RJW signs up to Elite system

PERSONAL injury specialist Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has bought a US-made Elite practice management system as part of the firm's five-year IT strategy.

RJW made the decision to replace its Kisol Gold accounting system – a precursor of Axxia Systems' Arista package – a year ago.

The firm said it had been intending to overhaul its IT systems "for some time".

IT manager Ian Lauwerys said RJW surveyed all the leading practice management systems and then narrowed down the choice to a shortlist of three before finally picking Elite.

He said the firm chose the system because it was "proven and established" and had a "good track record" of meeting its implementation deadline. RJW plans to finish installing the system before the end of the next financial year.

Lauwerys said the system would be run with Microsoft NT because he found it "management-friendly".

He added that the firm had upgraded its IT infrastructure and networking systems over the past year as the first stage in a five-year technology improvement plan.

It had chosen a case management system and was currently negotiating the terms of the purchase agreement with the suppliers. It also intends to upgrade its electronics communications system.

In addition, it is looking at setting up an intranet – an internal communications system which uses Internet browser technology – at the firm.

RJW already has an e-mail system and access to the Internet and this is to be extended to the desks of all 200 fee earners.