2000 series software is over ten years old!
C-Law software is being continously improved and updated. The 2010 version was however rather special - as
befitted the tenth anniversary of our 2000 series.
As from 2010 there
is an option to use a new data structure which allows client
account payments and receipts of up to one million pounds. Previous
C-law data can be converted automatically and
the software has been designed to work with older C-Law data as well as
the new version of the data. So viewing or restoring from
previous backups is not a problem. Users will however need to upgrade
all their C-Law software eg: where they have a secondary workstation,
as the converse is not true - old software cannot use the new 2010
version of the data without serious errors occurring.
For those who use C-law
Inspector or Executive it will be absolutely necessary to upgrade this
software (on each workstation it is installed on) for use in
conjunction with C-Law 2010 type data. The upgraded software works fine with either
the 2010 or the older pre-2010 data.
Upgrades of Inspector
and/or Executive are free to those entitled to free upgrades (see
above). For others the cost of Inspector upgrades are £60.00
plus VAT. Executive upgrades are £120.00 plus VAT.
Users entitled to upgrades can have a CD sent to
them on application. And newer versions of C-Law can also be
updated over the internet with the use of a password we will supply to
users who are entitled to the new version.
Users who require upgrades to Inspector or
Executive software will need to request installation CD's to be sent to
them. We recommend un-installing the old Inspector and re-installing it
using the new installation CD.
The new feature
list of C-Law 2011 includes:-
Larger client ledger
ledger debits and credits can be accepted and displayed up to
£99,999,999.99 per entry ie: a lot of figures - and money!
Commas in values
make for easier entering and recognition of large values
be typed when entering large values. This aids entering large amounts
accurately. Commas are included in many screen displays of debits and
credit amounts, (regardless of whether they have been entered). The
same applies to many printouts. This permits of quicker and more
accurate recognition of the value of debit and credit amounts.
On screen balances also appear with commas if appropriate.
Category and Fee
Earner Code descriptions
has always used three character category and fee eaner codes. At the
request of several of our users, the selection lists that appear on
screen now include up to 40 characters of users own 'help' text to
explain and amplify the meaning of the codes. By way of example:
ABW can now display in the listing as "Advice by way
of representation". GMR can appear as "Mr Geoffrey Rossetti".etc etc...
This new feature should make it easier to select the correct three
letter category and fee earner codes and to decipher their meanings
(especially for staff new to C-Law). This in turn should make C-Law faster to use
and more accurate.
User adjustment of
order of code listings
in which the work categories, fee earners, indemnity codes and sources
appear in the screen 'selection' listings has previously been
unalterable. With C-Law 2010 the order that the codes appear
in the listings can be simply and quickly adjusted whenever
required. ie: the most frequently codes can be put first.
This (in conjunction
with the help text feature described above) should make setting up
new matters quicker and easier and help to avoid entering up incorrect
codes. This will incidentally in its turn help to make analysis and
reports more accurate and effective.
Maintenance of codes
A new easy
to use 'code maintenance screen' has been provided in place of the
previous one. This screen permits codes to be added
or changed and for them to be moved up or down in
the list. It also allows up to 40 characters of
extra text to be appended to each of the three character work category
and fee earner codes.
back from the archive ledger to the current ledger
This facility has been
on several users 'wish lists'
matters which have been transferred to the archive ledger have
previously been there for keeps and could not be made current again.
Now, as long as the entries have not been removed, an
archived matter can be transferred back to the current ledger.
eg: when unexpectedly a previous archived file has to be re-opened.
Thereafter the matter can be used as a current matter and further
entries can be made on it.
Entry wizards assist
with composing less usual entries
Entry wizards now
include VAT and BILLS as well as VAT and TRANSFERS and are designed to
assist in easy compilation of the less usual types of entry.
includes the following features:
(a) Entry of the Bank Balance 'up front' when
reconciling and a new 'discrepancy' field
(b) Reconciliation statement prints can be saved
for later recall and re-printing
(c) Warnings given at log on of client bank sheet
reconciliations not done at due time.
