Client payments, onboarding and compliance software vendor Legl last week won the Supplier of the Year Award at the 2022 NetLaw Media Annual British Legal Technology Awards, with Linklaters’ chief technology officer Bruna Pellicci awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award, on a night that celebrated 12 winners in total.
Legl, founded by CEO Julia Salasky, this year raised $18m Series B, having in the space of just two years partnered with over 170 law firms, including 20 of the UK top 200 law firms. It won for its standout submission and a presentation that the BLTA judges, led by former TechUK president Jacqueline de Rojas (pictured second from left below), said demonstrated ‘vision, impact and category changing innovation via a holistic client onboarding platform.’ According to the judges, Legl not only showed excellent results “but also clear evidence, supported by strong financial data within a balanced company culture and a relentless focus on customer experience.”
See below Lauren Watson, VP Legal Partnerships at Legl (second from right), and awards host Hal Cruttenden (right).
Pellicci won for both for her work at Linklaters and also her impressive role in promoting diversity, particularly with NetLaw Media’s diversity and ethics group DELTAS. NetLaw Media’s managing director Frances Anderson (pictured on the left above) told us: “Bruna has done so much to promote diversity. She goes above and beyond and gets her firm involved every time.”
The judges said of Pellicci: “She is constantly understanding the needs of the business whilst balancing that with the need to support her global team’s personal and professional aspirations. She is a thoughtful people leader, a true diversity champion and innovator (Create IQ). Her grasp of technology, process and people’s needs is outstanding.” CreateiQ is the contract lifecycle management platform developed by Linklaters to make it easier to negotiate and execute contracts online. Pellicci’s award was collected by former Field Fisher IT director Mabel Harvey, who is chair of the DELTAS.
The Technology Team of the Year went to Horwich Farrelly, which provides legal and claims solutions to the UK and Ireland markets. The judges said: “HF is committed to creating real measurable benefit for the entire business, and the IT team are not only technically proficient but are commercially astute. They offer to legal teams a differentiated way of delivering legal services. Delivering tangible financial benefits, they punch above their weight.”
Next up, the IT Product or Service of the Year went to Belgian contract drafting startup Henchman (see pic below), which was founded in August 2020. The judges said: “In a world where a significant amount of lawyer’s time is spent mining information from contracts, the winner of this category saves significant time and energy by automating clause extraction and categorization from any existing contract database. Their submission evidenced comprehensive market research, rigorous delivery and tangible value-add for their customers.”
Pictured are Siska Lannoo and Axelle Dubois from Henchman.
Barristers chambers Clerksroom won the Most Innovative Firm of the Year award, which recognises law firms, barristers’ chambers, in-house legal departments or ALSPs that are driving the future of the delivery of legal services. The judges liked Clerksroom’s online service portal and comprehensive back-end case management tool, and thought they had “identified and solved a very practical challenge in an innovative way that had clear benefits for all stakeholders, notably for members of 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 recognised by the BLTAs. Commenting on the award, Clare Loveridge, vice president and general manager for EMEA at Arctic Wolf said: “Since Arctic Wolf entered the UK market just under two years ago, our solution has been a great fit for legal firms and other professional organisations that are struggling to protect their data from increased cyber-attacks.
“This award is recognition and validation of the considerable interest we have seen from legal firms both large and small in the UK to our concierge-delivered security services built on our cloud-native technology, which helps their IT teams struggling with detecting and responding to modern cyberthreats efficiently and 24/7 with MDR, managed risk and managed security awareness. We’ve been able to deliver tangible value and broad security coverage to over 10 legal firms, including a top 20 global firm, in a short space of time.” See Arctic Wolf below.
Congratulations go to all of the winners who are listed in full here:
Winner of Most Innovative Firm of the Year: Clerksroom Barristers Chambers
Winner of Technology Venture of the Year: Equilaw
Information Security Team of the Year: Gateley Legal
Winner of Technology Team of the Year: Horwich Farrely
Winner of Alliance of the Year: Cripps
Winner of Inclusion and Diversity in Legal Services: Clifford Chance
Winner of Legal AI Supplier of the Year: Luminance
Winner of IT Product or Service of the Year: Henchman
Winner of Innovation in Legal Services: Exterro
Winner of IT Security Provider of the Year: Arctic Wolf
Winner of Supplier of the Year: Legl
Outstanding Achievement Award: Bruna Pellicci, CTO of Linklaters
For a list of the runners up, see: https://www.britishlegalitawards.com/2022-winners/