Integrated HR Software to Help Withy King Cut Admin by 60% and Meet LLP Reporting Requirements

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Law firm, Withy King, has chosen web-based SelectHR from Access to support its employee lifecycle management requirements. The fully-integrated HR software will help reduce administration by 60 percent, support more structured LLP reporting requirements, cut the cost of duplication in training, and reduce the time taken to recruit candidates for its graduate solicitor training programme.

Law firm, Withy King, has chosen web-based SelectHR from Access to support its employee lifecycle management requirements. The fully-integrated HR software will help reduce administration by 60 per cent, support more structured LLP reporting requirements, cut the cost of duplication in training, and reduce the time taken to recruit candidates for its graduate solicitor training programme.

Head of HR for Withy King, Jo Kangurs, commented, “We’re becoming more commercially focused and want to work towards becoming a Sunday Times Top 100 employer. With the legal services reforms, HR is becoming more important than ever before; it’s imperative that we automate and streamline our transactional processes so that we can focus on more strategic projects.”

Withy King, which converted to LLP status last year, will see SelectHR replace its bespoke system and multiple Excel spreadsheets, creating one central store for all people information. “Our current database is very basic; it’s virtually impossible to access all the information we need for our more structured management reporting requirements. SelectHR will provide us with timely and accurate information we can trust and we’ll no longer have to manage data across multiple sources."

“Self-service is also very important to us. Our HR assistant currently deals with all employee queries, which equates to 60 percent of her time. The new system will reduce this considerably as our 250 staff will take responsibility for their own information. Our managers will have direct access to key HR intelligence such as turnover, sickness and absence, alongside recruitment and training spend for their areas of business, so they will be able to directly access reports.”

Having a system that incorporated recruitment and training was a further reason for choosing SelectHR. “We have more than 300-plus applications for our graduate training programme each year. The online vacancy and application process will considerably cut the hours spent sorting and shortlisting candidates and provide flexibility in how we work with recruitment agencies. The system will also cut the need to manually track equal opportunities statistics, which the Solicitors Regulation Authority could request at any point in time.

“We’ll also be able to keep accurate training records in one system, making it easier to understand spend allocation. It will stop any duplication which we’ve had in past where multiple people have attended the same course, instead of one person disseminating that information on their return. Our lawyers will be able to easily manage their CPD online too so they remain compliant. Having ready access to all of our people information will save a considerable amount of time, leaving us to focus on strategic measures that attract and retain the best talent.”

Withy King operates across seven offices in the South West, providing legal services to both individual and commercial clients. It specialises in sectors including racing and bloodstock, agriculture, property & construction, property development & planning, hotels & leisure, care sector and technology and media.

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About Access:
Since 1991, Access has become established as a leading business solutions provider to the mid-market. It helps organisations improve performance, profitability and cost efficiency by delivering integrated organisation-wide solutions spanning finance, HR and payroll, professional services automation, document management and manufacturing. More than 5,000 customers rely on Access to drive growth and unlock the potential of their people as well as their organisation through better business insight. It has nine offices across the UK and Ireland and employs over 350 people.

A £50 million investment by private equity firm, Lyceum Capital, in 2011 marked a significant step change in Access’ growth trajectory, cementing the company’s notable position amongst the top five fastest growing UK software developers in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 List 2012 and in last year’s Profit Track 100. Access’ on-going commitment to excellence, its customers and its people also placed it amongst the UK’s top employers in The Sunday Times 100 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ 2011.

Accreditations and memberships:

  •     Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
  •     Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  •     Business Application Software Developers Association (BASDA)
  •     Access’ software is recognised by HM Revenue & Customs

Awards:

  •     Inclusion in The Sunday Times Buyout Track 100 list (47th)
  •     Inclusion in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 list (63rd)
  •     Inclusion in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for mid-market companies (85th)
  •     Accountancy Age Award 2010 for ‘Software Package of the Year’
  •     SIFT Media Software Satisfaction Awards 2010 for ‘Enterprise Accounting & Finance’
  •     SIFT Media Software Satisfaction Awards 2010 for ‘SME Human Resources & Human Capital Management’
  •     FrontRange Partner Awards 2010 for ‘CRM Partner of the Year’
  •     Green IT Awards 2010 for 'Environmental Accounting Software of the Year'
  •     Construction Computing Awards 2010 and 2011, 'Construction Accounting Software of the Year'

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Helen Carpenter
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Access UK Ltd
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Tim Cole
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Access UK Ltd
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