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Voted #1 for Practice Management Solutions in the Cloud in a readership survey of the US National Law Journal

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What is Firm Central?

Firm Central is the only cloud-based legal practice management software for sole practitioners, small law firms, and Barristers that fully integrates with legal research and other essential business tools. This is a scalable, customisable and affordable practice management solution that helps you work anywhere, anytime.

Firm Central simplifies your workday by providing a single online location to access a wealth of features designed to make it even more efficient to manage your practice and perform client work.

Now available in New Zealand!


Firm Central features

Centralised matter and client management

Centralised matter and client management

Firm Central’s matter management dashboard organises crucial matter information, including contacts, tasks, notes, documents, communications and calendar events.

Time and billing made easy

Time and billing made easy

Use time and billing software to track and record billable time and associate applicable fees with your matters for organised and efficient billing.

Draft legal forms quickly and efficiently

Draft legal forms quickly and efficiently

Build high quality and up-to-date forms and precedents easily and save them within Firm Central for convenient access anywhere, any time.

Legal calendaring and scheduling keeps you on track

Legal calendaring and scheduling keeps you on track

Firm Central makes it easy to record important events related to your matter and integrates with Microsoft Outlook and Windows.


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Integrate law firm management with your client work

Firm Central seamlessly brings together all of the tools you use daily, so you can complete work effiiently in a single, easy-to-use environment.

  • Microsoft Outlook and Windows Explorer

Access your Microsoft Outlook email messages, calendar, and notes, and organise them with the relevant client and matter, and copy documents to your matter folders directly from your desktop using Windows Explorer.

  • Infinitylaw

Get the benefit of Firm Central integration with proven Infinitylaw software to record time, generate bills, operate your Trust and Cost Ledgers, and provide performance and management reporting. Infinitylaw is an established practice management solution developed in New Zealand and widely used by New Zealand lawyers.

  • Westlaw NZ

If you subscribe to Westlaw NZ you can streamline your legal research by using the Westlaw research widget on the Firm Central home page to search your Westlaw products. The home page also includes a Forms & Precedents widget which allows you to browse the table of contents of over 20 databases of expertly drafted precedents and statutory forms on Westlaw NZ.


A secure legal practice management solution

Firm Central's SOC2 certification ensures that legal activities conducted within the system meet high standards for privacy and reliability.

  • Exceptional data hosting services ensure safety, confidentiality and accessibility of your firm's information
  • 24/7 monitoring and near-continuous server uptime
  • All data transmissions use the same robust encryption and transport standard as banks and brokerages

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Why Choose Firm Central?

Unique Integration

The only cloud-based practice management software that integrates with legal research and precedents, and other essential law firm tools.

  • MICROSOFT OUTLOOK & WINDOWS EXPLORER INTEGRATION
    Access your Microsoft Outlook email messages, calendar, and notes, and organise them with the relevant client and matter, and copy documents to your matter folders directly from your desktop using Windows Explorer.
  • INFINITYLAW INTEGRATION
    Get the benefit of Firm Central integration with proven Infinitylaw software to record time, generate bills, operate your Trust and Cost Ledgers, and provide performance and management reporting. Infinitylaw is an established practice management solution developed in New Zealand and widely used by New Zealand lawyers.
  • WESTLAW NZ INTEGRATION
    If you subscribe to Westlaw NZ you can streamline your legal research by using the Westlaw research widget on the Firm Central home page to search your Westlaw products. The home page also includes a Forms & Precedents widget which allows you to browse the table of contents of over 20 databases of expertly drafted precedents and statutory forms on Westlaw NZ.

Matter and Document Organisation

Store all files related to a matter in electronic folders, share them easily across your legal practice, and find current and past matter information quickly through Firm Central or your Outlook.

Global Search

Everything you store on Firm Central – matter files, documents, notes, and anything else related to a client or matter – is scanned and indexed so when you search, you can find anything in seconds. And Firm Central doesn’t simply search document titles - it searches the actual text.

Calendar

Firm Central makes it easy to record important events related to your matter and then integrates with Microsoft Outlook and Windows.

Time Recording

A timer widget on the Firm Central web interface allows you to open multiple matters and switch easily between them for time recording. This makes it simple to capture time and maximise fees.

Billing

Firm Central assists in the fast creation, review and editing of bills. Get bills out promptly during the month or power them through at month end.

Accounts Rendered

Accounts Rendered statements can be effortlessly created to follow up on unpaid bills.

Trust and Cost Ledgers

The Trust and Cost Ledgers enable recording and management of financial transactions such as disbursements and expenses. The Trust Ledger is fully compliant with the NZLS rules. If you don't have a trust account you will just use the Cost Ledger.

Reports

Smart reports are included for monitoring fee earner and practice performance. These include:

  • Time, WIP, Fees
  • Trust and IBD accounts
  • Matter costs
  • Personal and Practice Performance

Enhanced Mobility

Access your firm’s information, wherever you are and whenever you need it, via your desktop or laptop, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Firm Central Security

Firm Central uses state-of-the-art technology to keep your firm’s information secure, confidential, and accessible. Thomson Reuters data centres feature:

  • Encrypted storage
  • Nightly backup
  • Restricted employee access

Data Transfer

As part of the Firm Central setup you can migrate existing client and matter data (including data from most New Zealand practice management systems) via a transfer process which imports the data into Firm Central. This means you don't need to keep your old system operating once you are up and running in Firm Central.