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International law firm selects Advanced’s HR and payroll software to support growth

Advanced Business Solutions

Enhanced efficiency reduces monthly payroll processing time from one day to 30 minutes

7 December 2015 – Withers & Rogers LLP (Withers & Rogers), one of Europe’s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms, has invested in HR and payroll software from Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) to increase efficiency and enhance reporting to support its expanding operations.

The integrated OpenHR and OpenPeople solutions, with employee self-service and eRecruitment functionality, have streamlined manual processes and reduced monthly payroll processing time from one day to 30 minutes. The firm recently rolled out the systems to 172 staff in a phased approach.

Withers & Rogers was established more than 130 years ago and has enjoyed significant growth, leading the company to increase its headcount by a quarter over the past two years. Advanced’s systems have replaced time consuming manual processes to maintain HR information which were protracted and prone to error.

Terri Pettifer-Eagles, Head of HR & Administration at Withers & Rogers Group LLP, says, “We considered several systems but the majority offered little more than HR databases with basic reporting functionality. In contrast, Advanced provided us with an integrated HR and payroll solution with intuitive work-flows which allow us to customise the system to our exact needs. Management reporting of our people metrics can now be done much faster and in real time.”

OpenHR and OpenPeople have introduced consistent HR and payroll procedures across the business, significantly saving time and improving the accuracy of employee records by eliminating administrative tasks. Using the self-service module staff situated at Withers & Rogers’ four UK offices and one in Munich can electronically access and update their current personnel details (bank information etc), submit holiday requests and record sickness absence.

The HR team can now quickly report on a range of trends such as pension contributions, the cost of payroll and employee turnover statistics.

In the future, OpenHR will be used to assess training and development requirements by identifying individual skills gaps to ensure the firm remains competitive. The eRecruitment functionality will also speed up the onboarding process for new starters by automatically sending email reminders to ensure all inductions, orientations and equipment are in place for each employee.

Terri comments, “This implementation has provided significant time savings; we can now run our payroll in 30 minutes instead of a day. By freeing us from manual processes, the HR team is now able to provide more value-added services to the business by reporting on accurate and time critical information to enhance strategic decisions.

“Investing in Advanced’s software has also enabled us to future-proof our business as it is sufficiently scalable and flexible to cope as we continue to grow and expand our presence internationally.”


Notes to Editors

About Withers and Rogers LLP
Withers & Rogers LLP is one of the leading intellectual property law firms in the UK and Europe with offices in London, Bristol, Leamington, Sheffield and Munich. The firm was established more than 130 years ago and its clients include many renowned, innovative organisations from across Europe, North America and Asia.

Withers and Rogers offer a comprehensive service that extends to both securing IP rights – such as patents and trade mark and design registrations, and advising on their exploitation and enforcement. Alongside, the firm provides proactive support functions that help its clients keep track of their IP, stay on top of its maintenance, and stay in control of cost.

About Advanced Business Solutions
Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) provides leading integrated business applications and services that enable public, private and third sector organisations to retain control, improve visibility and gain efficiencies whilst continually improving corporate performance. Advanced prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their evolving needs.

Advanced’s software systems comprise core accounting/financial management, procurement, supply chain management, human resource, payroll and customer relationship management systems. These systems are integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions to extend the value and effectiveness of front and back office departments.

Management information systems for school and academies are provided through Advanced’s subsidiaries, Advanced Learning and Compass Computer Consultants. Advanced also provides specialist vertical solutions for the not-for-profit, sports, arts, live events and legal markets. All solutions can be delivered as a managed or bureau service.

Customers are from both the public and private sectors and include Companies House, Newcastle City Council, NHSScotland, Norfolk Constabulary, Edge Hill University, WH Smith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS, Liverpool FC, Goodwood, CIPD and RSPB.

Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group Limited, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards. Advanced was also ranked in the Deloitte UK Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and ranked in the top 300 technology companies in Deloitte’s EMEA rankings.

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Angela Mycock and Ben Carey, Advanced Computer Software Group
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