March 22, 2017

Top Tip #10 – Non Chargeable Time Categories

Many firms have a large number of non-chargeable time activity codes, to allow a fine grained analysis of where time is spent. However, it is often useful to also be able to analyse time at a broader high level before drilling into that detail. Katchr time category mapping allows detailed Non Chargeable activity codes from the PMS to be grouped into up to 8 named categories. Analysis of time by […]
March 8, 2017

Top Tip #9 – Navigation Shortcuts

The top half of the Navigation Pane tells you where you are in the hierarchy of firm, group, office, department, team and fee earner. You can select any part of the hierarchy to take you straight back to the point you wish to view the data from by clicking the appropriate heading with your mouse: Analysis Section The lower half, entitled ‘Analysis’ allows you to navigate around these levels: Click […]
February 8, 2017

Top Tip #8 – Dictionary Maintenance

Dictionary Maintenance will enable you to set your own terminology for any webpart or measure or column title. For example, throughout Katchr the charts and KPI’s utilise the word “Fees” but you may prefer to display the text of “Costs” or “Bills” instead. The Katchr maintenance menu is accessed from the “Cog”  icon on the Katchr dashboard display. This icon is only available for users designated as Administrators. Once you have […]
January 19, 2017

Jake Fox – Risk management and PI Insurance – what is round the corner?

This is the latest in our series of guest blogs contributed by some of the many partners that we work with at katchr. Jake Fox, Managing Director of J.M. Glendinning Professional Risks, discusses some of the potential changes coming in the arena of PI Insurance, and highlights the implications for both your firm and your management information. Risk management and Professional Indemnity Insurance – what is round the corner? In […]
January 11, 2017

Top Tip #7 – Setting Katchr Targets

Targeting performance in most law firms tends to be limited to Fees Delivered, Fees Received and Time Chargeable and as a result the majority of Practice Management Systems only provide the facility to store targets for these measures. Katchr supports a wide range of targets to enable comparison of performance against expectations for a wide variety of measures. The following targets are currently supported:   Achieved Rate Matters Closed Chargeable […]
December 9, 2016

Product Update – The New Katchr Dashboards

Back in July, alongside the company rebrand, we started to ship the latest, next generation version of katchr dashboards. Built on the latest web technologies (HTML5/JavaScript for the geeks) this latest incarnation of the product is fully touch screen enabled and designed for any screen size from mobile to desktop, to wallboard. It also introduced a host of new standard UI features, including: • Export the underlying data from any […]
December 9, 2016

Rebranding – a personal perspective

Since we launched the new katchr® brand back in July, there are two questions I have been regularly asked. 1. How has the rebrand been for you? and 2. Why did you rebrand the business? So I thought it might be useful to share my thoughts on these two questions. Firstly – how has the rebrand been? Well it has been a necessary evil. And delivered very little in tangible […]
December 5, 2016

Innovative Top 200 Law Firm adopts katchr® to help drive organisational change alongside Peppermint

Brethertons is a law firm trying to do things a little differently. “At Brethertons we like to think that we are a progressive forward-thinking law firm, who want to change the way people think about lawyers” says CEO Shaun Jardine. A Peppermint user since 2013 Brethertons approached katchr for help in delivering the comprehensive firm-wide management information portal they needed in order to support the implementation of their new operating […]
December 1, 2016

Top Tip #6 – Searching from the Navigation Pane

Instead of drilling down through the hierarchy to find a Fee Earner a Team or a Department, utilise the Search box in the Analysis section of your Navigation Pane. This will give fast and easy access to the information you are looking for. Start on the katchr Navigation Pane … … and simply start typing the name of a fee earner in the Search field. katchr will immediately display all […]
November 21, 2016

Doug Hargrove – A Commercial Break from Tradition

Doug Hargrvove, Managing Director of Katchr partner Advanced, writes about how management information and business intelligence are key elements of the strategies of those law firms adopting more “commercial” practices. “We can’t afford to bet the future of the firm on a hunch or gut feel. Any strategically important decision has to be backed by quantitative intelligence“ Click here to read the article in full This article originally appeared in the […]
November 16, 2016

