National legal business DWF has been commended in four categories in the 2015 Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers Report in recognition of the firm’s outstanding achievements in dispute resolution, strategic resourcing, technology and social responsibility.
The firm was recognised for its innovative approach to dispute resolution following the ground-breaking Supreme Court case, Zurich v IEGL, in which DWF partner and Head of Occupational Head and Casualty Derek Adamson represented Zurich in its successful appeal. The outcome of the landmark case set a precedent for the levels of indemnity that insurers are required to pay when a mesothelioma claim is settled and was a defining moment for all insurers.
DWF was also recognised as one of the most innovative law firms in strategic resourcing and technology following significant investments in property, facilities and technology that reflect the firm’s commitment to reducing property costs and space requirements, attracting a more diverse range of talent and facilitating work/life balance for its people through agile working initiatives, including a world first document management partnership with Canon. DWF also consolidated its London-based staff into the landmark Walkie Talkie building, with a ‘model office’ design that can support over 600 employees in less than half the space of the firm’s City competitors.
The firm was also commended for innovation in social responsibility for the success of its 5 STAR Futures programme which, as the legal sector’s largest youth development CSR programme, has helped over 1,000 students in 40 schools across the UK develop confidence and employability skills.
This is the second year DWF has been recognised by the Financial Times; last year the firm was ranked one of the 50 most innovative firms in Europe and was commended for its approach to client service and diversity.