Legal Week Innovation Awards 2018

Nine firms have now been named on a shortlist of contenders for the Future of Legal Services Innovation (Large Private Practice) award at the Legal Week Innovation Awards 2019, to be presented at London’s Landmark Hotel at the end of next month.

They are: Herbert Smith Freehills, Bird & Bird, Norton Rose Fulbright , Macfarlanes, Mills & Reeve, Mishcon de Reya, Osborne Clarke, Shoosmiths, and Womble Bond Dickinson.

Norton Rose is also up for the hotly contested International Law Firm Innovation award, set to battle it out against Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Cuatrecasas, Eversheds Sutherland, Garrigues, Hausfeld & Co, Paul Hastings, Reed Smith, and Shearman & Sterling.

The awards, on May 24, are a celebration of the evolving and increasingly important legal technology market, commending contributions made by both lawyers and non-fee-earning staff to the development of their businesses through innovation. It covers disciplines including BD, finance, IT, project management, operations, PR and recruitment.

A strong line-up of industry heavyweights are set to judge the awards. These include: Shruti Ajitsaria, head of Allen & Overy’s tech incubation programme Fuse; Freshfields chief legal innovation officer Isabel Parker; and Taylor Wessing head of innovation and change, Ruth Ling.

Flying the flag for the in-house lawyers, competing for the Future of Legal Services Innovation (In-House Legal Operations) award, are: Capita, Colt Technology Services, National Grid, SGN Legal Services/Scotia Gas Networks, Sky UK, Software AG, Trainline, and Vodafone.

Competing for a top place in the AI Innovation Awards are: BCLP, Harold Benjamin, Latham & Watkins, Mills & Reeve, Norton Rose, Simmons & Simmons, Weightmans, and White & Case.

Vying for the Diversity Innovation award are: Ashurst, Fladgate, Goodwin, Latham & Watkins, Macfarlanes, Pinsent Masons, RPC, Shearman & Sterling, and Womble Bond Dickinson. 

For the full shortlist list see here.

Other awards this year include: Future of Legal Services Innovation (Mid-sized Private Practice), Future of Legal Services Innovation (Alternative Business Structure), Legal Services Procurement Innovation, Rising Star Innovation Award, Marketing Innovation, Business Development Innovation, PR and Communications Innovation, Client Management Innovation, Knowledge Management Innovation, CSR Innovation, Human Resource Innovation, and Training Innovation.

Categories for suppliers will be: Supplier Innovation (Services), Rising Star Innovation Award (Supplier), Supplier Innovation (Technology), Supplier Innovation (Resource Management) and Supplier Innovation (Data Management and Security). 

For full event information and to book a place see here.

Last year’s Innovation Awards winners included Addleshaw Goddard, Bird & Bird, BCLP and The Coventry Building Society. 

Addleshaw Goddard took home the Future of Legal Services Innovation (Large Private Practice) award for its comprehensive efficiency programme to transform the way it does business.

Bird & Bird won the Diversity Innovation Award for its programme that helped boost the pipeline of future female partners.

BCLP was awarded top slot in AI Innovation for its winning use of predictive coding technology in a High Court trial.

And the Coventry Building Society secured the Legal Services Innovation (In-House Legal Operations) award for developing a framework to measure and report on legal risk within the wider group, and to put sufficient measures in place to ensure non-legal staff could identify and escalate potential legal issues.