UK firm Maclay Murray and Spens chooses HighQ and Tikit for user-friendly client extranets

London – 8 December 2014 – UK law firm Maclay Murray and Spens LLP (MMS) has selected HighQ Collaborate, through technology resellers Tikit, to provide its enhanced client extranet services.

The firm sought an alternative client extranet platform that allows lawyers across the firm to easily publish content that clients can access readily.

Crawford Hawley-Groat, Director of IT at MMS, explains why the firm requires a new extranet platform: “We have been using extranets to share information with clients for many years now and we try to stay at the cutting edge in terms of the technological solutions we provide. On reviewing our current platform it became clear that there were opportunities to improve the quality and usability of the product we were offering. ”

“We needed a service that users could safely administer themselves to make information sharing easier across the firm,” Hawley-Groat explains. “Based on demand and expected increase of file sharing and collaboration across the firm, we knew we had to either evolve our own solution or involve an external vendor.”

Hawley-Groat began to research the options for extranet alternatives, as he explains: “I looked to other firms to see what platforms they used for their extranets and began to get a feel for what solutions were available in the market. I noticed that HighQ Collaborate is one of the most popular collaboration platforms for law firms, so I knew it was worth exploring.”

Hawley-Groat approached technology resellers Tikit, who had provided MMS’s document management system, about HighQ Collaborate. “Tikit showed us how HighQ Collaborate could integrate with our DMS. This was a key differentiator for us, allowing for easier secure publishing of content to extranets across the firm.”

HighQ Collaborate’s security and usability stood out to Hawley-Groat. “Given the client list that HighQ has, I was confident that HighQ’s security was to the highest standards. This combined with a great user experience, which is really important to us as it needs to be easy for our internal users to administer without a lot of help from IT, meant that Collaborate was the best option for MMS.”

MMS have now begun the integration process, and Hawley-Groat expects to begin rolling out Collaborate firm wide in the new year. “HighQ Collaborate will allow our lawyers to share content more easily with our clients. It will enable a greater level of collaboration amongst our lawyers and clients and will allow MMS to provide a richer client experience.”

Dries Ausems, Sales and Business Development Manager at HighQ, says: “We’re delighted MMS have chosen HighQ Collaborate for their client extranets. We plan to keep a close eye on how the firm uses the Collaborate to provide a great client experience and we’re keen to see other ways in which the platform helps the firm to collaborate better with its clients.”

About MMS

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP (www.mms.co.uk) is a forward looking, practical, commercial legal firm which has a stated objective of providing its clients with the best possible service across the broad range of legal advice provided by the firm. Maclay Murray & Spens LLP is well placed to offer clients throughout the UK and beyond commercial advice at competitive prices. The firm has a significant UK, European and international client base, which can be serviced from any or all of the firm’s four locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London. These are linked by an integrated computer, video-conferencing and telephone network ensuring a fast, efficient service, and expert advice are delivered. The London office has particular strength in financial services and the firm’s Aberdeen office is the home to its Oil and Gas Practice. The firm is a Member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.

About Tikit

Tikit (www.tikit.com) is one of the largest suppliers of technology solutions & services to legal & accountancy firms, and is part of BT Group. Tikit’s client list totals more than 1,450 firms globally, including 90 of the UK’s top 100 law firms, 250 US law firms, 12 of the top 20 European law firms and 18 of the UK’s top 50 accountancy firms.

Tikit is a complete technology partner offering a broad portfolio that includes software solutions, IT outsourcing, communication, networks & hosting. Tikit develops their own software and have long-standing relationships with other top best-of-breed providers, and they match this expertise with a reputation for excellent customer service.

About HighQ

HighQ (www.highq.com) is a leading provider of secure enterprise collaboration, publishing and document exchange software. They provide innovative solutions to some of the world’s leading law firms, investment banks and corporations. HighQ uniquely combine secure, enterprise-grade technology with the best ideas and user experience from consumer tools to enable firms to securely exchange critical business information and collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners in one unified space.