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Top 60 UK Law Firm Signs Seven Year, Multi-million Pound Deal For LexisNexis Visualfiles to Power Fee-earner Desktop

DWF selects Visualfiles for best-of-breed status, future-proof technology and licensing model

London, 10 July 2009 – LexisNexis, the leading provider of practice and productivity management solutions, today announced that DWF LLP, ranked amongst the top 60 UK law firms, has selected LexisNexis Visualfiles as its best-of-breed case management system to power its fee-earner desktops. Visualfiles is central to the success of DWF’s software strategy. It will integrate Elite 3E, DWF’s practice management system; InterAction, the customer relationship management system; and Interwoven, the document management system; to provide a seamless and integrated business environment, supporting a new and uniform way of working in the firm.

LexisNexis is providing DWF with a site-wide licence for Visualfiles. This means that DWF has the ability to deploy Visualfiles on every single desktop across the firm’s locations in Liverpool, Leeds, London, Manchester and Preston, over the period of the deal. The solution will be deployed on over 900 desktops, and this number is expected to grow with the firm’s business over the coming years.

In addition, DWF has secured preferential access to all new Visualfiles products over the period of the deal. This will enable DWF to take advantage of the latest new product lines for Visualfiles, ensuring that it has the most current case management system, now and in the future. This also illustrates the importance and trust that DWF places on Visualfiles as a technology.

Phil Whitehead, IT Director at DWF LLP, explained, “Technology is crucial to our business and strategically we have decided to only deploy best-of-breed solutions that can maintain this status for at least the next 10 years. LexisNexis is undoubtedly a major player in the legal market with both the size and vision to support our IT decisions in the years to come.

“Even though we have been using Visualfiles in our insurance business, we needed to make sure that it was appropriate as a firm-wide solution. On market investigation, we found that Visualfiles offers the best functionality to meet our current needs, but more importantly has a well defined long term product development roadmap for the future. It is in fact the foundation upon which our ‘integrated business’ strategy rest. Its selection is not a decision we have taken lightly. We consider Visualfiles to be a secure, sound and future-proof investment.”

Once deployed, Visualfiles will be the default application that users will use to open any file or matter, seamlessly feeding information into Elite 3E, InterAction and Interwoven. This will provide users with a single, integrated business environment and allow them to record information efficiently and accurately for the benefit of the entire organisation.

Tim Cheadle, UK General Manager, LexisNexis Practice & Productivity Management, added, “We are delighted with this win and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding partnership. This deal unmistakeably demonstrates the technological superiority of our product, the confidence that a top UK firm such as DWF has in our offering and the strength of the LexisNexis brand.”

About LexisNexis
In the UK, LexisNexis® ( is a leading provider of information and business solutions to the legal, accountancy, corporate, risk and public sectors. As the leading provider of Practice & Productivity Management solutions, the company works with customers to drive productive, efficient and reliable decisions. Its services include Visualfiles® (, the case and matter management software; and   Axxia® dna (, the next generation, fully-integrated practice management software. Over 35 per cent of the UK’s top 250 law firms use practice and productivity management technology from LexisNexis. The company has over 1,000 employees in the UK.

In the US, 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 18,000 employees worldwide.


DWF LLP is one of the fastest growing law firms in the UK.  With over 970 people based in Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Preston, DWF provides a range of services grouped under the following practice areas: Corporate, Banking & Finance, Business Recovery, Litigation, Real Estate, People, Insurance, Private Client.

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