Law Firm Practice Management System and Business Intelligence expert. Managing Director of Katchr.

If you’d like to discuss how large or small law firm software and legal financial reporting systems could help you run your practice more profitably, please give me a call on 03333 010 766.

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 […]
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 […]
April 8, 2016

What is the big issue facing law firms in 2016?

I was recently asked what I thought was the big issue facing law firms at the moment.  Our client base tends to be law firms with up to 100 lawyers in them and for these, the big topic that’s dominating conversations at the moment is regulation and compliance. This was first triggered when The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) implemented outcomes-focused regulation (OFR) in October 2011. OFR was a move away […]
January 29, 2016

Which part of your law firm is the most profitable?

  Which of your departments makes the most profit?  Most firms have one or two teams who appear to be on the crest of a wave, bringing in heady deals with big figures attached to them.  But do they actually translate into profit?  Could it be that the ‘steady as she goes’ solicitors are actually making more money than their glamorous colleagues? When we start working with a law firm […]
January 22, 2016

How can you improve a lawyer’s billing hours?

The biggest problem in law firms (in my view) is that most lawyers went into law to solve client problems – many passionately believing in the law to protect the vulnerable. New lawyers generally struggle with the whole commerciality of what a law firm is about.  They want to spend as much time as is needed to ensure a client gets the best result – but the reality is that […]
August 27, 2015

Why law firm management information needs specialists (and why PMS vendors are not specialist enough)

Earlier this year I shared our insights on how to create the best law firm management MIS, built up over many years of working with SME legal firms to develop bespoke management information systems. Through this process, we have honed in on everything that a law firm MIS needs to do to give practice managers everything they need to run their firm efficiently, productively and profitably. In the article, I […]
May 11, 2015

Getting more from your financial data will become a differentiator for SME Legal

Katchr Managing Director, Graham Moore, was interviewed by Legal Practice Management magazine last month. In the interview, Graham discusses how and why getting more from financial data will become a differentiator for SME legal. “Strategy should define what a firm does with its IT, rather than strategy being defined by what the PMS can produce. Intelligent reporting that extracts the information relevant to the firm’s strategies is central to making better […]
March 20, 2015

Lawyers – good with words, but not so good with numbers?

I’ve worked with many law firms over the years now to design management information systems that work for employees in all departments. Naturally, the reporting and information requirements for the finance team differ markedly from those of the fee earners, and of the senior management team. Good management information should not just give data, but should provide useful insight that is easily accessed and understandable, and that highlights what action […]
February 16, 2015

Creating the best law firm MIS (Part Two): How to build an effective management information system

Law firms need fast and effective management information systems in order to make the right business decisions. Yet many current practice management systems don’t deliver on this. Earlier this week, I shared my thoughts on why most law practice management systems set law firms up to fail. I’m now going to explain how to remodel your existing practice management system so it delivers effective and timely management information, to help […]
February 11, 2015

Creating the best law firm MIS (Part One): Why most law practice management systems set law firms up to fail

George Bull of Baker Tilly is recently quoted as saying he believes that “of the 200 or so mid tier law firms, only some 50 may survive in the short-medium term.” Why is this? In his paper, Are you going to be one of the fifty survivors?, he sets out 19 key issues that befall many firms. A third of these relate directly to firms being unable to extract and […]
November 10, 2014

How to transform raw data into useful management information

No businesses can succeed without timely and accurate management information. This is particularly true for law firms. Legal sector changes, such as the trend towards disaggregated legal services and fixed fee billing, have only increased management information requirements. Law firms have always been good at recording raw data. But how do you take that raw data, and turn it into useful management information that enables you to make good business […]
June 14, 2014

Top 100 firm implements SmartEye

Birketts, the full service law firm based in East Anglia, has become the latest top 100 firm to implement the SmartEye management information solution from Exen Legal. Operating in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and the surrounding areas, Birketts have rolled out a fee earner performance monitoring solution to over 200 lawyers across the four offices. The solution was designed to fully integrate with the firm’s new Aderant Expert practice management […]
March 23, 2014

Exen Announce SmartEye Touch

At Lawtech Futures 2014, Europe’s largest legal technology event, Exen will be launching the latest enhancement to the SmartEye law firm management information solution – SmartEye Touch. With a brand new user interface, designed specifically for small format and mobile devices, SmartEye Touch will allow law firm managers and lawyers to keep track of performance wherever they are, on whatever device they are using. Attendees at LawTech Futures will be […]
January 1, 2014

Great end to the year for SmartEye

We had a great 2013 at Exen and as a result we are looking to expand our team again. Our SmartEye law-firm management information solution seems to have really found its niche amongst mid-sized law firms and we finished 2013 with 8 new firms signing up in the last 3 months. Graham Moore Law Firm Practice Management System and Business Intelligence expert. Managing Director of Katchr. If you’d like to […]
July 24, 2013

SmartEye at Elite Vantage 2013

Exen Legal Solutions will once again be sponsoring and exhibiting at the Elite Vantage conference in London on 19th & 20th September 2013. This year, in addition to our Envision and MatterSphere customisation services, we will also be demonstrating how the Exen SmartEye Dashboard and Management Information solution can enhance management reporting for users of Elite Envision. SmartEye delivers fast, aggregated performance information to law firm management. Integrating with most […]
April 24, 2013

SmartEye 2.1

The latest version of SmartEye is now released, introducing new dashboard designer tools, along with a host of additional off the shelf webparts available to all SmartEye users. The new dashboard designer gives firms the ability to create their own dashboards from scratch, or simply change the layout of existing designs.   Alongside the Visual Studio report designer, this enables  law firms to use SmartEye as a single portal for […]
August 2, 2012

Harold Benjamin Integrate SmartEye with TikitTFB

Exen Legal Solutions, a technical consultancy and specialist provider of software solutions to the UK legal sector, is pleased to announce that it has signed Harrow-based Harold Benjamin Solicitors as a new client. In an effort to deliver performance information to the desktops of all its lawyers and to streamline firm-wide reporting processes, the legal firm will be deploying Exen’s SmartEye business information software, which is specifically designed to deliver […]