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Law firms expects quick return on enterprise search tool

Warwick Ashford

International law firm Simmons & Simmons expects a quick return on its investment in an enterprise search system to be used by 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices worldwide to access all relevant databases and information resources.

"With a reduction of search time by only one or two minutes a day per lawyer, our investment in Recommind's MindServer platform will be recovered in less than three months," said David Fitch, knowledge management director at Simmons & Simmons.

"The volume of data stored across our systems is increasing exponentially and we needed a search tool that would allow our lawyers to simultaneously search and retrieve information from both internal and external sources," he said.

Simmons & Simmons chose MindServer based on feedback from users on two shortlisted products as well the product's proven track record with other international legal firms.

"Recommind was also able to offer an industry-specific module that provides enhanced search functionality, including the facility to locate specific legal experts within the worldwide organisation," said Fitch.

The system, to be rolled out in all offices by April this year, will enable lawyers to use a single interface to search the firm's repository of standards and project management documents, more than 70,000 precedents and various online legal services.





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