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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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Document Direct is a digital dictation transcription and document production company working with over 300 UK and International law firms to half your typing costs and radically improve turnaround time.

 

Our highly skilled UK-based team work 24/7 to help deliver transcriptions back to you in as little as an hour.

 

There’s no premium for urgent work and no minimum contract. We operate a pay-as-you-go model so you only ever pay for the work you send us.

 

Our dictation app is free to use and we have experience working with all of the leading suppliers of digital dictation software and CMS providers so we can also integrate seamlessly with your existing tech stack.

 

We can totally re-assure you around the issues of security and confidentiality, and our many ISO accreditations and endorsements will provide that comfort to you. 

 

Using our service give your staff more time to perform the value-added tasks that make your clients happier. We estimate a saving of over 40% on your typing costs and can improve your turnaround time by more than 50%.

 

For more information, visit https://www.documentdirect.co.uk/

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Muve is one of the UK’s fastest growing consumer law firms. From a standing start in 2016 Muve is on the brink of becoming a Top 5 conveyancing firm by the end of 2022, having grown 171% in 2021 for example.  

 

Since the firm’s inception it has been challenging the ‘old school’ model of delivering conveyancing, using technology and product innovation to prioritise the customer experience at every turn.  Today, Muve continues to focus wholeheartedly on making moving house less stressful with minimal paperwork, proactive case progression and an online portal providing case updates. While conveyancing is often seen as a dusty old process, for Muve it is nothing like this: it is about dream realisation, making customer’s dreams of a new home come true quickly.

 

At every level, Muve is committed to providing innovative solutions and a service that exceeds customer expectations.  This led to the development of Muve’s award winning MuveFast product which gives customers much-needed certainty about how long a conveyancing transaction will take.  

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Stewart Title Limited (www.stewarttitle.co.uk) has been working with property lawyers for over 20 years to provide Title Insurance to allow transactions to complete swiftly and safely.

Conveyancers working remotely or in the office have access to our  intuitive, easy to use ordering system Stewart Online Solution (www.stewartsolution.com).  Cover for  residential or commercial properties is available up to £20,000,000.

 Our widely experienced and specialist Underwriters  can provide Bespoke policies for a whole range of title problems, both complex and otherwise. Where the defect is unusual or uncommon a policy can be tailored to your  requirements.

Working closely with our colleagues in other jurisdictions, we can provide policies to cover properties in Scotland, Northern Ireland and throughout Europe.

Stewart Title Limited is fully regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

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Price Bailey is a multi-disciplined firm of chartered accountants. Formed in 1938, after years of successful growth, they are one of the top 30 largest accounting firms in the UK and is independently recognised as an ‘outstanding’ workplace according to the Best Companies survey in 2022. Eight of their 11 offices are UK based, spanning East Anglia and London, and their clients range from individual sole traders to PLCs, but mostly remain entrepreneurial, owner-managed SMEs.

Price Bailey aims to support clients at every stage of their business life cycle with a tailored service offering that includes: general accounting and compliance services, personal and commercial tax advice and planning, strategic corporate finance and audit services. 

They are very experienced in the legal sector, supporting clients in varying degrees, from outsourcing their whole finance function, to acting as FD and providing strategic advice; while also supporting with transactional milestones with an experienced corporate finance team.

They put their success down to building strong, honest and transparent relationships with clients, professional partners and other accounting firms. 

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inCase™ is the most innovative way to communicate efficiently and securely with clients. It’s built by conveyancers, for conveyancers. Our unique background means we understand the difficulties and obstacles that we face on a daily basis in Conveyancing.  

 

Quite simply, inCase takes the pressure off everyone – you have happier staff, happier clients and happier owners! 

 

We undertake a value calculation with every law firm. On average inCase will look to provide over £250,000 worth of benefit back into your business. That combined with our CMS integration guarantee, means your own branded version of inCase really will help transform your firm. 

 

Your app could allow your clients to digitally sign documents, complete the latest biometric ID & AML checks, fill in forms on their phone, get instant updates, securely message you, upload documents and you can even setup a video call with them. 

With over 90 law firms utilising our products, inCase achieves:  

 

·       Incoming calls reduced by 80% & happier clients. 

·       Increased capacity (and therefore profit) by 50% 

·       Reduced transaction times by 42% 

 

Feel free to speak to us and let’s see if we can help your firm. 

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Landmark Information is the UK’s leading provider of land and property search information, including digital mapping and environmental risk reports for property professionals.   It provides a range of location-based risk reports for property transactions, as part of the conveyancing process, for both residential and commercial sectors in England, Wales and Scotland.

Its dedicated, personal approach supports the legal services market in accessing highly detailed property and environmental due diligence reports that can be relied upon, in line with Law Society and SRA requirements.

Landmark offers a comprehensive, flexible and continually evolving range of services to support every type of property transaction. It interprets risk and provides clear, concise guidance and solutions where risk is identified to ensure that conveyancers are not only meeting their regulatory requirements but that transactions progress smoothly.

