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DibbsBarker Transforms Legal Business Processes with Successful MatterSphere Deployment

Centralized Data Repository Results in Significant Business Efficiencies and Return on Investment

Thomson Reuters Elite announced that DibbsBarker, a leading commercial law firm, has deployed MatterSphere across its offices in Sydney and Brisbane. MatterSphere is legal matter management software that provides a central location for all of DibbsBarker’s matter-related data. It has significantly enhanced the firm’s client and matter opening processes.

“MatterSphere’s centralized database stores valuable information that was formerly manually entered into client reporting systems, spreadsheets or standalone databases. We have already eliminated numerous information silos and enhanced risk management with an improved new business intake process,” said Richard Figar, IT manager at DibbsBarker. “MatterSphere also provides us with a range of new functionality that was simply not previously available to the firm.”

MatterSphere consolidates DibbsBarker’s matter data into one central database that has been integrated with its existing document and practice management systems. As a result, the firm has automated a number of its processes. New clients and matters are now open and active within minutes, a huge improvement on the previous process which took 24 to 48 hours. MatterSphere also updates matters in real-time, which enhances production of precedents and bills, ultimately lowering the risk of correspondence containing inaccurate information. Furthermore, the firm can better manage its risks through online client approval and verification, as well as audit tracking of matter activities including conflict searches, credit assessment and cost estimate histories.

DibbsBarker estimates that the cost of implementing MatterSphere will be offset by replacing a number of disparate products throughout the firm used for handling precedents, workflow, case flow and document assembly. With the removal of these products, savings include costs in the area of maintenance, consulting, and licensing.

MatterSphere integrates with 3E, Enterprise and many other financial management and document management platforms. It is embedded in the Microsoft Office environment to unite operations and promote collaboration across the enterprise and with a firm’s clients. In addition, its mobile capabilities enable access to case files, action activities, and file time records from an iPad or smartphone, which brings a higher level of client service. Visit MatterSphere for more information.

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