Acquisition brings together two market leaders with complementary legal solutions; continues Opus 2’s drive to build a connected digital practice
London — February 10, 2021 — Opus 2, the leader in cloud-based collaboration for law firms, today announced it has acquired Bar Squared, the leading provider of chambers management software, which is used by more than 240 chambers and 11,000 barristers and clerks worldwide. Together, the two companies will unite the LEX platform with Opus 2’s collaborative solutions for disputes, enabling a connected digital practice.
Many barristers worldwide already use the Opus 2 platform to collaborate with law firms and their clients. The acquisition enables the Opus 2 and Bar Squared teams to make this collaboration more seamless and more easily available to a greater number of barristers, allowing them to work more consistently across matters and facilitating earlier access to the benefits of the Opus 2 platform. For solicitors, it will provide a unique opportunity to streamline their work with counsel and, as a connected digital practice, deliver better services more rapidly and more efficiently to their clients.
“Bar Squared is a great business and we are very excited about the possibilities this transaction brings us.”, said Graham Smith-Bernal, Executive Chairman of Opus 2. “Opus 2 and Bar Squared are not only the established leaders within their respective markets, but more importantly, also share a strong client-focused culture and a deep understanding of their markets’ and clients’ needs.”
“Seamless engagement between all stakeholders across the entire workflow represents the future of legal work,” said Martin Coen, CEO of Opus 2. “The acquisition aligns with Opus 2’s vision of delivering a broad range of best-in-class solutions into a single connected environment so lawyers, barristers, clerks, other third-parties and clients can more easily work together wherever they are and focus on substantive legal issues—without friction and without having to think about the tools or technology.”
“From the beginning, our focus at Bar Squared has been on developing simple, highly functional, intuitive and feature-rich tools for progressive barristers’ chambers,” said David Connolly, Sales Director at Bar Squared.
Helen Ford, Managing Director of Bar Squared said: “Joining Opus 2 is an exciting opportunity, strengthening our ability to deliver the best services to barristers and clerks globally.”
About Opus 2
Opus 2 provides game-changing, cloud-based legal technology and services to connect people, case information, analysis and data throughout the lifecycle of a dispute. Our secure platform, tailor-made for lawyers, provides a connected and flexible way of working. Case teams and clients can log in to access a shared, centralised set of documents and collaborate from anywhere in the world and at any time, enabling seamless and meaningful communication and interactions. Combined with our services expertise, we deliver electronic trials and hearings worldwide.
About Bar Squared
Since 2007, LEX has been at the cutting edge of chambers software and continues to innovatively develop to satisfy the changing needs of today’s Bar. Most recently, development has been focused on Microsoft Office 365 integration, incorporating secure Multi Factor Authentication, bi-directional Exchange calendar synchronisation and the planned delivery of a SharePoint-based document management system. LEX is the intuitive, accessible, cross-platform application, delivering barristers and clerks an encompassing, world-class, case and practice management solution.