Landmark’s reports provide insight and intelligence on a wide range of areas, including:

-              Flood Risk

-              Contaminated Land

-              Ground Stability

-              Planning

-              Energy & Infrastructure

-              Mining Risk

-              Subsidence & Sinkholes

 

Working closely with data providers including Ordnance Survey, the Environment Agency, the Coal Authority and the British Geological Survey enables Landmark to offer current and historical environmental risk management information and desktop mapping solutions for the property industry.  

www.landmark.co.uk

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UKS Medical Diagnostics is one of the leading service suppliers to the Medico-Legal profession.

 

We provide comprehensive coverage of diagnostics, surgical and specialist procedures, with managed access to the hospitals which supply them. Every year we deal with thousands of referrals for everything from MRI Scans and X-Rays to Arthroscopies, Injections and consultations.  

 

Our clients can enjoy the benefits of a service which not only reduces their cost, but improves their efficiency and provides first class care to their clients. UKS is totally independent, covering every relevant specialist procedure from all the leading healthcare companies, so you know that your clients will be well looked after.

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Howden is an Insurance Broker with a difference. 

Relationships are the secret to our success, and prioritising them has allowed us to build a multinational company with a culture of trust, innovation, and creativity.

That culture is a driving force in our work, pushing us to create a company we’re proud of. One that leverages the power of insurance to shape a better future, for our clients and our communities. An employee-owned business, with the freedom to act on our people’s innovation and expertise in an ever-changing world.

Howden’s Professional Indemnity division is one of the most experienced teams in the market,
consisting of over 150 PII specialists, with more than 30 dedicated to servicing the legal sector.

Our size and presence allows us to obtain quotations directly from insurers. This, matched with the strength of our relationships in the market, sets us apart as one of the leading brokers when placing insurance on behalf of over 1500 law firm clients, which range from sole practitioners to several of the UK’s Top 100 legal firms.

We are making our business operations the very best they can be in terms of governance, environmental sustainability, and diversity and inclusion so we are proud to be sponsoring this years’ ‘Diversity and Inclusion Award’. Good luck to all the nominees! 

www.howdengroup.com

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Alpha Legal protects businesses from the dangers of using email for secure transactions.

 

Hackers target emails to steal ID and money.  Emails are not the way to do business in the "new normal".  Every legal business needs to find a better way.

 

The cybersecurity specialists at Alpha Legal have developed an easy-to-use, safe and secure communication platform for the legal industry to:

 

  • request and verify ID to on-board new customers

  • exchange and verify bank account details for financial transactions

  • share documents securely and simply

  • request e-signatures including signing as a deed

  • schedule meetings via Zoom, automatically finding the best time for multiple attendees.

 

Keep in touch with your clients via a branded, secure portal and even link to Clio and other leading industry systems.

 

Join hundreds of professionals - solicitors , will writers, estate agents, accountants and IFAs - who use Alpha Legal daily to communicate securely with their clients.

 

Free trials are available – visit alphalegal.co.uk for more information.

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Established by James Ramsden QC and Nina Stewart FCA, Astraea Group is a forward-thinking law firm, helping clients to navigate the complex international legal arena. The multi-disciplinary, QC-led team is supported by accountancy and tax expertise and provides a “one-stop-shop” for high-value, complex dispute resolution, advocacy, investigations and regulatory advice. 

  

At the heart of Astraea Group is a commitment to innovation and excellence in the provision of our services. Although a relatively small team, Astraea Group are experts in leading collaborations with a highly developed network of specialists in fields including forensic intelligence, financial intelligence, cyber-security and commercial and government regulation in the UK and abroad, enabling us to task the right skills in a coordinated, efficient and cost effective manner. 

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PracticeEvolve, incorporating SOS and Linetime provide progressive, reliable Practice Management Software with a clear pathway to the Cloud. We are taking responsibility to innovate across products, service, and support to help law-firms maximise the use of their chosen software. This ensures our clients benefit by being efficient, profitable and scalable.

 

Furthermore, we believe software must be provided with a service, focusing on 3 key areas - Competency, Cloud and Connectivity.

 

EvolveLearning, our e-learning portal, allows users access to resources to explore features of the software. This alongside our Customer Success Consultants, regular training webinars and user groups, helps both firms and users to be fully competent within the software.

 

Our technology roadmap provides a clear pathway to the Cloud, enabling firms to take advantage of Cloud hosting as a first step towards a native, browser-based solution. This includes EvolveMobile, our mobile app, delivering flexibility to all users. 

 

What’s more, our seamless integrations with third party software, allows users to work more efficiently from within a single platform. 

 

PracticeEvolve provide software to secure the future of law firms by committing a level of service that includes dedicated resource and training, because we believe in powerful software with a service.

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We handl things differently. We add value, we innovate and we maintain the highest standards, creating disruptive ideas that shape markets.

Tomorrow’s challenges are rapidly becoming today’s. The future is nearer than you think, and the future demands bigger solutions. Solutions that aren’t limited to single brands, single sectors, and single niches.

 

Handl innovates

We’re focused on ideas and opportunities that allow us to change the way people work and think about the services they offer. It’s important to understand your market and your customers - not just what they want from a service but also their pain points, their concerns and the challenges they have to overcome.

