IT and Marketing for Chambers

There are not as many IT and marketing companies for barristers as for solicitors but here are the key players.

  • Ascot Drummond provides a broad range of accountancy, taxation and advisory services to many industries, including the Bar. They assist their clients in making informed business decisions and regulatory compliance - freeing them to concentrate on core business activities. They do this through a combination of online systems and the expertise of their specialist bar team. The company is based in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, and serves the whole of the UK.

  • Bar Marketing concentrates its skills on helping members of The Bar to compete in an ever changing and increasingly competitive market. Services include the formulation of strategies, planning and multi-channel execution. They can help with new business generation, client retention, press, PR and events, webinars, social media and the web. Director Catherine Bailey’s knowledge of the legal directory submission system (especially Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500) is first-rate. Bar Marketing staff work with sets of all sizes and specialisms as well as an increasing number of individual barristers who wish to increase their profiles and instructions.

  • Bar Squared are the authors of leading software LEX Chambers Management. Launched in 2007, the software is live in over 180 chambers nationwide and is now the most widely used solution in chambers. LEX runs through Microsoft SQL server and Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox and Chrome so is quick to deploy and can be used easily whether in chambers or remotely. LEX offers: Multi-view Diary - Case Management - Fees and Billing Contract Management - Graduated Fees - Workflow - Drill Through Reporting - Marketing - CRM (client and prospective solicitors) - Solicitor profiling - Mail Merge - Campaign Management - Diary to Exchange and to Blackberry/Windows Mobile - Practice Analysis - Document Management - Time Recording - Costs Budgeting - System Resilience - LEX for Mobile IE - iPhone app - Android app. LEX is the only browser-based Microsoft.NET solution available to barristers' chambers and has many features to ease the day to day workload in chambers.

  • Brief Counsel Ltd helps Irish solicitors select and manage Irish barristers. The company (set up by a barrister and an Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year winner) finds solicitors the most appropriate barrister for their case from all 2,100-plus barristers currently practicing in Ireland. The company can get competitive tenders from multiple barristers, find the best barrister for the fee proposed by the solicitor, and guarantee service standards such as deadlines for written work by counsel. The company’s services, which are free of charge for solicitors, are complementary to those of the Law Library.

  • Chambers People is a consultancy and staff recruitment service for barristers chambers and law firms right across England and Wales. They provide staff recruitment at all levels of clerking and non-clerking posts, and they provide a full range of training sessions for staff in chambers. They also provide help to chambers on Bar Mark accreditation services, Business Development work, Market Research, and Freelance Clerking including fee collection. The company director is an experienced former Senior Clerk and Chambers Director - Martin Poulter.

  • Clerksroom is the administrative hub of a nationwide Barristers Chambers with meeting & mediation facilities in London, Manchester and Taunton (where the team of 16 staff are located). They offer a national service with a single point of contact. There are 78 Barristers and 11 Associate Members, all over England and Wales, who undertake private client Civil and Family work at all UK courts & tribunals.

  • Legal RSS, run by well known legal marketing guru Joe Reevy, provides systems to allow a chambers with commentaries on issues to provide tailored newsfeeds to practices which are updated as soon as the item is posted on the chambers' website. Social networking is also automated.

  • My Bar Accountant is Accountancy practice which specialises in providing services to Chambers and to individual barristers and which operates a 'pay what you want strategy'. Indeed, the website defaults to

  • SproutIT, based in Fleet Street, are specialists in supporting and evolving networks, hardware and software in the legal industry covering everything from technical support to high level consultancy, project management and IT strategy. They are particularly active in cloud solutions. From Diary migrations and case management, to document and contact management systems, they have worked with the industry leading software vendors.

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