Ian Wimbush named as new Chairman of the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA)

High-profile position will allow Wimbush to build on existing industry relationships whilst forging important new alliances.

The Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA), the UK industry body for legal systems developers and vendors, has today announced that Ian Wimbush, the CEO of Peapod LEGALOffice, has been named as its new Chairman. With more than 20 years’ experience of providing software and IT solutions, Wimbush will be taking over from Dominic Cullis, managing director of Easy Convey, whom has served as the Association’s chairman for the past two years.

The LSSA is responsible for setting and maintaining professional standards within the legal software industry, and also manages areas of mutual interest between lawyers and software providers. The LSSA also has links with a number of legislative bodies – including the Land Registry, HMRC, PISCES, the Law Society, the Court Service and the LSC – and is committed to developing clear channels of communication so that law firms can gain the maximum benefit from their selected software solutions.

“As Chairman of the LSSA, I am looking forward to building on the important relationships that Dominic and the rest of the Association have made with HM Land Registry, The Legal Services Commission, The Law Society, and others,” says Ian Wimbush, Chairman of the LSSA. “Together, as a group, the LSSA must now focus on making sure that our voice is heard, so that our plans and ideas can be turned into reality. I am very grateful for all of the hard work that our members have put into the LSSA thus far, and I feel very positive about the future.”

As Chairman of the LSSA, Wimbush plans to build a better working relationship with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in particular, especially with regard to its latest reforms of how Road Traffic Accident (RTA) insurance claims are processed. Members of the LSSA continue to have serious concerns in this area, and are therefore keen to improve dialogue amongst all parties concerned.

In addition, the LSSA will continue to support open communication between legal software vendors, their customers, and government leaders. With this approach, Wimbush hopes that the LSSA will be able to influence policy development by promoting the ideas, innovation, and experiences of the private sector.