There are a number of core features of the application, including the ability to securely publish Rates for Solicitors and Barristers, with the purpose of making it simpler for authorities to consider value before commissioning their work. Furthermore, authorities are now able to individually request estimate costs for work from law firms and barristers, with the anticipation that this will be extended to other local authorities in future.
An addition to this, barristers and law firms are able to confidentially submit estimates securely and reliably. Within the secure areas of the application, users have the ability to define the details of their estimates, the number of hours, outline any special terms, and attach documents and text.
Communication is also key in Tricostar’s application, and users are able to join discussion forums for lawyers, as well as special interest groups to share ideas about best practice, plus other tips.
Other functionality includes training course advertising and booking, job advertising, recent news and bulletins, and a central directory of fee earners within the consortium.
Key benefits include the ability for users to utilise the application 24/7, all year round.
Jayne Hammond, Assistant Director-Legal and Democratic Services at Bury Council and Chair of the North West Legal Consortium Management Board said ‘We identified early on the need to make fee earners in Authorities aware of the benefits of the Consortium and worked closely with Tricostar LLP to develop the Portal over a number of phases.’
Tricostar deliver innovative solutions that reduce costs, increase revenue and improve the efficiency of resources. Tricostar specialise in time recording and case management for the public sector, as well as creating one of the world’s leading IT and service desk management for the both the public and private sector. Since 2002 these products have been fully 100% web based.
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