Birkett Long selects NetDocuments to transform document management

NetDocuments, the leading secure cloud-based content services platform for law firms, corporate legal teams and compliance departments, today announced that it has been selected by Birkett Long as the company’s document management platform.

Birkett Long is a 185-person firm based in the South East of England with offices in Chelmsford, Colchester and Basildon. The firm has 11 separate legal practices covering intellectual property through to agricultural law.  In addition, Birkett Long also provides independent financial advice and HR services.  As part of Birkett Long’s digital transformation programme, the firm was looking for a document management platform that would support its legal, financial and HR businesses. 

Mark Davidson, Director of IT at Birkett Long, commented: “We have been undergoing an extensive IT transformation over the last 18 months, with moving away from traditional paper-based ways of working being a big focus.  As a diverse and highly regulated business, it is imperative that we have an agile and customisable document management platform that meets our digital ambitions, which have been accelerated as a result of COVID-19. NetDocuments ticks all the boxes in terms of industry expertise combined with a secure and flexible cloud-based platform that requires very little IT management.”

Birkett Long plans to standardise its document and email management practices on NetDocuments with the aim of reducing email volumes and improving search across the millions of files it holds. NetDocuments seamlessly integrates with corporate email allowing employees to regain control of their mailboxes, with AI-powered predictive filing reducing data duplication and integrated enterprise search enabling documents to be found quickly and easily. From a security standpoint NetDocuments will provide Birkett Long with complete control over data privacy and regulatory compliance with no impact to productivity or performance, ensuring that documents can be edited and shared by only those who are authorised to access them.

Nikec, a global legal services and consulting provider, will lead the implementation and deployment project as one of NetDocuments Certified Services Partners.

Guy Phillips, Vice President International Business at NetDocuments, commented: “We are pleased to be working with Birkett Long, helping to underpin the firm’s digital transformation. For many legal firms, the cost of managing and maintaining on-premise legacy systems continues to grow whilst providing diminishing returns.  Not only are cloud platforms such as NetDocuments more secure and flexible, they also require a lot less management meaning that IT and the business can focus more on client service.”

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