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The firm has bought around 170 terminals and PCs for use across its four offices in West Kent and East Sussex.
DEC supplied the hardware is from DEC while software has been tailored by Edinburgh-based accounts and practice management supplier HG Usher. Cripps was closely involved with the development and testing of the prototype of U-Legal Version 6
Cripps managing partner Jonathan Denny says the firm originally had a Norwell accounts package and a Wang word processor. "To get an integrated system we looked at several suppliers."
The firm was principally interested in accounts and word processing, although the new package also includes modules to generate bills and time record client files. Documents and archive records are also on the system as is e-mail and an electronic diary.
Denny says the software underwent a number of changes before final implementation. "They provided the skeleton but most of the flesh has been added as the result of our input."
The firm is running a report generator called IQ on the accounts and for the client contact database.