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UK Law Firm Uses AVST's CallXpress® To Unify Client Communications

Leading Unified Communications Product Helps London-based Firm Deliver Top-Notch Service to its Clients

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., and LONDON, England, July 19, 2005 – Lewis Silkin, a prestigious commercial law firm based in London, England, announced it has deployed CallXpress®, an industry-leading unified communications product by Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST).  CallXpress delivers advanced unified messaging and speech-enabled capabilities that are designed to help mobile workers communicate and collaborate more productively and effectively regardless of their physical location.  Lewis Silkin selected CallXpress as part of its ongoing mission to provide the best service to its clients and the best working atmosphere for its employees.

Lewis Silkin’s attorneys pride themselves on being "people people”—committed to providing their clients with the best service possible by focusing on effective communications and cultivating interpersonal skills that result in successful relationships. At the same time, the firm also genuinely wants to enable its employees to have a life outside the office, and time to live it.  To achieve these goals, Lewis Silkin invests in high quality communication technology and enjoys an envied reputation as an early adopter of new and sophisticated legal technologies.

Maintaining control and ensuring that all communications are managed efficiently is key to the legal profession.  Client service is paramount, and lawyers must be able to minimize time spent on administrative duties and maximize time spent on providing legal advice and expertise.  With 250 users, three locations, and approximately 5,000 voice mails and 200,000 e-mails arriving across the practice every month, effective communication was a challenge for Lewis Silkin.  In order to address this issue, the firm needed to choose a cutting-edge technology that provided the flexibility to receive and send messages in whatever form was most convenient according to the demands of the particular user.

Jan Durant, Head of IT at Lewis Silkin, explained, “We needed a solution that extends our client communication options and enables lawyers to share important communications with their colleagues. It was also important that the solution offers complete flexibility for remote workers and complements the Citrix remote working solution.  Our employee mobility was increasing, and we needed a solution to support this changing dynamic.”

After discussing these requirements with Avanquest, an expert supplier of leading-edge, best-of-breed corporate solutions, Lewis Silkin selected AVST’s CallXpress unified communications solution.   Durant said, “One of the reasons we chose CallXpress was because it is independent, works with almost all traditional and IP telephone systems, and is therefore future proof.”

Avanquest installed CallXpress with 8 ports and VBPC integration to a Mitel SX2000.  Attorneys at Lewis Silkin now receive immediate notification and access to voice, fax and e-mail messages from their Outlook inbox from any location.  This capability is particularly useful when working from home and on the road.  The firm’s CallXpress system improves reaction time to client requests, leading to enhanced customer retention.  The lawyers are also satisfied with the ability to better balance their work and personal lives.

“Our employee mobility has been greatly enhanced with the introduction of CallXpress,” Durant added.  “Unified communication is a great asset to Lewis Silkin, because our users have far more options and flexibility for all message retrieval and action.  Whether by utilizing Blackberry devices, mobile phones or Internet access, they can handle business issues promptly and efficiently regardless of geographic location.”

Durant continued, “CallXpress allows our lawyers to use their mobile phones, or any other telephone, to hear their e-mails read to them.  They can then reply to clients' e-mails immediately with a voice mail, or they can choose to forward the e-mail to a colleague along with a voice introduction.  Finally, at the touch of a button e-mails along with their attachments can be delivered to any fax machine in the world.  CallXpress is saving our employees a lot of time in managing messages.”

“The benefits of unified communications can be realized across the board for all organizations, especially those with a highly mobile workforce,” said Denny Michael, AVST’s Vice President of Marketing.  We’ve seen that many vertical industries such as the legal and financial sectors can gain significant benefits by choosing the right solution.  That’s why AVST is committed to educating businesses through a ‘Know Your Options’ campaign that aims to help IT decision-makers explore all available solutions and applications and then select the one that’s right for their company.”

CallXpress allows Lewis Silkin to have a single point of administration and directory addressing mechanism for their messaging infrastructure, reducing the administrative burden and enhancing return on investment.  In addition, the data storage aspects of the system allow for storage and archiving of sensitive communication over voice mail, removing the need for all such communication to be in written format.

CallXpress is available through AVST’s established reseller channels. To contact an Authorized AVST Reseller, please visit http://www.avst.com/products/callxpressMessaging/howtobuy.asp.

About Lewis Silkin
Lewis Silkin is a 44-partner commercial law firm based in central London with an additional office in Oxford which opened April 2004. The firm delivers its services through eleven client-facing groups: Construction; Corporate services; Defamation; Employment & Incentives; Housing and project finance; Litigation and dispute resolution; Marketing services; Media, Brands & Technology; Partnership law; Property; and Sport.

Clients range from large corporations to entrepreneurs and come from a wide range of sectors, from social housing and property to advertising and media, government agencies and utilities to corporate financiers, restaurants and retailers.  Further information can be found at www.lewissilkin.com.

About AVST

With more than 35 years of continuous innovation, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a trusted developer of software-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) solutions. Our mission is to design, deliver and support communications solutions that transform the productivity of individual workers, teams and enterprises while leveraging the value of their existing and evolving IT infrastructure. Thousands of businesses worldwide rely on AVST's advanced voice, mobility, team communications and business process UC solutions to meet their mission-critical communications requirements. The world-class interoperability and flexibility of AVST's UC platform provides a future-proofed bridge to their digital future. Headquartered in Orange County, California, AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Washington, Victoria B.C., Canada, the United Kingdom, and has remote sales offices throughout the United States. AVST's UC solutions are sold and supported worldwide by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. To learn more about AVST, our products and partners, please visit www.avst.com or you can follow us at Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

About XMedius

XMedius is a global leader in the field of enterprise communications solutions. Its suite of enterprise-grade on-premises and cloud communications solutions enable businesses to benefit from secure and unified communication as well as to exchange sensitive and confidential data that meets and exceeds industry regulatory compliance requirements. Based in Montreal (Canada) with offices in Seattle (USA) and Paris (France), the company serves businesses, enterprises and service providers through a global team of customer focused employees. Its solutions are deployed worldwide in over 17,500 locations across education, financial, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and legal services sectors. For more information about XMedius and its solutions, visit www.xmedius.com.


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