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    Date submitted
  • 14-Nov-2017

Case Management System

Abstract

Sheriasoft Case Management Software (CMS) is an award winning Kenyan cloud-based law practice management platform created to help law firms, legal departments, and independent law practitioners integrate billing, time tracking, calendaring, matter, task and document management into an intuitive, user-friendly, and affordable solution. 'Sheria' is Swahili for law.

The software is designed to help modern law offices, professional lawyers, and legal departments graduate from a traditional practice management setup into a paperless operation where every process is automated, streamlined, accurate, and better than ever. Built with simplicity and ease of use in mind, Sheriasoft CMS helps users eliminate instances of human errors in all aspects of law practice, improve collaboration, meet client expectations, and grow their legal practice exponentially.

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Who is your customer?

There are five main buyer types we target for our CMS: -sole practitioners; -small law firms that employ from two to 20 lawyers; -mid-sized law firms that employ from 20 to 200 lawyers; -large law firms that employ over 200 lawyers, and -in-house legal departments.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Having worked in law firms before, i got to experience first hand the why law firms are plagued with numerous inefficiencies. In a profession where time is your bread and butter, most of that time is spent on day to day administrative and clerical tasks. Lawyers dedicate most of their working hours on these mundane activities: · Creating and managing cases/matters; · Tracking filing timelines and court appointments; · Coordinating staff timesheets; · Tracking staff workflows; · Drafting documents; · Filing documents; · Sharing documents with staff and clients; · Processing time-dependent documents; · Tracking billable hours; and · Billing Sheriasoft CMS helps laywers, law firms, and legal departments automate and streamline the mentioned tasks and more. With its cloud-based architecture, you can ditch traditional practices and evolve into a paperless, automated approach to doing things while removing roadblocks that adversely impact growth: poor productivity and human error.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

1. Africa is an untapped market While solutions in legal practice management have burgeoned in the USA and Europe, there has been little uptake in Africa. Our only competitors are Deltek Maconomy that's based in South Africa and only one other in Kenya by the name of WakiliCMS. 2. Our price is very comptitive Pricing is one of the reasons many lawyers recommend Sheriasoft. Many legal software companies offer a tiered pricing system based on the amount of features you want; billing, accounting, email, and other third party integration will only be included in the premium version. Sheriasoft gives you access to every feature for Kshs. 1250 per user for law firms and Kshs. 2000 per user for legal departments. This is indeed competitively priced compared to our competitors. We have integrated it with PesaPal where users can pay a subscription 3, 6 or 12 months in advance.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

- I come with a legal back ground in corporate and ICT Law. I have over 5 years in active practice and thus fully aware of the gaps particularly in African Firms. -My co-founder has experience setting up companies particularly in travel and fin-tech and so we compliment each other quite a lot. - We are the only SaaS CMS system in the sub-saharan region offering an enterprise 2.0 B2B software. -Early on we built trust with the Bar Society in Kenya and have garnered interest in Nigeria which has a larger base in terms of lawyer numbers as well as Tanzania.