The shortlist for the 2015 Legal Innovation Index has been announced today by LexisNexis® Pacific and Janders Dean, with the final Index set to be revealed on August 20.
From the creator of a legal and life hacks magazine for young Australians to the first Australian iOS app on criminal and traffic law, this year’s Innovation Index has been the most contested yet and shows strong representation from local specialist legal firms.
“Innovation has certainly grown from a ‘buzz word’ to a direction in which we are looking to take the business of law in Australia”, explains Jo Beckett, General Manager of LexisNexis Australia. “As a result the 2015 Legal Innovation Index has had more than double the entries of last year, with both companies and individuals presenting a fantastic array of new and re-imagined business practices, tools and ways of thinking to the local legal sector”.
The finalists from the Organisations category are: AdventBalance, Allens, Creevey Russell Lawyers, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Envato’s legal team, Gilbert + Tobin, Herbert Smith Freehills, Daniel Lew Le Mercier & Co, KWS Legal, LawPath, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Norton Rose Fulbright, Pace Lawyers, RMB Lawyers, Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Sydney Criminal Lawyers, The Fold Legal, and View Legal.
For the first time, Individuals from practice, academia and students have been eligible to enter. The rollcall of finalists are: Matthew Burgess, Director, View Legal; Sarah Lynch, Founder & CEO, Bucket Orange magazine; Brennan Ong, Managing Director, LawAdvisor; Cathy Sherry, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales; Adi Snir, Head of Content, LegalVision; and Dominic Woolrych, Legal Product Manager, LawPath.
“Just when you could be forgiven for thinking that innovation in the legal profession in Australia has peaked, finalists in the 2015 Index clearly demonstrate the profession’s absolute commitment to continuing to find new and dynamic ways for adding significant and previously untapped value for firms and their clients,” adds Justin North, Director, Janders Dean.
The 2015 Legal Innovation Index winners will be announced at a Sydney event on 20 August 2015 and published on the 21 August at http://lexisnexis.com.au/legal-innovation-index/.