The origins of Hjort date back to 1893. Today, Hjort employs approximately 85 staff members, of whom 63 are lawyers and associate lawyers. Hjort is owned by 26 partners, all of whom are active in the firm. Morten Staubo, IT Director at Hjort: “Different from most of the larger law firms in Norway we have a wide customer approach. We don’t just work in business law but also in many other areas like civil procedures and family business. Besides, we employ many high ranked lawyers.”
The implementation of the new iManage Work solution was very important to Hjort to accelerate and improve the many different document and e-mail handling processes. For many years Hjort used a document management system, developed in-house and based on a SharePoint platform. “Unfortunately, this system had become outdated,” says Staubo. “It had too much downtime so the documents were not available and the performances weren’t as good as they should have been. We decided it was time to explore the market and look into different solutions and approaches. The major question for us was whether we wanted to develop the new software ourselves, or start using common market systems for law firms. Data quality will increase by using a sophisticated DMS like iManage Work: we want to centralize all documents and communication on all subjects in iManage Work. This will create an extensive helicopter view.”
Hjort consulted other law firms and did extensive market research: what solutions did other Norwegian firms use en what were the results? “The feedback on IRIS was very positive and rightly so: the cooperation with IRIS is successful and the people are professional. Other important issues in our decision making process were stability and availability,” Staubo adds, “and iManage Work really meets our demands.”
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