Best criminal law software for UK law firms – Quill

Criminal law software for UK law firms hosted in the cloud

Criminal law software needs to be like criminal lawyers themselves: persistent, resourceful and adept. With Quill’s integrated case, document, legal accounting and practice management system, you’ll have the tools you need to aid your clients every step of the way, from arrest to bail, preliminary hearing and trial.

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Why choose Quill for your criminal law practice?

When clients put their freedom in your hands, you can’t afford to make a mistake. Quill’s cloud-based criminal law software is there to keep you on top of your cases, court dates, documents and accounts.  From managing criminal law matters in their entirety, to keeping your caseload progressing on-the-go, to uploading final payment files to the Legal Aid Agency portal, Quill’s legal software is the ideal solution for the modern criminal lawyer.

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Tailor-made for criminal solicitors

Quill’s practice management software is built for remote- and office-working criminal law solicitors. From giving you the ability to capture data on your mobile phone whilst at the police station, prison or court to sending billing information directly from the Quill platform to the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), our system does it all. You can easily use the software to onboard clients from anywhere and solve your DUIs, property crimes and other types of criminal cases in a single click.

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Making criminal law more profitable

There’s automation assistance throughout each matter’s lifecycle – tasks and document templates as workflow tools, document bundling capabilities to take the pain out of court and counsel pack production, pre-population functionality to avoid data input errors, money and AML checking features for regulatory compliance assurance, bank and LAA uploads plus secure payment links to transform cash flow, and dashboard and reports to track progress and plan ahead. With Quill, simplify and streamline each stage as it progresses from arrest to bail, preliminary hearing and trial.

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Effortlessly manage your money

Gain total control of your finances while strengthening security. Utilise electronic identity checking, credit screening and conflict searching to enhance Know Your Client (KYC) procedures from the word ‘go’; bank account and sort code verification, digital payments and banking uploads to get money to the right place; and LAA billing uploads for publicly funded work to digitise financial management processes. We’re here to help you handle caseloads efficiently and, most importantly, profitably.

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Capture every billable moment – even on the go

Time recording is deeply embedded in Quill. You can log time using our mobile app, auto-record time when uploading documents, or use the intuitive stopwatches functionality throughout the day to ensure you capture every chargeable time unit. From our smartphone app, you can easily log into Quill, set up new clients and matters, record fee earner time, authorise e-chits, view client and matter information, and view documents from the police station, court, wherever. These time records are then automatically fed into our accounting system to make billing and invoicing a straightforward task.

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Essential integrations for your criminal department

Quill’s third-party integrations include Veriphy’s anti-money laundering checks, FormEvo’s legal forms, Bundledocs’ electronic bundling and Legl’s online client payments. Use them all as one system to save time, earn more, prevent mistakes and make sure no new criminal case falls through the cracks. Data’s automatically transferred from one system to the other – be it client and case details, time recording and billing information or forms and documents – so the systems operate seamlessly.

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Your criminal forms, courtesy of Quill

Access the criminal legal aid sub-section within our 2,000+ library of fully integrated legal forms and e-submissions to use a comprehensive catalogue comprising the AF1 to AF2, CRM1 to CRM18A, LAC1, and LF1 to LF3A. There’s pre-population of data from your Quill database, auto-calculation of fees according to current LAA rates, auto-saving of documents and correspondence to your matter files, and e-submission functionality to the relevant government agency. Complete, save and send forms with absolute ease.

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Comply with every regulatory demand

Relax knowing your regulatory obligations are covered – be it defined by the Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Legal Aid Agency, Information Commissioner’s Office or other regulatory body. Our legal accounting, case and document management software is designed for the criminal law sector and ticks all the necessary compliance boxes.

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Quill’s criminal law software solution

Legal accounting without the headache

Our legal accounts module captures every minute, alleviates risks, recovers disbursements and expenses, offers business intelligence and reconciles bank accounts.

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A central store of documents

Our DocsHub solution offers complete Microsoft Office integration and unlimited document storage. Everything related to a matter is saved conveniently together – Word files, PDFs, spreadsheets, images and Outlook emails.

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Document bundling the easy way

With Bundledocs integration, create indexed, numbered and hyperlinked bundles of criminal matters proceeding to court or upon instruction of counsel.

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Contact clients wherever they are

Maintain communication with clients throughout their criminal case via SMS messaging. Send text messages, matter updates, and meeting or court reminders direct to your clients’ mobiles.

