UK's leading law firm Cripps Pemberton Greenish and Plan-Net celebrate their first year anniversary

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17-Feb-2020 17:12:28

In my last piece, I talked about Problem Management and how it is often confused with Major Incident management. In fact, while the two are linked, they are very different beasts. However strong your Problem Management, you must be ready for business critical incidents.

Just over a year ago, CrippsPG undertook a programme of review of its IT provision, which put their Service Desk under the spotlight.

As explained by Mike Burton, CTO at CrippsPG:

“One of the challenges we were constantly facing was retaining staff. Being headquartered  so close to London is both an opportunity and a threat. The Service Desk analyst position is considered an entry point into a career in IT. Therefore, often, as soon as we trained up a new member of the Service Desk, they would look to further their career by a move to London. We found ourselves in a cycle of recruiting and training, and suffering the distraction of this.” 

The CrippsPG IT team could increasingly see that the lack of 1st line customer service, poor response levels and need for continuous service improvement were damaging the reputation of IT within the firm and were affecting the lawyers’ productivity. To address the challenges effectively, CrippsPG invited Plan-Net into the RFP process for the provision of its Service Desk, having heard of its legal credentials and track record. CrippsPG ultimately chose Plan-Net because of its specialist focus and understanding of end-user support, which was reflected in its RFP submission.

Shortly after Plan-Net took on the delivery of the law firm’s Service Desk, CrippsPG announced a merger with another topflight firm, Pemberton Greenish, and the company’s staff numbers increased significantly. Plan-Net was able to effectively and flexibly adapt its SLAs to incorporate the additional user-base needs.  Subsequently, CrippsPG decided to widen the scope for Plan-Net to also include 2nd line support across its four offices and transfer the 2nd line support Team to Plan-Net for a more seamless, well managed end-user support function.

As shown by the graph below, the increase in First Time Fix and Service Desk resolution clearly reflects the successful work from Plan-Net, but also of the wider CrippsPG IT ecosystem.



Jo Owen is keen to highlight the win for cross-supplier collaboration.

“We now have 3 main outsource providers; one for our cloud platform, one for software and Plan-Net end-user support. While we knew that managing three different IT support providers would come with some challenges, we are extremely satisfied with the way Plan-Net is proactively managing relationships and effectively liaising with our other providers on issues such as Problem and Change. Plan-Net has really set the benchmark of responsiveness, communication and process of how we want to engage.”

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Pete Canavan

Pete Canavan is Support Services Director at Plan-Net. An accredited ITIL Service Manager, he has a proven track record in IT with special expertise in the Legal & Financial Services industries.

With two decades in the IT field, Pete has acquired extensive experience in business relationship development, service transformation, project and people management, training and client/supplier relations.

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