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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Company details
Year2006
Rank73
CompanyBigHand
ActivityDictation software developer
LocationCentral London
Average 3 year sales growth52.53%
Latest sales £000s5,365
Staff45
Founded1996
Websitewww.bighand.com

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