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Encouraged by a growing demand for legal departments to begin functioning like any other business unit, enterprise level technology providers are making a greater play for the legal vertical moving forward. But a further proliferation of enterprise-grade technologies inside of corporate law department’s could also put additional pressure on legal tech providers to make sure that even their most specialized point solutions can integrate seamlessly with other systems. 

To be sure, one of the advantages that enterprise-grade companies often wield during their push into legal are platforms or solutions that can support other business units such as human resources. Business management solutions provider The Access Group recently launched a legal software business called Access Legal that is designed to exploit what managing director Doug Sawers termed a very “disparate” UK legal market with “too many” smaller specialists. 

“There are very few businesses or suppliers that provide more than one or two or three products in the space. So even if you wanted to have your HR and finance and legal practice management systems from one supplier, one partner, one application, there wasn’t anybody offering that—at least in the mid-market,” he said. 

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Frank Ready

Frank Ready is a reporter on the tech desk at ALM Media. He can be reached at [email protected]

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