Thomson Reuters to Discontinue Firm Central Law Practice Management Software

Thomson Reuters has recently announced that it will be shutting down its Firm Central law practice management software on September 30, 2024. Launched in 2013, Firm Central was introduced as a cloud-based solution to compete with other practice management software such as Clio, MyCase, and LexisNexis Firm Manager.

Despite its initial differentiating factor of integrating with Westlaw and Microsoft Outlook, Firm Central failed to gain significant market traction. Thomson Reuters mainly used it as an additional benefit to support the sales of its Westlaw product to smaller law firms. As a result, the decision to discontinue Firm Central is attributed to the highly competitive and fragmented nature of the small law practice management market.

Thomson Reuters has recommended Clio as the preferred transition partner for its Firm Central users. Clio, known for its commitment to seamless migrations and ongoing success, is offering promotional pricing to firms making the switch. Customers have the option to extract their own data using Firm Manager’s export functionality before the September 30 deadline. To assist with the transition process, Thomson Reuters has also provided a data extraction user guide.

In addition to Clio, Universal Migrator offers another migration option for law firms looking to move away from Firm Central. This data migration tool can facilitate full-scale data and document migrations to various platforms, including Clio, MyCase, NetDocuments, Lawmatics, and others.

Clio’s website further entices Firm Central users by offering three months of free service for those who transition to their platform. They also provide migration specialists to ensure a smooth transfer of data and processes from Firm Central to Clio.

In this rapidly evolving legal technology landscape, Thomson Reuters acknowledges the need to allocate its capital strategically. While the discontinuation of Firm Central may mark the end of an era, it presents an opportunity for law firms to explore alternative solutions that better suit their needs in an increasingly competitive market.

Thomson Reuters has announced that it will be shutting down its law practice management software, Firm Central, on September 30, 2024. Launched in 2013, Firm Central was a cloud-based solution aimed at competing with other practice management software like Clio, MyCase, and LexisNexis Firm Manager.

Despite its integration with Westlaw and Microsoft Outlook, Firm Central did not gain significant market traction. It was mainly used as a supplementary benefit to support the sales of Thomson Reuters’ Westlaw product to smaller law firms. The decision to discontinue Firm Central is due to the highly competitive and fragmented nature of the small law practice management market.

Thomson Reuters has recommended Clio as the preferred transition partner for Firm Central users. Clio, known for its seamless migrations and ongoing success, is offering promotional pricing to firms making the switch. Users can extract their own data using Firm Manager’s export functionality before the September 30 deadline, and Thomson Reuters has provided a data extraction user guide to assist with the transition process.

Another migration option is Universal Migrator, which can facilitate full-scale data and document migrations to various platforms including Clio, MyCase, NetDocuments, Lawmatics, and others.

Clio’s website offers an incentive for Firm Central users, providing three months of free service for those who transition to their platform. They also offer migration specialists to ensure a smooth transfer of data and processes from Firm Central to Clio.

Thomson Reuters recognizes the need to allocate its capital strategically in the rapidly evolving legal technology landscape. While the discontinuation of Firm Central may mark the end of an era, it presents an opportunity for law firms to explore alternative solutions that better suit their needs in an increasingly competitive market.

Key Terms:
1. Firm Central: Law practice management software developed by Thomson Reuters, aimed at smaller law firms.
2. Cloud-based: Software or services that are accessed over the internet rather than stored locally.
3. Practice Management Software: Software designed to assist law firms in managing their daily operations, including case management, timekeeping, billing, and document management.
4. Westlaw: Legal research service provided by Thomson Reuters.
5. Microsoft Outlook: Email and personal information manager developed by Microsoft.
6. Migrations: The process of moving data or software from one platform to another.
7. Promotional pricing: Special discounted pricing offered for a limited time to encourage customers to switch to a new product or service.

Related Links:
1. Clio – Official website of Clio, the recommended transition partner for Firm Central users.
2. Universal Migrator – Official website of Universal Migrator, a data migration tool for law firms.