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 the Bar. They assist barristers, advocates, chambers and clerks 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 Dundee but 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. 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 140 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.

  • Brief Counsel Ltd is a new service in the Irish legal services marketplace that 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 57 Barristers (including 3 Queen's Counsel) who undertake private client Civil and Family work at all UK courts & tribunals.

  • Fixed Fees in London County Courts can be provided by 4 King’s Bench Walk, the Chambers of Timothy Raggatt QC. Chambers offers solicitors fixed fee representation by barristers in hearings before District Judges in the London county courts. Typical rates are £80 for a mortgage possession hearing or a charging order, £100 for an application listed to last up to 30 minutes and £150 for a small claims trial. There is no VAT or disbursements on top. Full details are on the website and bookings can be made by telephone or email.

  • Advanced Legal (prviously Iris Meridian Connect) is chambers management software for barristers and clerks providing software for 90% of chambers. The system offers billing and cash collection through automated workflows, the ability for barristers to access information at any time from any location, configurable diary and case management, defined and measured KPIs and reporting procedures and excellent management of cases and diaries.

  • LawComms specialises in marketing communications for barristers. The company is run by Gerald Newman, formerly a practising solicitor and also Practice Director in a leading set in the Temple. Online news and other web content are the main specialisms, along with media relations and e-marketing - the website offers extensive free guides on all these topics. Professional profiles are written and updated, and seminar notes turned into articles for publication. Support is provided for web-site development, online news and media relations, marketing strategy, and training.

  • Premier IT is an experienced provider of cloud computing services that offers scalable, flexible and secure ISO 27001 accredited networking services to the legal sector. They help the client choose and tailor the exact cloud solution that’s right for the organisation's needs. All cloud and networking solutions are supported by a robust disaster recovery plan. The company hosts data exclusively in UK-based datacentres, further protecting the client’s data. Products and services include: Private, hybrid and public cloud solutions, Disaster recovery, Online backup, VPS, Hosted exchange, Integration and network architecture. Other services include IT support, CPD software, IT & business skills training, CMS & CRM systems and e-learning development.

  • 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. From Diary migrations and case management, to document and contact management systems, they have worked with the industry leading software vendors. There are several case studies on the site and a very impressive client list, including many leading chambers including 1 Chancery Lane, 3 Serjeants' Inn, Old Square, 4 Pump Court, Devereux Chambers, Hogarth Chambers, Quadrant Chambers and XXIV Old Buildings.

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