legal accounting and time recording software .
The software was designed in its original form in the 1980's by a Solicitor in private practice.
Wherever possible the lawyer who writes the software avoids the use of computer jargon and 'speaks' to users in a language that he believes he, and they, will understand. The designer is after all a Solicitor and not an IT expert. He actively dislikes jargon whether of a legal or a computer kind!
The lawyer-designer decided in the mid 1980's that computers in offices were the thing of the future. He bought a Commodore business computer or "PET" as it was called, and learned to program it in what little spare time he could find from his legal work. There were few software packages for lawyers available then.
In the office there was a 65 year old book keeper who used the Oyez carbon copy system. He was wanting to reduce his hours. A computer solution seemed worth investigating. Howver he was unimpressed by the legal software that he looked at. It all seemed to use a language he didn't understand and did not seem to work in the way his mind worked.
The lawyer spent his Christmas holiday designing a software package suitable for the office to use. He then wrote and tested the software over the next 6 months. The book keeper in the office took to the software like a duuck to water and vowed after a fortnight that he never wanted to go back to his manual system!
It featured in an article written by the Solicitor which appeared in 'The Law Society's Gazette' following which the software was enthusiastically taken up by a variety of small to medium sized practices looking for an economically viable computer solution to their bookeeping needs.
C-Law then ran on the Commodore PET business computer. However in the late 1980's Sir Alan Sugar produced his "Amstrad" computer which was compatible with the IBM personal computer (PC) . The latter was then considerably used in business but was too expensive for the average small office to consider. The Amstrad changed all that.
C-Law was re-coded for MS-DOS so it would run on the Amstrad.
It had been originally designed to produce very compact data as it
needed to store all the office accounts data on a single 360k floppy
disk. Indeed the Commodore PET and the basic Amstrad did not come with
a hard disk!
As we all know PC's have since been vastly updated and improved and the PC has become established as the standard computer for many business users worldwide. Microsoft created Windows to run on it. C-law software was then further updated afor running under "Windows" and was released for "Windows 98" and "Windows XP" as a fully tested and tried stable Windows version for the year 2000.
Although C-Law was exhibited at the Barbican Exhibition for a number of years we made a decision that we preferred to keep it 'low key' and to supply our software by personal recommendation. This means we avoid advertising and staff costs and are able to pass on the savings thus made to legal practices by supplying them with software at a cost far below what it would otherwise be necessary to charge for commercially built and advertised legal software with equivalent facilities.
"A simple to use and effective solution" was said by an officer of the Law Society Monitoring Unit to one of our users on an inspection visit. We got into minor trouble over our subsequent reporting of this, and have had to undertake to make clear, which we now do, that this was a personal opinion expressed by the officer in question and was not an official endorsement!
C-law users are loyal and full of praise and and cannot speak too highly about their C-Law software.
C-Law is currently in version 2011. It is for a single cashier user to input data with multiple inspection terminals, if so desired, on networked computers for fee earners and others to be able to inspect and print the client ledger information for themselves. It runs under modern versions of Microsoft Windows. There is currently no version for the Macintosh. As from August 2011 it has been written to run on Windows Vista or Windows 7 either by an Admin or an Ordinary user, without elevated administrator privileges needing to be applied.It is available with or without time recording.