(d) Sheets not required to take part in the
reconciliation system can be disabled
(e) Easy adjustment of the period for entries
marked as reconciled to be removed
Work trends and
analyses can be viewed in coloured pie charts and graphs
A graphic chart system
was gradually introduced during 2009. This permits the production of on
screen coloured graphs depicting past work (bills delivered) and new
work (new matters) and thus can give indications of past performance
and help to predict likely future trends. If desired these graphs or
charts can have separate traces or bars or pie charts to analyse work
category codes and fee earner matters. In the 2010 version the analysis
also includes indemnity codes and/or work sources.
report files are now serviced and adjusted if necessary during data
checks to ensure that C-law produces as accurate a report as possible.
Graphic pie chart of
Indemnity Codes for insurance purposes
The written indemnity
code analysis of percentages of bills delivered each year in the
various indemnity code types for professional insurance is still
available, but C-Law 2010 can optionally produce a coloured and
annotated pie chart with coloured slices for each code. This shows the
overall position instantly and graphically. And expected shortly in
September 2011 is a module to enable the exacting analyses requirement
for conveyancing, company, and PI work to be complied with.
Input VAT prompting
on Client ledger
It is sometimes
necessary to enter input and output VAT on disbursements (eg: when the
client is VAT registered). Previously this required manual entries.
C-Law now includes an optional input VAT prompt for disbursements and
automatically generates and prompts the suggested entries needed.
of Bank Sheets
sometimes desire to designate bank sheets for use with certain matters
only or to stop individual matters having access to certain
sheets. An effective and easy to use barring system
is incorporated in C-Law 2010 to allow this to be achieved.
Drop down lists of
frequently used entry details
C-Law users can create
their own dropdown lists. These appear and are instantly selectable
from, in the drop down details field when making ledger entries. They
are specific to the journal code in use so as to be really useful.
There are also separate lists for nominal ledger entries.
This feature should for example speed the making of frequently made OT
transfers - to take but one example - eg: the nominal account name can
be stored ready for instant selection.
The dropdown lists can be edited and the order of the items edited to
suit user's wishes eg: with the most frequently used items first in the
rate appearing in VAT entries
The standard VAT rate
applied to each entry appears in all VAT entries prompted within C-Law
as from our autumn 2008 version. This is now checked for validity ie:
if the gross amount entered does not match the VAT amount at the stated
rate then a warning is issued.
Licence updating by
telephone or Email
For those who have a
licence which needs to be updated (eg: removal of date limitation or
increasing fee earner numbers or changing the firm name) this can be
done in our 2010 version by communicating an internally generated alpha
numeric code to C-Law Systems and then on receipt of a return alpha
numeric code from C-Law Systems entering this into the software.
Communication of the code can be by post telephone fax or email and can
therefore on occasions be virtually instant. This avoids having to wait
for and install a new licence file, as previously.
Main Screens can have user defined background tints
The main screen has
always been a light grey colour. This is becoming old fashioned.
As from 2010 the background colour of the main screen can (assuming
modern hardware is in use) be changed to whatever pleasing pastel
colour a user desires This can readily be done from an option on the File
Menu that invokes a control we have specially designed with
sliders for experimenting with and adjusting the background
This setting also applies to the background tint for the 'Matter
Details' and the 'Client Ledger entry' screens which can
each have their own separate background tints set up.
Non changing static bank sheets can now be reconciled
Click this link for tips on using C-Law more effectively on modern wide high resolution screens
For some reason C-Law has in rthe
past only allowed reconciliations to be done on active bank sheets.
Static sheets with a lonstanding balance present could not be. This was
clearly unsatisfactory and the system has been changed so that ALL bank
sheets can now be reconciled regardless of whether entries have been
made on them.
The above is
just a selection of the improvements which have recently been made to C-law software
C-Law Inspector 2010
C-Law Inspector has been updated for 2010. Inspector has the ability to read
either the new or old type of C-Law data and if using the new data can
display any help text annotated to category and fee earner codes
alongside the codes on the screen displays.
It now displays the matter's indemnity insurance code and source (if
allocated) in the details screens. It also displays the status
of the matter - ie: whether current or closed and if the latter on what
date it was closed.
It has a new "reset" button to allow the screen listing of matters to be reset to the default.
It now displays commas in amounts.
The background tint of the various display forms can be adjusted by the user whenever required.
The on screen text help system has been updated to reflect changes to the software.
A brief web page type manual is now available for Inspector 2010 on this site - click this link Inspector Manual
C-Law Executive has also been updated to a new version for 2010 so as to have the ability to read or to write to either
the new or the old type of C-Law data
C-Law Solicitors Systems
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