“As a company, IT was increasingly entwined with our daily operations. Today, with an improved system and cloud functionality, we are growing faster and have our sights set on Continental Europe.”
–Sarah Goulbourne, Co-Founder.
Gunnercooke is an award winning corporate and commercial law firm. Founded in 2010, the company has over 50 partners, and operates nationally via offices in both Manchester and London. Gunnercooke services over 1000 clients, with lawyers often working on client sites all across the UK. Gunnercooke’s client-centric model encourages the lawyers to spend as much time as possible working with their customers, including spending time at each individual’s office and with the client’s teams. This kind of flexible working needed a flexible technology system that could keep up, and 848 was happy to provide.
The employees of Gunnercooke were so often out of the office that a demand was created for an internal system which could be accessed remotely. Partners needed to access and share documents at any time or place, something the current network was not able to perform. The system needed to be faster and more responsive. Due to the sensitive nature of the company’s data, the software also needed to be totally impenetrable.
“Our old IT system prevented remote working. As a pioneering law firm that consults up and down the country we wanted to become faster and more responsive. As you would imagine, within corporate law we handle large amounts of sensitive data. If compromised it would not only damage our brand but also that of our clients. This is why we needed a solution that was not only accessible but extremely secure”.
-Sarah Goulbourne, Co Founder
848 deployed Microsoft Office 365 for office productivity, coupled with Microsoft SharePoint online for collaboration. The latter was customised for the firm to ensure confidentiality of all internal and external documents and communications. The changes 848 recommended enabled truly collaborative working for the first time at Gunnercooke. Users across the business could share and edit documents within the firewall- and without jeopardising private information.
The 848 Group migrated Gunnercooke’s data over the weekend so as not to disrupt day-to-day operations, and ensure zero downtime during the working week. By selecting 848 and migrating to the cloud, Gunnercooke has reduced its IT overheads and avoided the cost of increasing the in-house IT team. With a new functional, accessible system, Gunnercooke’s partners can now collaborate with clients and access records in real-time- at the office, or on the move. As a result, client response time has decreased, and case numbers are on the up.
Goulbourne said, “848 and its team understood our business growth objectives. With expertise in all areas of technology, and experience working with similar clients in key sectors including professional services, 848 were the right choice for us. We now have a strategic partner that can provide the level of technical support needed to help Gunnercooke expand”.