Legal business DWF has again been named one of Europe’s Top 50 most innovative law firms by the Financial Times, this time for its success in developing and implementing innovative initiatives in culture, brand and strategy, human resources, and innovation and data analytics for the benefit of its people and clients.
DWF was highly commended for its unique development process called ‘lawyer whispering’, where specialists with a hybrid mix of legal, consultancy and technology skills worked alongside the firm’s fee earners to co-design automation solutions for legal documents. This collaborative approach enabled the development team to gain a better understanding of how to design the solution with lawyers’ needs in mind, leading DWF to achieve maximum take up of the solution across the business and automate more legal documents in the first 12 months since implementation than any other UK legal firm.
DWF was also highly commended for its success in helping clients develop intelligent, data-led anti-fraud strategies using an innovative fraud toolkit that combines predictive analytics with market intelligence to help insurers gain unprecedented insight into claims behaviour, allowing them to maximise efficiency by focusing on the ‘right’ cases.
The firm was commended for innovation in human resources following the introduction of a new programme of family-friendly workplace initiatives aimed at better supporting the firm’s working parents, attracting a more diverse workforce and supporting its commitment to being a tolerant, inclusive and values-led business. The successful roll-out of the programme led to DWF being the only law firm ranked as a top ten employer for working families in an independent report.
This is the third consecutive year that DWF has been recognised in the Financial Times Most Innovative Lawyers report. The annual report, published in association with RSG Consulting, recognises the lawyers and law firms which are taking unique approaches to developing expertise across its legal and business services teams, and DWF has previously been recognised for innovation in social responsibility, strategic resourcing, dispute resolution, diversity and client service.