The judges unanimously identified Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner as having introduced the best business innovation through the introduction of BCLP Cubed. This integrates, into one seamless service, volume legal delivery with complex legal advice and legal operations support, thereby reducing risks, delivering cost savings and enabling clients to close transactions faster. It also frees clients to focus on adding strategic value. The judges were impressed with the strategic alignment of the innovation, the clear active involvement of senior leaders in its development and implementation, its positive impact on clients’ experiences, and its measurable impact, including generating new clients around the world.
Danny Wallace, Susan Whitla, Keith Hardie & Nick Pryor (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) and Gwyn Price (Santander)
The other candidates were difficult to separate, but second place went to White & Case, whose LIFT programme within their London office has spread awareness and engagement in their innovation activities, encouraging both understanding and cultural change. Involving both a live event showing off some of the firm’s practice technologies and a Training Academy to combine communication and training, the LIFT programme has created excitement and interest and has positively impacted on employee engagement with innovation. Future events are planned within the London office, and similar programmes have been implemented or are planned in the company’s offices in the Asia-Pacific region, New York and Germany