Southern England firm first to go live with new cost budgeting software

Nash: practitioners need to get their heads around budgeting

Southern England law firm McMillan Williams has become the first to go live with Omnia Legal Software, providing LASPO-compliant time recording and costs budgeting.

McMillan Williams, a multi branch hub and network based firm of solicitors operating from London to Devon, will be using Omnia across both personal injury, clinical negligence and general litigation.

Omnia, a Litigation Futures sponsor, is an online tool aimed at enabling solicitors to comply with the requirements of costs management – it also gives solicitors the ability to generate bills and schedules of costs, as well as internal reports to allow them to monitor their actual budget ‘spend’ by phase.

The software is designed to integrate seamlessly with firms’ existing practice and case management systems.

Managing partner Colum Smith said his firm needed a “best-in-class cost management solution for this crucial time of change in the field of legal practice”.

He continued: “We believe Omnia is the right tool to help us deal with the new costs management regime. We also needed a scalable Cloud-based solution to meet our substantial growth needs. As we continue our target to treble in size, we needed a partner who could grow with us.”

Sue Nash, costs lawyer and founder of Omnia Legal Software, said: “The reforms came into force amid a flurry of uncertainty but the reality for practitioners today is that they need to get their heads around the new system in order to benefit both their clients and their own businesses. I am delighted that we will be able to work with McMillan Williams to help them achieve this.”

McMillan Williams has handled many well-known cases, such as the Lakanal House inquest, phone hacking, police use of Tasers, plastic surgery clinical negligence work and maximum severity multi million pound personal injury cases.


18 October 2018
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