Customer success: Van Bael & Bellis

Leading Belgian Law firm Van Bael & Bellis choose IRIS Nederland to implement iManage Work document and email management solution

IRIS Best Practice solution to help address business challenges, providing efficiency improvements, greater scalability and adoption of mobile technologies

IRIS Nederland, one of Europe’s largest specialists in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced that Van Bael & Bellis, a leading independent law firm based in Brussels, has selected IRIS to implement iManage Work. The solution, based on IRIS Best Practice for Law Firms, will mean Van Bael & Bellis can better manage their case related documentation and email.

Van Bael & Bellis’ existing document management solution, custom developed for the law firm, was no longer suitable for the new ways of working necessary in today’s information centric society. The solution had no mobile device capability, nor was it able to automatically store and manage emails, a critical and significant communication medium. This presented a problem for the firm’s lawyers who often need access to documentation whilst on the move, away from the office. The lack of automatic email storage also meant that electronic case files risked being incomplete.

Efficiency improvements

IRIS Nederland is working in close cooperation with Van Bael & Bellis’ own IT department. The foundation of iManage Work will be augmented by the knowledge and skills that IRIS has built up over many deployments to law firms. The solution will include IRIS FastTrack consulting services and support and will be deployed to over 80 users, the majority of whom will also access the solution from mobile devices.

“As well as the improvements in mobile access that the new solution will provide, for the first time we will also be able to store email correspondence with the relevant case file, quickly and easily. In conjunction with the advanced search capabilities, intuitive, easy to use interface, the overall efficiency improvements will ultimately lead to a better service for our clients,” adds Philippe De Baere.

Rob van der Drift, Account Manager WorkSite at IRIS adds, “Van Bael & Bellis is the latest in a long line of law firms to select IRIS to implement and support such a critical solution for their business. We welcome them to this growing list of firms throughout Europe and look forward to working closely with them to ensure they maximize their return on their investment.”

Supporting Efficient Re-use of Expertise and Work Product

“iManage Work has helped us manage the knowledge we’ve accumulated throughout the firm and put it to use for ongoing matters,” says Abu Sheikhah. “The ability to customize access rights on the user level makes it possible for us to share information broadly while maintaining security and ethical separation. As a result, lawyers can search for previous documents, such as contracts, to use as a starting point for similar matters, which saves time and improves quality by capturing incremental improvements each time a document passes through another lawyer’s hands.”

“In order to provide the best possible service to our clients, we need the capabilities that I.R.I.S. is able to offer us. This new solution will provide the platform for us to improve efficiency through mobile information access, giving us a scalable platform for the future.”

Philippe De Baere, Partner at Van Bael & Bellis

About Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels, with a second office in Geneva exclusively dedicated to WTO matters.

Van Bael & Bellis is known for their client-centred approach, commitment to excellence and extensive expertise in EU competition law, EU and international trade law, EU regulatory law as well as Belgian business law. With nearly 70 lawyers coming from 20 different countries, they offer their clients the support of a highly effective team of professionals with multi-jurisdictional expertise and an international perspective.

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