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Working in partnership with more than 3,500 UK law firms and underpinned by over 30 years of sector experience, Access Legal provides an unrivalled suite of complete software solutions. 

  

From case and practice management, finance, accounting and business intelligence to learning, compliance and HR – Access Legal helps firms take control of their time, improve efficiency and productivity. 

  

By providing software to manage every aspect of a firm’s operations, Access Legal enables ambitious firms to reach unlimited potential and have the freedom to focus on clients and people to drive profitability and growth. 

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Access Legal is part of The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software to mid-sized organisations. It helps more than 35,000 customers across commercial and not-for-profit sectors become more productive and efficient. Its innovative Access Workspace cloud solution transforms the way business software is used, giving every employee the freedom to do more. Founded in 1991, The Access Group employs more than 3000 staff.  

  

For more information visit  www.theaccessgroup.com/legal/ 

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Frenkel Topping Limited is a firm of specialist independent financial advisers with over 40 years’ experience of working with legal professionals and supporting people who’ve suffered catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Pre-settlement, we work closely with law firms by helping assess quantum and supporting with schedules of loss through our range of expert witness reports. Post-settlement, we specialise in advising people on how to invest their settlement and helping to ensure that their money lasts throughout their lifetime.

 

We’re proud of our heritage and the long-lasting impact it has had on the payment of damages. In 1989, Frenkel Topping Limited was the first ever firm to complete a Structured Settlement in the UK in the case of Kelly-v-Dawes. This landmark case resulted in claimants’ ability to receive their damages as annual payments, guaranteed for the remainder of their lifetime. Since then, we’ve focused on securing the best possible outcomes for our clients, managing their financial wellbeing and helping them plan for the future.

 

Frenkel Topping is proud to sponsor the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ which recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the profession over a sustained period of time and has had a long-lasting impact in the sector. Undoubtedly, all nominees in this category will have helped to shape the future of the industry for those rising through the ranks. Congratulations from all at Frenkel Topping.

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The Cashroom Ltd exists to cost effectively deal with the day to day administration of a law firm’s finance function, ensure compliance with the Solicitor’s Accounts Rules, and provide firms with management information and Management Accounts. We provide the time and the information allowing solicitors to focus on their business.

 

Our legal cashiering service is delivered remotely by teams of qualified cashiers, working in our offices. We use our client’s own practice management system whatever that system may be (there is no need to change system), logging on remotely to run their finance function, as if we were in the room next door. The data and postings all remain on the client’s own system. Our client firms have specific key contacts within The Cashroom who very much work as their own team.

 

We also provide an outsourced management accounting service delivering management accounts and management information to law firms quickly and economically, often to firms who could not afford to employ a full time accountant. More importantly, we work with clients to analyse that information, helping them understand their firm’s finances more clearly by delivering clear packs of information showing trends and performance pictorially and with commentary.

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VFS Legal Funding provides innovative, cost-effective and proven funding solutions directly to the law firm. 

 

A strong cash flow and financial stability give the law firm the upper hand in bill negotiations, increasing the profitability of the case by removing the need to accept low or compromised settlement offers. 

 

In 10 years, VFS has built a track record in providing c.£250m to the legal sector, releasing the monies locked up in the draft bills, disbursements, reports, court fees and WIP.

 

We know we deliver a quality, time-sensitive service. When we agree to a deal, we do it and do not wait for others as we use our own funds. We maintain close working relationships with our clients, suppliers, and insurers, tailoring our products to the law firm's specific needs. 

 

To summarise, VFS enables the law firm to release the cash tied up in external disbursements incurred or release the WIP that’s tied up in a case where there is an admission of liability. We can release funds once the draft bill is served - so talk to us about your requirements and put your cash flow concerns to one side.

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Perfect Portal is the digital onboarding and client-centric solution for law firms. Enhance your client experience with a fully branded mobile app that supports every area of law with integrated features from VOI, VOF, payment on account, e-signatures, matter updates as well as the completion of TA forms. Improve your new business efficiencies across all departments with website lead intake forms, conveyancing quote calculators and smart dashboards that ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

 

Our cloud and app-based secure systems also drive early client engagement, increasing conversion rate, speeding up the transactions whilst ensuring all parties involved are updated on matter progress. We offer market-leading technology that is continuously evolving to ensure that our law firms remain one step ahead of their competitors. Unlock the power of digital and become a client-centric law firm with Perfect Portal.

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SmartSearch is a market-leading all-in-one Anti Money Laundering, Fraud Prevention and Know Your Customer platform which delivers JMLSG-compliant AML verification for individuals and businesses in the UK and international markets. Our innovative platform provides a multi-award-winning and cost-competitive solution which is continually developed in response to client feedback and to the rapidly evolving AML landscape.

Powered by robust and transparent partnerships with our data providers Experian, Equifax, Dow Jones and Companies House, we are able to deliver the highest ‘match and pass’ rate in the industry with the additional benefit of a unique ongoing monitoring facility and Automated Enhanced Due Diligence procedure, automatically checking clients against worldwide Sanctions and PEP watchlists for the duration of the business relationship. Currently Individual AML checks take under 2 seconds and Business checks take c.2 minutes. In addition, we provide new clients with the option to batch upload existing customer records for verification, Sanction and PEP screening and ongoing monitoring.

With customer experience at the heart of our operations, we are the chosen AML platform for many regulated businesses. Used by 1 in 4 of the top 200 Law Firms, SmartSearch delivers AML compliance to provide efficiencies and resilience across the UK conveyancing market. 

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Laird Assessors are the UK’s leading independent Automotive Expert Witnesses.

 

Laird sit at the forefront of the technical evolution with a range of solutions to assist the legal, insurance & motor trades.  For example advanced, configurable API allows clients, repairers, insurers to connect seamlessly meaning 100% accurate & instant data transfer.  Their Image App can be white labelled to allow clients to offer unprecedented levels of speed & service to their policy holders / claimant.  AI powered chat bots allow 24/7 assistance & booking, while the client portal allows 24/7 easy interaction.

 

Technology is nothing without an excellent user experience.  Whilst Laird have won a series of awards for their customer service, they do not rest; A full training & development program runs through the heart of the company, drawing on internal teaching, external courses and a bespoke mentoring system.  Motivated by a relaxed & flexible culture, empowered to make best decisions & rewarded accordingly, the teams are keen to evolve and provide the highest level of service possible.

 

Laird have come far since the days of simply providing engineers reports.  From total loss programmes & repair network management to automated triage & high volume desk top solutions.  

 

Effective client collaboration to achieve the best efficiencies and highest level of customer care.