 

Handl enables

To challenge the industries we work in and do things differently we need to invest in and enable new ideas and perspectives.

 

We invest in start-up and early stage businesses, providing guidance, advice and support to help them realise and achieve their true potential.

 

Handl delivers

By creating distinctive plans that enhance our brands’ unique selling points, we help them shape their industry and prosper in some of the most competitive and challenging markets.

 

Innovating, Enabling, Delivering and Excelling. That’s the handl way.

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Over eighteen years ago Conscious Solutions was started as a web design agency aimed specifically to improve the online presence of law firms. 

 

It eventually became the bright, friendly and very orange company it is today: Conscious Solutions. We live by the simple mantra: “It's not just about having a good looking website - it's about what you do with it once you've got it!”

At Conscious Solutions, we want to help you realise your potential by bringing you out of your shell into the digital spotlight. Whether you need help building a new website, a complete rebrand or you’re having trouble with your social networks, we provide a range of creative services for law firms looking to make the most of their online presence. We’ll listen to your ideas and work closely with you every step of the way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your website.

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About tmgroup and Conveyancing Data Services (CDS)

 

As a leading property data and technology provider for over 20 years, tmgroup are the experts in innovative solutions that make the complexities in the property transaction beautifully simple. 

 

As well as being Microsoft Gold Partner certified, and ISO27001 accredited, tmgroup are a Board member of COPSO and are actively working with the Home Buying and Selling Group to help deliver up front property information via a common data standard. 

 

tmgroup’s customers extend to legal professionals (including Residential Conveyancers and Real Estate Professionals), Mortgage Lenders, Estate Agents and Developers. Delivering solutions via tmconvey, tmconnect, and more.

 

Conveyancing Data Services (CDS) is part of tmgroup and also well-respected as a leading provider of property searches and services. They pride themselves on their consultative approach and will consistently make clients aware of new products and reports released to the market; not only keeping property professionals at the forefront of the conveyancing process, but exceeding clients’ expectations too.

 

Learn more about tmgroup at www.tmgroup.co.uk

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Ignition Law focuses on working with start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs by offering them high quality legal advice but with lean rates.  By employing talented entrepreneurially minded lawyers Ignition works with clients that larger City firms struggle to serve economically. 

Embracing agile working and technology to increase efficiency and reduce costs is a benefit not only to clients but the Ignition team.  The clients are from a wide range and varied sectors and work with the firm throughout their life cycle from setting out, scaling for growth, taking the business to the next level as well as exiting. 

 

Integrity, decency, kindness and humility. These qualities are the bedrock on which Ignition Law builds its objectives as well as the relationship with clients, colleagues and community. 

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Breakthrough Case Management’s co-founders, Annabelle Lofthouse and Catrin May, know what high quality case management and effective rehab provision looks like. 

Establishing the Southwest based company in 2018, each director has over 30 years of clinical experience and they set out together with a shared set of values alongside a clear vision – to keep the client at the heart of everything they do and provide an all-encompassing, responsive service to law firms and solicitors. 

As the company has grown, in size as well its geographical coverage (recently branching out in the Northeast and further into the South of England), so too has its reputation for excellence. In a recent survey, both clients and solicitors rated the company’s ability to respond effectively in a timely manner as outstanding.  

At Breakthrough Case Management we support and guide individuals and their families who have experienced a catastrophic injury – to realise their full potential and improve their quality of life. ‍With an ever-expanding cohort of case managers, all highly experienced experts in their fields, and a strong internal mentorship programme, Breakthrough prides itself on clinical excellence and attention to detail. 

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Transform Communications is a Somerset-based B2B marketing and PR consultancy with a global reach. The team works with regional, national and international organisations from a range of industries including the legal, financial and professional services, technology, management and HR consultancies and more. Telling their clients’ stories through considered content creation and thought leadership campaigns, Transform’s mission is to build their clients’ reputations, increase their authority and communicate their expertise.

Established in 2006 by Veronica Hannon, Transform Communications has seen exponential growth, doubling its headcount in the past year alone. Most recently, they won Best Small Consultancy of the Year and Best Use of Content at the 2021 CIPR South and Channel Islands PRide Awards. Working closely with every one of their clients, Transform's team are external experts with an insider's knowledge and values. 

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BW Legal are the premier independent legal debt recovery law firm in the UK, we are committed to being progressive and innovative and to inspire continuous positive change through investment in technology and our people who are key to our success. We strive to deliver a best in class service. 

 

We remain a forward-thinking innovative business that looks year on year to improve both our customers’ and clients’ experience. Delivering a best in class service for our clients means we set the benchmark for how volume instruction, within any law firm or pre-legal environment, can deliver results whilst being progressive and driving continuous reinvestment into our product delivery and client/customer experiences. 

 

We are built on delivering innovative solution engineering for our people and clients. We build bespoke technologies to position ourselves as a market leader. Each year we set out to break new ground by improving our processes and shaping new ways of working. We constantly strive for enhancements, by developing our own in-house technologies we are able to offer bespoke services to clients with true operational agility which has a direct impact on delivering high performance and faster customer engagements.