attempt to relieve themselves from the burden of managing technology in-house. By going hosted with DPS, they are also observing the SRA requirements that the CGA legal data should not to be held on the same server as the data from the other CGA group companies. Off-site hosting therefore provided a simple solution for them.
James Baker commented on their choice of technology saying: “What we like most about Outlook Office, DPS’s case management software is the fact that it’s accessible straight from our Outlook email accounts. We can easily flick through our emails and case files from within the same platform, which makes associating the emails with the corresponding matters extremely quick, simple and error-free.”
DPS’s integrated legal accounting software- financial director- complements their case management system, allowing CGA users with no accounting background to easily record financial transactions as and when these occur and record them against the right files in DPS. The link between the two systems makes the billing side of the legal work very straightforward and easy to complete for fee earners.
Osman Ismail concluded: “We are proud to count the Country Gentlemen’s Association as a client and as one of the latest ABSs to select our legal software. We applaud their choice and use of technology, as they continue to develop their legal department and their offer and we trust that this partnership will enable them to achieve their goals during the years to come.”