The Legal Week Innovation Awards 2018 launch today (12 February) with a call for submissions that showcase innovation in the UK legal sector.

The awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the contribution made by lawyers and non-fee-earning staff to the success of their businesses, and cover disciplines including BD, finance, IT, project management, operations, PR and recruitment.

Hosted by Legal Week in association with sister title The American Lawyer, the awards will take place on 25 May at The Brewery in the City of London.

Flagship awards include The Future of Legal Services Innovation Award, which went to My Home Move last year for streamlining the exchanging and completing process when buying a property.

Other winners last year included Dentons, which secured the International Law Firm Innovation Award for its lawyer referral programme Nextlaw Global Referral Network and DLA Piper, which won the prize for Client Management Innovation with its WIN training programme for in-house lawyers.

The award for Outstanding Legal Innovator was given to Raphael Mokades of diversity-focused recruitment agency Rare, which he set up more than a decade ago.

This year there are two Future of Legal Services Innovation categories: one for private practice and one for legal operations. The other new categories are: Legal Services Procurement Innovation and the Rising Star Innovation Award, which will recognise someone with less than ten years’ experience who is making an exceptional contribution in their field of expertise.

The deadline for submissions is 23 March.

Click here to view all the categories, criteria and instructions on how to enter.

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