Next plc inhouse legal team select Liberate matter management from Linetime

The in-house legal department at Next were keen to make better use of technology to improve the way they deliver their legal services to support their internal clients. Like many in-house legal functions, they were used to working with traditional paper files and storing emails and other electronic information on personal and shared drives.

Prior to looking at suitable systems Next set down a number of key benefits they wished to achieve through the use of technology. In brief the benefits they set out to achieve included:

• Greater efficiencies in terms of transfer of administrative tasks from lawyers to support staff
• Reduced cost of paper and files and a desire to go paperless
• Better team collaboration
• Improved business continuity (files to be saved centrally rather than on personal outlook folders)
• The ability to undertake more accurate searches on matters
• Quicker response times
• A more consistent service delivery and quality control (better version control, standardised precedents)

Having defined the requirements, they undertook a review of the market and considered systems ranging from a purpose built project through to a ready built and legal sector proven system. Following discussions with a number of suppliers Next elected to take a more detailed look in to Linetime’s matter management system. This was undertaken by members of the legal team having detailed discussions with Linetime followed by an onsite demonstration at Next’s head office and a workshop at Linetime’s offices.

“The reasons we chose Linetime were very clear. As a specialist software provider, we expect Linetime to provide a solution that will pretty much work out of the box. The system has many features which make it ideal for improving collaboration between members of an in-house legal department including: automated email filing; organising work in matters visible to all or selected team members; secure work areas for confidential matters; optional time recording for litigation; electronic bundle creation; and accurate search facilities. It works seamlessly through Outlook and is designed specifically for lawyers. We also like and trust the Linetime team - which is absolutely critical for a long term business solution such as this.” Anil Raja, Asst. General Counsel, Next.

About the Next legal team

The in-house lawyers at Next cover a wide area of work including real estate, commercial law, contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law, consumer law, employment law, data protection and privacy, technology law, regulatory and compliance. They also manage external lawyers in many different jurisdictions.

About Linetime

Linetime provides case, matter, document and financial management software to the legal sector. Their Liberate legal service platforms flexibility makes it suited to in house legal, top 250 law firms and high street practices. For more information visit or email