Ashurst and Lovells are among the legal firms that use Big Hand’s digital dictation software. Lawyers dictate directly into their firm’s computer network using either a microphone or a wireless device. Then the software records, compresses and sends the data as a sound file to a secretary for transcription. The London company has recently expanded into the accountancy and medical sectors, boosting sales 53% a year from £2.3m in 2003 to £5.4m in 2005. In July, four directors led by chief executive David Fryer completed a management buyout backed by LDC, which invested an undisclosed sum.
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