Rollits at the forefront of technology for 180 years

A law firm which played a part in bringing the telephone to Hull is marking its 180th anniversary by renewing a commitment to harness technology to drive future growth.

Rollits LLP, which has served clients through pandemics, wars and other catastrophes since 1841, is approaching a milestone in June when the practice celebrates 180 years in business.

Pat Coyle, the firm’s Director of Marketing, said the onset of the Covid pandemic reinforced the ethos of the business to embrace digital innovation to build a sustainable and resilient practice robust enough for the next 180 years.
Pat said “We met the pace of change last year by implementing a rapid transformation of our working practices and we were thankful that previous IT investment made this possible.

“Our history tells us the firms founding partners also had an interest in technology. Sir Albert Rollit was a close friend of Alexander Graham Bell and in 1879 helped to organise the first demonstration of the telephone in Hull, with a line between the firm’s office in Bowlalley lane and a client’s premises in Humber Street.”

Technology has always been at the forefront of Rollits’ business strategy and in October 2020 the firm implemented a new Practice Management System which included a comprehensive training programme for lawyers and support staff – all delivered remotely as the firm worked from home.

Pat said “We couldn’t have known when we started the project that implementation would be in the middle of a global pandemic but it was absolutely the right move at the right time. We were planning for the future and all of a sudden the future was here!

“Technology is vital in enabling us to manage our business and equipping us to meet future challenges and support clients and their needs. The events of 2020 underlined it’s essential to keep ahead of the game. We are proud of our history but we are also looking forward to the future with optimism and confidence.”  

Posted on: 28/01/2021

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