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Hoowla news and updates to our conveyancing platform

Clacton on Sea based Rhodda & Co has chosen to implement the Hoowla Case Management system for their conveyancing department to continue offering their clients the top class service the firm is known for.

A modern firm with a focus on offering clients a friendly, personal and professional service, Rhodda & Co specialise in wills and probate and conveyancing within the local area and beyond.

We asked them a few questions about why they picked Hoowla. Read the full article on Legal Futures to find out what they said.

 

 

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We have updated Hoowla with a number of new features which are now live and ready for you to use. This latest release has a theme around documents, helping you work smarter and more efficiently. We have also included a new feature that helps you work even more closely with your introducers. For more information on any of the new features below, please do get in touch, we’d be happy to show you more.

We add new features to Hoowla based on feedback from our customers. If you have any questions or feedback then please get in touch we’d love to hear from you.

Request 1 to 1 training – email tom@hoowla.com or call 01792 687146

Microsoft Word

 

You can now merge case information directly into Microsoft Word documents. Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about this feature and for help setting up templates.

Automatically invite introducers

 

You can now automatically invite your introducers to track their clients cases that you instruct.

If you work closely with introducers and would like to find out how they can refer clients to you through Hoowla then please get in touch with us today and we’ll show you how easy it is to setup.

Your case documents

 

We have enhanced the document page in your cases making it even easier to manage them, see which ones are currently being worked on and which ones have been sent out.

Additional document features

 

Ability to quick save a document whilst you are working on it.

A new layout for your completion statements generated in Hoowla.

A new setting that ensures a document can only be printed and posted.

You can now quickly delete documents from the case document list.

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Hoowla are delighted to be named as the winner of the Operations LawTech Startup Award at this year’s Legal Geek Conference.

The inaugural LawTech Startup Awards, run by the organisers of Legal Geek, acknowledges and celebrates the hard work and innovation of startups within the legal industry.

Founded in 2013, Hoowla is a cloud based case management software for all aspects of the legal industry. Designed and built from scratch by the Swansea based team, Hoowla is a full case management system which allows legal professionals to manage their case loads efficiently and automatically generate legal documents, submitting information to third parties such as HMRC and the Land Registry.

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Adam Curtis, Hoowla founder and managing director said: “We are all delighted to have won this award. There are some exciting new companies within the legal startup world and the competition for this award was very high, with Hoowla competing against 21 other startups in our category.

Our team are passionate about what we do and this award recognises the impact we are starting to have on the legal industry.

Winners of the LawTech Startup Awards were determined by an independent panel of judges from leading legal companies, international law firm Freshfields, Thomson Reuters and The Law Society.

Founder of Legal Geek, Jimmy Vestbirk says, “Legal Geek bridges the gap between the legal profession and startup innovation. We always strive to create structure around the unstructured startup climate and this conference facilitates the continuous development and advancements currently taking place in the startup world. The awards recognise the best and brightest companies making waves within the legal industry.

About Hoowla

Hoowla is modernising conveyancing for law firms and is a growing software provider for the legal industry, designed and developed in the UK using the latest secure cloud technology.

Hoowla promotes a modern approach to case management software that includes accounts and invoicing, search ordering, online SDLT submissions, dashboard reporting and more.

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We’ve introduced a number of new features for our conveyancing calculator over the last few months to help save time and win you more instructions.

  • Vary your legal fee based on the postcode entered
  • Automatically workout the title and tenure of the property
  • Add personal messages to quotes
  • And much more

All at no extra cost to your existing Hoowla quote calculator account

We add new features to Hoowla based on feedback from our customers. If you have any questions or feedback then please get in touch we’d love to hear from you.

Request 1 to 1 training – email tom@hoowla.com or call 01792 687146

Quotes include title & tenure

 

Our quote calculator now uses the Land Registry’s Enquiry by Property Description service when raising a quote which sets the tenure of the property and saves the title number.

Quotes are sent from you

 

Be more personable with quotes sent out using contact details of the member of staff that raises it.

More control editing quotes

 

You now have access to even more options when editing quotes including updating the address, modifying introducer referral fees, adding supporting documents and more.

Create postcode exceptions

 

You can now define postcode areas in your quote calculator where your legal fees differ. The new fee will be used when generating a conveyancing quote for a property that falls in that area.

Dynamic referral fees in quotes

 

Quotes raised by or attributed to your referrers can have your referral fees automatically included in them.

Personalised message in quote

 

When raising a quote you can now add your own custom message to accompany it, allowing you to provide a more personalised service with all the benefits of our automated conveyancing calculator.

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Legal practice Case Management Software Provider Hoowla are delighted to announce their partnership with leading conveyancing search provider PSG. The Property Search Groups ordering platform PSG Connect is now fully integrated with Hoowla’s conveyancing case management software.

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PSG launched their new property search ordering platform in January, receiving fantastic feedback from clients.  The new search ordering software has been built with integration and collaboration in mind to bring further efficiencies and additional benefits to clients wherever possible.

