In 2013 Advantage Property Lawyers (APL), with the assistance of Eclipse‘s Proclaim Practice Management Solution, won 3 major awards:
– Large Conveyancer of the Year (silver) – Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year
– Yorkshire & North East Conveyancing Firm of the Year (gold) and
– Conveyancing Firm of the Year (silver) – LFS conveyancing Awards
In 2009, as a new start-up, APL needed a Practice Management solution that focused specifically on residential conveyancing. Software was needed that would allow the firm to offer its clients and introducers an outstanding level of service and customer care, whilst maintaining best practice at all times. The solution would also have to be reliable and offer easy scalability in line with APL’s aspirations to become one of the UK’s biggest and best conveyancers.
Eclipse’s Proclaim Practice Management solution was implemented at APL’s inception as it provided a centralised, secure desktop toolkit for every property transaction – utilised by all staff. Proclaim was also chosen for its out-of-the box conveyancing focus and ease of integration with third party complementary software – as most work came from large corporates and major estate agents.
Proclaim has proved to be an essential ‘enabler’ for providing a superb client experience and reducing turnaround times. Proclaim facilitated APL to achieve over 4,000 completions and increase turnover by 40% in 2013. The financial and reporting toolset is used to provide instant data retrieval with on-going monitoring and analysis of KPIs assisting with the management of systems, processes and risk calculations.
APL is using Proclaim to automate a vast number of administrative processes including document production and hopes to move towards a paperless office soon.
Since implementing Proclaim, APL has grown rapidly requiring an increase in staff numbers by over 200% from 15 to over 50. The firm is now represented on the management board of The Conveyancing Association and was the first conveyancing firm to receive the ‘Legal Eye’ quality standard.
Stephen Coupland, head of sales & marketing at APL says: “Working with Proclaim will enable us to achieve ‘Top 25 Status’ in 2014.”