Customer payments, onboarding and compliance software provider Legl won the Supplier of the Year award at the 2022 NetLaw Media Annual British Legal Technology Awards last week, with Linklaters Chief Technology Officer Bruna Pellicci celebrating on an evening of 12 winners were awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in total.
Legl, founded by CEO Julia Salasky, raised $18 million Series B this year after working with over 170 law firms in just two years, including 20 of the top 200 UK law firms. It won for its outstanding submission and a presentation that the BLTA jury, led by former TechUK President Jacqueline de Rojas (pictured second from left below), said it delivered “vision, impact and category-changing innovation across a holistic client.” -Onboarding-Platform”. According to the jury, Legl not only showed excellent results, “but also clear evidence, backed by strong financial data within a balanced company culture and a relentless focus on the customer experience.”
See below Lauren Watson, VP Legal Partnerships at Legl (second from right), and honoree Hal Cruttenden (right).
Pellicci won both for her work at Linklaters and for her impressive role in promoting diversity, particularly at NetLaw Media’s diversity and ethics group DELTAS. NetLaw Media CEO Frances Anderson (pictured above left) told us: “Bruna has done so much to promote diversity. She goes above and beyond and involves her company every time.”
The judges said of Pellicci, “She consistently understands the needs of the company and balances this with the need to support the personal and professional endeavors of her global team. She is a thoughtful leader, a true advocate for diversity and an innovator (Create IQ). Their understanding of technology, processes and people’s needs is outstanding.” CreateiQ is the contract lifecycle management platform developed by Linklaters to simplify the negotiation and execution of contracts online. Pellicci’s award was accepted by Mabel Harvey, former IT director at Field Fisher, who is the chair of DELTAS.
Technology Team of the Year went to Horwich Farrelly, which provides legal and tort solutions for the UK and Irish markets. The jury said: “HF is committed to creating real, measurable value across the business and the IT team is not only technically competent but also commercially astute. They offer legal teams a differentiated way to deliver legal services. They deliver tangible financial benefits and outperform.”
Next, the IT product or IT service of the year went to Belgian contract drafting startup Henchman (pictured below), which was founded in August 2020. The jury said: “In a world where a significant portion of lawyers’ time is spent extracting information from contracts, the winner of this category saves significant time and energy by automating the extraction and categorization of clauses from any existing contract database. Their submission demonstrated extensive market research, rigorous delivery and tangible value to their customers.”
Pictured are Siska Lannoo and Axelle Dubois from Henchman.
The Clerksroom Bar Association was recognized with the Most Innovative Firm of the Year award recognizing a law firm, bar association, in-house legal department or ALSP that is driving the future of legal service delivery. The judges liked Clerksroom’s online service portal and comprehensive back-end case management tool and felt they had “identified and solved a very practical challenge in an innovative way that had clear benefits for all stakeholders, particularly the public.” “.
And cybersecurity company Arctic Wolf won the coveted IT Security Provider of the Year award. This is the first year that Arctic Wolf has been recognized by the BLTAs. Clare Loveridge, Vice President and General Manager for EMEA at Arctic Wolf, commented on the award: “Since Arctic Wolf entered the UK market almost two years ago, our solution has been a great fit for law firms and other professional organizations struggling to keep their data to protect against increasing cyber attacks.
“This award is a recognition and endorsement of the considerable interest we have seen from law firms large and small across the UK in our concierge-delivered security services, powered by our cloud-native technology, which help their IT teams with detection and Response to fight modern cyber threats efficiently and 24/7 with MDR, Managed Risk and Managed Security Awareness. We have been able to provide tangible value and comprehensive security coverage to over 10 law firms, including a top 20 global law firm, in a short period of time.” See Arctic Wolf below.
Congratulations to all winners listed in full here:
Most Innovative Company of the Year Winner: Clerksroom Barristers Chambers
Technology Company of the Year Winner: Equilaw
Information Security Team of the Year: Gateley Legal
Technology Team of the Year Winner: Horwich Farrely
Alliance of the Year Winner: Cripps
Inclusion and Diversity in Legal Services Winner: Clifford Chance
Legal AI Supplier of the Year Winner: Luminance
IT Product or Service of the Year Winner: Henchman
Winner of Innovation in Legal Services: Exterro
IT Security Vendor of the Year Winner: Arctic Wolf
Supplier of the Year Winner: Legl
Outstanding Achievement Award: Bruna Pellicci, CTO of Linklaters
For a list of runners up go to: https://www.britishlegalitawards.com/2022-winners/