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Send online payment links to self-funded clients

Thanks to Legl integration, track, receive and reconcile invoice payments. It’s better for you – you get paid quicker. It’s better for your clients – payment’s done in a few clicks.

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Define your modular system of choice

Our pick-and-mix approach to software modules and outsourcing services allows you to flexibly choose the right combination for your firm so that your front and back office runs smoothly.

Our pricing

A pricing plan built for you

⚖ Essential ⚖

Legal accounts & Practice management

Get on the right track with legal accounts, matter management and time recording solutions to get you up and running quickly.

£19*

per user, per month

*plus initial £81/month for the first legal cashiering licence

Who’s it for?

Legal cashiers, fee earners & support staff

What’s included?
  • Legal accounts system
  • Matter management
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💡 Growth 💡

Case & document management

Allow fee earners to work in the cloud from anywhere with time-saving tools like document automation and MS Office integration.

£38*

per user, per month

*plus initial £62/month for the first legal cashiering licence

Who’s it for?

Fee earners

Everything in Essential, PLUS:
  • Document management
  • Case management
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⚡ Supercharge ⚡

Boost your software

Mix and match from our range available boosts and streamline even more of your processes with Quill.

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and find out which boosts will benefit you the most

Available boosts:
  • Quill Forms
  • Anti-money laundering checks
  • API integration
  • MoneyChain
  • Bundling
  • Legal aid
  • SMS messaging
  • Online payment portal
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Frequently asked questions

What is criminal law?

Criminal lawyers provide support to individuals accused of criminal offences. It’s their duty to ensure the legal rights of their clients are upheld while investigating the case, interviewing witnesses, building a defence strategy and advocating in court.

How can software help with criminal law processes?

Legal software created for criminal lawyers contains time-saving, efficiency-enhancing, profitability boosting functionality that guides solicitors, paralegals, cashiers and law firm managers through automating the repetitive tasks associated with criminal law. It can also help with anti-money laundering checks, case workflows and uploading payment files to the LAA system. It’s a great way to organise all your documents, evidence, images, videos and more for each case in one simple system that you can access from anywhere – even your phone. Quill’s software empowers criminal law practitioners to minimise mistakes and maximise productivity.

Can Quill’s software assist with fixed fee models?

Yes. We know that the prospect of facing a criminal charge is a huge concern and not everyone qualifies for legal aid which is why fixed fee arrangements are popular to avoid the extra worry of a large legal bill at the end of a case. For this reason, many criminal lawyers offer fixed fees – with costs dictated by the type of matter, level of court proceedings and case complexity.

Our software can help correctly estimate fixed fees to ensure your practice remains profitable. You can also use our tools to calculate standard costs per archetypal criminal law matter, progress through cases efficiently and speedily with minimum variability, and track estimated costs against incurred costs to inform future fee-setting decisions.

Can Quill software support Legal Aid?

Absolutely. Our software can easily manage legal aid for any of your criminal law matters. If your client needs to use public funds to help to pay for legal advice and court representation, our software can handle the additional administration of this with functionality to get the most work done in the least time thereby keeping costs low, log disbursements and expenses to recover all chargeable monies, automatically calculate complex fees according to the latest legal aid rates for spotless accounting, and upload of data from Quill right to the LAA’s online portal for paperless working.

What systems does Quill integrate with and why?

The Quill system closely integrates with the Microsoft Office suite – Word, Outlook and Excel. This is our DocsHub document management tool. Quill also integrates with specialist third-party systems – including Veriphy (for AML and credit checking), FormEvo (for legal forms and e-submissions), Legl (for online payments from privately funded clients) and Bundledocs (for court and counsel document bundling).

Which criminal forms are covered in the Quill Forms catalogue?

Quill integrates fully with the FormEvo library of legal forms and e-submissions. There’s an entire section devoted to criminal legal aid including AF1 and AF2 advocate graduated fee forms, CRM1 client details form to CRM18A escape case claim form, JA notice of application for apportionment of costs form, LAC1 to LAC1A legal aid committal form and notes, and LF1 special preparation form to LF3A graduated fee claim form.

Impactful criminal law support

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“Legal aid work constitutes two-thirds of our turnover, and billing this work is extremely time consuming and downright miserable. It’s not unheard of to spend more time billing that what we’re being paid for. Quill, however, automates and makes it profitable.”

Andrew Guile, Partner GN Law

Simplifying criminal law casework

Your criminal law department can operate smarter with Quill and industry-recognised third-party integrators. Get in touch to learn how.