Harmans only costs firm to be shortlisted for The Law Society’s 2015 Excellence Awards for their app Costs Expert
One of the most prestigious events within the legal industry, The Law Society Excellence Awards celebrate brilliance and outstanding achievement across a range of areas from Pro Bono to Technology to Marketing and Communications; and in 2015 Harmans were very proud to have their app Costs Expert recognised in the Business Development category.
Matthew Harman, Partner, says: “It’s absolutely fantastic to be shortlisted for The Law Society Excellence Award and is testament to all the hard work that went into developing Costs Expert. We set out to improve our client service, at no extra cost to clients, and to be recognised by the Law Society for achieving this is so rewarding.”
Harmans launched Costs Expert in October 2014 – a bespoke mobile application which features the first ever interest calculator for the costs industry. The app, which is free and available to download, acts not only as a valuable industry resource but also as a tool to help solicitors with their everyday workload.
The key element of the Harmans app and the feature which has attracted the most attention is the unique interest calculator which allows users to input various data such as date of order, amount of offer, costs to date and any payments on account to calculate totals inclusive and exclusive of interest. Previously this calculation could only be done using a complex formula (and some well educated guess work!) so this has proved to be an invaluable tool for users.
Other features of Costs Expert include a court directory allowing users to find the nearest county court or civil justice centre to their location along with its contact details and a useful map and directions. The court directory also has a link to the latest court fees.
There is also an interactive book a collection section on the app which interfaces with the Harmans office diary and allows the user to quickly and easily book a file collection using the free courier service.
The Ask a Question section means that wherever you are you can ask one of Harmans’ costs experts a question via the app, invaluable if you are out and about and unable to lay your hands on your usual references. Previously answered questions are also visible in this section meaning it provides a bank of helpful information on costs queries.
There are also sections providing contact details and more general information on Harmans.
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