Business management news

InterCall, a conference call service provider, has appointed Helen Roberts as business development officer for its new specialist division LegalConnect. LegalConnect will provide a telephone-conference facility designed specifically for the legal profession. Roberts joins InterCall from BT, where she set up BT Legal Call. She is now responsible for sales, marketing and coordinating operations at LegalConnect.
Abacus Financial Services Group, which has been based in the Channel Islands for more than 30 years, is expanding its operations with the launch of a new office in Cheltenham. This follows the opening of offices in London and Edinburgh over the last 18 months. Louise Somerset, formerly a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Birmingham, has been appointed to head the office. Somerset is a specialist in personal taxation and wealth planning.
Quill Systems, a software supplier to the legal profession, is to offer customers the OPSIS Solicitor Case Management package along with its own Windows accounting system, Quillennium. OPSIS is a Windows-based programme that guides lawyers through each stage of a piece of work and allows them to record the time spent working on a case. Quill had a similar programme in Dos but decided that a Windows-based programme was necessary, so rather than write a new one, it has joined forces with Dublin-based OPSIS.
Tek Garden, a technology development company, along with legal practices, is developing a new set of IT systems, with the intention of driving down costs and increasing the effectiveness of IT within the modern legal practice. It is seeking firms to help research and develop solutions for publication as case studies. Firms wishing to take part should contact Simon Read on 07803 048261.
TDG Data Services, the data management operation, has launched a new high-speed document-imaging service in response to rapid growth in the UK data storage market. The new service will allow clients to access stored data from their own computer terminal. Originals are collected from the clients' premises and sent for high-speed scanning. The service is currently available in the City, the Docklands and the West End, but there are plans to make it available nationwide.
The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has unveiled its new website, a redesign carried out by the institute's website management team, Magnitude of Harrogate. The site – – was created in 1998. ITMA is the UK body dedicated to the protection of trademarks and has over 1,500 members.
Citrix Systems has announced a strategic alliance with Interface Software. Citrix focuses on application serving and portal software and services, while Interface focuses on relationship intelligence solutions for professional services firms.
2020 Law, the first fully interactive virtual CD Rom for undergraduate legal recruitment, was launched last week. The product allows students to enter the 2020 virtual law building reception area, where they are invited to select and visit any number of the law firms displayed. Features include talking heads video footage, allowing students to interact with key personnel, while other firms invite users to a virtual tour of their building.