National legal business DWF has been shortlisted for National Law Firm of the Year and Legal Innovator of the Year in the 2015 Legal Business Awards in recognition of the firm’s innovative provision of legal services which have led to improvements in client service and employee engagement.
DWF was shortlisted for Legal Innovator of the Year following the introduction of a number of market-leading products and solutions which have been critical to enabling the firm to deliver legal services more efficiently and more cost-effectively and which add value to clients’ operations. These include the introduction of a world-first in document management budgeted to deliver cost savings of £1-2million per annum; a range of bespoke extranets enabling clients to track cases and billing in real time with a mobile app to facilitate 24/7 accessibility; and a suite of innovative products, including the award-winning Crisis Response service, designed to deliver value and efficiency to clients. DWF has also introduced a new performance measurement framework to more accurately, comprehensively, fairly and equitably and measure and recognise an individual’s entire contributions to the business’ success.
The National Law Firm of the Year category recognises DWF’s significant progress in advancing its strategy under the leadership of Andrew Leaitherland. A £12million investment in IT last year has improved operational efficiency, client service and people engagement. In addition the firm has further developed its legal capability and sector insight with 39 lateral partner hires from firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Clyde & Co, DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons; and has improved its working environment across various locations for the benefit of its people and clients, including in London where the firm moved its 300 people into the landmark Walkie Talkie building.
The awards take place on 24 March and will be judged by Legal Business editor-in-chief Alex Novarese and Managing Editor Mark McAteer, alongside a range of senior general counsel from companies including Lloyd’s Banking Group, Marks & Spencer and National Grid.
DWF is shortlisted against firms including Berwin Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna, Mills & Reeve, Mishcon de Reya, and Pinsent Masons.