DWF has been shortlisted for three national awards which recognise management and operational excellence. The firm has been shortlisted for ‘Excellence and innovation in law firm financial management’, ‘Most innovative technology team’ and ‘Best trainee recruitment campaign’ in The Lawyer Management Awards 2014.
DWF has been shortlisted for ‘Excellence and innovation in law firm financial management’ for implementing a number of strategic investments designed to improve its financial operations, which include consolidating its accounting systems to allow for better interrogation of data, speed and consistency of reporting, and time efficiencies within the finance team; introducing a new credit collection system to increase cash flow and working capital; and launching automated billing to facilitate easy invoice processing by clients.
Shortlisted for ‘Most innovative technology team’ DWF has developed and implemented a number of innovative client solutions, facilitated through an £11million investment in technology, including bespoke extranets enabling clients to track cases and billing in real time and products such as cost and liability calculators, data inception schemes and management information dashboards. In addition, DWF has secured the ISO27001 accreditation, a global benchmark for information security management.
In recognition of becoming the first UK law firm to introduce video interviews to its graduate recruitment process for vacation schemes and training contracts DWF has been shortlisted for ‘Best trainee recruitment campaign’. In increasing the firm’s exposure to a wider talent pool the process has allowed the team to considerably increase and broaden the quality of people seen and to capture a broader representation of each candidate.
Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner and CEO of DWF, comments: “Over the past 12 months we have continued to make significant investments across the firm, developing and implementing innovative solutions which enhance our service to clients and continue to support our future growth plans. These nominations are a credit to the hard work and commitment of all those involved and I would like to thank them for continually going further in all that they do.”
The winners will be announced on 22 October 2014 at The Brewery, London.