Top Tip #5 – Additional User Access Levels

One of the many requests we get is “How do I allow a user to see 1 or more other fee earners (or teams) without giving them Team Leader or Department Leader settings?” To set User Access Levels, click on the cog in the top right hand corner and select Maintenance from the list. Please note that only those set as Administrators will see the cog. In User Maintenance select the […]
November 14, 2016

Katchr Law Firm Business Intelligence Software Successfully Integrated with Proclaim at Leading Property Firm

Brady Solicitors (, a leading property law firm, has chosen to implement the Katchr Business Intelligence software with the intent of transforming their client reporting solutions and enhancing their business development capabilities. “We looked at quite a few products – Katchr stood out as it provided most of what we wanted directly out of the box,” reported Vin Chauhan, IT Director at Brady Solicitors. “Implementation was very straightforward. They did […]
November 2, 2016

Top Tip #4 – Smartphone Navigation

When accessing katchr from a smartphone dashboards are displayed one webpart at a time, so there are some additional tools to help you navigate around the software. Each webpart comes with a set of instructions at the bottom of the screen. Swipe left or right for additional webparts and swipe down for the drill-down. Selecting a Dashboard or Period To select a different dashboard or month first click on the […]
October 28, 2016

How well do you monitor risk?

How well is your risk monitoring managed? Well. According to a recent survey we conducted at katchr, the answer is probably not as well as you would like. In a recent survey that we carried out, only 20% of respondents reported that they thought their risk monitoring was “well managed and efficient”. Why does this matter? Law firms operate in a highly regulated environment. In recent years many would argue […]
October 19, 2016

Top Tip #3 – From a chart to a data table

Data can be visualised in katchr in various formats, including pie chart, column charts and gauge. All Charts allow you to hover your mouse over each section to see individual data points, but if you wish to see all that data in one screen then you can change the chart to a data table. On the webpart toolbar: click on the single white arrow: this will change your chart to a […]
October 13, 2016

Guest Blog – Planning for positive cash flow

This is the first in a new series of guest blogs contributed by some of the many partners that we work with at katchr. The criteria for our guest bloggers are simple – they are people who we believe have something interesting to say about law firm management. The first is from Andy Poole of Armstrong Watson, who shares his practical ideas on exactly how to manage cashflow in a […]
October 5, 2016

Top Tip #2 – Bank Holidays

Katchr knows your standard business hours but by default what it doesn’t know is when it is a Bank Holiday. Any targets that you set for Fees Delivered, Fees Received, Chargeable Hours, etc. can be shown as pro-rata for the working days in a period. Every night when the data is updated the target can show not only what figure should have been reached last night but also the % of […]
September 22, 2016

Top Tips – Recovery % calculations

Introduction to Top Tips Here at Katchr we want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your software so we have decided to introduce our weekly Top Tips. Our clients are always asking us key questions such as “Which part of my law firm is most profitable?” or “How do I make sure my target measures are set up correctly?” and even “What do I do […]
August 19, 2016

What are the main factors driving legal sector growth – and should we be cautious about them?

Last year saw the first double-digit growth for the legal sector since 2008, with a 10.5% increase in fee income for the first quarter of 2013, according to figures from Deloitte. The trend for growth has continued into 2014. The PwC 2014 Law Firm Survey reported that: “stability and confidence is returning to the legal sector. The number of UK law firms increasing fee income is higher than at any […]
July 6, 2016

Legal data specialist rebrands as Katchr as next generation of market leading software is launched

Law firm data specialist Exen Legal Solutions has today launched a new generation of its market leading management software and rebranded the business to Katchr. The rebranded Katchr helps law firms across the UK to profit from their data by providing management teams with instant access to critical information from across the business. Founder Graham Moore is continuing to develop his offer to help even more law firms and is […]