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UK-based case management software provider Hoowla has expanded to Northern Ireland with the opening of a new office.

Hoowla’s Northern Ireland office has been set up by local entrepreneur Jim O’Connor and the move means that Hoowla is able to expand within Northern Ireland with the knowledge and expertise of a local expert.

Hoowla managing director Adam Curtis says that this approach to providing a modern, frequently updated software solution is at the heart of what Hoowla does. “More and more firms are moving away from the traditional, installed systems which are expensive to setup and are limited on updates. Hoowla is based in the cloud, which means that new features are added on a regular basis and, for the majority of firms, set up is free. 21st century users want the ability to access and update information from anywhere and Hoowla can be securely accessed on any internet enabled device.

Jim O’Connor adds “At a time when social media and online shopping create an expectation of instant access to information and 24/7 service, the Hoowla system allows solicitors to meet those expectations for their clients. We are excited by the possibilities offered in improving client service, and also by the opportunities for the development of professional networks. Not only does this technology facilitate more effective communication between users, the time saving features of the system allow firms to become more competitive and more profitable. The initial response from solicitors, estate agents and mortgage brokers has been very enthusiastic, and we look forward to working with Hoowla in ongoing development across the province.

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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.

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.

Hoowla has enhanced their case management software for the legal property market in Scotland. Hoowla’s conveyancing calculator automatically calculates Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) and Land Registration fees when generating conveyancing estimates and quotes for clients. The Scottish legal system differs to England and Wales by applying different charging structures to conveyancing transactions via the Registers of Scotland. Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) replaced UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) in Scotland earlier this year.

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Hoowla’s conveyancing calculator lets you create compliant, professional conveyancing fee estimations, all in under a minute. 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. The calculator is free for customers using Hoowla’s full Legal Software.

Hoowla provides 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.

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

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.

Hoowla’s teamed up with SearchFlow to provide an integrated conveyancing search ordering experience for solicitors using their case management software. Both Hoowla and SearchFlow are dedicated to making conveyancers lives easier and understand the need for speed and efficiency in the conveyancing process. The partnership with SearchFlow provides even more choice for conveyancing firms already using Hoowla’s case management software.

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“We have a growing number of search partners tightly integrated within Hoowla now and are delighted that SearchFlow have teamed up with us”. Comments Adam Curtis, CEO of Hoowla. “It’s important to us that we are able to provide choice for our customers and we’ve focused on ensuring the ordering experience in our case management software is consistent whichever provider our customers choose”.

Hoowla is recognised as the alternative to the Law Society’s Veyo platform and is modernising conveyancing for law firms. Developed in the UK and using the latest cloud technology, Hoowla promotes a modern approach to legal software is a growing provider for the legal industry. Their case management software covers all areas of law and includes a customisable workflow engine, client relationship management, full accounts and invoicing, precedents and letters, practice performance reporting and more. Specialised features for conveyancers include integrated search ordering and alerts, online SDLT submissions, Land Registry integration with automated PDF form filling and key partnerships within the industry.

Hoowla provides transparent pricing on their website, operating a pay per case model with no setup charges and doesn’t lock customers into lengthy contracts. Hoowla offers 24 hour support and works closely with customers, quickly integrating feature requests into the system at no extra cost.

For further details on Hoowla and to arrange a demo contact 01792 687146 or email tom@hoowla.com

Edward Mellor sought to provide an enhanced and tailored conveyancing experience for their clients, strengthen relationships with their panel of local conveyancing solicitors and improve business intelligence around the large volume of transactions their agency generates. They embedded Hoowla’s cloud based conveyancing panel management software at the start of 2015 to achieve just that.

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Hoowla’s panel management software is used by over 70 members of Edward Mellor’s team along with their panel of conveyancing solicitors and their clients. Hoowla generates instant conveyancing quotes for home-movers and refers them directly to Edward Mellors panel firms. Edward Mellors team monitor successful instructions and help win work for their solicitors, all supported and streamlined by Hoowla’s conveyancing technology. A suite of business intelligence reports provide detailed insight from quotes right through to completions across the agency. Built in accounts ensure all financial matters linked to referrals are covered too.

Edward Mellor’s panel of conveyancing firms have also embraced Hoowla’s conveyancing technology by adopting their case management software to progress cases from instruction through to post completion. The firms spared no time embedding the software into their practices and quickly familiarised themselves with Hoowla. The intuitively designed software and round the clock support from the Hoowla team ensured the transition went smoothly.

Suzanne Wharton, Operations Manager at Edward Mellor comments; “Our staff and the solicitors in our panel find it easy to use and it has streamlined the process of referring clients to our panel. With complete visibility of the progression of all of our properties we can quickly react to anything that may slow down progress and step in to support our panel firms. Hoowla helps us maintain a great working relationship with our solicitors and provide a fantastic conveyancing experience for all of our clients. The back-office set up is also very easy to use, including setting up users, managing invoicing and reporting. The team at Hoowla have been supporting us every step of the way, listening to our feedback and have been quick to react and enhance their service incorporating our ideas.”

