DWF has been presented with awards for Best Leadership of Innovation and Best Managed Workplace at last night’s Managing Partners’ Forum Awards for Management Excellence 2015. Held in association with Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, the awards recognise the professional services firms across Europe which have differentiated themselves through management and operational excellence.
DWF won Best Leadership of Innovation in recognition of significant investments and innovations in client service delivery, organisational structure and people management that are driving the firm’s vision of becoming a Top 15 legal business. Under the firm’s leadership team, DWF has launched a series of innovative initiatives including partnering with Canon to achieve a world-first in document management and developing a suite of products to help clients, including the award-winning ‘Crisis Response’ product, a bespoke 24/7 service to support clients through any business crisis.
Recognising that its people are central to the firm’s high-performance culture DWF launched a new performance measurement framework designed to recognise an individual’s entire contribution to the business’ success and launched The DWF Academy, which offers access to extensive learning and development programmes to all its people across all areas of the business and at all stages of their career.
Best Managed Workplace recognises DWF’s forward-thinking approach to developing a workplace characterised by high levels of employee engagement. Under the guidance of the DWF’s award-winning leadership team, and facilitated by a £12m investment in technology, the firm implemented bespoke extranet platforms for clients, state-of-the-art video-conferencing and an innovative document management system, allowing DWF’s people to work more closely and efficiently with colleagues and clients across the country. Further to this goal of agile, collaborative working, DWF moved its 300 London-based people to the landmark Walkie Talkie building and invested in the IT tools to support 400 agile and 120 homeworkers, encouraging flexible working and work/life balance.
The awards were judged by a panel of leading international management consultants, and follow DWF’s recent shortlisting for National Firm of the Year and Legal Innovator of the Year at the upcoming 2015 Legal Business Awards.
L-R: Host of the awards, Marcus Brigstocke; DWF Managing Partner, Andrew Leaitherland and Director of Professional Services at Aon, Simon Hutton