Ward Hadaway, one of the UK’s leading regional law firms, has today announced it has selected Workshare to enable its lawyers to accurately compare and share high-value documents. The adoption of Workshare addresses the firm's requirement to detect and remove hidden data (metadata) in documents before they are shared, reducing the risk of sensitive information being inadvertently shared by employees.
With offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, Ward Hadaway selected Workshare to help address security concerns regarding sharing large, commercially valuable documents across distributed teams of lawyers, as well as opposing counsel and clients outside of the corporate network. Ward Hadaway has provisioned Workshare Professional 8 for 350 lawyers and secretaries.
Workshare allows administrators to set permissions to control how content and documents are accessed once shared, such as preview-only or time-restricted access. This ensures that shared content is secure and auditable at all times, regardless of device or location.
Anthony Foy, CEO of Workshare, commented, “Hidden metadata poses a real threat to legal firms that are dealing with sensitive and confidential documents. Lawyers and their firms often don’t know that this data exists, which in itself is a huge threat when sending documents externally. Workshare integrates with Ward Hadaway’s existing processes and workflows, providing a secure end-to-end collaboration capability that allows their lawyers to be more productive, while enabling the firm to better serve its clients’ needs.”