Adam Curtis, CEO of Hoowla, comments; “We’ve worked closely with the team at Edward Mellor, with every member of their panel and most importantly listened to their feedback to ensure Hoowla really delivers results for them. Our customisable workflow technology has allowed Edward Mellor and their panel firms to really tailor the home-moving experience for their clients. Our team thoroughly enjoys working with such a modern, progressive agency and group of conveyancing firms.”

Hoowla now helps to keep Edward Mellor and their clients in the loop on the progress of all their property transactions. The home-moving experience has been enhanced with the team regularly seeing clients log in for updates on their case, to ask questions and provide information. Everyone benefits from access to the online case tracking and collaboration tools and an improved level of transparency Hoowla brings.

Hoowla, an online conveyancing case management provider and recognised alternative to the Law Society’s Veyo platform, also provides panel management software which allows estate agents and mortgage brokers to manage their own private panel of solicitors. 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.

 

 

Conveyancing software provider Hoowla has introduced automatic property search alerts into their case management software to help customers make informed decisions when ordering property searches. Using data provided by the coal authority, the first of Hoowla’s search alerts determines whether the property being purchased falls within an area which could be affected by coal mining. The property is clearly marked on a map along with the boundaries of known coal mining areas and an alert to order a CON29M is prominently displayed if the property falls within the boundary.

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Adam Curtis, CEO at Hoowla comments, “Search alerts have been available in the property search industry for some time but have yet to feature in the software conveyancers use every day. This is the first of many search alerts we plan to display in Hoowla to help our users make the right search buying decisions for their clients at the right time.”

Customers can order property searches directly through Hoowla and fulfilled orders are automatically returned by the search provider into the case ready to be downloaded and shared. Customers using one of Hoowla’s integrated conveyancing search partners (while it’s not a requirement) benefit from a seamless and hassle free search ordering experience. Hoowla is partnering with an ever-growing number of search providers, the most recent being Quantus Conveyancing Support Services.

Hoowla, the recognised alternative to the Law Society’s Veyo platform, is modernising conveyancing for law firms and is a growing software provider for the legal industry.

Developed in the UK and using the latest cloud technology, Hoowla promotes a modern approach to legal software that includes full accounts and invoicing, precedents and letters, search ordering, online SDLT submissions, Land Registry Integration, practice performance reporting and more. Hoowla offers 24 hour support and works closely with customers, quickly integrating feature requests into the system at no extra cost.

For more information on Hoowla call 01792 687146 or email tom@hoowla.com.

Hoowla has partnered with SmartSearch, specialists in the provision of Anti-Money Laundering Verification Services and Fraud Prevention Solutions, to deliver an integrated AML checking solution within their case management software.

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Hoowla’s latest update assists solicitors in complying with their anti-money laundering (AML) obligations. An electronic AML check can be effortlessly performed on any client providing a clear “PASS or REFER” result within seconds. An AML certificate detailing the result is produced automatically and saved against the client’s record, providing piece of mind that satisfactory Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) is being carried out.

Customers of Hoowla will benefit from one free AML check with each case run through their conveyancing software. Each subsequent check will be charged at £3.70. No annual licenses or minimum spend are required. Hoowla operates a cost per case charging model where the average cost of a conveyancing case is £14.

The Law Society identify that compliance with money laundering obligations is one of the greatest challenges facing solicitors in the UK today. The timely launch of Hoowla’s integrated AML service arrives amid growing concern of complicity in the property industry, with professionals also failing to fulfil obligations to report suspicious transactions. The recent airing of Channel 4’s Dispatches ‘From Russia with Cash’ helps to fuel the public’s perception that areas of the UK’s property market, particularly London, are considered a haven for money laundering.

Adam Curtis, Hoowla CEO says “At Hoowla we are always looking to help solicitors. Our latest integration around AML is further proof of our intent. We don’t lock our customers into using Hoowla and this makes us motivated to always give a 100% to retain every firm on a case by case basis.”

Martin Cheek MD of SmartSearch says “We see Hoowla as a leading provider in the conveyancing market and are very pleased that they are partnering with us for their AML checks. We know that they will taking a great deal of market share, and the automation of the AML checks through Hoowla will be a great time saving advantage to their clients”.

SmartSearch is the leading supplier of Electronic Verification services into the legal sector dealing with over 500 firms of all sizes. SmartSearch has access to over one billion data items to carry out it’s individual ID verification, data resources include the Experian Credit Reference Database, Full Electoral Roll, Fraud Checks. There are many secondary data sources added to this including full Sanction and PEP screening and ongoing monitoring from Dow Jones. SmartSearch are winners of numerous technology awards including Modern Law Awards for Best Use of Technology.

Hoowla, the recognised alternative to the Law Society’s Veyo platform, is modernising conveyancing for law firms and is a growing software provider for the legal industry.

Developed in the UK and using the latest cloud technology, Hoowla promotes a modern approach to conveyancing case management software that includes full accounts and invoicing, precedents and letters, search ordering, online SDLT submissions, Land Registry Integration, practice performance reporting and more. Hoowla offers 24 hour support and works closely with customers, quickly integrating feature requests into the system at no extra cost.

For more details call 01792 687146 or email tom@hoowla.com