The 2022 Legal Innovation Award Winners 

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2022 Legal Innovation Awards, in which DAC Beachcroft took away two awards, and there was individual recognition for Mishcon de Reya partner and chief strategy officer Nick West; Weightmans’ chief innovation and technology officer Stuart Whittle; and VMware’s SVP and deputy general counsel Aine Lyons. 

The awards, hosted by, saw DAC Beachcroft take home the award for both Outstanding Training Innovation and Leading PR & Communications Innovation.  

West won the Lifetime Contributor to Innovation award, while Whittle received the Innovation Trailblazer Award for Private Practice. Lyons was awarded the in-house Innovation Trailblazer Award. 

A number of international law firms took home accolades alongside in-house counterparts. Best AI Innovation went to Baker McKenzie, while Mayer Brown won Standout Diversity in Innovation, and Jaguar Land Rover took home Future of Legal Services Innovation – In-House Legal Operations.  

DLA Piper took home the award for International Law Firm Innovation.  

Hosted by stand-up comedian Jimmy McGhie, the ceremony handed awards to the firms and individuals driving change in the legal market.  

Here is the list of Legal Innovation 2022 winners in full:  

Outstanding Legal Operations – Exigent  

Excellence in Litigation & Data Science – Solomonic  

Excellence in Human Resource Innovation – Ashurst  

Knowledge Management Innovation – The Divorce Surgery  

Disruptive Technology of the Year: Private Practice – LawWorks and Justice Connect  (sponsored by Legal IT Insider)

Disruptive Technology of the Year: Supplier – Flex Legal  (sponsored by Legal IT Insider)

Leading Legal Services Procurement Innovation – Liberis  

AI Innovation – Baker McKenzie  

Innovative Practice Management – Class Legal  

Client Management Innovation – Addleshaw Goddard  

Championing Diversity in Tech Innovation – Patrick Wisheu and Robert Renfree, Mills & Reeve  

Pioneering Business Development Innovation – Pinsent Masons  

Standout Diversity in Innovation – Mayer Brown 

Innovation Trailblazer Award: In-House – Áine Lyons, Vmware  

Impactful Incubator Project – Level  

CSR Innovation – Hogan Lovells  

Outstanding Training Innovation – DAC Beachcroft  

Outstanding Marketing Innovation – Horwich Farrelly  

Leading PR & Communications Innovation – DAC Beachcroft  

Innovation Trailblazer Award: Private Practice – Stuart Whittle, Weightmans  

Innovation Trailblazer Award: Supplier – Samuel Clague, The Stephen James Partnership  

International Law Firm Innovation – DLA Piper  

Future of Legal Services Innovation: Alternative Business Structure – EY  

Future of Legal Services Innovation: In-house Legal Operations – Jaguar Land Rover  

Future of Legal Services Innovation: Small-Sized Private Practice – Wiggin  

Future of Legal Services Innovation: Mid-Sized Private Practice – Travers Smith  

Future of Legal Services Innovation: Large Private Practice – Bird & Bird  

Lifetime Contributor to Innovation: Supplier – Masoud Gerami, vLex Justis  

Lifetime Contributor to Innovation: Private Practice/In-House – Nick West, Mishcon de Reya