Digital Dictation Software Predicted to Save Law Firm £2 Million

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BigHand, the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 company, today announced that it has successfully rolled out its award-winning BigHand3 Digital Dictation software at business law firm Osborne Clarke. As a direct result of the software rollout, the firm expects to achieve efficiency gains in excess of £2million over the next five years.

BigHand, the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 company, today announced that it has successfully rolled out its award-winning BigHand3 Digital Dictation software at business law firm Osborne Clarke. As a direct result of the software rollout, the firm expects to achieve efficiency gains in excess of £2million over the next five years.

Key quantifiable benefits for the firm include:

  •      A reduction in document turnaround times – in the Property Practice alone, the initial pilot project reduced average document turnaround times by 77%.
  •     Fee earner to PA ratios moving from 2:1 to 3:1 over the medium term through the use of existing PA resource for new fee-earner recruits.
  •     A significant reduction in the use of temporary PA resources.

The system will also enable the firm to pool resources across offices to provide a more efficient service for fee earners, particularly with regard to supporting corporate transactions in the London office. Chris Bull, COO at Osborne Clarke commented:

“The BigHand3 project proves that innovative technologies can directly improve the work flow between PA’s and lawyers as well as across office locations. The system has been welcomed by everyone involved, productivity and team working are up and unnecessary costs are lower – a great result for any software implementation and any law firm."

Steve Butterworth, Sales Director at BigHand said:

"We are pleased the process changes resulting directly from the roll-out of BigHand3 Digital Dictation software brought about such a significant benefit for Osborne Clarke. Importantly these are not vague projections, but figures calculated by Osborne Clarke on the basis of savings made to date and then totalled over the next five years."

For more information, please contact: Dan Speed, Head of Marketing, +44 207 793 3076

About BigHand

BigHand is the leading digital dictation vendor in the global legal sector, maintaining the five largest sites at international law firms and with more legal installations in total than all other suppliers combined.

BigHand was named as the UK's fastest growing private legal software developer in the fifth annual Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league table for 2005, sponsored by Microsoft. BigHand was also recognised by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing software vendors in Europe in 2004. Additionally BigHand was voted "Best Legal Office Technology System 2004" from votes from over 14,000 lawyers and IT managers across the legal sector at the LOTIE Awards. BigHand was also voted Best Legal Office Technology Supplier at the 2003 LOTIE Awards, and our leading product won the Society for Computers & Law IT Award in 2003 for "the most outstanding application of information technology to the law in UK and Ireland". Further information is available at http://www.bighand.com

About Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke provides industry-focused legal solutions to businesses worldwide through its UK, US, German and European Alliance offices. With over 1,000 people active in 17 locations, Osborne Clarke operates in specialist, client-led teams providing efficient and cost effective legal advice with an energetic and unstuffy approach.

Osborne Clarke has offices in Bristol, Cologne, London, Munich, Silicon Valley and Thames Valley. The Osborne Clarke Alliance is a strategic Alliance between eight European law firms active in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain and the UK. http://www.osborneclarke.com

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