Linklaters IT answers call of Essex

CITY firm Linklaters & Paines is relocating its revamped IT system to Essex.

The Nextstep desktop operating system, which has taken 15 months to install, will be based in a purpose-built unit in Colchester along with 40 IT support staff.

The firm's head of IT Andrew Taylor will remain in Linklaters' City office with a core support staff of about 10.

Managing partner Terence Kyle said: “We want to have a secure site away from the main office which will be safe from terrorist or natural disaster and will provide 24-hour support to all our overseas offices.”

The IT department will be joined in Colchester by the firm's records and storage department and some back office finance staff.

The firm's Nextstep system, delivered last week, has gradually replaced its previous Wang set-up. It will support client and matter management, document management, and word processing and email as well as litigation support and other business applications.