Hoowla user and PSG customer Leona Bulmer, solicitor at Roland Robinsons and Fentons LLP said:“The integration with PSG is excellent and will prove to be invaluable to us. Many of the systems we looked at were extremely expensive. Hoowla is not. The team (PSG & Hoowla) are very willing to alter the system to meet our needs and work in a way that is better for me and my team.”

The integration with Hoowla enables conveyancing solicitors to seamlessly order Title Insurance, Conveyancing Searches and risk management products such as Lawyer Checker and AML Checks without the need for double keying client and property details.  All reports are delivered directly back to Hoowla’s conveyancing software and immediately accessible by the client.

Richard Dawson, Group Managing Director for PSG, commented:  “We talk to our clients regularly to ensure we are meeting their needs and we identified integration with case management as a common requirement for many.  Hoowla share a common objective with PSG; putting the client first and focusing on excellent customer service.  We are delighted to now be fully integrated with the Hoowla system.”

Hoowla provides cloud software to the legal industry, developed in the UK using the latest technology. They help law firms of all shapes and sizes around the country to modernise their conveyancing offering, process more matters, improve communication and collaboration, reduce risk and manage compliance whilst providing a great customer experience along the way.

Williamsons Solicitors have embraced technology by choosing to use Hoowla’s conveyancing platform. They bring together the brightest minds in the practice, priding themselves on being approachable, sympathetic and understanding and built a fantastic reputation through putting clients at the centre of everything they do. Their team of 120 highly regarded and experienced staff are based in offices in Hull, Beverley, Driffield and Bridlington.

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Implementing the Conveyancing Calculator provided by Hoowla could not have been simpler.  The service provided by them from beginning to end was professional and understandable.  Our clients can access our quotes quickly and without complication at any time.  This is saving our employees a great deal of time and makes our services efficient.  We enjoy using the service and can rely on the quotation produced to be accurate. Jane Cousins, Senior Solicitor and Head of Conveyancing and Wills & Probate, Williamsons Solicitors.

Hoowla promotes a modern approach to conveyancing with case management software that includes full accounts and invoicing, precedents and letters, search ordering, Land Registry integration, online SDLT submissions, dashboard reporting and more. Estate agents and home-movers have access to tools that offer a new level of interaction and communication they come to expect in today’s world.

For further information please call 01792 687146 or email tom@hoowla.com.

Hoowla’s sales progression software has helped to transform Caroline Hall’s progress chasing business EPC Essex.

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“I have had my business transformed by using the Hoowla’s online conveyancing software for Sales Progression. The system is straightforward, easy to grasp and more importantly reliable. The Estate Agents can have clear updates on all cases and it enables me to not have to email them constantly. A great team with fantastic back up with any queries in the early days of use as once your are up and running its fantastic. I can not recommend this software highly enough.” Caroline Hall Essex, Owner, EPC Essex, Progress Chasing

Hoowla, an online conveyancing case management provider, also provides Sales Progression software which allows sales progressors, estate agents, mortgage brokers and industry providers to manage their pipeline of property sales. Hoowla keeps everyone in the loop throughout the conveyancing process through a modern, professional interface. Hoowla offers 24 hour support and works closely with customers, quickly integrating feature requests into the system at no extra cost.

For more information about Hoowla and to arrange a demo, email adam@hoowla.com or call 01792 687146.

 

 

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In our latest update we’ve focused on saving you and your conveyancing team time on some of the tasks you perform daily. We’ve made it even easier for you to find, edit and print your letters and forms with the introduction of tags, clickable custom fields and bulk printing. You can even go as far as automating your client care packs. Read on to find out more and if you have any questions or feedback then please get in touch.

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Automate your client care packs

 

Cut down on the time it takes to instruct your clients. Collect all information you need when creating your cases and have your client care pack automatically sent out as soon as you are ready.

Fee tables in your letters

 

No more manually typing in costs as quotes raised through your conveyancing calculator can be automatically inserted into documents such as your client care letter.

DX addresses in letters

 

Save a DX address against companies you have stored in Hoowla and choose for letters to be generated using their DX address by default.

Speed up letter generation

 

Save key information to your cases directly from our document editor. Click on any missing information in your letters and enter it there and then speeding up your letter generation.

Bulk print documents

 

Send a selection of documents to the printer all at once or download them into a single file. This can save you precious time when producing your client care packs.

Search with tags

 

Add tags to your document templates and case information to help you quickly find what you’re looking for. A powerful feature when used with the bulk printer.

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Hopkins Solicitors chose Hoowla’s legal software to save their conveyancing team time while increasing business through customer acquisition. They installed Hoowla’s conveyancing calculator empowering their team to deliver instant estimates to clients and setup the calculator on their website to convert customers looking for conveyancing services.

