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Top 60 UK Law Firm has piloted and prepares for the firm-wide rollout of LexisNexis dna

Weightmans LLP consolidates technology systems, simplifies user experience

LONDON, 1st November, 2010 – LexisNexis UK (www.lexisnexis.co.uk), a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions including legal enterprise software, today announced that Weightmans LLP, a top 60, full service UK legal practice, has piloted and is preparing the firm-wide roll out of LexisNexis® dna, a workflow based, integrated financial and practice management system, following the success of an initial evaluation. When the firm-wide implementation has been completed, dna will be available to more than 900 users across the firm’s offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, London, and Manchester.

LexisNexis dna will simplify and enhance user experience at the firm by providing a wide range of capabilities – from disparate legal applications such as email, word processing, to document management and case management – via a single, web interface. By eliminating the need for users to log into different systems, the solution will increase staff productivity and improve client service. This solution will also remove duplication of data, ensuring that only accurate information on all aspects of the business, resides within dna. The seamlessly integrated and consolidated technology environment is designed to ensure smooth functioning of IT, as well as to facilitate its easy management and maintenance across all the firm’s office sites.

“This solution will be the lifeblood of our business and serve as the platform for future growth. It will give us sophisticated capabilities encompassing every aspect of our legal practice including time recording, accounts and reporting, and contact details management, in a single system,” said Patrick Gual, Managing Partner at Weightmans LLP. “We deliberated long and hard before adopting dna. It crucially offers us the flexibility to evolve our business offering in response to changing market demands, including best practice and compliance.”

The unique ‘case conversion’ functionality within dna enables Weightmans to easily transition from LexisNexis Fee Earner Desktop (FED), its previous case management system, to the new platform. All case workflows can be migrated from FED to dna without the need to rewrite them. The bulk of Weightmans’ work is defendant insurance litigation and the underpinning workflows that handle it are outlined in a document comprising over 230 pages of process diagrams. Typically, to migrate to another case management system, Weightmans would have had to rewrite every single workflow into the new system before it became operational as the firm’s key platform. In addition, the firm would have needed to maintain two solutions until all the old matters had been closed on the incumbent system.

With dna, the firm has been able to transfer all the case workflows and case handlers’ documents pertaining to a specific team overnight. Crucially, it has allowed users to resume the workflows in dna exactly where they left off in LexisNexis FED. When the roll out of dna is complete firm-wide, Weightmans will be able to immediately retire the use of the previous system. This capability played a key role in Weightmans’ selection of LexisNexis dna as most solutions on the market do not offer this facility.

“The fact that a firm of Weightmans’ calibre is deploying dna, speaks volumes on the merits of the solution. The system truly leverages the latest technological advancements to deliver a sophisticated business solution to legal practices. dna is further strengthened by customers who play a key role in its further development based on the potential they see in it to meet their future business needs,” commented Tim Cheadle, General Manager, LexisNexis UK Enterprise Solutions.

LexisNexis dna will simplify and enhance user experience at the firm by providing a wide range of capabilities – from disparate legal applications such as email, word processing, to document management and case management – via a single, web interface. By eliminating the need for users to log into different systems, the solution will increase staff productivity and improve client service. This solution will also remove duplication of data, ensuring that only accurate information on all aspects of the business, resides within dna. The seamlessly integrated and consolidated technology environment is designed to ensure smooth functioning of IT, as well as to facilitate its easy management and maintenance across all the firm’s office sites.

“This solution will be the lifeblood of our business and serve as the platform for future growth. It will give us sophisticated capabilities encompassing every aspect of our legal practice including time recording, accounts and reporting, and contact details management, in a single system,” said Patrick Gual, Managing Partner at Weightmans LLP. “We deliberated long and hard before adopting dna. It crucially offers us the flexibility to evolve our business offering in response to changing market demands, including best practice and compliance.”

The unique ‘case conversion’ functionality within dna enables Weightmans to easily transition from LexisNexis Fee Earner Desktop (FED), its previous case management system, to the new platform. All case workflows can be migrated from FED to dna without the need to rewrite them. The bulk of Weightmans’ work is defendant insurance litigation and the underpinning workflows that handle it are outlined in a document comprising over 230 pages of process diagrams. Typically, to migrate to another case management system, Weightmans would have had to rewrite every single workflow into the new system before it became operational as the firm’s key platform. In addition, the firm would have needed to maintain two solutions until all the old matters had been closed on the incumbent system.

With dna, the firm has been able to transfer all the case workflows and case handlers’ documents pertaining to a specific team overnight. Crucially, it has allowed users to resume the workflows in dna exactly where they left off in LexisNexis FED. When the roll out of dna is complete firm-wide, Weightmans will be able to immediately retire the use of the previous system. This capability played a key role in Weightmans’ selection of LexisNexis dna as most solutions on the market do not offer this facility.

“The fact that a firm of Weightmans’ calibre is deploying dna, speaks volumes on the merits of the solution. The system truly leverages the latest technological advancements to deliver a sophisticated business solution to legal practices. dna is further strengthened by customers who play a key role in its further development based on the potential they see in it to meet their future business needs,” commented Tim Cheadle, General Manager, LexisNexis UK Enterprise Solutions.

LexisNexis dna is a next-generation practice management software designed to increase firms’ efficiency and profitability with legal accounting, time and billing, workflow, document and contact management in one integrated environment.


About LexisNexis
LexisNexis® is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier [NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK], LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 15,000 employees worldwide.

In the UK, LexisNexis, is a leading provider of information and business solutions to the legal, accountancy, corporate, risk and public sectors. As a leading provider of software platforms, LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions works with customers to drive productive, efficient and reliable business decisions. Its solutions include LexisNexis® Visualfiles®, a case and matter management software; LexisNexis® dna, a fully-integrated practice management software; LexisNexis® Streamline, a best-of-breed, single platform for legal and business process workflow management; LexisNexis® Redwood Analytics®, a business intelligence and budgeting software and services; and LexisNexis®InterAction®, a customer relationship management tool. LexisNexis UK has over 1,000 employees in the region.

About Weightmans LLP
Weightmans is a top 60 law firm with offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester. The practice is structured along three lines of business including insurance, public sector and commercial. This encompasses expertise across a range of areas – from adult social services, child law, employment, governance and healthcare through to banking and private equity, intellectual property, regulatory services and property.

Media Contact
Laura Whitehead
Head of Marketing
LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions
T: +44 (0)77958 01553
E: laura.whitehead@lexisnexis.co.uk

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