Open to law firms, the Bar, alternative legal providers and in-house teams, this award will recognise the institutions that have consistently thought creatively or broken new ground in the provision and resourcing of legal services. Important factors will be fresh approaches in creating and delivering legal products, including utilising technology and new business models.
2016 WINNER: Lawyers On Demand
Launched in 2007, the pioneering LOD has matured from a contract lawyer business servicing Berwin Leighton Paisner clients into an independently managed business that now offers its services to other law firms through white-labelled partnerships.
Launched DataRisk Specialists in 2014 to capitalise on a growing cyber security market by developing an off-the-shelf advisory service combining legal advice with access to recognised IT security specialists. The product is owned and operated by DAC Beachcroft and gives clients a data security assessment of their IT infrastructure.
The firm has invested in an international service delivery and quality function to ensure consistent client service across all offices. The new function introduces a team of legal project managers to scope out pricing and review major matters; brings in a pool of ‘alumni and friends’ as well as a unique partnership with Lawyers On Demand to allow for flexible lawyering; and includes a legal delivery centre in Leeds that can deal with standardised work for the firm's global operations.
In 2015 the firm secured its first deal for Eversheds Ignite, a new service allowing in-house teams to outsource high-volume, low-risk work to Eversheds for a fixed fee. Under this arrangement, Communisis’ current in-house legal team will undergo a transfer of undertakings to Eversheds Ignite, enabling it to engage as before with the business while accessing the lawyers, technology, and support systems of the firm.
The firm’s healthcare team developed a legal structure for The Lambeth Integrated Personalised Support Services Alliance, the first-ever integrated health, social care and housing alliance in England. This novel approach to alliancing has united commissioners, service providers and voluntary organisations under a single framework and shared goals.
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM
The US firm has introduced the concept of ‘topping insurance’, a new defence against the risks and expenses associated with corporate breakups that circumvents the prohibition on break fees. Skadden’s insurance, developed with Aon, is structured as a series of bidder-side commitments and breaks no Takeover Code rules.