28 October 2016
The Legal IT Team Award recognised Griffith Hack’s focus on creating and implementing IT solutions that improve client engagement with the firm and deliver efficiencies through automation and the integration of a range of systems under a bespoke internal workflow platform called CATCH.
“IT is disrupting business around the world and the legal sector is not immune,” Griffith Hack Chief Information Officer Andrew Mitchell said. “By embracing this disruption and the opportunities it presents we are simplifying our clients’ IP needs and providing tools that enhance the firm and its offering.”
The Legal IT Rising Star Award went to Barney Ling, who heads Griffith Hack’s Digital Development Office. Mr Ling was the main technical architect who envisioned a paperless working environment with links between core practice management and knowledge management software that led to development of the CATCH platform. Mr Ling was also the technical architect of Amplia, Griffith Hack’s unique online platform that enables clients to file and renew their trade marks.
The platform, launched earlier this year after three years of development, enables clients to manage their trade mark portfolios online with access to support from Griffith Hack’s trade mark attorneys.
“With Amplia, we are disrupting ourselves and at the same time enhancing our processes with automation,” said Griffith Hack Trade Marks Principal Jürgen Bebber, who came up with the concept for the platform and drove its development.
Amplia, which is Latin for “more”, gives clients visibility and control over trade mark filing and spending using a clean, simple interface with access to Griffith Hack’s systems and attorneys should they require legal assistance.
“We could see that the old ways of trade mark filing were ripe for digital disruption and have created a solution that makes it easier and cheaper for our clients,” Mr Bebber said.