Legal aid firm counts on accounting solution

High Street firm Fisher Meredith is counting on a new computing package to transform the financial minefield of legal aid billing.

The leading legal aid firm has teamed up with Dart Legal Systems to extend a practice management solution, Productivity Practice-wide for Lawyers (PPL), which is designed to "cope with the vagaries of the Legal Aid Board's accounting procedures".

It includes a full legal aid billing facility that simplifies the accounting process and eliminates the need to use external costs draftsmen. It also contains a case management structure designed to save time and increase profitability.

Fisher Meredith, which specialises in criminal and matrimonial law, has been using the solution since February. Practice manager Steve Ray said the main benefit of the package is that it can deal with all aspects of legal aid accounts from start to finish. The firm will be moving to the case management stage in a few weeks time.

Geoff Morris, director of sales and marketing at Dart Legal Systems, said: "Legal aid is an area where firms do not earn much money. They tend not to invest in IT, but we are saying 'bite the bullet' because this will save you time and time is money."