Law firm Keoghs has replaced its on-premise Northgate HR software application with a cloud based alternative from Fairsail.
Keoghs, which provides claims-related legal services to the insurance sector, has seen its staff headcount double in the past three years, from 600 to over 1,200 employees spread across three offices in the UK. Over the same period the firm's annual turnover has risen from £33m to £56m.
As Keoghs has expanded, the company began to experience problems with its legacy HR application, which failed to support the complex requirements of its growing workforce.
“It was clear to us we needed a new HR solution, one that could provide us with the level of reporting and analytics we required,” explained Rob Snelson, solutions manager at Keoghs. “We were keen to find a cloud based solution which would enable our offices to share data seamlessly and securely."
The company decided to replace its Northgate systems with HR and human capital management software as a service tools from Fairsail, requiring a quick implementation ahead of the expiration of its previous licence.
“Fairsail was able to fully implement the new system and migrate all of our existing data in just 30 days,” Snelson added.
Having switched to the cloud software, the company is now rolling out additional features from Fairsail, such as its recruitment and payflow tools, in order to further reduce the administrative burden on HR staff.
Earlier this year another leading law firm, Hogan Lovells, announced that it was implementing cloud HR software from Workday, also replacing on-premise Northgate tools.
At the time, Gary Abbott, senior manager for global information management at Hogan Lovells, told ComputerworldUK that traditionally conservative law firms are beginning to rethink strategies around the cloud, starting with HR systems.