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Since we installed the Hoowla Conveyancing calculator on to our website it has saved our staff so much time! We no longer have to manually reply to quote requests. Customers can all get their quotes instantly saving them time. The tool was so easy to install and the team at Hoowla are always very helpful if you have a question or problem.  I would definitely recommend installing the Hoowla Conveyancing calculator on your website. Lisa Williams, Marketing Manager, Hopkins Solicitors LLP

Hoowla’s conveyancing calculator lets you create compliant, professional conveyancing fee estimations, all in a matter of minutes. It fit’s around your firm’s charging structure and your messaging and brand sits front and centre in your quotes.

There are no setup costs and the tiny annual fee makes it a no brainer if you’re looking to empower staff, save them time and increase business through your website. It even comes free for customers using Hoowla’s full legal software.

To find out more, arrange a quick 5 minute demo of the calculator, or simply get it setup today, call 01792 687146 or email tom@hoowla.com

A customer success story by Lincoln Licensed Conveyancer Adam Cheal, Owner of Fletcher Longstaff

There are few things more exciting and daunting than starting your own business. With just shy of a decade of experience specialising in residential conveyancing and property law, along with a wealth of local knowledge in Lincoln, I felt the time was right and the doors to Fletcher Longstaff opened in June 2015. There were many important decisions to make leading up to the launch and choosing the right Legal Software was one of them. A decision that has helped me lay the foundations of my firm.

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“Hoowla’s business model was a perfect fit for me”

The costs associated with installing most case management systems on the market are eye watering. It’s risky being locked into lengthy contracts and I wasn’t looking forward to spending thousands of pounds in upfront costs. Hoowla has no setup costs and is pay per case. I didn’t pay them a penny until my first cases were completing. By that time I was up and running and had generated a healthy case pipeline. This really helped with cash flow and was something I simply didn’t have to worry about. An added bonus with Hoowla’s pricing model is their mantra ‘we only get paid when you do’. If a case falls through, Hoowla doesn’t charge me.

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“I wanted software that just worked when and where I needed it”

I wanted a case management system that didn’t require me to have any unnecessary technical knowledge, purchase servers that gather dust and hire IT consultants. Hoowla’s legal software’s delivered completely online, with nothing to install ergo nothing for me to worry about. Their team helped me get setup and trained me for free. I view Hoowla as an extension to my team, available to answer any questions and always happy to help. Hoowla doesn’t stand still. They regularly add new features and are always ready to listen to my suggestions.

“I don’t know how firms still manage without case management software, especially when caseloads rise and the pressure starts to mount”

My time is precious and a lot of you will appreciate that running your firm and managing a pipeline of files requires supreme organisation. Now I’m running on full steam, I can safely say I would not be handling the volume of cases I have without Hoowla. From the point I open a case, all my letters are prepared ready to send and the workflow, tasks and to-do lists mean I always know how files are progressing. They’ve linked up with most of the services I rely on so they can be performed right from within the software. I can order searches in a few button presses and have them upload to the case automatically, do AML checks of which I get one free with every case, order Land Registry searches and submit Stamp Duty. Efficiency is key and Hoowla is continually helping me to shave time off every case.

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“Hoowla’s software has helped me form strong partnerships with my local estate agents”

Using Hoowla’s built in conveyancing calculator I can provide local estate agents with a facility to create instant estimates for clients which in turn refers those clients to me. This process takes seconds. By removing all of the barriers involved in providing estimates we all save so much time, it empowers my partnered agents and the client gets what they want instantly. This has proved a real winner all around!

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We absolutely love Hoowla. It assists both agents and solicitor’s alike cutting down on the amount of calls between the two. Updates can be seen at a glance, clients also have commented on the ease of using the site which allows them to check progress even when the office for agents/solicitors are closed. Messages can also be sent direct from your own file allowing an almost instant reply. Angela Powell MNAEA, Sales Progressor, Starkey & Brown

 “Hoowla helps me deliver on my brands promise”

It was important for my brand, Fletcher Longstaff, to have a professional modern look and feel and a clear brand message. My offer centres on proactive communication, something that’s so important in conveyancing. I needed a case management system that would support this approach. Built into the heart of Hoowla is their online case tracking facility which hasn’t been an afterthought. The experience I get using Hoowla is the same experience that my clients, introducers and anyone else involved in the case gets.

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Hoowla is very useful and saves us a lot of time. I can clearly see what Adam’s been doing and where we are at with each property. We both have more time to talk to our clients instead of chasing each other, especially on Fridays! Valda Mardle, Lovelle Estate Agency, Lincoln

My introducers know when I have won the work, they are instantly invited to track the progress of cases. They can see exactly where in the process we are. This isn’t something I have to actively remember to update, it is the system I use. By me simply working I am keeping everyone updated. They don’t chase me for updates, they get all they need from Hoowla. It saves no end of time. Our clients get exactly the same experience as well! I am delivering on my brand promise.

For more information about Hoowla and to arrange a demo, email tom@hoowla.com or call 01792 687146.